Transgenderism and Scripture

As I rather suspected, my article on transgenderism sparked a bit of controversy. In the previous article, I mostly tried to view transgenderism from a scientific perspective.  The article was geared towards explaining why evolutionists have an issue with transgenderism and why science does not support the ideas behind transgenderism. This article will be mostly free from all of that. I want to examine today, why transgenderism violates Scripture.  I know this will not be popular. I don’t care. I would rather stand by the Scriptures, than win praise of men in this world.

What does the Scripture say about transgenderism? I doubt anyone will be surprised to learn that the word “transgender” does not appear in the Bible anywhere.  This means there is no commandment anywhere that reads “Thou shalt not be transgender.”  This should surprise no one as the transgender lifestyle has only risen to popularity in recent times. It has existed for much longer than that of course. The Roman Emperor Elagabalus may have been the first person to have sex reassignment surgery done. Despite this, the lifestyle has only risen in the West in the last few decades, riding the coattails of the gay movement.

Since the Bible never discusses transgenderism, the only way to determine what God thinks about the subject is to look at the one sexual relationship He definitely condones, that of marriage.  As I mentioned in the previous post, Jesus specifically refers to Genesis when condemning divorce in Matthew 19:4 “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,”. Jesus specifically states that God originally created two genders.  The verse He is quoting is Genesis 1:27 which says “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” This verse leaves no doubt that humans are both made in God’s image and made in one of two genders, male or female.  It should not surprise anyone to learn that a third gender is never mentioned in Scripture.

How are these two separate genders to interact then? The Bible tells us that too.  Genesis 2:18 says “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Further down in verses 22-24 it says “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.” God orchestrated the very first marriage. If it was not clear that this was, in fact, a marriage, in the next verse God refers to Eve as Adam’s wife.  Why would God set up the relationship in this manner? The New Testament has the key to that.

The New Testament book of Ephesians is famous for its admonitions regarding family relationships. Ephesians 5 explains how the marriage relationship was meant to work.  After spending nearly ten verses discussing the marriage relationship, the book suddenly says in chapter 5:32 “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”  It is here that the whole point of the marriage relationship becomes clear. It is meant to picture how Christ and the church interact.  Verses 22-23 show the wife’s role, but also how the church relates to Christ. “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body”  The church is to submit to Christ. A few verses down, Christ’s role is explained. ” Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” Ephesians 5:25-27 tells us.  Christ’s role was to save and love the church. Transgenderism distorts that, by replacing the husband role with a woman, or the wife role with a man, incapable of filling the roles assigned to them. The picture meant to be conveyed is thus defaced.

However, this is not the only area where transgenderism fails when tried against Scripture. It implies that God can make mistakes.  The Bible says “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him” in Psalms 18:30. If God’s way is perfect, then He cannot make a mistake. This is undoubtedly true, else the perfect God-man, Jesus Christ could not have born the sins of humanity. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 makes it clear that Christ was sinlessly perfect and yet bore the sin for us.  If God cannot make a mistake, which the previous verses have established He cannot then consider this verse. “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” Jeremiah 1:5 says. This makes it very clear that God is intimately involved in every detail of a child’s development, including gender. This verse is not alone. Thrice in Isaiah God says a similar thing about the nation of Israel.  The Psalmist mentions being formed in his mother’s womb as well.  Thus when a man or woman is born, they are born the gender God personally chose for them. For them to decide they are something other than what God created them to be is the ultimate act of rebellion.

The Bible is just as clear as the science. There are only two genders and they are assigned at conception by God. Men are still men, and women are still women, regardless of how they choose to identify themselves.   The Bible does not admit argument. If God wanted someone to be male instead of female, He would have made them that way, just like if He had wanted someone to be born white instead of black He would have done so. To support transgenderism is to deny that God is in ultimate control and decides what each one of us should be.   People who believe themselves to be transgender do not need to be coddled. They need to be told that they are sinners in need of a Saviour. Just as we would confront any other sin, so must we confront the transgender issue with love, compassion, and Christ.  Nothing else will stem the tide of wickedness sweeping this world.




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