“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body,” says the Apostle Paul. What does that mean?
People feel comfortable saying, “I have a woman’s body but I am a man inside.” Yet how do we indeed come to know ourselves inside? Can we know who we are without any help from the outside, like from our bodies or our friends or our Creator? A moment’s thought should undo this falsehood.
We just put a bathroom in our basement. But we know that those who come may be muddy.
I meet a lot of Christians looking for answers about transgenderism. Many feel like they don’t know where to begin. The best treatments are going to attempt to give you a framework through which to understand some of these issues. That deeper look can help you to navigate the strange terrain. If you are looking for such reliable and understandable books to help, here are the best three I have encountered.
A few years ago, Tim was a troubled 20-something year old. One day Tim learned about transgenderism and thought, “This is it!” Tim became certain that living as the other gender was the answer to his troubles. So he changed his name to Darlene, marched down to the nearest doctor’s office and got a quick diagnosis of gender dysphoria, which allowed him to start taking hormones to make his body change. But Tim didn’t realize the trouble to his body that this would bring.
Last week, two Wisconsin citizens sued their state Department of Health Services for not covering their sex-change operations under Medicaid, stating that science backs them up. What does the science really say?
The Endocrine Society’s position statement on transgender health promises that “considerable scientific evidence has emerged demonstrating a durable biological element underlying gender identity.” The Society uses these results to advise insurance companies to cover sex changes operations. I am still waiting to see the “considerable scientific evidence” of a biologically based gender identity apart from one’s biological sex.
Great Britain, ‘great’ in many ways, is also ahead of America in the disintegration of gender. Transgender (Talking Points series), by Vaughan Roberts, reflects this greater experience. It understands gender dysphoria from a Christian Creation-Fall-Redemption framework.
People have a hard time suppressing all of God’s truth. There is usually some of His common grace operating wherever you see relationships. When you come to recognize the Biblical principles of gender, you can see the good happening even when dressed in some gaudily bad outfits.
I am a woman who has struggled intensely with lust and sexual sin for most of my life, while also battling deep shame in the context of a church that always speaks about sexuality as a man’s struggle. The painful lie is that something is disgustingly wrong with me, that especially in church, I can’t talk about it.