Removing landmarks is a big deal. It reveals dishonesty and the intent to defraud another from what it is right, true and distinguishable. Such is true to this day, and such was true in the ancient land of Israel. As a matter of fact, during Israel’s Gerizim and Ebal agreement (Deuteronomy 27:12-13), there was a special curse placed upon the person who attempted to deceive their neighbor through the removal of God-ordained landmarks:
“‘Cursed is the one who moves his neighbor’s landmark.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’“(Deuteronomy 27:17)
What is true of physical landmarks is true of spiritual landmarks (2 John 1:9). But this truth doesn’t prevent people from trying to move or completely remove the clear and identifiable God-ordained landmarks of his word. Don’t believe it? Listen to the language used in a recent “church’s” updated resolution:
“Resolved, that the Episcopal Diocese of Washington affirms that all transgender people, and anyone whose gender identity and expression differs from that assigned at birth, are beloved children of God. … Resolved, that the Episcopal Diocese of Washington encourage all parishes to remove all obstacles to full participation in congregational life by making all gender-specific facilities and activities fully accessible, regardless of gender identity and expression. … as it considers revision of the Book of Common Prayer, to eliminate, when possible, all gendered references to God and to replace them with gender neutral language, and if necessary, to alternate gendered titles when referring to God. … Fixed boundaries of gender identity are being challenged and churches need to respond.”
Is the language a coincidence or convenient irony? I think the answer is clear.
As was said at the beginning, the thing about moving or removing landmarks is that the truth isn’t changed when it happens; it only makes it easier to identify the dishonest and deceptive, and the curse of such behavior still remains (Revelation 21:8).