Popular sentiment notwithstanding, transgenderism is repugnant to God. The Almighty did not intend fluidity between the genders when He created humanity – quite the opposite, in fact. “In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created” (Genesis 5:1-2). Mankind is composed of two very distinct categories, male and female, and what each is, is what God made, not what the individual chose.
Jesus taught that “you cannot make one hair white or black” (Matthew 5:36). Although dye may be used, even something as simple as hair color cannot be permanently altered. The effects are merely temporary. Gender cannot be changed either. A man may mutilate his genitals and replace them with what approximates a woman’s in appearance, but he will never possess a fertile womb. He may have silicone or saline injected to form breasts, but he will never lactate and nourish a child thereby. Hormone treatments may confuse his body, but without them, things will revert to normal. Cosmetic augmentations can never turn a man into a woman, or a woman into a man. It is impossible.
“There are eunuchs”, the Master acknowledged (Matthew 19:12). A eunuch, by definition, is an emasculated man. The Lord explained, “there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb”, meaning they suffered birth defects. “There are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men”, meaning they underwent castration to serve without sexual temptation, usually as a royal official (cf. Esther 1:10-12; Daniel 1:3-18). “There are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake”, meaning they have forfeited sexual pleasure in order to please God; in some cases this celibacy is required to abstain from sin (Matthew 19:9), and in others it is chosen as a matter of personal devotion (1st Corinthians 7:7-9, 32-33). Jesus provided three reasons one might become a eunuch: birth defect, royal service, or spiritual devotion; not one of these reasons even remotely resembles the modern notion of altering gender identity. In fact, the most famous eunuch in Scripture is described as “a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury” (Acts 8:27). Although he was a eunuch, the Ethiopian treasurer remained a man. His manhood was not severed to become something other than a man.
Masculinity should be embraced by men, not scorned. On his deathbed, King David admonished his son Solomon, the heir to his throne, “Prove yourself a man” (2nd Kings 2:2). To provide Israel with proper leadership, God said, “I sought for a man” (Ezekiel 22:30). There are different assignments for men than there are for women in the home (Ephesians 5:22-33) and in the church (1st Corinthians 14:34-35). Men must look like men, not women, and women must look women, not men (1st Corinthians 11:14-15; Deuteronomy 22:5).
Rhetorically, Jesus asked, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female’…?” (Matthew 19:4). Gender is God’s doing and none should strive against God to countermand His creative work. “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Does not the potter have power over the clay…?” (Romans 9:20-21).
Those who are confused need to learn, from Scripture, and from worthy examples in life, how to be the men God intends them to be. They should not surrender their male identities and pose as women. The public should certainly not encourage nor applaud such despicable antics. These souls need good, godly counsel from those who want to honor the Master and help His creatures. They certainly don’t need their perverse inclinations enabled.
By Bryan Matthew Dockens
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