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What does the Bible say about being Transgender?. “Is it acceptable to change your gender?” “How do you answer transgender people?”. God Created…. Sexual desire, function & fulfillment , Gen. 2:18, 25; Heb. 13: 4; 1 Cor. 7:3-4 A new & growing vocabulary…. Transgender Vocabulary….

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what does the bible say about being transgender

What does the Bible say about being Transgender?

“Is it acceptable to change your gender?”

“How do you answer transgender people?”

god created
God Created…
  • Sexual desire, function & fulfillment, Gen. 2:18, 25; Heb. 13: 4; 1 Cor. 7:3-4
  • A new & growing vocabulary…
transgender vocabulary
Transgender Vocabulary…
  • Transgender: “describes a range of people with conflicts or questions about their gender. They include people who are born male but think of themselves as female, or vice versa, or people who are preparing for a sex change operation, or those who have had a sex change.” (The Register-Guard, Eugene, OR, May 29, 2005)
transgender vocabulary4
Transgender Vocabulary…
  • Gender identity: “It was not until 1955 that John Money, Ph.D. first used the term “gender” to discuss sexual roles, adding in 1966 the term “gender identity” while conducting his gender research at Johns Hopkins. In 1974, Dr. N.W. Fisk provided our now familiar diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria. Previously, one’s sexual role was considered one of two discrete, non-overlapping congenital attributes — male or female…”
what are experts saying about gender
What are “experts” saying about gender?
  • “My review of current research and experience with gender dysphoric, gay and traditional clients has led me to see gender not as a bimodal male or female dichotomy but as a matrix - a possible mix of male and female development within the same individual.” -Carl W. Bushong, PhD, LMFT
what the bible says about gender
What the Bible says about Gender?
  • So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply… (Gen. 1:27-28)
  • 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. (Gen. 2:22-23)
acceptance of tg is growing
Acceptance of TG is Growing
  • Recognized as a legitimate diagnosis by medical & psychological communities
  • Government (proposed human rights ordinance in Eugene, OR)
  • Media is sympathetic (AP report of the trial of murder suspects of 17 yr. old Edward “Gwen” Araujo in Hayward, CA)
  • Bible is clear (Col. 2:8; Jno. 7:24; Lk. 19:10)
transgender behavior is sin
Transgender Behavior is Sin
  • God created gender, giving male & female unique, vital & distinct identities & roles
    • Creation of gender,Gen. 1:27
    • Different genders necessary for reproduction,Gen. 1:28
    • God blessed gender differences,Gen. 2:18-22
    • Transgender is against nature, Rom. 1:26-27 (9:20-21)
why transgender is sin
Why Transgender is Sin
  • Consider some effects of TG behavior:
    • Disregards God-given gender distinctions,cf. Deut. 22:5; 1 Cor. 11:14-15
    • Provides for & promotes sin of homosexuality,Lev. 18:22; 20:13
    • Lack of self-control & contentment; lustful, self-defined choices,Rom. 1:24
    • Dishonors marriage & the home as ordained by God,Gen. 2:23-24; Heb. 13:4 (Eph. 6:2)
defenses to justify tg behavior
Defenses to Justify TG Behavior
  • “People are born that way.”
    • If so, then God is responsible, Eccl. 11:5; Zech. 12:1
    • This line of thinking removes personal responsibility for the choices being made (Eccl. 7:29; Jas. 1:13-16)
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Defenses to Justify TG Behavior
  • “God looks at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7).”
    • Say they are really a man (or woman) on the inside
    • 1 Sam. 16:7: God sees one’s character, motives & will (not discussing gender)
    • God forms the person & knows his/her identity before birth, Jer. 1:5
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Defenses to Justify TG Behavior
  • “We are just accommodating what we already are on the inside.”
    • No, TG behavior accommodates choices made on the inside (in one’s heart),Prov. 23:7; 3:1-8
    • “If God made you a particular sex, shouldn’t you stay with that, no matter how you feel on the inside?”-YES-
    • Repentance,Eph. 4:17-24 (Ezek. 18:31-32)
summary contrast

Gender created & assigned at birthGen. 1:27; 1 Cor. 11:12


Gender distinctions are fluid (a matrix)Rom. 1:20-22

Summary & Contrast
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Gender identity from birthGen. 4:1 (“male”)


Gender is self-defined: feelings, emotion, desires, impulses, etc.

Summary & Contrast
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God knows gender before birthPsa. 139:13-16


“God made me this way…I can’t help it, it’s who I am!”

Summary & Contrast
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Gender differences are honored and maintainedDeut. 22:5; 1 Cor. 11:14


Gender is self-defined; Self is honoredRom. 1:25, 28; 2 Tim. 3:2, 4

Summary & Contrast
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Gender roles are defined by God & to be regarded by all 1 Cor. 11:3


Gender roles defined by self & society (the fruit of humanism & hedonism)

Summary & Contrast
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Can change the heart and live a holy life 1 Pet. 4:1-3; 1:13-16


There is no sin; people should satisfy themselves1 Cor. 6:13, 15-20

Summary & Contrast
god created male female
God Created Male & Female
  • Temptations to sin are not insurmountable
  • We choose our character & conduct – the person we will be (Jas. 4:7-10)
  • We must uphold the honor & distinction of male & female; not pervert it by the lusts, longings & lewdness of men (Rom. 13:11-14)