A Christian relative of Mayor Pete Buttigieg has spoken out after the 2020 hopeful suggested that the Bible supports late-term abortion.
Rhyan Glezman, an evangelical pastor and brother-in-law of Buttigieg, told Faithwire Wednesday that the Democratic politician should open up the Bible and re-think his position on the issue.
“Pete’s words demonstrate that he is turning from God’s words and distorting it to seek power over standing up for the powerless in the womb,” he said, noting that the candidate is “publicly contradicting God, by pushing a party agenda over what Gods word says.”
Glezman added that Buttigieg “associates with episcopalian over follower of Jesus, religion over relationship with Jesus,” which he called a “very different ideology and theology.”
“I’d like to make a plea with him that he reconsider, and actually open his Bible — I actually ask all people to open up their Bibles as they’re watching this — to then turn to Psalm 139,” Glezman declared in a live interview with Fox News anchor, Tucker Carlson, this week.
Psalm 138: 13-14 reads:
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
What did Buttigieg actually say?
Speaking to The Breakfast Club, Buttigieg admitted that abortion was a “tough issue for a lot of people to think through morally,” before insisting that there are “a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath.”
“Even that is something that we can interpret differently,” he added. “No matter what you think about the cosmic question of how life begins, most Americans can get on board with the idea of, ‘I might draw the line here. You might draw the line there.’ The most important thing is the person who should be drawing the line is the woman making the decision.”
Glezman, however, sees it very differently indeed and suggested that his brother-in-law start thinking seriously about what the Bible instructs.
“How can you read those passages that talk about [how] we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God [and] say that God condones, that God says that abortion is OK according to Scripture.”
“That’s just absurd and outlandish to me,” he added.
Glezman told Faithwire that he believes Buttigieg is invoking the Bible in order to “appeal to the center-left Christians” who he said, “do not follow God’s word but follow their desires and passions over the infallible word of God.”
Glezman, who says his primary goal is to “share the gospel,” has previously spoken to Faithwire about being smeared as a “bigot” in the mainstream media — an accusation leveled against him for his promoting of traditional Christian values and beliefs.
The pastor, whose brother Chasten is married to Buttigieg, told Faithwire that said wanted people to know that those who hold to a biblical understanding of marriage as a union between one woman and one man are not “bigots” or “homophobic” — instead, they’re simply trying to follow God’s model for marriage.
“The world sees such a superficial view of the cross. It’s not condemnation; [God] knows what’s right for us,” he said, adding he hopes one day both Chasten and Pete will come to understand their faith differently.
In the end, Glezman told Faithwire Wednesday, God’s word will always prevail.
“Isaiah 55:11 says Gods word will never return void, we continue to share the truth of Jesus and his word in gentleness and respect and pray that it will not return void,” he declared. “That is how we try to continue to impact people with Gods word. God is in the redemptive business. Not about where we come from but where are we headed.”