Should Christian Girls Embrace the Transgender Movement

By: Bethany Baird

I looked into the eyes of a little nine year old girl as she explained to me why she thought being transgender was okay.

This was a Christian girl, attending a solid Christian church and involved in several extracurricular church activities. Despite her upbringing and young age, this little girl was already being forced to ask some big questions. And sadly, her conclusions were not coming from the Bible.

Sadly, this little girl is having to answer a generation that has decided to play by their own rules and live by their own standards. She is being forced to decide if God’s Word will be her foundation of truth, or, if cultures ever-changing values will be her truth.

As of right now, culture is winning this tug-of-war race in her little mind.

The conversation I had with this little girl so saddened my heart. I was saddened to see how much pressure she is facing to accept the transgender movement even at her young age. I was saddened to see her heart leaning more towards a “feelings based” system of belief, rather than a firm belief in God’s unchanging Word.

In our generation, this topic of gender, is one, we, as Christian girls, can’t ignore.

Cultures “you-decide-whatever-feels-right-for-you” system of belief is being shoved in our faces everywhere we go. The billboards, magazines, movies, TV, and social media are all trying to convince us that embracing the transgender movement is non-optional. You either totally embrace it, or, you’re a hater.

As Christian girls, what is our response?

Do we jump in and go along with the current? Do we accept the movement and get on with life? How in the world can we know what the right response is?

For me, the questions are actually very easy. I have decided that God’s Word is my foundation for truth. The Bible is my guide book for life. I believe in it 100% and trust that what it says is truly best. I believe that God is a God of  love and desperately wants what is best for His creation.

When I look back to the creation of humanity, I clearly see what God did. He had a blank slate. He could have created whatever He wanted. He could have created two guys, two girls, genderless people, He could have done whatever!

But, He didn’t!

He created a male and female. “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). See also: Mark 10:6 and Genesis 5:2.

God intentionally created us on purpose and for a purpose. He loved us so much to give us clarity as to who we are as humans and what our general purpose should be. He didn’t leave us to wonder what our gender was, or to have to figure it out for ourselves.

He is intentional about His design for each of us, including our gender.

“For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:13-14)

We, as Christian girls, need to realize that God created us, He loves us, He sent His Son to die for us, He wants what’s best for us, and He KNOWS what’s best for us.

It’s up to us to choose what our foundation of truth will be.  

Will we trust our Creator and believe that embracing the gender He gave to each of us is ultimately best for us? Or will we be rebels, live by feelings, and choose to re-define our standard of truth?

I am challenging you to make God’s Word your ultimate standard of Truth.

Make the Bible your Guide Book for life and believe it wholeheartedly.

I promise that if you choose to make the Bible your standard for Truth, issues like transgender, homosexuality etc., will become very clear to you. The truth won’t be confusing because God does not leave us guessing on this issue. He is as clear as clear can be.

If you’d like to deepen your understanding on these issues, I would highly encourage you to check out chapter 5 “Gender, You Are Oh So Magnificent” in my book, Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity and Identity.

Kristen and I spend an entire chapter discussing the topic of gender and why we believe embracing God’s design for gender is truly what’s best for us as, either male or female.

I’d also encourage you to check out these other blog posts we’ve written on the topic:

Transgenderism: Is it Really Possible to Change Your Gender?

Why I’m Not Jumping Into the Gender Blender

Let’s talk about it.

  • What are your thoughts on the transgender movement?
  • What is your standard of truth on this issue?
  • Do you feel pressured to give in on this issue and go with the flow of culture?

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  • Julie

    Thank you! This helps a lot.. Thank you for writing on this specifically! I find it confusing that some people think that transgender/ homosexuality is fine.. And many of those people claim to be Christians!!!!!!!! How can they say that they believe God and that they follow Him, if they make their own truth?!? People think that what “their truth” is, is better than God’s truth.. Isn’t that what Satan did? He thought of himself higher than the One who created him. Obviously I think you can see where I lie on this subject, but thanks again for a very encouraging post!!!
    As the famous evangelist Dwight L. Moody once said, “If it is not in the Bible, it is not worth believing. But if it is in the Bible, there can be no question about believing it. ”

    • Yep. I’m transgender, and I’m Christian. Nope, I don’t make my own truth. I stand by the Bible, the Word of God.

      Is your iPhone in the Bible? Guess it’s not worth believing, then, huh?

      I’d be happy to help you understand why I can write the first paragraph of this comment, if you are truly interested. It seems that most people here just really don’t want to dig into God’s Word deep enough to have their comforting cultural illusions exposed. I won’t hold my breath waiting.

      • Julie

        Nope- my iPhone isn’t worth believing. I only base my beliefs on God’s Word which is against homosexuality/ transgenderism. It is an ABOMINATION to God!! The Bible doesn’t specifically use the word “transgenderism” but it’s really another fancy specific modern version of homosexuality or as I would rather call it sodomitism.. Truly you cannot be an abomination unto God while yet being His child.. If you would like verses on these matters let me know– I won’t hold my breath waiting

        • Yes, I would like to see such verses – if you can find them.

          Also, if transgenderism is a modern version of homosexuality, why has it been around as long as man? and why do so many of us end up celibate, or with opposite-sex attraction?

          • Julie

            Transgenderism, homosexuality, bisexuality, etc are all forms of sodomy. They are specific modern names for separate “versions” of sodomy. Sin was not always around, only until Adam and Eve sinned- then people could grow deeper into sin even to the point of sodomy or they could (you still can) turn from sin and overcome evil through God’s grace and power.

            I have read the verses from the references which you posted, but the verses do not mean what you are trying to make them say. I realize that sin is comfortable, and you want to continue in your sin, but you can’t twist the Bible into something it’s not so that you don’t feel guilty.

            Please read the following verses thoroughly and with a open mind. Try to really understand what they mean, and think about how they apply to your life personally.

            Leviticus 20:13 – If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.

            Leviticus 18:22 – Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.

            1 Corinthians 6:9 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

            Jude 1:7 – Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

            Romans 1:26 – For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

          • Julie

            Also- read Genesis chapter 19

            1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

            Romans 24-28 – Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

          • Julie

            Sorry about the reposting of some of the verses, and I also apologize for the chaotic type order… God loves you no matter what. Yes- I love you, yet I will not embrace or love your sin. I will pray for you SedaJane- that God will open your eyes to the truth!

          • No problem, no need for apology. And yes He does! And thank you! I love you, too, and I will pray for you as well. 🙂

          • I read the passages you cited, including the context of them. Some interesting stuff there, but mostly it just makes me really glad that I live under Grace, not under the law.

            Leviticus 20:13: I can honestly see no way that this would apply to my life personally. I’m not a man, I don’t lie with women, and I’ve been celibate for about eight years anyway. What does this have to do with being transgender?

            Leviticus 18:22: See Lev. 20:13.

            1 Corinthians 6:9-11: Again, what has this to do with me? Except of course for verse 11. 🙂

            Jude 1:7: Again, how can this be related to transgenderism? There’s no connection, no overlap, nothing in being transgender that appears to relate to this passage at all.

            Romans 1:26 – 2:3: This passage is worth expanding, because it says a lot more than just the “unnatural” use stuff in verse 26 (which doesn’t seem to apply to transgenderism in any way I can see). Because ALL have sinned; we’re all guilty of breaking the law, and if we’ve broken it in one way, we’ve broken it in all (James 2:9-10). When you think about it, that is a really profound statement, worthy of considerable meditation.

            In summary, I can see no way that the verses you cite address or relate to being transgender in any way – so why do you use them? How do you think they relate to being trans?

          • Dawn

            “Leviticus 20:13: I can honestly see no way that this would apply to my life personally. I’m not a man, I don’t lie with women, and I’ve been celibate for about eight years anyway. What does this have to do with being transgender?”
            You say you are not a man, but that is part of the fundamental argument. You were born a man. You believe that is not true (due to having a female brain), but biologically God made you a man.Therefore, you are a man. Even if your argument were true, God doesn’t make mistakes…so if he put a female brain in your body, God had a reason to do so. A plan to somehow glorify Him. If he wanted you to have a female body, He would have given you one. Having an operation and removing your male genitalia does not now make you a woman. Therefore, if you wear women’s clothing you are cross dressing. If you lie with a man you are committing a homosexual act. I really feel for your situation. We all struggle with feelings we can’t control or with things that don’t feel right. But we cannot just decide that we are something we are not. How do you feel about those who consider themselves transabled? Do you believe that physically mutilating themselves is okay? Should we agree that cutting off our own limbs is acceptable? Should we then pay their disability payments? How about those who feel they are really a different ethnicity? A white woman who identifies as black or a white man who identifies and Native American? Should they be afforded all of the considerations we are expected to give the transgender community? Where does it end? I cannot think of an argument that gives more credence to you saying you were a man who felt like a woman, than to any of those people. They really “feel” the way they feel too. I am really not trying to attack you here, or disrespect you in any way. But just as you would like all of us to give consideration to your reasoning and position, we would like you to consider all of our reasoning and positions. Your entire argument that those scriptures do not apply to you is based on the reality that you are a woman…if you remove that condition and base it solely on the biological fact that you were born male…all of those scriptures apply.

          • “…if he put a female brain in your body, God had a reason to do so.” – Yup. “Having an operation and removing your male genitalia does not
            now make you a woman.” – I absolutely, 100% agree. Having a female brain makes me a woman – regardless of what my body looks like. Having the operation just removes the intense suffering of Gender Dysphoria and helps me to function effectively and live with peace, balance, and connection. “…we cannot just decide that we are something we are not.” – Exactly my point. Been there, tried that, failed miserably, almost died.

            Where your argument breaks down is in its embedded assumption that gender dysphoria and transgenderism are just feelings someone
            might have, perhaps mental illness, or a bizarre whim. In fact, there is a
            history of about 100 years of study, and thousands of case studies, leading to consensus among health professionals and specific medical protocols based on data, trial, and best practices, that prove beyond reasonable doubt the efficacy of medical transition for transgender individuals who suffer from GD. And, in fact, those protocols are cost effective and often life-saving.

            You talk about “transabled” people – what is the scientific basis for such? What is the cause? Transgenderism has both genetic and
            epigenetic causes, tracking with autism and left-handedness. What’s the
            scientific basis for the ethnic and racial confusion you list? I can point to
            specific studies that have found physical differences between male and female brains – and that transgender individuals exhibit those physical differences. I suppose I could get an operation to change my brain to match my body instead of vice versa – but I wouldn’t survive it. Getting GCS makes more sense, especially since it’s been proven to be effective over the course of decades and thousands upon thousands of cases.

            So yeah, God made me a woman – a trans woman. Why? Beats me, but it must be that I can glorify Him best that way. So, Isa. 56:3-5.

          • Dawn

            You raise some interesting points. I can’t say that I agree at this point, but I am interested in doing some further study since I have not read this scientific research you are referring to. Also, the problem with relying on this type of information is that for every scientific study you find that supports gendered brains, I can find as many, if not more, that disagree. Of course, this is true for almost any topic. I guess for that reason, I tend to try and stick with the simplest and most logical approach…that if you were born in a male body, you are male and if you were born in a female body, you are a female. I do not argue that your feelings and struggles aren’t real, simply that I believe it is psychological rather than physical. But, I would still like to read the studies you mentioned if you could share the sources. Thanks, God Bless!

          • I guess if it’s psychological, I’d ask why there are, as far as I
            know, no confirmed cases of someone “being cured” or getting over being
            transgender. (I have read a few anecdotal tales of recovery, like Wally
            Heyer, who was tragically misdiagnosed with GD when he had DID.)

          • While not a study, “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an
            American Family,” by Amy Ellis Nutt, is a good read and relates the
            struggles of a family coming to terms with the fact that, from earliest
            childhood, their son was actually their daughter.

            Barbara Walters did an in-depth story on Jazz, a young transgender girl, on 20/20. Google “Jazz 20/20” and you should be able to view it on YouTube.

            On their “Resources” page, the WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health” lists other information, including a statement on
            medical necessity.

            That should be enough to get you started. Let me know if you want further information, there is a lot more. Meanwhile,if you have any peer-reviewed sources that say the opposite, I’d be very interested in seeing them.

            The truth is, though, that you
            can’t change your gender, no matter how much you might try, no matter
            how painful it is to accept. Matt. 6:27; Ps. 139:15-16.

          • wi ki – ped – ia, which should never be relied on as a source,
            lists a number of other studies on their page “Causes of
            transsexuality,” including twin studies that show significant evidence
            of genetic causes.

            Bevan, Thomas E. PhD. “The Psychobiology of Transsexualism and
            Transgenderism: A New View Based on Scientific Evidence” – is a book
            that references many studies, and states in the preface, “The evidence
            for this biological basis [for transgenderism] is currently spread across some 22 scientific disciplines.”

            In “The Riddle of Gender,” Deborah Rudicille cites a number of studies
            that showed marked increases in both intersex and transsexuality
            following experimental use of hormone therapy for pregnant women in the ’50’s and early ’60’s.

            when I list the full source correctly, it goes to comment moderation –
            and I’ve never seen a moderated comment be posted, so I have to do it
            this way.

          • The wi kipedia page titled “Causes of Transsexualism” cites quite a few studies, including twin studies, brain structure, brain function, and others.

            An comprehensive review can be found in “The Psychobiology of Transsexualism and Transgenderism,” by Thomas E. Bevan, PhD. In the preface he states that the biological evidence for transgenderism is “spread across some 22 scientific disciplines.”

            While not a study, “Becoming Nicole,” by Amy Ellis Nutt, is a good read about one family’s struggles coming to term with the fact that the child they thought was their adopted son turned out to be their daughter. It cites some studies in its references.

            The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) resources page on their website has information, including a statement on medical necessity.

            I’d be very interested in any study you can cite that disagree. I don’t know of any. Given that, it makes a lot more sense to me that the Bible passages I cite support the interpretation that trans people are not abominations, and that transgenderism is not sin, but medical condition.

            I mean, seriously – why would anyone choose to be trans? I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

          • My response to this will be in two parts – first relating to the first two paragraphs, then to the verses you cite:

            You say, “Transgenderism, … etc., … are specific modern names for separate “versions” of sodomy.”

            Based on the definitions of sodomy in Dictionary (dot) com, I don’t see any way that transgenderism could possibly fall into this category. Would you help me understand what you mean when you say “Transgenderism is a version of sodomy?” Do you know what transgenderism is?

            “…the verses [you posted] do not mean what you are trying to make them say.”

            You seem to speak with confidence and authority when you make this statement. How do you know? What are your sources? Why do you feel so confident?

            “I realize that sin is comfortable, and you want to continue in your sin …”

            Whoa! I never said that! Where does this statement come from? How can you possibly make this judgment, having no contact or knowledge of me beyond the brief words I’ve written here? Or do you know me from somewhere else?

            “… you can’t twist the Bible into something it’s not so that you don’t feel guilty.”

            Amen! Sing it, sister!

          • I still don’t understand what definition of ‘sodomy’ you’re using when you say transgenderism is a form of it. It just doesn’t make any sense to me at all. If you’d be willing to share that, maybe we could come to some kind of mutual understanding?

  • Marina

    Hey, girls!
    I’ve being reading your blog and I feel relieved as I read your texts and thoughts on femininity and God’s plan for women.
    I read the first chapter of your book and I can’t wait to read the rest of it. It’s really hard to find good material on this matter. So, I would like to know if there are any plans of releasing it on Brazil, where I live! I hope there is! =)
    May God bless you and keep giving you strength and wisdom to keep doing this amazing job!
    Love, Marina!

  • vwlover

    It seems as each day, week,and month passes this is being thrown in our faces by the media. I am concerns about the children in schools. Now children can use the bathrooms according to then gender they identify with. That is not okay and of course if you say you don’t agree with it you are automatically labeled as a hateful person. Isaiah 5:20 comes to mind: Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

    • Leanne

      I second your concern. It’s about time that we reach children for Christ, too. I know this world is getting evil, but I am concerned about myself. What if all public bathrooms become like this? I certainly wouldn’t feel safe. What to do about this?

      • DJR

        Please do not equate trans people with molesters. They are not. They are just people who have to go to the bathroom. You have probably shared a bathroom with a trans person already and were quite safe.

        • Abby

          She is not saying that trans people are molesters, she is saying that if a man who actually isn’t a trans person, but claims to be wants to go into a public bathroom, and may molest another person because no one can say he’s not allowed… that is concern for safety. It’s already happened, and it makes me feel like the only safe place to use the restroom is my own home or church

      • Clara

        Hi Leanne, I know I am late, so I don’t know if you’ll see this. Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah is an example of the wickedness of homosexuality. Two angels of the Lord come to rescue Lot from this horrible city, and God destroys it!

        • Leanne

          Thank you for the reminder!

  • Amanda M.

    I disagree. I am a nearly 21 year old Christian and see no issue with people who are transgender. I have a friend who is transgender and is also a Christian, as are his parents and siblings. Him being transgender doesn’t affect me. Also, studies have shown that the brain of someone who is transgender is different from someone who is cisgender.

    • Leanne

      Sorry, I’m confused. Can you explain to me why the oh so important Bible verses against homosexuality and transgenderism, God’s holy breathed out written words, are worthy to be trampled in the mud and disregarded?

      • Amanda M.

        I never said anything about homosexuality. I only spoke of my opinion on being transgender. The Bible, while a wonderful source, has gone through thousands upon thousands of translations and versions. There’s also a lot of things in the Bible that are not ok (slavery, sexism). I could go on a whole rant about the horrific sexism in the Bible but I won’t because that would be opening a whole can of worms. As I said, wonderful source but it isn’t the only source. God created science and I stated that studies have shown that the brain of someone who is transgender. Can you explain to me why you so quickly seemed to disregard science?

        • Leanne

          God is greater than man. Science is man’s thinking, for a good part. If you can send a worldwide fire or flood on this earth yourself, and prove yourself stronger than God, then I will be happy to believe your argument.

          • Amanda M.

            I’m not claiming to be stronger than God. What I’m saying is that science, something God created, has shown something that you seem to disregard. Much of this comes down to interpreted of the Bible. Let’s take Psalm 139:13-14. It talks about God creating you in your mother’s womb. Why is this only being used to argue in regards to genitals? Isn’t the brain also formed in the womb? By that logic, God created the transgender person’s brain, which has been shown to be different than a cisgender person’s.

            So this is a little bit of a bad example because I don’t face nearly as much shame or discrimination for this as the transgender community faces. I have Bipolar disorder. I get extreme anxiety and can be incredibly irritable at times and have experienced depression. My brain functions differently from yours. Is my mental illness considered real to you?

          • Anonymous

            Worldly scientists also support evolution… not God. So, you can say you are right a million times over, but it is not true. I am not saying that *I* an right, but I am saying that God always is. Your argument against Leanne is from support of the world. God never fails… and you are claiming that you are right and not Him.

          • Leah

            Where in the bible does it say that being transgender is wrong? As far as I know, it doesn’t.

          • Leanne

            Read what Bethany wrote. Closely, I should mention.

          • 1 Corinthians 6:9&10
            9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

            Effeminate is (of a man) having or showing characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; unmanly.

          • Really? You’re using THAT to say that being transgender is wrong? Not one of them says a single thing about being transgender, or about the transgender condition. Not one.

            If you really think one does, point it out to me. How? How does a single verse you quote relate to being trans?

          • Yes. I am really using that. I still stand behind it. I still see it as sin. I see it as an abomination to the Lord. Refer to the comment you replied to.

            While the Bible may not say the actual word “transgender” it does list specific guidelines about gender. Obviously it’s listed throughout the Bible as being only 2 genders. Male or female. In which God our Creator has designed you wonderfully in your mothers womb.

            The closest the Bible comes to mentioning transgenderism is in its condemnations of homosexuality (Romans 1:18–32; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10) and transvestitism (Deuteronomy 22:5). The Greek word often translated “homosexual offenders” or “male prostitutes” in 1 Corinthians 6:9 literally means “effeminate men.” (effeminate is man having or showing characteristics of that which is a woman) So, while the Bible does not directly mention transgenderism, when it mentions other instances of gender “confusion,” it clearly and explicitly identifies them as sin.

          • Do you even know what transgender is?

          • Transgender is an individual who has is a feeling that their biological/genetic/physiological gender does not match the gender they identify with and/or perceive themselves to be. It’s an adjective commonly used to describe individuals who feel trapped in their own body with feelings that they are mismatched.

          • That’s closer that I expected, but not quite. Transgender, or transgenderism, is a genetic/epigenetic condition in which a person is born quite literally with a female brain a male body, or vice versa. According to Thomas E. Bevan, PhD, “The evidence for this biological basis is currently spread across some 22 scientific disciplines” (The Psychobiology of Transsexualism and Transgenderism: A New View Based on Scientific Evidence; 2015). To me it seems kind of like it’s the inverse of intersex: People with intersex have bodies or chromosomes that cross straight-up male or female lines; our bodies appear normal, but our brains cross those lines.

            That’s why I say that using verses that appear to condemn homosexuality to condemn transpeople doesn’t work. They’re two completely different things. You might as well use those verses to condemn diabetes, or autism.

          • I’m going to read those verses and I’ll reply on my perception or opinion of that. Thank you for sharing those role and having a respectful conversation with me. I was worried with your first comment that it might take an angry turn but it turned out to be completely opposite.

            You read an article that was speaking of hermaphrodites and the bible. I know that it isn’t necessarily the same thing as you are speaking of but it was dealing with similar statements that you made. I’ll try and find it and read it again as well as your verses and see what the Lord reveals to me.

          • Yes, I’m sorry my tone can get sharp at times. It can get really frustrating trying to even open a conversation with my brothers and sisters in Christ when they’re drawing conclusions that are based on neither scientific fact nor relevant Scripture. Usually it seems like there is no interest in sharing the Gospel with us at all, in fact quite the opposite. It breaks my hear to see people who are hungering for God turn to run as soon as they hear the word “Jesus” – because they’ve been bludgeoned with verses that seem to have no bearing at all on the reality of their experience.

          • Well it’s understandable. I am someone who has tl refrain from anger or ill feelings when non-believers continue to belittle believers. After awhile the sense of defending yourself can lose empathetic feelings that keep you in tune with being like Christ and just turn to anger. Especially when it’s from just down right ignorance or lack of knowledge. Your more than right about us not taking time to spread the gospel to others. Just last week my preachers sermons was actually focused on that. He said it’s absolutely pitiful we as Christians can complain how America is Godless but not take time to spread the gospel throughout our daily lives. We let the ones who reject us discourage us. So we keep our mouths closed starving ourselves and starving others of the one thing we all hunger for. And there is people and new babes in Christ starving for the truth. God definitely worked on me that lesson. I’m glad you messaged I am actually finishing up my study on the verses. I flew right through your first set and quickly got what you was meaning by the first one Micah 6:8. I couldn’t agree more and I automatically said to myself “mm she is witty and knowledgeable” 🙂 What’s even more interesting is that is my church’s focus verse this year!

          • That’s cool. It’s a great verse – one of my favorites. I have it posted below my computer monitor at work. 🙂

          • Now I would like to reach out and speak about the second set of verses. I think I have a understanding. I’m just not sure. I’ve really looked into eunuch. I’m trying to dissect the verses and stories speaking of them.

          • The reason I find connection with the use of the term “eunuch” is, I guess, first because I literally am one. But also, in Isa. 56:3-5, it’s intriguing that He uses the phrase, “… better than of sons and of daughters.” It seems like if the eunuch referred to is just a castrated male, the eunuch would be a ‘son,’ wouldn’t he? So why the implication that the eunuch is something other? The terms intersex and transgender didn’t exist at the time, and I wonder if that term refers specifically to them. That seems to be kind of in keeping with Matt. 19:11-12, too, which Jesus says is a saying that is not for everyone, and implies is quite hard to understand. That seems more in keeping with transgender/intersex than some of the easier interpretations.

          • So my interruption was that in the old testament it might have been referring to just the male but like you said there was no proper word or title for transgender at that time period. I’m also sure it wasn’t something that commonly spoke about or something to admit. Pl

          • From my interpretation of the verses in the old testament is that it may have been referring mainly to males. But you have to remember that there was no “transgender” title and you can almost guarantee that it was something that was taboo or unheard of. If it was well it was treated similar to how homosexuality was in that time. Even though it does clearly state man not wearing anything that is pertaining to woman and vice versa however from my understanding and what I’ve learned there was a thin line of what was considered male clothing and female clothing. Now in the new testament I feel God may have been referring to both man and woman who abstain from sexual acts in order to serve God and not pertake in activities that would be ungodly. He evens gives people this gift of “singleness.” but personally I believe that even with having that gift it still takes work and dedication on your part. It’s just like any other sin, if your around it or at one time take part in it becomes difficult to turn from.

            For instance I was at a recent conference and 2 of the ladies who told their testimonies were actually homosexual up until their choice to turn to Christ. They choose to remain single rather than sin against God.

          • Here are the Bible verses I believe relate to the transgender condition, based on my own experience as a trans woman, the experiences of the many trans people I know and work with, the indisputable scientific evidence of research such as Bevan’s, and the success of medical and social transition protocols:
            1. Gen. 1:27
            2. Ps. 139:13-16
            3. Isa. 56: 3-5
            4. Matt. 19:11-12

          • And here are the Bible verses that I believe should guide Christians in their dealings with transgender individuals, and the “transgender movement”:
            1. Micah 6:8
            2. Matt. 7:1-5
            3. Matt. 22:39
            4. Matt. 25:34-40
            5. 1 John 4

          • Yes your mental illness is real. It doesn’t disqualify you from being held accountable for judgement though. Just like anybody and everybody else. You have the choice whether you continue in sin or not. Everyday you make a choice to pick your cross or leave it laying down. Homosexuality and transgender is a sin just like telling a lie is a sin. It’s our choice whether or not we continue to commit that sin. It’s as simple as that. We all have things we desire more than others and something that’s hard for me to turn away from may not necessarily he hard for you to turn away from. This is the case of both homosexuality and transgender lifestyles. They can seek God and ask for strength to turn away from that specific desire. I know people who have and share their testimony with joy. If your looking for proof I’ll give you scripture that proves. Now whether you allow yourself to see it or not is up to you and your heart.

            26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
            27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
            28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

            Deuteronomy 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.

          • Thank you, Amanda. I really, deeply appreciate you working to defend us. Thank you so much for at least trying to understand us. Thank you for believing us when we tell the truth. Just….thank you.

          • Saltasaurus

            You never addressed the whole slavery thing Leanne. Are we all just supposed to be cool with it since it was in the bible and all?

        • Melissa VDA

          In regards to science, God made females’ bodies to create the hormones progesterone and estrogen and males’ to produce testosterone. Correct me if I am wrong, but that can never change. No matter if we think we are a different gender, we aren’t; we still are what God created us to be.

        • Wasindi

          Are you serious? Are you really going up with the argument the bible is thousands and thousands of years old, supports sexism and slavery. Please check the context, look for comentaries, and I highly recommend The Reson For God by Timothy Keller, which answers all of this controversial topics.
          Additionally, if you say that a lot of things in the bible are not okay, you can´t trust it at all and much less claim that you believe in it.
          Revise your beliefs, and hope you find wisdom and knowledge. 🙂

      • Can you point out any Bible verse against transgenderism? Because I’ve read that Book cover-to-cover, and I still haven’t found any. Not one.

    • Wasindi

      See it this way: If you base reality on your feelings, you´re not being objective. The bible is objective. It is the TRUTH. Transgender people see it this way: Oh, I was born a girl, but I feel boyish, I am a boy.I dont care if God made me a girl, I feel THIS way, and I will embrace it. But the truth is, that person is women. Gender is not based on your feelings. Moreover, you´re going against God. Think about it for a second. This is simply sin, and we have to fight against it. Sin is not breaking the law, but rather centering our lives in ourselves, and when we do that, things like transgenderism comes in.

      • Amanda M.

        Actually, the bible is subjective because different people interpret different parts of it differently. The way you interpret a certain verse may not be the same way someone else might interpret the same verse. I cannot speak for another transgender person, let alone an entire group, but I can say that, my understanding based on interaction with some of them, observation on various social media, and scientific studies, it isn’t just a “feeling”. Like any other mental condition, such as Bipolar Disorder, it isn’t just a feeling, it’s something physical. The make up of a transgender person’s brain is different from a cisgender person’s.

        I stated in a comment that apparently didn’t get approved that I am happy to listen to the opposing side. I just want a more specific examples from the opposing side. I can provide specific examples to support my side, but would be interested in seeing and considering the opposing side’s argument. I am a very logic based person in conversations like these. I base my opinions on specific examples. All of the examples I have seen so far from the opposing side come across as vague to me.

      • No, that is NOT the way that transgender people see it. How do I know? I am one. You say, “Think about it for a second” – and it appears that that’s about the amount of attention you’ve given it. I have spend hundreds – maybe thousands – of hours praying, digging deep into Scripture, listening, studying, and praying again. Gender Dysphoria tested my faith until it lay broken at my feet and there was nothing left but for Jesus to lift me up – and He did that. When you tell others how we feel, how we see things, you are “bearing false witness against [your] neighbor.” (Deut. 5:20)

        Think about THAT for a second.

  • Allison

    I 100% agree with you! The Bible is very clear on the topics that some Christians and non-Christians are unsure about.

    Also, I am absolutely in love with y’all’s blog! I love how you girls use your real life stories and situations to get a point across or teach something. You girls are so beautiful and inspiring! I can’t wait to be able to get your book.

  • Warrior for Truth

    With all of the pressure in our culture to accept homosexuality and the transgender movement, and our country striving to make it the “new normal”, we definitely need to be sure where we stand on this subject.
    Our culture tells us that if we do not entirely accept and embrace something that God clearly goes against in His word, we are not showing love. This is not true. All we have to do is look at Christ, who demonstrated his own love for us in this: while we were still SINNERS, He died for us. We know that Jesus didn’t have to accept our sin to love us; in fact, He couldn’t! He is too holy, and too just. Our sin had to be punished. So while we were still filthy in our sin, He loved US. Not our sin, but the human beings He made in His image. And get this–He sacrificed Himself for us, so that we could be seen as righteous and clean in His sight!
    God’s creation in the beginning was perfect. Satan’s intention from the beginning was to corrupt and distort what God called “good”. God did not create confusion- the devil corrupted the very thing that was created to portray God and His character. People say that they think it is not wrong to have homosexual attractions, just to act on them would be wrong. This may be true, but since we are fallen human beings with sinful natures, our inclination is to gravitate towards the things that go against God’s standards. The problem comes when we take that as a license to accept and embrace our desires and feelings that do not come from God. He tells us to flee our evil desires! When we notice something in our thoughts and desires that do not match up with God’s word, we need to give those to God and ask Him to make every aspect of our life in line with Him.
    The transgender movement is essentially discontentment with God’s perfect created order, and discontentment with who He has made us. God doesn’t make mistakes. Ever. He never accidentally makes a man when He means to make a woman. He is perfect, and all He does is good.

    • “The transgender movement is essentially discontentment with God’s perfect created order, and discontentment with who He has made us.”

      Nope. This statement is flat-out wrong.

      “God doesn’t make mistakes. Ever. He never accidentally makes a man when He means to make a woman.”

      Ok. In that case, how do you explain Klinefelter’s Syndrome? What about AIS (Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome)? Swyer Syndrome? Turner Syndrome? Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia? Are those all sins, too, like being transgender supposedly is?

      • Melissa VDA

        I know 2 men with Klinefelter’s Syndrome, and they are as masculine as any other man I know. They are both married to women, one of whom is my sister. They are not an accident. They are men and nothing like women.

        • That’s great! I wish them much joy in life (I wish it for you, too).

          I know one person that I know has Klinefelter’s. She was given hormone therapy to masculinize her when she was an adolescent, and she’s still paying the price. But she’s starting to find joy, too.

          Anyway, I’m not sure what your point was, if you’re making one. Did you intend to draw a blanket conclusion from your sample size of two?

          • Melissa VDA

            My point was: you were refuting what Warrior for Truth said about God not making mistakes, so you asked how do you explain Klinefelter’s. So I was saying that Klinefelter’s is not a sin because they are just as much men as any other man.
            And I just researched it, and Klinefelter’s only affects males, not females.

          • “you were refuting what Warrior for Truth said about God not making mistakes”

            O. Whoops! I see how you got that, but the point I was trying to make is not that God makes mistakes (He doesn’t), but that reality is not the simple, straight up male-female binary they imply. The existence of intersex conditions proves that male and female are not purely exclusive categories. When someone makes the case that they are, hence trans people are in rebellion against God, they make a judgment that is already suspect by the indisputable existence of other people who fall in between. And, with xxy chromosomes, people with Klinefelter’s do fall outside that either/or divide. Whether you want to blame those in-between conditions on the Fall or God’s perfect plan or random chance, is up to you, but to deny them altogether seems … futile. And not very kind when you then blame the person who suffers from it for “choosing” that condition.

    • Julie

      Beautifully stated….thank you for your clarity

    • Human bodies are certainly NOT “created perfect.” They are full of terrible design flaws. I mean, choking is a huge cause of accidental death, particularly in small children, because our breathing and feeding tubes are connected to the same hole. What idiotic idea is that? We excrete waste right next to where we reproduce (using the same organ, in the case of men). Gross!

  • As a Christian who is also transgender, one big question for me is, what do you do when your prayer leads to a conclusion about God’s Word that is different from believers? And, where do you draw the line at the intersection of science and the Word of God? I think we can all find ways that Biblical interpretation has changed over time as new scientific discoveries come to light.

    In this case, science has found genetic and epigenetic causes for transgenderism, as well as physical differences in the brain between men and women. Transgender people literally have female brains in their male bodies, or vice versa. If we accept that the Bible is true, how does that guide us in relationship to what science discovers?

    It seems to me, then, that we have three options: The Bible is true; therefore, when the science appears to disagree with the Bible, either:
    – the science is wrong, or:
    – the interpretation of the science is wrong, or;
    – the interpretation of the Bible is wrong.

    How do we know which one applies in each circumstance? Is there any objective criteria we can use to help decide?

    • Jason Garrick Shirtz

      There is a great Dalai Lama quote “If Science proves some belief of Buddhism is wrong, then Buddhism will have to change”.

      Personally, that’s my advice. If you have to choose between the bible and science, choose science. It’s not like the flood has been proven to happen, or like it’s been proven that the exodus happened, or that it’s been proven that Pi == exactly three.

      For whatever it’s perceived spiritual value, the Bible is clearly not a science, math, natural history, or even accurate history textbook.

      So if given the choice between having a good quality of life as a transgender person, who accepts the scientific explanation for their transgender-ness and having a well not so ideal quality of life as a bible literalness who denies the scientific explanation for their transgender-ness I’d advise the former over the latter.

  • Katie at Discipling Girls

    So well said. I am currently taking three girls who are in seniors in high school through a study on biblical womanhood. It has brought up some really good opportunities for discussion that push them to see what God’s Word says about the subject.

    On a different note, I am always looking for good resources to use with high school girls and hope to get my hands on GirlDefined soon!

  • Julie Riccardo

    I am so glad that I discovered your blog in life:beautiful magazine. You girls have a gift of writing what has been on my mind regarding the homosexual movement and the transgender topic. I appreciate how you are able to address these topics in love but are sticking to the Truth: God’s standard the Bible.

  • Violet

    …anyway, I hope all trans kids, and especially trans women, are having a super awesome day knowing that God loves them and their gender

    • Priya

      totally agree! God loves you no matter what… 🙂

  • Elisabeth

    I totally agree with these arguments. The Bible should always guide our paths, both in the world and in our minds! But I’m currently struggling with something related to the matter of transgender persons. How should I, as a Christian girl, respond to those being born with a different genetics than normally? How would God define someone born with XXY chromosomes? Biologically, they are both female and male. I come to you, hoping you could write a blog post about this matter, as it’s a question that troubles many of my friends.

    • theburritohasmyheart

      Hey Elisabeth. I understand your concern and question, and I went through some of the same things. And let me tell you, what I have decided to do for myself is to understand that Jesus loves and accepts us all. It’s not your, mine, Kristen’s, or Bethany’s job to say whether or not this is correct or accepted by God. All we can do is follow Jesus’s example, and just love these people. I’m begging you, please, not to judge others for choices they have made, but rather open up to them about Jesus and how he wants to know them if He doesn’t already. What do you think is going to turn more and more people to Christ… this blog post about how transgenders are ‘wrong’ or someone loving and opening their hearts to someone who doesn’t think or act or feel the same way as they do?
      Good luck girly, I’ll be praying for you

  • Emo Gay Atheist

    I can’t even believe that this is still something that people are debating. I literally can’t understand your thought process here. Is it really that hard to respect other human beings? As pro life as Christians claim they are, I can’t believe how much they discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community. You need to accept that there are people in the world that don’t have your mindset (a bad one, by the way) and who are different than you. You are basically brainwashing your audience of young girls, Christian or not, and convincing them that it’s okay to discriminate against people who are different. I am a lesbian, and I have so many friends who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as friends who are devoted Christians, and all of them agree with me on this: You two are ridiculous, and your close minded views need to be kept to yourselves. There is NOTHING wrong with being transgender, as long as you can feel comfortable being yourself. There is NOTHING wrong with being gay, as long as you are comfortable in your own skin. I just feel bad for people like you, who are living by these morals and standards that are only hurting other people. I’m honestly sorry for you.

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