In a recent issue of the Langstaff Letter, we looked at the issue of transgenderism. We now need to take this a step further by looking at the real goal of the LGBT movement that is in the midst of this issue. What is their goal? The ultimate plan and goal is to destroy the Biblical concept (1) that men and women are different and consequently (2) traditional marriage and family. As one writer put it, ‘God made them male and female, yet social progressives see gender as ‘between the ears.’
Walt Heyer, a former transgender, declared, “The LGBT activists are using this as a sort of trojan horse to break down sexual boundaries and essentially destroy what God has created. They are very anti one man and one woman and anti-traditional family. If you can destroy gender, you can destroy family.”
The LGBT movement does this by asserting that gender is fluid and changing.
IS GENDER FLUID AND CHANGING?
Harvard’s office of BGLTQ student life released a guide telling students, ‘that there are more than two sexes; gender is fluid and changing; gender may change from day to day.’ Really? If you think that this is crazy, you are right. If it were true you could be a man today and a woman tomorrow.
Gender ideology believes and teaches (Citizens Magazine August 2017):
•Gender is a social construct.
•Men and woman are not different.
•People can change from one sex to another.
•A person may be male, female, neither or some combination of the two.
So how does a Biblically based Christian respond to such viewpoints? We do it by holding to a Biblical worldview.
Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky wrote, “The modern secular mind assumes that gender and biology are not necessarily linked. Indeed, the modern assumption is that gender is essentially nothing more than a socially constructed concept that discriminates and oppresses rather than liberates.”
GOD CREATED MALE AND FEMALE
The beginning of a Biblical worldview is Genesis chapter 1 and the story of creation, where it is declared that “God created man in His own image in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
That has nothing to do with culture, nationality, ethnicity or skin color. These are objective realities. God created male and female. It is biologically true and easily observable.
Now, when you remove these distinctions, you open up all sorts of distortions. G.K. Chesterton shared this wise concept, ‘Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up.’
As Dr. Michael Brown puts it, “There is nothing more important for the long-term stability of a society than healthy marriages and healthy families. Healthy marriages will produce healthy families, which in turn will produce a healthy society. Unhealthy marriages will produce unhealthy families, which in turn will produce an unhealthy society. That’s why we dare not tamper with the meaning and purpose of marriage. If we do, we tamper with the foundations of society.”
Recently, John Stonestreet wrote about this in an article entitled ‘When Harry Became Sally,’ which is also the name of a book that examines the whole question of transgenderism from a compassionate viewpoint with a Biblical foundation. Let me quote a significant portion of this article.
“Activists challenged traditional gender roles as being oppressive and too generalized. But today the movement claims that sex is not biological, but assigned at birth. As if the doctor makes a random decision to identify a child as male or female. That’s how, the popular theory goes, boys can be trapped in girl’s bodies, and vice versa.
“This is, of course, a scientifically indefensible position, and assumes that deep in some part of one’s brain (though we’re not sure where), our true gender identity is located. The theory is advancing, not on its merits, but on political power and name-calling: that only bigots insist on biological realities.
“But even so, many Christians still wonder why they should care about this one. Maybe they are still wearied over the same-sex marriage battle, or like many of us, maybe this is one of those issues that hits a little too close to home.
“Well, I think there are at least two reasons we should care. First, Christians have always proclaimed that our bodies matter. This is no trivial point of Christian theology. Scripture tells us that God made us in His image, male and female. That Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us, and that He was physically resurrected from the dead. We cannot go along with any ideology that denies God’s created order.
“And the second reason we should care is, well, the children. Ideas have consequences, and bad ideas have victims. Transgender ideology is disproportionately aiming at children, teaching them that they are not the inherently valuable image bearers God created them to be. If we love our neighbors, especially the kids, we cannot remain silent on this one.”
Do you realize where all this is leading? Governor Mike Huckabee recently wrote about what is happening in California pointing out that a new law before the assembly would “make it illegal for any sale of goods or services that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation, behaviors or gender expressions.” He feels that “this means the sale of any book that states the practice of homosexual or transgender identification as immoral actions would be illegal in California. This could include the Bible.” What happens in California effects what happens in the rest of the United States.
Anderson, Ryan T., When Harry Became Sally
Pastor Alan — ultimately I think you are right, the Enemy of our souls, at the supernatural level, does want to destroy God’s image in us, etc. But at the merely human level, some confused-gender people are reacting to sex-role stereotypes that have made them feel “judged”, that they never feel that they can live up to….and which, in an overly-sexually-obsessed society such as our own, then becomes the point of the spear in the Enemy’s accusations against them that they are “nothing”, have no “value” or “worth”, whatever. Thus their attempts to create an “identity” of their own making makes them “okay” (at least in their own eyes?) regardless — and to keep that sustainable, they then want society to “back them up” by abolishing the old standards on a broader, cultural scale as well. Of course, this is (literally) “sick” behavior…but not necessarily “satanic” IN INTENT at the human level. As awful in its consequences as this is, we still can and should and need to find room for pity or sympathy (or what would be a better word for it?) so as to UNDERSTAND the struggle they are going through in a normless and ever-more-critical world. I’m not disagreeing with what you are saying, just trying to “feel” with those who are so lost in their confusion at present as to have no clue how to find their way into true peace or light or self-respect, no matter how much we Christians try to reassure them that we “love” them. — Lance Wonders
Well said, Pastor Alan.
Such a huge currently sensitive subject…. so many trying to find themselves in between the genders…. my heart goes out to them…We so need a move of God in these twin cities!!!! Love your neighbors….reach out and be hospitable…. love the unlovely…. help us Lord!!!!!