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1 What does the Bible say about being Transgender? “Is it acceptable to change your gender?” “How do you answer transgender people?” “Is it acceptable to change your gender?” “How do you answer transgender people?”

2 2 God Created… Sexual desire, function & fulfillment, Gen. 2:18, 25; Heb. 13: 4; 1 Cor. 7:3-4 Sexual desire, function & fulfillment, Gen. 2:18, 25; Heb. 13: 4; 1 Cor. 7:3-4 A new & growing vocabulary… A new & growing vocabulary… Sexual desire, function & fulfillment, Gen. 2:18, 25; Heb. 13: 4; 1 Cor. 7:3-4 Sexual desire, function & fulfillment, Gen. 2:18, 25; Heb. 13: 4; 1 Cor. 7:3-4 A new & growing vocabulary… A new & growing vocabulary…

3 3 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: “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)

4 4 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…” 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…”

5 5 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 “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

6 6 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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)

7 7 Acceptance of TG is Growing Recognized as a legitimate diagnosis by medical & psychological communities Recognized as a legitimate diagnosis by medical & psychological communities Government (proposed human rights ordinance in Eugene, OR) 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) 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) Bible is clear (Col. 2:8; Jno. 7:24; Lk. 19:10) Recognized as a legitimate diagnosis by medical & psychological communities Recognized as a legitimate diagnosis by medical & psychological communities Government (proposed human rights ordinance in Eugene, OR) 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) 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) Bible is clear (Col. 2:8; Jno. 7:24; Lk. 19:10)

8 8 Transgender Behavior is Sin God created gender, giving male & female unique, vital & distinct identities & roles God created gender, giving male & female unique, vital & distinct identities & roles Creation of gender, Gen. 1:27 Creation of gender, Gen. 1:27 Different genders necessary for reproduction, Gen. 1:28 Different genders necessary for reproduction, Gen. 1:28 God blessed gender differences, Gen. 2:18-22 God blessed gender differences, Gen. 2:18-22 Transgender is against nature, Rom. 1:26-27 (9:20-21) Transgender is against nature, Rom. 1:26-27 (9:20-21) God created gender, giving male & female unique, vital & distinct identities & roles God created gender, giving male & female unique, vital & distinct identities & roles Creation of gender, Gen. 1:27 Creation of gender, Gen. 1:27 Different genders necessary for reproduction, Gen. 1:28 Different genders necessary for reproduction, Gen. 1:28 God blessed gender differences, Gen. 2:18-22 God blessed gender differences, Gen. 2:18-22 Transgender is against nature, Rom. 1:26-27 (9:20-21) Transgender is against nature, Rom. 1:26-27 (9:20-21)

9 9 Why Transgender is Sin Consider some effects of TG behavior: Consider some effects of TG behavior: Disregards God-given gender distinctions, cf. Deut. 22:5; 1 Cor. 11:14-15 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 Provides for & promotes sin of homosexuality, Lev. 18:22; 20:13 Lack of self-control & contentment; lustful, self-defined choices, Rom. 1:24 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) Dishonors marriage & the home as ordained by God, Gen. 2:23-24; Heb. 13:4 (Eph. 6:2) Consider some effects of TG behavior: Consider some effects of TG behavior: Disregards God-given gender distinctions, cf. Deut. 22:5; 1 Cor. 11:14-15 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 Provides for & promotes sin of homosexuality, Lev. 18:22; 20:13 Lack of self-control & contentment; lustful, self-defined choices, Rom. 1:24 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) Dishonors marriage & the home as ordained by God, Gen. 2:23-24; Heb. 13:4 (Eph. 6:2)

10 10 Defenses to Justify TG Behavior “People are born that way.” “People are born that way.” If so, then God is responsible, Eccl. 11:5; Zech. 12:1 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) This line of thinking removes personal responsibility for the choices being made (Eccl. 7:29; Jas. 1:13-16) “People are born that way.” “People are born that way.” If so, then God is responsible, Eccl. 11:5; Zech. 12:1 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) This line of thinking removes personal responsibility for the choices being made (Eccl. 7:29; Jas. 1:13-16)

11 11 Defenses to Justify TG Behavior “God looks at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7).” “God looks at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7).” Say they are really a man (or woman) on the inside 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) 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 God forms the person & knows his/her identity before birth, Jer. 1:5 “God looks at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7).” “God looks at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7).” Say they are really a man (or woman) on the inside 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) 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 God forms the person & knows his/her identity before birth, Jer. 1:5

12 12 Defenses to Justify TG Behavior “We are just accommodating what we already are on the inside.” “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 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- “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) Repentance, Eph. 4:17-24 (Ezek. 18:31-32) “We are just accommodating what we already are on the inside.” “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 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- “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) Repentance, Eph. 4:17-24 (Ezek. 18:31-32)

13 13 Summary & Contrast BIBLE Gender created & assigned at birth Gen. 1:27; 1 Cor. 11:12 Gender created & assigned at birth Gen. 1:27; 1 Cor. 11:12BIBLE TRANSGENDER Gender distinctions are fluid (a matrix) Rom. 1:20-22 TRANSGENDER Gender distinctions are fluid (a matrix) Rom. 1:20-22

14 14 Summary & Contrast BIBLE Gender identity from birth Gen. 4:1 (“male”) Gender identity from birth Gen. 4:1 (“male”)BIBLE TRANSGENDER Gender is self- defined: feelings, emotion, desires, impulses, etc. TRANSGENDER Gender is self- defined: feelings, emotion, desires, impulses, etc.

15 15 Summary & Contrast BIBLE God knows gender before birth Psa. 139:13-16 God knows gender before birth Psa. 139:13-16BIBLE TRANSGENDER “God made me this way…I can’t help it, it’s who I am!” TRANSGENDER “God made me this way…I can’t help it, it’s who I am!”

16 16 Summary & Contrast BIBLE Gender differences are honored and maintained Deut. 22:5; 1 Cor. 11:14 Gender differences are honored and maintained Deut. 22:5; 1 Cor. 11:14BIBLE TRANSGENDER Gender is self- defined; Self is honored Rom. 1:25, 28; 2 Tim. 3:2, 4 TRANSGENDER Gender is self- defined; Self is honored Rom. 1:25, 28; 2 Tim. 3:2, 4

17 17 Summary & Contrast BIBLE Gender roles are defined by God & to be regarded by all 1 Cor. 11:3 Gender roles are defined by God & to be regarded by all 1 Cor. 11:3BIBLE TRANSGENDER Gender roles defined by self & society (the fruit of humanism & hedonism) TRANSGENDER Gender roles defined by self & society (the fruit of humanism & hedonism)

18 18 Summary & Contrast BIBLE Can change the heart and live a holy life 1 Pet. 4:1-3; 1:13-16 Can change the heart and live a holy life 1 Pet. 4:1-3; 1:13-16BIBLE TRANSGENDER There is no sin; people should satisfy themselves 1 Cor. 6:13, TRANSGENDER There is no sin; people should satisfy themselves 1 Cor. 6:13, 15-20

19 19 God Created Male & Female Temptations to sin are not insurmountable Temptations to sin are not insurmountable We choose our character & conduct – the person we will be (Jas. 4:7-10) 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) We must uphold the honor & distinction of male & female; not pervert it by the lusts, longings & lewdness of men (Rom. 13:11-14) Temptations to sin are not insurmountable Temptations to sin are not insurmountable We choose our character & conduct – the person we will be (Jas. 4:7-10) 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) We must uphold the honor & distinction of male & female; not pervert it by the lusts, longings & lewdness of men (Rom. 13:11-14)


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