Navigating transgenderism in today’s world can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be.
How Gender is Determined
The simple explanation:
- Human cells contain 23 pairs of chromosomes to make a total of 46 chromosomes.
- Twenty-two of these pairs are the same in both males and females.
- The 23rd pair are the sex chromosomes.
- If you have two X chromosomes, you are female.
- If you have one X and one Y chromosome, you are male.
- The human body is comprised of approximately 37 trillion cells.
- Every cell in your body identifies you as either a male or a female!
Science validates what the Bible says.
“So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Not convinced? Let’s take a few minutes to look at how science validates what the Bible says.
The BIG LIE of Transgenderism
- According to Wikipedia, transgender people ‘have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex’.
- Transgender people are sometimes called trans-sexual if they desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another.
- The BIG LIE is that you can change your ‘assigned sex’!
Interesting… who assigned your sex?
Your sex was assigned to you by God. He loves you so much that He wants you to be totally secure in what sex you are. God stamped your assigned sex into every one of your 37 trillion cells by way of your chromosomes. He intended that your sexual identity never be a matter of confusion for you. As a matter of fact, God doesn’t even want you to have to give this matter a second thought!
The Hazard of the Big Lie
Every one of your 37 trillion cells has your assigned sex stamped into them by way of your sex chromosomes (X and Y chromosomes). But yet some people try to change their sex.
A woman who attempts to change into a man will take hormones to make her voice deeper, have her breasts surgically removed, and have her ovaries and uterus removed. She will attempt to surgically create a penis by sewing skin from her body together. More surgery will alter her clitoris in an attempt to form it into something that resembles a penis.
A man who attempts to change into a woman will take hormones that make him lose body hair, enlarge his breasts, have his testes removed and have his Adam’s apple surgically altered to make it smaller. He will have facial surgery to make his face look more feminine, and he will turn his penis inside-out in an attempt to make it like a female vagina.
Even with all of our surgical advances, no matter what steps are taken, a person’s 37 trillion cells will still identify them according to the sex they were originally assigned.
Got DID NOT make a mistake when he assigned your sex to you!
Your Sex and Your Name Testify that You Are Loved
God wants you to be secure in your sexual identity so He took care of that for you. He assigned your sex to you. He never wanted you to be confused about it. He made you to be either a male or a female. You are one or the other. You are not some blend of male and female. You are either 100% male or you are 100% female.
In His love for you, God made another assignment. He assigned your parents the responsibility of naming you. This is another aspect of your identity. By these two means – the assignment of your sex and the assignment of your name – God wants you to have a secure start in life.
So what does a person do who pursues transgenderism? They try to change their sex and their name. They reject the secure position God sought to bless them with. Consequently, they become insecure, unstable, and confused.
Let’s be content and rejoice in who God made us to be!
Confusion About Sexual Identity
What about the person who says, “I feel I was meant to be the opposite sex” (or some blend of different genders)? Some have called this ‘gender confusion’. We must understand that confusion is a result of not knowing what the Truth is. You may have a very strong feeling about something, but that doesn’t make it true. You may just be confused. There is only one source of ultimate truth… Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life.”
When we learn and live in the truth of Christ and His teachings as they are recorded in the Bible, we will clear up the confusion. We will become more confident, living in agreement with God’s truth instead of at odds with it. Remember this – if you aren’t living in Truth, you are living in lies.
God has already assigned our sexual identity to each of us. That is the truth!
Pediatricians are speaking out!
On September 27, 2018, Townhall.com posted a report on California’s new Transgender Law that allows children as young as 12 years old to receive taxpayer-funded transgender treatments and services without parental consent. Townhall further reported that prior to passage of the bill, the American College of Pediatricians filed testimony against the legislation strongly urging California legislators to reject it. “Children with gender dysphoria believe that they are not their biological sex,” the March 2018 testimony read. “A delusion is a fixed false belief. This bill proposes that foster children with gender dysphoria be socially affirmed into their delusion, and allowed to obtain experimental puberty blockers and dangerous cross-sex hormones and surgery without parental consent.”
There are those in the media, educational system, government and other sectors of our culture who strongly advocate for transgenderism and these life-altering, radical procedures as if it’s all based on established science and widespread agreement.
In reality, these are experimental hormonal and surgical procedures that result in tragic consequences. California has stripped parents of their God-given authority to exercise protective care over their children as they navigate an area of confusion in their lives.
Is it wise to engage in a life-altering, irreversible process while in a state of confusion?
The Townhall article continues…
“The American College of Pediatricians cited a number of statistics in favor of their position against the bill, including the fast that roughly 88% of gender dysphoric girls and 98% of gender dysphoric boys will, if given time, go on to identify with their biological sex by late adolescence.
“The testimony also detailed a number of dangerous side effects associated with puberty blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones. Those side effects allegedly include heart attack, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and cancer, in addition to the fact that transgender adults are 20 times more likely to commit suicide than those in the general population.
“Passage of this legislation will allow emotionally disturbed children to consent to dangerous life-altering procedures that will not reduce their risk for suicide in the long term,” warned the American College of Pediatricians. ‘This would be a criminal outcome.’”
Despite all this testimony, governor Jerry Brown signed the California bill into law on September 14, 2018.
When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalm 11:3
The Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference…
A person who struggles with transgender issues can be in a real place of anguish. This may drive them to consider some of the drastic actions described earlier – like hormonal and surgical treatments. To add to the confusion, some elements of society act as though there is something heroic in pursuing this course.
But… there is nothing heroic or virtuous in attempting to alter what God has clearly established. A person can take hormones and undergo radical surgery, but no one can change the chromosomes in 37 trillion cells.
There are certain matters God has settled. Instead of fighting Him, let’s come into agreement with His eternal wisdom!
The Wages of Sin is Death
Sin is the pursuit of a course that is contrary to the will of God.
God hates sin because He loves you. He doesn’t want you to sin because He doesn’t want you to suffer the consequences.
Some people pursue sin and then shake an angry fist at God when they suffer the consequences, but it was not God who hurt them. They hurt themselves through their pursuit of sin.
The pursuit of transgenderism is fruitless. People who refuse to give up transgenderism have a much higher suicide rate than the general population. Those who follow through with the radical procedures of sexual transition have an even higher rate of suicide. That should make it obvious that the course they chose did not solve their problems. Yet, these tragic consequences are predictable, because “the wages of sin is death”. -Romans 6:23
Let us pursue real life in obedience to our gracious God!
What if I’ve already taken the plunge?
What if you have already taken the steps to a gender transition?
Thanks be to God that He has blessed us with a way to be forgiven when we’ve taken an ill-advised course. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to pay for our sins. Through faith in Christ, we can be forgiven and begin a new life!
If you’ve pursued a transgender lifestyle, you have sinned. The solution to the problem of sin is to repent and place your faith in Jesus Christ. To repent means simply to change your mind so that it comes into agreement with God. After doing this, accept God’s forgiveness offered through His Son and begin to walk with Him, then get involved in a Bible-believing church and grow in the Christian faith!
Find the help of Godly counsel.
You may need help if you are struggling with issues of gender confusion. A godly and wise Christian counselor or pastor can assist you in finding the help you need. Remember, God doesn’t want to condemn you. He wants to adopt you as His very own!
The path to change may seem overwhelming at times, but God as well as other faithful believers will come alongside you and help you! Stick with it. There are others who have had these struggles but they are now content with their new identity as a forgiven believer. Focus on growing in your relationship with Jesus and in your Christ-centered friendships. It’s time to explore your true identity – and destiny – as a committed follower of Jesus Christ!
Understanding the Difference between Love and Approval
There are those who scream and rail against churches and Christians who dare to speak out against transgenderism.
“Who are you to judge!”
“Transgenders need empathy and affirmation, not preaching!”
There are even those who accuse such churches as being a ‘hate group’.
We live in a culture that has lost its grip on God and has now lost its way. One significant sign of this is the failure to understand the difference between unconditional love and unconditional approval.
God loves us unconditionally. His church is called to love others unconditionally. But this is not the same as approving of every viewpoint and behavior. Some viewpoints and behaviors lead to tragic consequences. God has assigned churches to warn people against misguided beliefs and encourage them to turn toward Biblical truth where they will find the path of genuine healing and wholeness.
Our commitment to those who struggle with transgender confusion:
- We will love you unconditionally, right where you are. We will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with you so that you have an opportunity to know the redemptive power of God’s love in your life and become a true follower of Jesus Christ.
- We will do our best to share God’s Truth with you in love so that you can become settled in His best plan for your life. We will teach you what God approves of and what He disapproves of.
- We will give you time to sort through the issues of your life, yet we will not expect you to instantly understand the teachings of the Bible in order to incorporate them into your life.
- We will do our best to teach you what the Bible says in all matters, including those relating to sexual identity and gender.
We will support your efforts to come into agreement with the Word of God by praying with and for you, sharing with you, and forming friendships with you. Contact us at (920) 794-1674.