“Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:10
A couple of weeks ago I received a call from a mom in the community seeking input in regards to a highly controversial matter. Her school district board was about to vote on incorporating a new health curriculum that includes extensive sexual education forcing students to accept homosexuality and transgenderism as a normal lifestyle.
The consequences of this newest intrusion into local middle school and high school education are alarming. Students will be forced to share bathrooms and locker rooms with those who feel like they are just not comfortable with their original gender (including teachers), desire to alter it, or are in the process of doing so—after all, the Constitution guarantees everyone the pursuit of happiness, right? The new curriculum attempts to redefine gender as unbinding and gender identity as a choice.
This desperate mom seeking help represents thousands, perhaps millions of concerned parents around the country facing similar insane proposals imposed on their community. She shared that the new curriculum views gender separation as obsolete and gender itself as a “floating matter.” If you’re not happy as a man, you can choose to become a woman or just be a non-gender person all together. “How do I defend the correct view of what gender is?” she asked.
God’s Word has a lot to say about gender. When God created human beings, He deliberately and with a specific plan in mind “made them male and female” (Genesis 1:27). Homosexual activists are lobbying hard for the public acceptance of phony psychological research suggesting that the human evolutionary process calls for a “gender continuum” with additional genders evolving in need of recognition and nurturing—a very dangerous and unsubstantiated theory.
God knits each human being “together fearfully and wonderfully in the mother’s womb.” In His praiseworthy and unmistakable work God designates the very framework of personhood way before its development outside of the womb (Psalm 139:13–16). Therefore, no one is born “trapped in the wrong body” as some may claim. Ironically, even secular medical science recognizes transgenderism (or transsexualism) as a disorder called gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder (GID). The most common symptom is described as “discontentment with one’s own sexual identity.”
Let’s focus on the “discontentment” part for a moment. Shortly after creation, man (endowed with wholeness and perfect health) became discontent with God’s plan and boundaries. As a result, sin entered the world and polluted God’s creation. Sexual perversion soon tightened its ugly grip on humanity and corrupted entire cities (Genesis 19:1–7; Jude 7). One principle became evident: in the midst of godlessness, humanity quickly becomes confused about sexuality. Discontentment with God’s purposes and direction is at the root of all sinful conduct. Proponents of sexual deviancy would like us to believe that this is a social or philosophical issue, or even civil rights issue. In reality, this is a moral issue because in its core lies a fundamental disagreement with God’s order (1 Timothy 1:10).
God has made known His disagreement with homosexuality: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination” (Leviticus 20:13), as well as transgenderism: “A woman shall not wear a male garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 22:5). By the way, the context of this verse is certainly not about fashion choice, but sexually deviant behavior.
Some pious homosexual activists argue that only the Old Testament includes these insensitive rules, which, along with gender distinction, are abolished in the New Testament because “there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ” (Galatians 3:28). Let’s not be fooled by those who take Scripture out of context. This verse refers to a person’s standing before God in Christ and has nothing to do with sexuality. They may seek public endorsement in the extravagant behavior of a few celebrities and high profile athletes, but the New Testament is clear that homosexuality and sexual perversion is a sin and those who practice it “will not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9).
Furthermore, the special wording in 1 Corinthians 6:9 in the original Greek may refer specifically to transsexualism as the word “malakos”, which literally means “soft man.” It is translated as “male prostitute” (NIV), “effeminate” (NSAB, AVB, KJV), or “sexual pervert” (RSV, REB, NEB). It is interesting that the same verse lists this term as a separate category from “adulterers” and “homosexuals offenders.” Many scholars believe that this word is referring to transsexual men who pretend to be women.
Human gender is not a “floating matter” as the new proposed health curriculum suggests, but a matter of preordained sacred design. Teaching students in public schools that they can change their gender to achieve personal happiness is no less ridiculous (and dangerous) than suggesting that one may find contentment through surgical alteration or massive hormone therapy to become a horse or panda bear because they think they would be more happy that way. How ironic that this curriculum is referred to as a “health” program. The objective behind this type of “education” is clearly the advancement of a different goal. Does anyone seriously believe that its agenda-driven content will contribute to the students’ health in a positive way?
Here is the good news: for the humble, teachable, and contrite the gospel is a way out of any such disorder! Homosexuality, transgenderism, and other sexual deviations can be repented from, forgiven through Jesus Christ, and healed. Even as I write this blog I think of dozens of friends whom I know were personally saved and delivered from sexually deviant behavior, including pornography addiction, promiscuity, and various forms of homosexuality. Across the world this number grows to tens of thousands of those who are a living testimony to the healing power of Jesus Christ captured in this Word: “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:10).
Where is the critic or the activist now—in light of such glorious evidence?
You are loved!