YouTube bans video of John MacArthur criticizing transgenderism, calling it ‘hate speech’

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


A sermon by Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in California has been banned by YouTube for what the tech giant labels as “hate speech.”

Several weeks ago, MacArthur called on Christian pastors throughout North America to preach on Jan. 16 in solidarity with brothers and sisters who were being silenced by new “conversion therapy laws,” which in some countries virtually criminalizes any condemnation of homosexuality and LGBTQ tendencies.

Following through on his request, MacArthur preached boldly in favor of the biblical definition of marriage and sexuality, that God created humanity male and female. He said in his sermon, in part,

There is no such thing as transgender. You are either XX or XY, that’s it. God made man male and female. That is determined genetically, that is physiology, that is science, that is reality. On the one hand, the reality of that lie and deception is so damaging, so destructive, so isolating, so corrupting that it needs to be confronted, but on the other hand, that confrontation can’t exaggerate what already exists, which is a sense of feeling isolated in relationships.

MacArthur’s sermons are routinely posted on YouTube under his media ministry, Grace to You. This sermon was posted on YouTube, but soon after was banned for what YouTube described as “hate speech.”

The tech giant said,

Our team has reviewed your content, and, unfortunately, we think it violates our hate speech policy.

Though this move from YouTube is no surprise when considering the growing tide of secularism in the West, it is still a grave warning for Christians. The world’s hatred for truth will only grow in the coming days, and this calls all Christians, like Pastor MacArthur did, to boldly speak the truth of the Bible regardless of the consequences.