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Some would argue that the Bible says nothing about the explosion of the transgender phenomenon in the Western world. After all, there is no verse that says, “Thou shalt not transition from a man to a woman.” But neither are there any verses that talk explicitly about gun violence, anorexia, waterboarding, fossil fuels, vaccines, GMOs, HMOs, or Pokemon Go. We should not expect the Bible to speak in 21st century terms to every 21st-century eventuality.

But that hardly means the Bible provides no guidance for Christians trying to make sense of our transgender moment. In fact, when it comes to transgenderism, the Bible actually has a lot to say--not by a prooftext here or there but by a rich and pervasive understanding of gender and sexual identity.

Obviously, transgenderism, as a cultural trend, is massively complex, touching on fields as disparate as genetics, fashion, medicine, law, education, entertainment, athletics, and religious liberty. We need Christians thinking through, and talking to, all of these issues. We also need Christians patiently loving, counseling, and befriending those who feel that their psychological identity as male or female contradicts their “assigned” biological sex. In asking the question, “What does the Bible say about transgenderism?” we are asking a question that can take us in a dozen different directions.

I want to focus on just one of those directions. If we are people of the Book--people who believe, like Jesus, that the Scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35)--then the transgender question, if it is to yield fruitful responses in any of these areas, must start with a biblical understanding of male and female.

And what is that understanding?

In short, the Bible teaches that God made us male or female, and no matter our own feelings or confusion, we should act in accordance with the biological reality of God’s good design. Transgenderism falls short of the glory of God and is not the way to walk in obedience to Christ.

There are three big Scriptural building blocks that lead one inexorably to this conclusion.

1. Gender Binary

The Bible knows no other gender categories besides male and female. While men and women in Scripture may express their masculinity and femininity in a wonderful diversity of ways, Scripture still operates with the binary categories of men and women. You are one or the other. The anomaly of intersex individuals does not undermine the creational design, but rather gives another example of creational “groaning” and the “not the way they are supposed to be” realities of a fallen world. Likewise, the eunuchs in Matthew 19 do not refer to sexless persons, but to men who were born without the ability to procreate or who were castrated, likely for a royal court (for more on the challenge of intersex, and the question of eunuchs, see Denny Burk, What Is the Meaning of Sex?, 169-183).

The biblical understanding of male and female is more than just an assumption writ large on the pages of Scripture. We know from Genesis 1 and 2 that the categories of male and female are a part of God’s design for humanity. Indeed, when God created the first human pair in his image, he created them male and female (Gen. 1:27). He made the woman to be a complement and help to the man (Gen. 2:18-22). Far from being a mere cultural construct, God depicts the existence of a man and a woman as essential to his creational plan. The two are neither identical nor interchangeable. But when the woman, who was taken out of man, joins again with the man in sexual union, the two become one flesh (Gen. 1:23-24). Dividing the human race into two genders, male and female--one or the other, not both, and not one then the other--is not the invention of Victorian prudes or patriarchal oafs. It was God’s idea.

2. Gender Identity

Someone with respect for Scripture may say at this point, “I agree that God makes as either male or female. But you are confusing biological sex with gender. I know transgender Christians who desire to embrace God’s design for men and women, but they also believe that who God created them to be does not correspond with the sex assigned to them at birth.” I don’t doubt that there are persons like this out there (and in our churches). While some people embracing a transgender identity may do so on a lark, many strongly feel that only by living as the opposite sex can they full embrace their true self.

The question is not whether such persons and feelings exist. The question is whether the is of our emotional or mental state equals the ought of God’s design. Most Christians reject this thinking in a host of other areas, from eating disorders to unbiblical divorces. We understand that following Christ means dying to ourselves (Matt. 16:24), being renewed in our minds (Rom. 12:2), and no longer walking as we once did (Eph. 4:17-18). Being “true to ourselves” is always a false choice when it means going against God’s Word.

As much as contemporary academia says otherwise, the Bible believes in the organic unity of biological sex and gender identity. This is why male and female are (uniquely) the type of pair that can reproduce (Gen. 1:28; 2:20). It’s why homosexuality--a man lying with a man as with a woman (Lev. 18:22)--is wrong. It’s why the apostle Paul can speak of homosexual partnerships as deviating from the natural relations or natural function of male-female sexual intercourse (Rom. 1:26-27). In each instance, the argument only works if there is an assumed equivalence between the biology of sexual difference and the corresponding identities of male and female.

3. Gender Confusion

The third building block follows naturally from the other two. 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. And so we see clearly in the Bible that men should not act sexually as women (Lev. 18:22; Rom. 1:18-32; 1 Cor. 6:9-10), that men should not dress like women (Deut. 22:5), and that when men and women embrace obviously other-gendered expressions of identity it is a disgrace (1 Cor. 11:14-15). We do not have an inalienable right to do whatever we want with our physical selves. We belong to God and should glorify him with our bodies (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

I have not begun to answer all the important questions about pastoral care, counsel, and compassion for the hurting and confused. But with the cultural winds gusting as they are, we cannot assume that Christians--even those in good churches--know what to think about gender or why to think it. Hopefully this brief post, and these three building blocks, can help us ensure the right foundation is in place. After all, the goal is not to build a wall to keep people out, but that God might build up his church in truth and grace that we can welcome people in, calling his image bearers to embrace the life that is truly life (1 Tim. 6:19).


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23 thoughts on “What Does the Bible Say About Transgenderism?”

  1. Andrew says:

    How do you handle the issue of hermaphrodites or those born physically in between the biological sexes. I usually have to just chalk it up in my mind to living in a fallen world but I don’t have a nuanced response to this often brought-up question. Would love to hear some advice or counsel.

  2. Joann Prinzivalli says:

    In Genesis 1:27, humans are created “in the image and likeness of God” as “male *and* female,” It is not an “or.” In the second creation story, the original Adam is composed of what ultimately became Adam-and-Eve. The Bible also has a third sex category for “eunuchs.” In Matthew 19:12, Jesus recognizes that some people are “born this way.” And Jesus, later in the verse, relates back to Isaiah 56:3-5 – where God says that people who are eunuchs are special to God and have a place in God’s House. In Acts 8, one of the first people baptized is an Ethiopian eunuch. People who are intersex (what Jesus called “eunuchs from birth”) are loved by God, and that does include those who God has placed on earth whose reproductive tract developed along one gender line, while their brain developed along the other, in whole or in part.

    The Good News is that God loves transgender and other intersex people – The image and likeness of God is “male-and-female” – and those who were made by God to be different and not fully one *or* the other are special to God. Whatever you do to the least of God’s people . . .

  3. Brandon says:

    It is written in the Bible that Satan is the author of confusion.
    He seeks to destroy God’s creation.
    He is our enemy, and he is the father of all lies.
    It also says that in the last days, much sin will abound, and, God will give obstinate people over to a reprobate mind.

  4. J says:

    I love how even the most intelligent Christians among us mask their bigotry and fear of anyone different from themselves as “showing love.”

    Interesting that transgender individuals have walked this country for decades, but it’s only a fad now to disparage them.

    Good thing The Bible doesn’t discourage judgement on others. Or else this article would be sinful.

  5. Steven says:

    Transfers and any thought of it being celebrated in the Church reminds me of the parable of The Wheat and The Tares. Even if the person was a committed Christian, they cannot resolve their “crisis” of sexual identity with anything within the 66 Books of The Bible that would make this acceptable to God. It is impossible for the Tribune God to make mistakes. That is strictly within the realm of fallen mankind. Instead of seeking acceptance for this since (Read 1 Cor. 5) seek and confess this to God and learn to struggle with the trial. We all are prone to strike at hooks baited by satan, but staying close to The LORD is essential in overcoming any sexual sin, be it hetero, homo or in this case transgender sin.”There hath not temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that year are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that year may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor 10:13 KJV)
    No one ever said being a Christian is easy and we fail daily to meet the standards set before us. But we are guaranteed to fail if we don’t seek God’s mercy through faith.

  6. Julio says:

    Is not up to any Religion. Religion is not responsible to rules the individual sexual orientation. Every single human being possess a conscience. “I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.

    Base on this we don’t have any authority to condem or decide if they are right or wrong all religions are failure.

  7. Jesus says:

    This is what the Holy Word of God says
    In 1Corinthians 2:14, that the natural man (when we are born from our mother’s womb) we are unable to understand the spiritual words that are written in the Holy Word of God. In John 3:1-8 is written that if we aren’t born again we cannot be able to see ( understand the spiritual words that are written in the Holy Word of God. In Romans 8:1-8 When a believer in Jesus Christ is born again as written in John 3:5 you will be able to comprehend the spiritual words that The Holy Word of God shows us what we must obey.
    Ecclesiastes 12:13

  8. Joshua says:

    Many today would try to argue that we can’t be sure how the Lord views homosexuality, because the specific word, “homosexuality,” is not found in Scripture. However, this argument is completely foolish, because the Bible does use plenty of other words and phrases which mean precisely the same thing. Besides, the word, “homosexuality,” did not even enter the English vocabulary until the early Twentieth Century. It is, in fact, for this peculiar sin that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, giving the word “sodomy” its Biblical origin. In Ecclestical Latin, “sodomy” is translated “pecatum Sodomiticum,” or the “sin of Sodom.” “But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly” (Gen. 13:13). “Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And He overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground” (Gen. 19:24-25). “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel” (Deut. 23:17). “And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the Children of Israel” (I Ki. 14:24). “And he broke down the houses of the sodomites, who were by the House of the LORD . . .” (II Ki. 23:7).

    THE MEANING OF HOMOSEXUALITY

    Also, referring specifically to homosexual acts, Leviticus 18:22 says: “You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Leviticus 20:13 says: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” And perhaps, the most obvious evidence that the Lord opposes homosexuality is that it is simply unnatural. It clearly goes against His intention as Creator because it goes against the natural sexual expression of human beings. It also tears down the Spiritual Type the Lord intended for marriage to display. God created marriage, as a covenant relationship between a man and woman, as a picture of the covenant relationship a Believer enters into with the Lord when he is Born-Again. A Christian becomes one with Christ as a husband and wife become one. The family unit then becomes a means of protection, security, and love, which demonstrates the very provision the Lord provides for His Children. “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen. 2:22-24).

    I Corinthians 6:9, uses the word “effeminate,” which is a Greek word specifically meaning “sodomite” or “male homosexual prostitute.” It does not merely refer to a man with feminine qualities like we use it today. I Timothy 1:10 uses the phrase, “. . . them that defile themselves with mankind. . . .”The Greek word used in this verse is“arsenokoitais,”and means “male homosexuals.” Referring back to I Corinthians 6:9, this same Greek word was also originally used in place of the phrase,“. . . abusers of themselves with mankind.”Therefore, “arsenokoites,” more specifically refers to “abusers,” or “to be guilty of unnatural offenses; a sodomite; a homosexual; a sex pervert.”The Holy Spirit, here, likens homosexuality to predatorial abuse, even the abuse of oneself.

  9. Eric says:

    In the last days Jesus said, “see that you be not deceived”
    People always want to debate the Word of God, and His word stands, there’s no compromise. It’s simple, either you are a child of God or a child of devil. You are either born again as a “new creature” in the likeness of Christ or still a fallen man still under the control of Satan, just that simple.

    If God embraces all, then what’s the purpose of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection?? And for that matter, the preaching of the gospel?
    All carnal thinking and behavior “shall not be justified in the eye sight of God.” And transgender is of the devil, it’s fleshly, selfish, and corrupt behavior. People “choose” that lifestyle because that’s what demons talk them into doing their bidding. That’s the reason for the gospel being preach, to show people, you don’t have to live that life and to have a personal relationship with the Father through Christ.
    You can’t serve God and Satan at the same time, that’s debauchery. God loves all but not all love him, and that’s the true issue with man. Man wants to justify everything to satisfy his fleshy opinions, desires, and lifestyle. God is waiting on you to choose, life or death. And this death is simply a separation from God. We all physically die, but where will your spirit man go? Without being born again in Christ the Lord, your spirit man will be cast into outer darkness, in the pit of hell. If you choose the life of Christ and be born again, and “live” according to the scriptures, then when you die you will enter heaven and rejoice with the other saints. Stop making the bible and the gospel so complicated and diluted.

  10. Martin says:

    Joshua, Ezekial 16:49-50 defines the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah …

    “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me”

    You can include homosexuality in the category of ‘detestable things’, if you choose. However, we miss the point of the passage by singling out the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah as homosexuality. It is much more than that. In fact, the western church should be more focused on itself as being “arrogant, overfed and unconcerned … and not helping the poor and needy”. That will be our witness to the world and to new believers – not the condemnation of same sex unions.

  11. C.A. says:

    I would love to see an article answering those important questions referenced in the final paragraph. I recognize that what is written here is merely touching on the surface, and I want to know more. How do we love trans individuals? How can I change to be a better representation of Christ’s love for the sinner in this situation? Should we use the personal pronouns they request? Should we not defend their lives when violence born of transphobic hatred is taken against them? Should we not validate their feelings of unbelonging, of dysphoria, acknowledging these experiences as real, even if they are not as God intended? How do we cause these individuals to feel the freedom to come to us in their pain?

    In my experience, the common factors in every trans individuals’ story are conflict, pain, and rejection. Because their gender identity has brought an incredible amount of external and internal turmoil into their lives, I don’t believe that the contents of the article above is helpful in initial conversations with trans or nonbinary people if we have no idea how to love them even in the midst of their brokenness. Jesus’s love eclipses both sin-of-the-world (inescapable pain and loneliness and death) and sin-of-the-heart (our unrighteous acts and words and thoughts). Though a trans person and I might differ in definitions of the second kind of sin, surely we can connect in reference to the first. All humans long for a reversal of sin-of-the-world more than we long for any of those sins-of-the-heart; I believe it would be wrong of me to not acknowledge all of the awful hurt that is caused because of a person’s dysphoria.

    Honestly, I need feedback. I need someone to tell me what’s expected of me; I just want to know what I’m doing wrong, why so many of my brothers and sisters in Christ frown upon the time that I spend with my friends that happen to be trans, why they wonder how I can love just one more imperfect person.

  12. Gary Ballard says:

    Proclaiming God’s word is not to be confused with judging. It is a common response by the guilty to say “don’t judge me man” when confronted with the truth as it is written. Bearing this in mind the truth should be shared in love.

  13. Antonio Martin says:

    Thank God for young men like Kevin who has a passion for the Word of God, by grace may God continue to give him wisdom and power to communicate God’s. Thank you Kevin Deyoung for such a simple biblical understanding of “What God said” about our sexual orientation.

  14. stdufr says:

    Kevin, you make it sound like people who live with gender dysphoria are on some sort of personal quest (as US Army marketing suggests) to be all they can be. You depict gender dysphoria as some sort of urge to find personal fulfillment. But your depiction does not match what people who live with gender dysphoria tell us is going on in their bodies. As Chrisitan ethicist Robert Song says, gender dysphoria is “a body that is at war with itself.”

    If gender dysphoria is one more pursuit of self-gratification, then some of what you say applies biblical teaching to that sin. But, those who genuinely live with the conflict and determine to be faithful to Christ, deny that their goal is self-gratification.

    However, if gender dysphoria is in fact the overthrow of something at the core of our being (and we affirm that the extent of sin reaches that far and goes that deeply), then the biblical response is to come along side as yoke-fellows and walk faithfully together as we pick up the broken pieces and live toward resurrection as completely (albeit imperfectly) as possible in a fallen world. We are not promised healing in this life, but even in the face of death, we live with hope that our Saviour will make all things new when he stands once again upon the soil of the world made new. Until then, even living with the confidence of God’s presence and hope of resurrection, we struggle and groan, sometimes only able to grasp at straws of common grace.

  15. Matt says:

    Kevin, you are correct in what you say about Scripture, but you are mistaken regarding the nature of gender dysphoria (GD) and regarding what Scripture would require of faithful Christians who live with GD.

    While it is true that a breakdown in the gender binary is “displeasing to God,” his displeasure is not aimed at the person living with GD — who, after all, has not chosen that condition but can only receive it as a circumstance of their life. Rather, as with illness and disability and other challenges that befall us in life, God cries with us at the brokenness that sin has brought into the world, and yet he stands at the side of each one of us who lives with that challenge and promises to bring us through it unto salvation if we will trust in him.

    Gender identity in a case of GD is not primarily about being “true to ourselves,” nor is it primarily about sexual intercourse or marriage. Thus, Bible passages on those topics do not decide the question of how a faithful Christian should go about living with GD. As Steve Froehlich (pastor of New Life PCA in Ithaca NY) says in a pastoral letter he has written on the topic, one way we might move towards understanding the mindset of a Christian who wishes to honor the gender binary and yet also feels a desperate need to contemplate transition as a means of coping with their GD is to consider the situation of a person with acrophobia, who knows that the 50th floor of a skyscraper is perfectly safe and yet cannot bring themselves to get aboard the elevator. Like all analogies, this one is imperfect, but I find the following line to be touching and to express the reality of both situations: “In a perfect world I should be able to, but I just can’t get there.”

    Jesus reserved his sternest words for those who “lay heavy burdens upon other men’s shoulders without lifting a finger to help them” (Matthew 23:4). Let us break that pattern, not by forsaking what the Bible teaches but by laying aside our habit of assuming we understand the situation of our neighbors better than they do. Let us seek to walk alongside our brothers and sisters who live with GD, encouraging them to honor God’s good purposes as well as they can while also helping them to live in God’s flourishing peace.

  16. Adran says:

    I seriously don’t believe there is a god or that any of christianity makes any sort of sense. We are all our own person and can do whatever we want with our lives. If we feel uncomfortable or sad or afraid and we have a solution for it(surgery, finding love whether it be the same sex) then so be it.
    If god was real i doubt he’d randomly decide “hey lemme create some little beings whom i can rule over, but not completely rule over because they’ll have free will, but oh wait, i can determine what will happen to them once they perish because i made them hahaha!” Its just so idiotic and literally makes no sense. Thats cruel anyway. We never asked to be created. This world is so damn complicated i dont see how a kind n loving god could put us in this mess.
    People say god knows wat we will do before we even think it, whether it be good or bad. Ok… so either he is a cruel torturer who wants to experiment with us by watching us suffer and wonder around lost in this obsticle course called life that he made for us, or…oh wait thats the only option. Yet i dont understand why people love him. I guess theyre just afraid of dying. Of thinking “wat if there is a god???” Doubt it.
    People should just mind their business. U dont need a god to be respectful n love n just be a decent human being. Let others be who they wanna be. Let them love their lives n the people in it. N if ur choice is to believe in god then ok…but dont ever say someones decision to maintain a happy life is a bad thing just because u r simply diluted.

  17. Anne Harris says:

    As a Christian, the words of both the Old Testament and the New Testament, have always been a rock for understanding many things. As a transgendered (male to female) I found a division within me, the cognitive dissonance if you will that is now known as Gender Dysphoria. I have been married within church law, and have two beautiful daughters and one grandchild. My faith sustains me through my work as a counselor with some of the most horribly damaged adults and children and my volunteer efforts in a hospice program. I waited a very long time to “transition,” and spent decades in prayer, study and listening to church leaders. Still the Lord and I seem to be in agreement that my true and spiritual self is best expressed through my feminine voice, and presence. I still attend my church, sing in our choir, but I’m the only female appearing member of the bass section. I have counseled literally hundreds of persons with Gender Dysphoria and their relationship to God, for the believers, is very strong. They had found the experience of His Love, through Christ, transcends the matters of flesh and they live as God made them as perfectly as all of His creations. Please do not be distracted by the showy celebrities, who garner the attention of a greedy media. The ones of us who are brave enough to say I am Christian, and I am transgendered by God, want and need your compassion, and the Grace of He who came to lift us up. We are not evil nor are most of us confused, and rest assured that we are a small percentage of the larger population and we would never wish our path upon anyone who doesn’t know it as their own. Young people are committing suicide, good youngsters who need you to approach them with love and acceptance as He has taught us. In the End, judgement is, but please leave that for the Divine and open your hearts to us and support us with love. By the Grace of God, you might steady someone and help them to experience His Love even though we, like all, have sinned.

  18. you're so dense lmao says:

    not only is this article all opinion and no facts, but you’re also killing trans children by putting this bullshit into the minds of parents everywhere. this is not christianity. you are condemning those you do not share the same beliefs with. invalidating transgender people, especially children, and telling other parents to do the same is the reason trans people have such a high mortality rate. you’re killing people. you’re killing kids. maybe not directly, but you are still breaking the commandments. think about that for a minute.

  19. readenoch says:

    God’s words are clear and binding and not up for negotiation. The human race may believe they can cross wires in the name of science but that matters not. Transgender, transhumanism and transitioning away from creation and what has already been laid down as law won’t work for all those involved. The fallen angels are fallen because they defied God’s will and were thrown out of heaven down to earth. Are these trans-genders and promoters of transgenderism following God’s will? No they are not. In fact the promoters are the eljo just continuing their dirty work on earth.

  20. David says:

    I read every single thing said by everyone here.

    I want to say I was raised Baptist and attended private schools and I got my degree in social work.

    Now I analyze all of what you say here and come up with questions and curiousitiws of who is saying what.

    The person saying they do not believe in god seems to not know the Bible well, or have only experienced arrogant, loud mouths telling people what to do and assumed that is what their god said to do. I pondered how easy it is for so-called self-professed Christians to push that person as far from God as possible. I believe that was not what Jesus commanded by the way.

    Some person bravely self-identified as a travswoman AND being a Christian. They explored that all of you stop pushing trans people away from church and God by that know-it-all attitude and instead love everyone because you do NOT understand what people are going through. Frankly I do not see any care about the consequences of how they appear to people with dysphoria, and I wonder how many have committed suicide and left God or Christianity for something else due to what was typed here.

    I wonder also about the way Jesus will judge these commenters, as they judge so harshly, by the letter of the law, erroneously many kept referring to homosexuality for transgender people as well, poor judges.

    Transgender people can be monogamous, they can be attracted to same or opposite sex, and some are asexual and do not want any sex at all. So if a transgender woman wanted to marry another woman (treats or cisgender) is this something you cheer as straight or frown on as lesbian?

    I have met people who speak with these tones before, a lot from Florida, and it may be a cultural thing where it is what they said or else “end of story.” This shutting the door on conversation, the refusal to let the other person even speak and be heard, is not Christ-like. I can tell you that.

    I see so many arrogant Pharasees who self identify as saved Christians, but I am curious if they really are. Sometimes the loudest brashest people are the most insecure and sinful. Yeah I am wondering what kinds of sins each of the arrogant posters do? Well God knows, so one day we all will find out.

    Here is the thing, your duty is to love, and bring them to Jesus so he can do the rest. But you are pushing away everyone not good enough in your own eyes. That is usurping a role that God did not grant you. And this means many good folks are going to hell because of you. Do not bother justifying the “said with love” thingy to me, save it for your own judgement day trial. We all will be there listening.

    And it isn’t just trabsfolks you have pushed away, you push away gays, intersex, people being beaten by spouses and wanting divorce to not die, people who are homeless and found salvation through a church ministry but are not actually wanted after that contact, people with addictions as AA and others had to purposefully not be directly from the church to exist, girls who got pregnant unmarried and also anybody born to a woman who was pregnant unmarried, and in addition I’ve seen micro-oppressions to prevent the poor, the disabled, the Deaf who use ASL, people who are immigrants and asylum seekers and refugees who do not speak English well or have money to contribute, and those with mental illnesses treated like unwelcome guests. In fact I’ve heard pastors tell these last few folks to go to another church, even named the church they ought to try, and said they are not called to serve these folks.

    I really can see the end times approaching. I remember reading Recelations and other books well. I just had no idea why people would hate Christians so much they would behead them until now. You all cleared it up so well. You are as arrogant and selfish as they were in Noah’s time, and you make God look cruel. If you will not repent, good luck. You gonna need it where you are heading.

  21. Paul Swan says:

    Galatians 3:28: ‘…there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.’

  22. Elizabeth G. Calhoun says:

    What an utterly hateful and petty set of beliefs. Christianity is falling off, nowadays many raised in the church are leaving. I am one of those people because it was full of hatred masked as caring and love. It all seemed so petty to me to be going on some crusade against gays and transgenders (lesbians, oddly, get more of a pass).

  23. Krysten Grissom says:

    I think it’s more useful to consider the 10,000-foot view of the church, from Peter’s Rock to the present. The Church has often engaged in much folly and wrong thinking. The Spanish Inquisition by the Catholic Church. The Catholic sales of indulgences that led to Martin Luther’s Reformation. The subsequent Salem Witch Trials of the Protestant Tradition. The official endorsement of slavery and racism by the Protestant congregations, standing on all the Scriptures relating to slavery (most true of the Southern Baptist Church). All founded in the strictest Scriptural orthodoxy. However, Christians today who have never studied in the secular tradition have only a skewed and biased view of the Church. It is pristine in their eyes, unblemished by the wrongs of Church from the past. In light of the Church’s checkered past, my prediction is that eventually, the hardline stance of the Church against transgender individuals will pass. The Church will eventually embrace transgender individuals and this epoch in Church history will again be counted as a mistake in their past, not unlike their official endorsements of slavery. Paul even says himself in Galatians 3:38 that there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, there is no MALE or FEMALE, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. There’s your revision of Genesis. Jesus changed EVERYTHING. He revised it all. He FULFILLED it. We live now under grace and not law. It’s the difference between mercy and justice. The Biblical argument could go on, but I stick to my original premise, namely, that this strict orthodoxy will eventually crumble. Just like the slavery endorsement. I am a transgender individual who happens to believe I am forgiven, if the condition really is even a sin. In any case, the lesson from Church history seems to be that ALL current suppositions and arguments of the Church will eventually evolve and come to accept the folly of its misinterpretations. Time will tell, but as the old adage holds, history does repeat itself, where we like it or not.

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Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He is chairman of the board of The Gospel Coalition, assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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