What does the Bible say about transgenderism?

 

       My dear friends we live in an exciting time when new things are happening.  Technology exists today like never before.  We even have the technology to manipulate hormones and the basic body parts that make us who we are.

 

     A question that has risen recently is, what does the Bible say about transgenderism?  Is God in favor of this?  How should I respond to the growing popularity of this subject?

 

     Let’s first start with the definition of transgenderism.  Oxford Online dictionary defines it as, “A state or condition in which a person’s identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional ideas of male or female gender”.  In other words a male that feels as though he is female or vice versa.

 

     With Bruce Jenner hitting the spotlight as he becomes Caitlyn Jenner many questions arise, not to mention some eyebrows.  Let’s take a look at some Bible passages and then we will look at some ramifications of the idea of transgenderism.

 

     Deuteronomy 22:5 – A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God.

 

     The Bible speaks very clearly on the subject of dressing like the opposite sex.  Many people will be quick to jump in and say “but they feel like they are the opposite sex” or “they were just put in the wrong body”.  We then must ask the question, does God make mistakes when He creates?

 

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

 

     Jeremiah 1:5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee…

 

     God is clearly saying here that it is in fact He that creates.  When He created men and women He created us distinct and different from each other.  The male and female both have specific rolls to play in a relationship and while we were created equal we were, in fact, created different.

 

     Ephesians 5:31 - For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

 

     With this topic we must also address the topic of homosexuality briefly.  The way the two (male and female) become one is through sexual intercourse in having a child.  Therefore two partners of the same sex cannot become one flesh.

 

     Let’s look at some of the ramifications of transgenderism as seen in the Bible.

 

     Romans 1: 24-32 - Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

 

     Notice that in the last part of verse 32 that those who approve of such behavior are just a guilty as those who participate in it.

 

     Satan has brought the family unit, and the rolls inside the family unit, under attack.  What is really at the heart of this issue is sin.  Satan is attacking the family to distract us from Jesus and His salvation. 

 

     It may seem a bit harsh and a call to reality but that is exactly what God must do from time to time to get our attention.

 

     The recent development of the Bruce Jenner story is being fueled by Satan to use a popular figure to blur the lines between right and wrong.  As we grow nearer to the return of Jesus, Satan will use more scenarios like this to continue to blur these lines.

 

     Many may say that they are proud of Bruce Jenner for being himself and having the courage to do what is right for him.  However, he is doing anything but being himself.

 

     By making this seem ok we are opening the floodgates of more situations like the one in Denver, Colorado where a seven year old boy named Bobby Montoya, who identified himself as a girl is now allowed to enter into Girl Scouts.

 

     We also see this in Boy Scouts.  In May 23, 2013 it was voted that they accept gay youth.  President of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert M. Gates is calling for an end to the ban on adult homosexuals in the illustrious organization. 

 

     While this article may not be popular and may even be viewed as homophobic, these are not my ideas.  This article simply reflects what is written in the Word of God.  This is a call for Christians to stand for our beliefs.  Be confident in the Word of God and reflect His character in your life. 

 

     While God loves the sinner He hates the sin.  Jesus died on the cross for all people and it is His desire that we all come to repentance. 

 

     Acts 2:27-39 - 37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”