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Transgenderism: When Falsehood Looks Like Truth

Posted by admin in June 21st, 2017
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Trans·gen·der – /transˈjendər,tranzˈjendər/ adjective: denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.

I teach semantics. The first three weeks of class we look at definitions and try to answer these questions: How does society determine the meaning of words? How are lexicons formed or developed? This is a big deal, because if speakers of a common language don’t agree on a definition, communication is not only hindered, but it is a bit chaotic. For example, British English refers to the end of a pencil used to wipe out written words as a “rubber.” American English uses the word rubber to mean a condom. That’s a big difference. British English says a person is “pissed” when he/she is drunk; American English uses the word “pissed” to describe someone very, very angry. Again, that’s a big difference.

So, people communicating in the same language must have an agreed upon definition of a term in order for true communication to take place. In my classes these days we have to look at terms that are rapidly changing in society due to use or new concepts—words such as marriage, gender, euthanasia. Society, political movements, governments, and even the general population of specific language groups are debating and redefining terms. Proabortion became a term people were unhappy with so they now refer to it as prochoice. In North America, Indian became an inappropriate term and now we say First Nation People, or Native Americans. Definitions are important and terms really do matter.

It is also important to note here that I believe science should be a basis when defining certain terms. For example, no matter how many surgeries, how many hormone medications, or how much he declares his femininity, Bruce Jenner, according to his DNA and chromosome count, is still scientifically, genetically, and physically a man. (I’ll address hermaphrodites a bit later). This may sound melodramatic and a bit over-the-top, but I believe very strongly that when society begins destruction of terms and definitions, it is to the demise of that society. Take Rome for example, during Caesar Caligula’s reign (37-41 AD) he brought his horse into the palace and called this animal his priest and consul. Everyone had to follow suit calling an animal a priest. All of this to say, terms and definitions matter. Language matters. God spoke the worlds into existence (Genesis 1; Hebrews 11). Jesus is called the Word (John 1). Man’s first duty was to name the animals—again, language and definitions.

Now hang in there with me. I might seem like I am going off on some rabbit trail, but I have a purpose in laying down a foundation here…

Our fallen world is broken and we see that in the disorder around us. Things are not as they were supposed to be. Death, sickness, disease, famine—all of these are a result of a fallen world. This was not the way God planned it. But as one man sinned and brought sin nature to the human race (Adam), one Man also came to redeem us through His sinless nature (Jesus) (Romans 5). Where our world is broken by sin, we have found a Redeemer Who has promised to make all things new one day and restore this earth to its original beauty and wholeness (Acts 3:21; Romans 8:21).

If the Bible is true and without error (which I wholeheartedly believe it is), if Jesus IS indeed the Son of God and the only way of salvation, if our world is nonconforming to God’s will and plan, then we as followers of Jesus must ask the question, “How then should we live?” (A question asked by Francis Shaeffer over 40 years ago).

Six hundred words later and I am just now getting to my point. But I wanted to lay some ground work so you’ll know where I am coming from and why I believe as I do.

I believe we live in a broken and fallen world. I believe as a result of sin, humankind needs a Savior. I believe that the only Savior is Jesus, “There is no other name on earth or under heaven by which humankind can be saved” (Acts 4:12). I believe that once a person declares Jesus as his/her personal Savior, there is a mandate to live by God’s Word, the Bible. There are no “special agreements” with God. There are no special dispensations, special arrangements or exceptions…

Look at 2 Timothy 3:14-17, “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the people of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

So, here’s where I am going with this, transgenderism is the process by which fallen human beings (just like you and me) ask the question from Romans 9:20, “Why did you make me like this?” It is the creation raising a fist to God and saying, “I am not the way You created me!” It is saying to the Creator, You made a mistake and I am going to fix it. You were wrong and now I will make it right.

However, I believe the real problem with transgenderism is surrender–not wanting to surrender to God. Without a doubt I believe there is power in God’s Word, the Bible, to live the life we are meant to live. Scripture tells us that we can do this. We are to cast down every imagination and every thought that tries to exalt itself against what we know of God (2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…”). We are to have the mind of Christ, “Let this mind be in you that is also in Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2 goes into great detail that we are not to live self-centered or vain lives. Scripture exhorts us to die to ourselves and to our flesh. We are to be crucified with Christ and let our lives be lived in Him. Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Yielding. Surrender. Giving our lives wholly to Christ that He might live in and through us.

Just to be clear, I don’t have homosexuality and transgenderism confused. However, I do believe they are the same issue: sin. We are all born with a sinful nature. I was born to lie. I lied all the time; I’d rather lie than tell the truth even if the truth was better! Daryl has struggled with lust most of his life. Some men might believe that they were not made to be monogamous. You see, our skewed sense of right and wrong comes from our sinful natures. Perhaps you believe transgender issues are mental health issues, but I do not. I believe transgender issues are sin issues and that each individual struggling with the idea “I’ve been born in the wrong body” is being self-focused and in bondage to sin. That’s the bad news. But the Good News is that we ALL can be free from this skewed vision of things. We ALL can be set free to be exactly who we were designed to be by God. Ephesians 2:10, “We are God’s workmanship, His masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which HE designed beforehand that we should walk in them.” By surrendering our lives to Christ, we are able to defeat the lies of the enemy and live a new life in Christ. Jesus said, “Behold I make all things new.” If my DNA says I am a woman and my chromosomes say I am a woman, then I am a woman. Through Christ Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit in my life I can live the life Christ designed for me. I can have victory through Christ Jesus and the finished work on the Cross. We all can. Second Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

No matter what our old lives may have been—lust-filled, deceitful, stealing, addiction, fear, abusive, violent—we can become what Christ intended us to be! And that image is always aligned with God’s Word.

In closing, I want to deal with hermaphrodites. Look at Matthew 19:12. Eunuch here can be a form of hermaphrodite. I heard an evangelical hermaphrodite speak once. This person was truly grounded in Scripture and had a clear understanding of who s/he was in Christ Jesus. S/he said, “I know God is able to redeem all of life. I know that God is loving and has a plan for me. The great thing about being born with both sex organs is that I can choose…choose to live my whole life for Christ Jesus. I don’t have all the troubles, worries, and distractions of married people. Society focuses so much on sex. There is more to life that sex. You see, I can focus all my love and attention on Christ and His work for my life.” Brave person.

Unfortunately, life isn’t fair. I wish it was. We are all born to a world of struggle and woe. But Christ is our hope and we have a promise of better things to come. I always try to encourage parents of children who say they are “transgender,” not to let the enemy have those children. Don’t surrender to this lie. Hang on to your kids and fight with the weapons of our Christian warfare which are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). Christian parents need to be instructing their children how to stand strong in their faith and how to resist the lies of this world. Sadly, according to Walt Heyer, who regrets his own transgender operation, over 30 percent of transgender people admit regret of transitioning; 41 percent attempt suicide after the surgery, and at least 60 percent suffer from some kind of mental illness or breakdown afterwards. “Suicide and regret,” he writes, “remain the dark side of transgender life.” Even Bruce Jenner in an open conversation (and a transparent moment), said he regretted the surgery and wakes up oftentimes not knowing who he really is anymore. Now, once the media got a hold of that statement, he of course retracted. But I do think it is a struggle for people who have the surgery—not being happy with themselves after. In truth, there is only one thing that can quench the longing of our broken souls and that is a right relationship with Christ Jesus.

Here are some facts that could stop this charade of society’s transgender agenda, if society actually cared about truth. The information comes from a Swedish study. Sweden has been doing transgender surgery since the 1970s. Here are their findings:

1. Suicide Rates Among Transgenders Do Not Decrease Thanks to Sex-Change Surgery. The suicide rates among transgenders do not drop after surgery. 41 percent of transgender people attempt suicide sometime in their life; just 4.6 percent of the rest of the population does. The suicide rate among transgender people who say they are never identified as transgender is still 46 percent. 45 percent of transgender people who undergo hormone therapy attempt suicide – higher than the general transgender suicide rate.

2. Most Children Grow Out Of Transgender Feelings. Dr. Paul McHugh, former head of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, finds that 70 to 80 percent of all children with transgender feelings grow out of it. This is important because the media has already told parents that children confused about their sex should consider whether they are transgender. (From the ages of 9-11 I wanted to be a boy! I cried because I was a girl. I cut my hair, wore boy’s clothes and was thrilled if people didn’t know I was a girl. My parents just called me a “tomboy” and knew I’d grow out of it. And I did.)

3. Transgender Regret Is Very Real. Walt Heyer, a man who underwent sex-change surgery and then regretted it, writes at The Federalist:

The study commissioned by The Guardian of the UK in 2004 reviewed 100 studies and found 20 percent regret. Consider the findings of a 2011 Swedish study (not the study Ms. Costello used) published seven years after the 2004 UK review. It looked at mortality and morbidity after gender reassignment surgery and found that people who changed genders had a higher risk of suicide. In this study, all the sex-reassigned persons in Sweden from 1973–2003 (191 male-to-females, 133 female-to-males) were compared to a comparable random control group. The sex-reassigned persons had substantially higher rates of death from cardiovascular disease and suicide, and substantially higher rates of attempted suicide…. The study concluded: Gender surgery is not effective treatment for depression, anxiety or mental disorders.

And by the way, Jenner showed early signs of regret. Here’s the story from the original Vanity Fair paean to Jenner’s transgender heroism:

Jenner went into the long hallway and paced back and forth on the dark wood floor, where not even the footsteps made a sound. The panic attack lasted about 15 seconds, but a single thought continued to course through her mind: “What did I just do? What did I just do to myself?” A counselor from the Los Angeles Gender Center came over to the house so Jenner could talk to someone with professional expertise. The counselor helped ease her mind. She said such reactions were often induced by the pain medication. She also said such second-guessing was human and temporary. The thought has since passed and has not come back. There is no buyer’s remorse. Not that it matters anyway, because there is no turning back.

In Shelley’s Frankenstein she writes, “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” Society and our culture have only one narrative: gender is a choice and it is malleable. Scripture teaches us differently. Peace.

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33685. Cuzzin J'Lynn said,
June 21st, 2017 at 4:49 pm

Your articles always grab me, Cuz. Thank you for using your amazing abilities and speaking out! Good job. And, I got to hear Walt Heyer last year at our church and meet with him and his WIFE. God has truly brought healing to him. His autobiography, A Transgender’s Faith, is incredible. I am forwarding your article to him.

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