Gender Change and the Bible
LGBTQ. These are letters that increasingly are impacting our culture. In this week’s blog, I want to focus on the “T” – transgender. My goal is to do two things: 1) Show full respect for any human being I am talking about, and 2) To be honest with the data of science and Scripture.
First the science: Dr. Paul R. McHugh is the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. McHugh says that sex change is “biologically impossible” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder. McHugh, who is the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his remarks in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal in 2015. He explained that transgender surgery is not a legitimate reality. He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people, who had reassignment surgery, is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. That is something that should deeply sadden all of us!
Dr. McHugh said, “Sex change is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”
Dr. Andrew Walker, connected with the Gospel Coalition, writes,
God made men and women different. Contrary to mistaken interpretations, sexual difference does not exist on a continuum where some men are more like women or vice versa. Men and women are different at the deepest levels of their being. Our chromosomes are different. Our brains are different. Our voices are different. Our body shapes are different. Our body strengths are different. Our reproductive systems are different. The design for what our bodies are structured and destined for are different, and these designs bear witness to differences that reflect God’s creative will for humanity. Because men and women are different, it’s philosophically impossible for a man to become a physical woman or a physical woman to become a man. Those who say otherwise are trafficking in fiction about human nature. In fact, there is no scientific proof to verify the claim that one is trapped inside the wrong body.
The reason we get confused about all of this is because we live on a fallen planet that is ravaged by sin. We are born with physical, mental, emotional and psychological disorders. We are all broken in different ways at birth. As for working with those who are truly struggling with gender dysphoria, Christians are called to be people of compassion and grace. Helping those with gender confusion is usually a slow process of bringing someone’s perceived gender identity back into conformity with their biological sex. Working with those who have gender dysphoria means having great doses of patience. There could be years of psychological, emotional and spiritual valleys. We need Christians who will walk alongside these individuals in every season, in victory and in defeat, encouraging one another towards the healing that is found only in Jesus.
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor