Author Rosaria Butterfield, an “unlikely converter” to Christianity, has publicly apologized for her use of preferred pronouns in the past and has urged other Christian leaders to do the same.
When Butterfield converted to Christianity in 1999, she had renounced her lifestyle as a lesbian and radical professor at Syracuse University. However, she continued to use the preferred pronouns of people who claimed they were transgender rather than those that aligned with their biology.
Yet, in a post published on Monday, Butterfield renounced her use of “transgender pronouns,” calling her prior support for such nomenclature a “public sin” that calls for “public repentance.”
Butterfield says she has publicly sinned by using transgender pronouns recklessly in published works. She kept asking herself, “Why did I do this?”
She said she has many poor justifications for her behavior. She said her past as a homosexual rights activist left its mark on her. She aimed to avoid starting fights and instead find common ground with everyone.
Butterfield, now a homeschool mom and married to a minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, said that the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold same-sex marriage made her understand the “collision course between LGBTQ+ and the Christian religion” is inevitable.
According to her, using preferred pronouns is a “sin against the ninth commandment” that “encourages individuals to sin against the 10th commandment,” a rejection of the “creation ordinance,” and an obstruction to “a believer’s gradual sanctification” away from sin and toward righteousness.
“Sin is sin.”
Butterfield, who authored “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert” about her conversion, turned her focus later in the article toward self-proclaimed Christian commentators who use transgender pronouns to remain sufficiently woke while promoting falsehood harmful to believers and unbelievers alike.