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Transgenderism, the Bible, and Christianity

Aug 10, 2019

What does biblical Christianity have to say about the issue of transgenderism?

Sadly what should be perfectly obvious is far too often not. For example, it should be obvious to any serious Christian that transgenderism is incompatible with what the Bible says about humanity, and what it says about sexuality. Yet way too many believers are completely confused here, mainly because they latch on to what the world says instead of what the Word says.

Thus they think that if a person is unhappy with his or her natal sex, they can just seek to somehow change it. These rather carnal, clueless and compromised Christians see nothing wrong with this, and even criticise other Christians who say this is a violation of the way God designed us – of our created order.

So we need to go back to basics here. We need to look at some foundational passages which speak to us about what it means to be human, and what it means to be made in God’s image. As we do this, we can see that the homosexual and trans agendas are in direct defiance of God’s intentions for mankind regarding human sexuality.

Here are some basic texts found in the book of Genesis:

Genesis 1:27 And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 5:1-2 When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created.

In his new book on transgenderism J. Alan Branch reminds us, “Our sexual identity as male or female is integral to being made in God’s image.” And Andrew Walker speaks about God’s majestic blueprint in creation, and he reminds us that mankind is the high point in creation, since we are made in God’s image. And that means all of us, including our bodies:

“Every aspect of who we are carries and reflects that dignity – our minds, our hearts, and our bodies. All are created, and all therefore carry value and are designed to have dignity. This means matter matters. Our bodies matter. Your body is not arbitrary; it is intentional. While you are more than your body, you are not less.”

He continues,

To misunderstand, blur, or reject the Creator’s categories for humanity doesn’t just put us in rebellion against the Creator and creation — it puts us at odds with how each of us was made. Since God made a ‘very good’ world, with no flaws, and since that world included humans created as men and humans created as women, to strive to become different than or even the opposite of how God made us can never result in happiness, flourishing, and joy, whatever it promises.

Denny Burk puts it this way:

The creation norm described in Genesis involves biological complementarity for the purposes of procreation. Hence, God commands the couple, ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ (Gen. 1:28). There is no spectrum here. There is a functioning biological dichotomy between male and female that enables procreation. In other words, what God calls ‘good’ is binary sexual complementarity. This original situation does not present us with a spectrum. Rather, it presents us with sexual dimorphism.

Nancy Pearcey also highlights these truths:

A biblical worldview leads to a positive view of the body. It says that the biological correspondence between male and female is part of the original creation. Sexual differentiation is part of what God pronounced “very good”—morally good—which means it provides a reference point for morality. There is a purpose in the physical structures of our bodies that we are called to respect. A teleological morality creates harmony between biological identity and gender identity. The body/person is an integrated psychosexual unity. Matter does matter.

And as Sam Allberry reminds us, “We’re not being told about this first human couple on the off-chance we’re interested in our ancient family history. No, their story is true for all of humankind. It sets up a pattern that we see repeated in every generation.”

The very words that we find in Genesis are repeated and reaffirmed in the New Testament by Jesus himself:

Matthew 19:4-6 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Mark 10:6-9 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

So the original creation mandate and the biblical blueprint is fully affirmed by Jesus. To seek to argue that God somehow made a mistake with us and we can somehow improve upon his workmanship is not how any Christian should be thinking.

Sure, the Fall has impacted everything, including our physical bodies. All of our relationships are now out of joint: our relationship with God, with others, and with ourselves. Thus in some very rare cases we find someone with an Intersex condition in which a person can be born with ambiguous genitalia. But that quite rare condition is very different from the overwhelming majority of people expressing dissatisfaction with their biological sex.

As Walker rightly states:

Intersexuality and transgenderism are apples and oranges. Those who are pushing the gender revolution have an interest in confusing the categories. But intersex conditions do not disprove the sexual binary. This does not nullify or invalidate the scriptural truth that “male and female he created them” because intersex conditions are a deviation from the binary norm, not the establishment of a new norm. To think in biblical language, what we are seeing here is an aspect of creation that has been marred by the fall – a deviation from a norm that reaffirms that norm exists in the first place.

There are not countless sexes – there are only two. This is how God made us to be. As Kevin de Young put it, “If the binary of male and female is God’s idea, and if we are meant to embrace, by divine design, our biological and creational difference as men and women, then it stands to reason that the confusion of these realities would be displeasing to God.”

If people feel uncomfortable with their bodies, they need counselling and help. They do not need radical surgery and the like. As Pearcey says, “Christianity assigns the human body a much richer dignity and value. Humans do not need freedom from the body to discover their true, authentic self. Rather we can celebrate our embodied existence as a good gift from God. Instead of escaping from the body, the goal is to live in harmony with it.”

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We must stay with Scripture here, and not with the world’s take on these matters. As Vaughan Roberts writes:

Sam Allberry does a great job explaining this concept in a series of tweets summing up the difference between culture and the Bible:
Our culture says: Your psychology is your sexual identity – let your body be conformed to it.
The Bible says: Your body is your sexual identity – let your mind be conformed to it.

And trying to physically and chemically and surgically change who we are is to harm the human body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Branch offers some helpful commentary here:

An important premise that seems to underlie the request for GRS [gender reassignment surgery] is a harsh distinction between the soul and the body, which is inconsistent with Scripture. People requesting GRS are claiming their internal identity is the “real and good me” imprisoned in a “bad” body of the wrong sex. They are saying, “My body is evil, but my soul is good.” But the idea of a “good” soul trapped in an evil body has long been rejected by Christians and is inconsistent with Scripture….

Our sexual identity as male or female is integral to being made in God’s image. If we can learn anything from GRS, perhaps we should learn the degree to which our sexual identity is profoundly related to our bodies. The numerous physical alterations a person must endure to transition points us to the amazing complexity of how our sex is an intricate part of our body. In this light, it seems much wiser to find a way to embrace and care for the body God has given us instead of subjecting it to multiple surgeries….

GRS involves a series of traumatic events to the body, especially the genitals and urinary tract. In GRS, males do not become females and females do not become males; they become mutilated females and males. The autonomous, subjective desire of anticipated pleasure subsequent to GRS does not negate our responsibility to be good stewards of the bodies God has given us.

So those who head down the path of mutilating and damaging their bodies are in direct defiance of the teachings of Jesus and the purposes of God as outlined in the early chapters of Genesis. As mentioned, these people need help for their mental, psychological and emotional problems. But they need no encouragement to deface and distort the image of God as they seek to become those who they cannot.

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13 Responses to Transgenderism, the Bible, and Christianity

  • Ever modern day issue is clarified in God’s Word as it is God speaking His Truth from t the beginning of time til everyone is in eternity, one way or the other. This is what the Good news Gospel spells out our choice to accept God’s view on all things though faith in Jesus Christ or to loose our eternity to a timeless abyss ,Hell that will make time here on earth look like a Teddy bears picnic .

  • And the sad result of reassignment surgery is that, according to one study, 75% of people regret having had it done, because it DOESN’T solve their problems, but instead creates more.

  • The miracle of creation as I see it is that even so that we are born from the same mother and father, about half of us are born with xy (male and the other XX Female. in any mathematical calculation, that is not possible and what is even more miraculous is that in the animal kingdom, pretty much the same thing happens or that most are born female to balance the produce of needed females to males. There are no explanations as to how this happens but the fact that all species thrive gives strong indication of a guiding hand – God.
    The lunatics can think what they like.
    John Abbott

  • The DNA stays the same. It does not change with any man made surgery. Cannot mess with what God created.

  • Thanks for all you do Bill,
    Satan is working fulltime destroying God’s created order and several useful idiots (including politicians, CEO’s , sports administratorsand doctors ) are implementing Satan’s perversions. I found the passing of the wicked abortion bill in the NSW lower house very galling and depressing. I have lost all respect for the NSW premier and the NSW Liberal party. The NSW public has been deliberately kept in the dark and not consulted. Doctors rights to reject an abortion and have no further contact with patient are now decimated . The doctor must refer the patient onto an abortionist so he is forced to part of the horrid process.
    God bless you Bill.

  • Off the cuff it seems to me that a big factor is evangelicals’ rejection of the Genesis account in the first place. I asked the curate where I worshipped why he believed in evolution as the origin of humanity. His answer was “Plausibility”. But if our ancestors were apes where does that leave our view of what it is to be human?

  • “We want Barabbas, we want Barabbas, we want Barabbas,” cried the crowd on Good Friday when Pontius Pilot brought Barabbas & Jesus before the crowd 2,000 years ago and asked which one he should set free. He wanted and hoped the crowd would say, “Jesus”.

    Sad to say,
    We’re no different today,
    Than the crowd 2,000 years ago.

    The organized church and a lot of America is crying,
    “We want Barabbas” !

    Lord, Jesus please forgive our iniquity, we are a wicked and perverse generation.

  • John Sampson, download and print a copy of “15 Questions to Ask Evolutionists” from https://creation.com/images/pdfs/flyers/15-questions-for-evolutionists-letter.pdfgive and challenge your curate to explain how he thinks evolution is “plausible” – evolution from amoeba to man is about as plausible as buying one ticket in each of 100 lotteries and winning every single one at first attempt. And if he thinks Genesis is unimportant to the Gospel, give him a copy of Evolution & Christianity from tinyurl.com/BibleOrEvolution.

  • I can’t help but have some misgivings about this upcoming event:
    https://sydneyanglicans.net/news/creating-a-biblically-inclusive-church

    First things first, to gather information, does anyone know what people like Ed Shaw mentioned in the article are really about?

  • Another pertinent verse concerning transgenderism is surely Deut 22:5

    The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.

  • Thanks Mansel. Of interest, just moments ago I posted an article discussing that very passage:

    https://billmuehlenberg.com/2019/08/14/giving-christianity-a-bad-name/

  • Thanks again Bill, fantastic article..
    Has anyone posed the question to Evolutionist that if we are from Apes does that mean they might identify as transgender too….
    Or can any animal identify as another? Can any other animals be identified as being on the spectrum of lunacy?
    If you are able to marry at cat or an inadament object, what’s to stop society heading down the above road as well… Let’s just continue not to have common sense…
    The biggest trick the Devil ever pulled was to convince the world that he does not exist..

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