Iconic Christian singer and actor Pat Boone says that "everybody should go read first chapter in the book of Romans" when considering Bruce Jenner's recent transition into Caitlyn Jenner.
Bruce Jenner, a former Olympic gold medalist, came out as a transgender woman Caitlyn Jenner earlier this month. She also appeared in Vanity Fair magazine where she talked openly about her transition.
Boone, who has sold nearly 50 million records since his career began in the 1950s, shared his thoughts on Jenner while speaking to The Christian Post on Tuesday.
"Well I feel sad, I do feel sad for him. There's a lot of things that influence something like that, and he had a lot of unhappiness," said the 81-year-old entertainer. "I think he has eight kids, doesn't he? [Jenner has six biological children and four step-children among three marriages.] That, I hope, was a major consideration.
"I don't know how he worked that out in his mind, on his children. But it's his life, and there's a whole chapter in the book of Romans that talks about things like this happening. You can read all about it. In fact, everybody should go read first chapter Romans."
He added: "It doesn't matter what I think about it, it's what God says."
In Romans Chapter 1, the Apostle Paul condemns sexual behavior such as homosexuality as sinful. In verse 24, it reads: "Therefore God gave them over in the in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen."
In verses 26-27 he continues: "For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error."
Jenner's transition has been met with both praise and criticism, and she is now widely considered to be the most famous openly transgender person in the world.
Boone is well known for covering rhythm and blues hits of the '50s and '60s such as "Tutti Frutti," and Elvis Presley was once the opening act for his show in 1955. Over the course of Boone's legendary career, the gospel singer has enjoyed 38 Top 40 hits and countless gold and platinum records. Also a best-selling author, he has served as a motivational speaker, television personality, and conservative political commentator over the past six decades.