Homosexuality and Transgenderism

I have loved and cared for, cried with and foot washed, counseled and prayed for people with all manner of sexual brokenness and confusion. As Christians, we cannot avoid this topic because it is uncomfortable, but it must be treated with love and compassion.

As in all things, my approach is to look closely at this topic through the lens of Scripture; remembering its authority. It may be an ancient text, but its accuracy and reliability are still true today.

God’s creation

God made man and woman. Humanity is by definition binary.

But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Mark 10:6-8

From the beginning, God made man and woman to be joined together as one flesh through sexual union within the confines of monogamous marriage. After the fall of man, God’s will has become confused and broken. In Genesis 19, at the very beginning of the Old Testament,  we find the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. In it, they are practicing unrestrained homosexuality in young and old alike. Tragically, where sexual brokenness goes unchallenged, it’s eventually perpetuated to the youngest and most vulnerable. Today from elementary through high school and college, youth are being instructed and encouraged to accept as truth this same sin that goes back to Genesis.

Old Testament Truths and Law

But the Old Testament law written after the events of Sodom and Gomorrah is clear in intent.

  • You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. Leviticus 18:22

  • If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. Leviticus 20:13

  • 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. Deuteronomy 22:5

  • There shall be no ritual harlot of the daughters of Israel, or a perverted one of the sons of Israel. Deuteronomy 23:17

Homosexual, transgenderism, and even cross-dressing behavior is forbidden in the strongest of terms. Per Dr. Robert Gagnon, “These men thought themselves possessed by an androgynous deity. As self-perceived women in male bodies they attempted to erase their masculine identity with feminine dress, manners, occupations, and sometimes even castration. The biblical writers rejected any presumption that these birth-males were females.” 

The Old Testament was a theocracy. How does modern society unravel these truths? First society tries to untwist Old Testament passages to make them sound ridiculous. It is exploited to seem unrealistic and unkind. While Old Testament dietary, ceremonial and sacrificial laws were replaced in the New Testament, what remained unchanged was moral law. Contrary to popular opinion, the New Testament lifts up and emphasizes moral law. 

New Testament Truth Emphasized

Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 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. Romans 1:22-27

 Notice the exchange from uncleanness, lusts, dishonor, and truth to lies. Exchanging natural use to something shameful.

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Let’s unpack these words:

  • Fornicators: this includes pornography and heterosexual sex outside marriage

  • Homosexual: malakos, effeminate, soft-ones, men becoming effeminate to attract male partners. Per Dr. Robert Gagnon, “The writers of Scripture viewed any attempts at overriding one’s birth-sex as abhorrent, a sacrilege against the structures of maleness or femaleness created by God, and ultimately a rebellion against the Creator who made our bodies.”

  • Sodomites: arsenokoytes, abusers of self with mankind, damage done

There are 31,102 verses in the Bible. Not one of them condones, encourages or excuses homosexual or transgender behavior. In fact, it is forbidden in the strongest possible terms. We either believe and trust the authority of Scripture or we do not. Even when it becomes unpopular.

Medical Opinions aligns with Scripture

In the United States, 6 in 1,000 Americans identify as Transgender. 1 in 10,000 males are clinically diagnosed, 1 in 30,000 females are clinically diagnosed. Many others identify as homosexual or bisexual as well. 

In an April 2017 Harvard Office of LGBTQ printed pamphlet it states, “there are more than 2 genders, gender is fluid and changing even from day to day, fight transphobia, transphobic misinformation is a form of systemic violence.”  Thus, to disagree with this opinion, we are guilty of systemic violence. 

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, has studied the transgender issue for the past 4 decades. He is the most important American psychiatrist in the last 50 years, and his thesis is clear when he shares that the idea that one’s sex is a feeling, not a fact, has permeated our culture and is leaving casualties in its wake.

Per McHugh, gender dysphoria should be treated with psychotherapy, not surgery. He further shares that:

  • Transgenderism is a “mental illness” and to enable it is equal to “collaborating with madness”.

  • As for the adults who came to us [at Johns Hopkins Hospital] claiming to have discovered their ‘true’ sexual identity and to have heard about sex-change operations, we psychiatrists have been distracted from studying the causes and natures of their mental misdirections by preparing them for surgery and for a life in the other sex.

  • We have wasted scientific and technical resources and damaged our professional credibility by collaborating with madness rather than trying to study, cure, and ultimately prevent it.

  • Transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become men. All such people become feminized men or masculinized women, counterfeits or impersonators of the sex with which they ‘identify.’

Per a McHugh/Mayer study in the fall of 2016, the  conceptual basis for sex roles is binary and stable and allows us to distinguish males from females on the grounds of their reproductive systems, even when these individuals exhibit behaviors that are not typical of males or females. Both of these esteemed physicians expressed doubt that one is born in the wrong body: “there is no evidence that all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender.” Rather, they noted the philosophy that gender is a “social construct” grew out of the feminist movement. “This idea has been an important part of a feminist movement to reform or eliminate traditional gender roles,” Mayer and McHugh wrote, pointing to several feminist literary works.

Sobering statistics

In an era of “live and let live”, what does the data show in terms of those living with this sort of confusion? 

  • Life expectancy is 24 years shorter than heterosexual.

  • Likelihood of suicide up to 200 times higher than heterosexual.

  • HIV- 2% of population, but this group comprises 61% of all HIV cases.

  • Depression, addiction, alcoholism is 50% higher than heterosexual.

  • Violence and abuse in relationships 200% higher in homosexual men than in heterosexual men, 40% of lesbians have been raped or abused by partner.

  • The average length of relationships- 1.5- 3 years, average number of sexual partners is 100-500, another 10-15% is 500-1000 and another 10-15% is 1000+.

  • Only 4.5% of homosexuals are faithful to partners, hetero women 85%, hetero men 75%

For more information on these statistics and others please reference  Dr. David Foster- Masteringlife.org and Dr. Robert Gagnon at Robgagnon.net.

Placing the source of these statistics on others who do not accept the lifestyle is merely projection of the blame outward instead of considering where the root issues lie and thus addressing them. 

Can Truth and Grace prevail?

Homosexuality and transgenderism is an approved practice by many in society. This cultural conformity leads to accusing anyone (the church and many Christians) of being bigots, haters and homophobic.  

However, this too is a distraction. I am a friend willing to tell someone they respect as a human being the truth spoken in love. Even if it is uncomfortable. Remember beloved, grace and love cannot override truth.  

After the warning of the eternal dangers of living a homosexual/transgender lifestyle, Paul says: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. “ 1 Corinthians 6:11 

There is nothing new under the sun. The church in Corinth included those who were living a homosexual lifestyle. However, in the name of Jesus and by the holy spirt these individuals were washed, fully and completely, sanctified and made holy in God’s eyes, justified and declared innocent of all guilt, free from all shame and punishment… 

Jesus loves people and He came to save, to heal and deliver us. He came to give an abundant life now and a glorious life in heaven later if we follow Him. Those who take their own path, fueled by the cultural movement that leads to literal death are based on the data, not likely to be happy in this life nor the next. Sobering truth to consider during Pride Month. 

Homosexuality and Transgenderism 

I have loved and cared for, cried with and foot washed, counseled and prayed for people with all manner of sexual brokenness and confusion. As Christians, we cannot avoid this topic because it is uncomfortable, but it must be treated with love and compassion.

As in all things, my approach is to look closely at this topic through the lens of Scripture; remembering its authority. It may be an ancient text, but its accuracy and reliability are still true today.

God’s creation

God made man and woman. Humanity is by definition binary. 

But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Mark 10:6-8

From the beginning, God made man and woman to be joined together as one flesh through sexual union within the confines of monogamous marriage. After the fall of man, God’s will has become confused and broken. In Genesis 19, at the very beginning of the Old Testament,  we find the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. In it, they are practicing unrestrained homosexuality in young and old alike. Tragically, where sexual brokenness goes unchallenged, it’s eventually perpetuated to the youngest and most vulnerable. Today from elementary through high school and college, youth are being instructed and encouraged to accept as truth this same sin that goes back to Genesis.

Old Testament Truths and Law

But the Old Testament law written after the events of Sodom and Gomorrah is clear in intent.

  • You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. Leviticus 18:22

  • If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. Leviticus 20:13

  • 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. Deuteronomy 22:5

  • There shall be no ritual harlot of the daughters of Israel, or a perverted one of the sons of Israel. Deuteronomy 23:17

Homosexual, transgenderism, and even cross-dressing behavior is forbidden in the strongest of terms. Per Dr. Robert Gagnon, “These men thought themselves possessed by an androgynous deity. As self-perceived women in male bodies they attempted to erase their masculine identity with feminine dress, manners, occupations, and sometimes even castration. The biblical writers rejected any presumption that these birth-males were females.” 

The Old Testament was a theocracy. How does modern society unravel these truths? First society tries to untwist Old Testament passages to make them sound ridiculous. It is exploited to seem unrealistic and unkind. While Old Testament dietary, ceremonial and sacrificial laws were replaced in the New Testament, what remained unchanged was moral law. Contrary to popular opinion, the New Testament lifts up and emphasizes moral law.

New Testament Truth Emphasized

Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 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. Romans 1:22-27

 Notice the exchange from uncleanness, lusts, dishonor, and truth to lies. Exchanging natural use to something shameful.

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Let’s unpack these words:

  • Fornicators: this includes pornography and heterosexual sex outside marriage

  • Homosexual: malakos, effeminate, soft-ones, men becoming effeminate to attract male partners. Per Dr. Robert Gagnon, “The writers of Scripture viewed any attempts at overriding one’s birth-sex as abhorrent, a sacrilege against the structures of maleness or femaleness created by God, and ultimately a rebellion against the Creator who made our bodies.”

  • Sodomites: arsenokoytes, abusers of self with mankind, damage done

There are 31,102 verses in the Bible. Not one of them condones, encourages or excuses homosexual or transgender behavior. In fact, it is forbidden in the strongest possible terms. We either believe and trust the authority of Scripture or we do not. Even when it becomes unpopular. 

Medical Opinions aligns with Scripture

In the United States, 6 in 1,000 Americans identify as Transgender. 1 in 10,000 males are clinically diagnosed, 1 in 30,000 females are clinically diagnosed. Many others identify as homosexual or bisexual as well. 

In an April 2017 Harvard Office of LGBTQ printed pamphlet it states, “there are more than 2 genders, gender is fluid and changing even from day to day, fight transphobia, transphobic misinformation is a form of systemic violence.”  Thus, to disagree with this opinion, we are guilty of systemic violence. 

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, has studied the transgender issue for the past 4 decades. He is the most important American psychiatrist in the last 50 years, and his thesis is clear when he shares that the idea that one’s sex is a feeling, not a fact, has permeated our culture and is leaving casualties in its wake. 

Per McHugh, gender dysphoria should be treated with psychotherapy, not surgery. He further shares that:

  • Transgenderism is a “mental illness” and to enable it is equal to “collaborating with madness”.

  • If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. Leviticus 20:13

  • 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. Deuteronomy 22:5

  • There shall be no ritual harlot of the daughters of Israel, or a perverted one of the sons of Israel. Deuteronomy 23:17

Per a McHugh/Mayer study in the fall of 2016, the  conceptual basis for sex roles is binary and stable and allows us to distinguish males from females on the grounds of their reproductive systems, even when these individuals exhibit behaviors that are not typical of males or females. Both of these esteemed physicians expressed doubt that one is born in the wrong body: “there is no evidence that all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender.” Rather, they noted the philosophy that gender is a “social construct” grew out of the feminist movement. “This idea has been an important part of a feminist movement to reform or eliminate traditional gender roles,” Mayer and McHugh wrote, pointing to several feminist literary works.

Sobering statistics

In an era of “live and let live”, what does the data show in terms of those living with this sort of confusion? 

  • Life expectancy is 24 years shorter than heterosexual.

  • Likelihood of suicide up to 200 times higher than heterosexual.

  • HIV- 2% of population, but this group comprises 61% of all HIV cases.

  • Depression, addiction, alcoholism is 50% higher than heterosexual.

  • Violence and abuse in relationships 200% higher in homosexual men than in heterosexual men, 40% of lesbians have been raped or abused by partner.

  • Only 4.5% of homosexuals are faithful to partners, hetero women 85%, hetero men 75%

For more information on these statistics and others please reference  Dr. David Foster- Masteringlife.org and Dr. Robert Gagnon at Robgagnon.net.

Placing the source of these statistics on others who do not accept the lifestyle is merely projection of the blame outward instead of considering where the root issues lie and thus addressing them. 

Can Truth and Grace prevail?

Homosexuality and transgenderism is an approved practice by many in society. This cultural conformity leads to accusing anyone (the church and many Christians) of being bigots, haters and homophobic.  

However, this too is a distraction. I am a friend willing to tell someone they respect as a human being the truth spoken in love. Even if it is uncomfortable. Remember beloved, grace and love cannot override truth.  

After the warning of the eternal dangers of living a homosexual/transgender lifestyle, Paul says: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. “ 1 Corinthians 6:11 

There is nothing new under the sun. The church in Corinth included those who were living a homosexual lifestyle. However, in the name of Jesus and by the holy spirt these individuals were washed, fully and completely, sanctified and made holy in God’s eyes, justified and declared innocent of all guilt, free from all shame and punishment… 

Jesus loves people and He came to save, to heal and deliver us. He came to give an abundant life now and a glorious life in heaven later if we follow Him. Those who take their own path, fueled by the cultural movement that leads to literal death are based on the data, not likely to be happy in this life nor the next. Sobering truth to consider during Pride Month. 

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