Commenting on the Archbishop of Canterbury's decision to endorse a Church of England document that encourages elementary school children "to explore the possibilities of who they might be without judgment or derision" -- i.e, explore gender-bending clothes and play -- evangelical leader Franklin Graham said "children must be taught God's truth" about male and female.
He added that the Church of England, founded by King Henry VIII in 1534, "should not give in" to the "anti-God agenda of the LGBTQ," but should stand firm "with God's Word."
Rev. Graham made his remarks in a Nov. 14 post on Facebook.
"I’m in London, on my way home today, and the Archbishop of Canterbury is in the news for endorsing a Church of England document that says children should be able to try out the 'many cloaks of identity' and 'explore the possibilities of who they might be without judgement or derision,'" said Rev. Graham.
"I’m against bullying of any kind," he added, "but children must be taught God’s truth. God 'created them male and female' (Gen 5:2)."
"The Church of England should not give in to the sinful, destructive, anti-God agenda of the LGBTQ—they should stand with God’s Word," said Rev. Graham.
In the new document for Church of England elementary school students, it states that the children "should be at liberty to explore the possibiliites of who they might be without judgment or derision."
"For example," it states, "a child may choose the tutu, princess' tiara and heels and/or the fireman's helmet, tool belt and superhero cloak without expectation or comment. Childhood has a sacred place for creative self-imagining."
Archbishop Justin Welby said of the new guidelines, "This guidance helps schools to offer the Christian message of love, joy and celebration of our humanity without exception or exclusion."