President Donald Trump's nominee for Army secretary, Tennessee Republican state Sen. Mark Green, told a church group in 2015 that government health care hinders people from becoming Christians.
According to the Washington Examiner, Green told the group how sickness was a way to bring people to Christianity:
The person who's in need … they look to the government for the answer, not God, and I think in that way government has done an injustice that's even bigger than just the creation of an entitlement welfare state. In this setting, I'll share the story, I think it interrupts the opportunity for people to come to a saving knowledge of who God is...
I see our sort of government-based assistance taking God out of the picture. If you look at the Gospels and you go and study the Gospels, every person who came to Christ came to Christ with a physical need. It was either hunger or a disease.
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In the Bible, Matthew 4:18-22 says that four of Christ's disciples were working as fishermen when they dropped their nets to follow him. In John 1:35-51, two more of Christ's disciples chose to follow him. Neither group of verses mentions people suffering from hunger or disease.
Green insisted that physical failings are a key element of people coming to Christianity: "People go to God because of a physical need and they walk away with a spiritual need met."
Green, who heads a for-profit emergency department staffing company, also opposes transgender rights, same-sex marriage and teaching about Islam in public schools.
Green's spokesman did not respond to questions from the Washington Examiner.
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According to CNN, Green made a charged statement about transgender people in September 2016: "If you poll the psychiatrists, they're going to tell you that transgender is a disease."
Green, a self-identified creationist, told a church in Cincinnati in 2015 that evolution was not true by making an analogy involving a lawn mower, noted the cable news channel:
The evolutionists have their bad argument, too. They say, "Well, I can't explain how it went from this to incredibly complex, so it must have been billions of years." That's kind of where they put their faith. The truth of the matter ... is the second law of thermo fluid dynamics says that the world progresses from order to disorder not disorder to order.
If you put a lawn mower out in your yard and a hundred years come back, it's rusted and falling apart. You can't put parts out there and a hundred years later it's gonna come back together. That is a violation of a law of thermodynamics. A physical law that exists in the universe.
Green also said that blood-clotting is "irreducibly complex," and thus proves the existence of a supernatural creator:
Irreducible complexity is important in the argument for the creationist because of this: Evolution assumes a series of minuscule changes over time, and each change has to give a survival advantage to the organism. If it doesn't, and it causes a disadvantage, the organism dies and evolution ends.
Irreducible complexity -- the notion that the parts which comprise systems in nature are so specific in their tasks that evolution could not be behind it -- is an often-used argument for intelligent design.
Live Science noted in 2005: "Yet no true examples of irreducible complexity have ever been found. The concept is rejected by the majority of the scientific community ... If an irreducibly complex system contains within it a smaller set of parts that could be used for some other function, then the system was never really irreducibly complex to begin with."
Kenneth Miller, a biologist at Brown University in Rhode Island, told the news site: "The logic of their argument is you have these multipart systems, and that the parts within them are useless on their own. The instant that I or anybody else finds a subset of parts that has a function, that argument is destroyed."