Recent research by the CDC and Johns Hopkins conclude that there is no scientific reason to assume pro-transgender talking points or that gays are “born that way”. The gay agenda does not want this science getting out. The reasons should be crystal clear. Namely, all of their talking points are based on emotions, all the arguments against are based in science. Regardless, the agenda must press on.
Here’s the link to the research that proves, among other things:
“The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings — the idea that people are ‘born that way’ — is not supported by scientific evidence.”
“Sexual orientation” in adolescents is “fluid over the life course for some people, with one study estimating that as many as 80 percent of male adolescents who report same-sex attractions no longer do so as adults.”
“Compared to heterosexuals, non-heterosexuals are about two to three times as likely to have experienced childhood sexual abuse.”
“Gay”-identified people are “at an elevated risk for a variety of adverse health and mental health outcomes.”
“Gay”-identified people experience “nearly 2.5 times the risk of suicide.”
“The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex — that a person might be ‘a man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’ — is not supported by scientific evidence.”
“Studies comparing the brain structures of transgender and non-transgender individuals … do not provide any evidence for a neurobiological basis for cross-gender identification.”
Some questions for all Christian’s to wrestle with.
What is a depraved mind? How does someone become gay? Why is Homosexuality a sin? Is it a greater sin? Did you know there is a Rabbi claims that God is transgender? What are God’s ideas on sex, gender norms, male and female identity, and why “Love is Love” is a lie. Who should be allowed at church? Should a bible believing Christian attend a gay wedding? Should you be sued for not wanting to violate your strongly held religious beliefs?
Satan hates sex. He hates it. Are you having trouble believing that? It smacks you in the face doesn’t it. Sex was a gift given to humanity by God. It is the one act wherein, humankind directly contributes to the ongoing creation in procreation. It also symbolically creates one flesh, thereby best reflecting the Divine nature. We are His image. During marital intercourse, we best express our image and likeness to God. It was sex, and procreation, that ultimately lead to his defeat by Jesus on Calvary.
So, yeah, Satan hates it. He really, really hates it. That’s why he has perverted it. In order to undermine the Divine image, and continue his mission of malice and destruction toward creation. He had to make it sex something dirty, to steal the sanctity of the act. He had to make it sex homosexual to rob one gender of the other, and remove the divine image from the act. He he’s to remove it from the safety of the marriage relationship in order to make it dangerous and to plunder it of the psychological, emotional, and physical virtues found only in monogamous male-female marriage. And he had to make it public, cheapening it so it would lose its value. So, that’s why everywhere you look it sex, sex sex, and gay characters on TV, and adultery on the rise and 53 million abortions, and so on.
I grew up in central Ohio, and we had our pick of three great theme parks. They were Six Flags, Cedar Pointe, and King’s Island. Every year we’d pile into the family minivan and drive down to Cincinnati, for an exciting weekend of camping and roller coasters at King’s Island. One year my brother, Joey, begged our dad for a big plate of cheese fries. Dad protested, but ultimately Joey got the fries, with the stipulation that he eat them all. About halfway through the plate, he began to complain that his stomach ached. He asked to be allowed to throw away the rest of the cheese fries, but my dad was a stickler.
Joey ate until he was green and eventually barfed up most of what he’d crammed down. I guess he wasn’t fooling about the upset stomach. Needless to say we all felt badly, none more so than Joey. And, we all had to put up with his whining for the rest of the day. It was classic. Everybody paid the price that day, my dad, my brother, and me. It w
as too much grease, and too much starch. Eating like that will make you sick. Garbage in, garbage out.
Is it just me or is anybody else sick of all the gay stuff they expect us to tolerate. I mean, come on! It has invaded every story line. Even S.E. Hinton, author of the The Outsiders, is being shamed by the social justice crowd for saying her characters are not gay. Not content to force current gay based story lines on us, they also want to rewrite history with a gay agenda. I’m telling you this, right now people are starting to feel the belly ache from ingesting what isn’t good for them. Soon will come the retch.
Maybe you don’t mind shows like Game of Thrones, Ellen, Modern Family or Scandal. It’s just TV, right? We all admit it isn’t ideal that these programs have such lurid and debauched content, but “come on, it’s a great show.” I get it. I really do. Missing out on what the culture is talking about is not fun. How do we disengage from these cultural touchstones, but remain relevant and stay clued-in to what’s going on in the world? Being in the world, but not of it, is a real head scratcher.
But, why does everything have to be presented through the lens of an agenda? They have a plan. It is documented and it has been put into action. After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s is a book written in 1989, outlining exactly how to normalize homosexuality in the American mind. One of the authors, Kirk was a researcher in neuropsychiatry, and the other, Madsen, was a public relations consultant. Together they cooked up the winning strategy for their belief system, and it is all about subtlety. This book is the authoritative public relations manual for the gay lobby.
The authors suggest a three step process; desensitize – jamming – conversion. In the desensitize stage Kirk and Madsen advise gays to “live among straights, visibly, but as inoffensively as possible…[and] inundate them in a continuous flood of gay-related advertising, presented in the least offensive fashion possible”. Put simply, they just needed people to see them as openly gay, but inert. So, they presented themselves as the lovable, gay goofball. Revenge of the Nerds, anyone?
Next, in the jamming phase, gays have to be presented as the victims. This jams up so called “homohaters”, because it makes them look like and feel like bullies. It utilizes psychological warfare to create unpleasant associations in the mind of the “bigots”. Jamming conditions the “homohaters” to see themselves in the same light they see racists, misogynists, and other bigots. Since they would never want to be seen as a racist or a Nazi, after they have been successfully jammed, they will not want to be seen as anti-gay, either. In the film Philadelphia Tom Hanks portrays a gay man with AIDS who gets fired. He recruits a homophobic lawyer, played by Denzel Washington, to sue his former employers for wrongful termination. By the end of the film you are rooting for Hanks, and not even thinking about his gayness. Like Washington’s character you experienced a metamorphosis, realizing that Hank’s character is no different from you. He deserves justice, therefore he cannot be the bad guy. The film is a deft study in jamming.
Finally, in the conversion phase, the jamming is so fully rooted in the minds of Americans that their psychology begins to change. When done correctly, not only will the general population be tolerant of homosexuality, it will celebrate it. They have chosen to use something called Associative Conditioning to affect this outcome. Here’s how they do it with an example from their own advertising, “[Meet] Beauregard Smith–beer drinker, Good Ole Boy, pillar of the community, 100% American, and gay as a mongoose.” They take images with which you already have a positive stereotype, then overlay them on a clean cut, decent looking gay person. Now your brain positively associates the gay person with the positive stereotype you already had. It combines your feelings about Good Ole Boys and pillars of the community with your feelings about the clean cut gay person. Then they will replay this theme over and over in as many story lines, books, movies, and TV shows as they can. In the Jamming phase the target is shown a bigot being rejected by his crowd for his prejudice against gays, in Conversion the target is shown his crowd actually associating with gays in good fellowship.
Needless to say, it has been very effective. Does it surprise you to learn that this battlefield tactic was intentionally planned and carried out? Do you think Christians had better get strategic? As I’ve said before, we’ve ceded the ground of culture to the heathen. Now we wonder why there’s only trash on television. It’s because godly people aren’t making media anymore. The TV is doing a better job of secularizing the Christians than churches are of evangelizing them. You see your pastor one hour a week, but you watch TV up to 20 hours a week. He cannot possibly be expected to compete with that.
I’m going to ask you to do something it may not have occurred to you to do; Pray for Bruce Jenner. Just stop reading right now and say, “God, please bless Bruce, and bring him to the saving knowledge of Jesus. Bind the satan in his life, Lord, and loose sanity. Restore us. Restore to us the office of opinion sculptors. Let us reclaim the mantle of thought leader. Make us once again the best and brightest in business, publishing, popular culture, and the arts. Amen.”
We are manically obsessed with superficiality
I’d like to coin a new term, if I may. It is “Trans-mania”. It means the obsession with changing our outsides, in the vain hopes that it will produce inner peace. Let’s face facts, we are obsessed with altering our outsides. Americans join gyms, buy flattering clothes, get surgical procedures, and even mutilate their own genitals to produce a desired physique.
Consider the trans/gay debate from this angle, please. What if I told you the following: I knew from an early age I was born in the wrong body. I vividly remember looking at the perfect images of those other bodies and thinking, “That’s what I am. That’s how I am supposed to look”. I’ve always wanted to make the transition, and I even style my looks to match those I feel best represent my true self. I wear the clothes they wear, and it makes me feel more normal. I speak how they do, so I can feel right. For me it is either transition or suicide. I need this to be mentally stable. I want to formally declare my true identity. I was born the wrong species! I am not really human mentally, only physically. I have an alien brain, but was born in a human body. I am really an alien from the planet Kepler-186d. I should have tentacles not arms. I should have slimy secretions and cloaca, not skin and human genitalia.
What if I told you I was born in the wrong body, and felt that I should have been born an alien, and really truly expected you to take me seriously? would you be a bigot for rejecting that claim?
Do you see the problems here? Any human who really believes he is an alien, is clearly mistaken. Depending on the level of his attachment to that belief, and his proclivity to endangering himself or others, we would probably even put that person in an insane asylum. He would be medicated, put on suicide watch, and live out his days in a padded room. Why? Because he is insane.
So, why don’t we apply the same reasoning to humans who declare they were born the wrong gender? We think it is lunacy to believe a person was born the wrong species, so why do we, as a rationale society, accept that some are born into the wrong gender. It really is a mental illness. If we take their logic, their arguments, and their reasoning but express it as a desire to be an alien species, instead of a different gender, it sounds foolish. And it is foolish. It is foolish either way, gender or species.
Statistics show that plenty of patients, although not all, who have gotten gender reassignment surgery regret it later. The website SexChangeRegret.com documents some of the cases of so called Trans people, who had a negative emotional and psychological response to their gender reassignment. One such example is Walt Heyer. He underwent the reassignment procedure, but didn’t feel fulfilled afterwards. Slowly, he realized that God was right about gender, so he transitioned back to living and identifying as a male. The following is the story of Britain’s youngest sex swap patient to reverse her sex change treatment, having been profiled in none other than the UK Daily Mail.
Heyer writes, “After all the favorable publicity in the US about children “needing” sex change treatment, it’s refreshing to read that it is not “happily ever after.” This young person made the decision at age 16-17 to start the transition, and now regrets it only one year later. She has cancelled the operation scheduled for January and halted the hormone treatments. She (or he) confirms the point I [Walt Heyer] made in my book, Paper Genders. The brain hasn’t matured enough to make this decision until the person reaches their mid-20s. So why would we encourage anyone younger to undergo “treatments” with such long-term consequences?
The following is an excerpt from the Daily Mail article (Oct. 29, 2012):
“Although Ms Cooper underwent a thorough psychological assessment and counseling at Hull Royal Infirmary prior to starting her sex change therapy she has suffered such torment living as a women that she has tried to commit suicide twice. She told told the Sunday Mirror: ‘The hormones have made me feel up and down. One minute I feel moody and the next minute I feel really happy.’ She continues, ‘The night I tried to slash my wrists I’d downed a bottle of Jack Daniel’s and just thought about how alone I am, and how my decision has alienated my family and how I will have to become a boy again to resolve it.’”
You can read the entire article here, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2224753/Ria-Cooper-Britains-youngest-sex-change-patient-reverse-treatment.html#ixzz2AyFR0XCs
For a very thoroughgoing, evangelical approach on the subject, I recommend you visit sexchangeregret.com. It is based in love, and full of great resources. There is a wealth of information out there that the sex change industry doesn’t want you to know. Dr. Michael Brown writes at Charismanews.com about moral and cultural issues. He has three books that address the homosexual agenda, “gay Christianity” and sin in the church. This story from Belgium is absolutely tragic, a 44-year-old woman disappointed by her female-to-male surgery decided to die by euthanasia, feeling that the surgery had left her a monster. But the story behind the story is even more tragic.
Of course, if we simply believed the glowing reports in the media, you would think that everyone who has sex-change surgery is perfectly happy with the results. In keeping with that mentality, there’s a new term we are supposed to use—namely, gender-realignment surgery. This replaces the previous new term, sex-reassignment surgery, which replaced the more graphic term, sex-change surgery. And make no mistake about it: This is a radical surgery involving removing and changing perfectly healthy organs and body parts simply because the person is convinced in his or her mind that the parts shouldn’t be there.
In the case of Belgian Nathan Verhelst, born Nancy Verhelst, she was allowed to die by lethal injection on the grounds of “unbearable psychological suffering.” (It should be noted that one in 50 deaths in Belgium today is the result of euthanasia, but that’s yet another tragic story.)
As reported in Belgian news, Verhelst said after the surgery, “I was ready to celebrate my new birth. But when I looked in the mirror, I was disgusted with myself… my new breasts did not match my expectations and my new penis had symptoms of rejection. I do not want to be … a monster.”
All that is sad enough to read, but the story behind the story is worse still, pointing to the deeper issues involved in Verhelst’s life. Her mother rejected her from birth, having this to say after she received news of her daughter’s death: “When I first saw ‘Nancy,’ my dream was shattered. She was so ugly. I had a ghost birth. Her death does not bother me.” Have you read anything more cruel from a child’s own mother?
She continues, “For me, this chapter closed. Her death does not bother me. I feel no sorrow, no doubt or remorse. We never had a bond which could therefore not be broken.” Unfortunately, Nancy/Nathan struggled with this pain of rejection right until the time of her death, as the article reports: “Hours before his [sic] death Mr. Verhelst had spoken of how, as a child, he ‘was the girl that nobody wanted,’ describing how his mother had complained that she’d wished he’d been born a boy.”
Does it take a psychologist to recognize that this was the real root of Verhelst’s problems? That being rejected from birth by her own mother as “so ugly” and as a “ghost birth” and as not being the son her mother wanted was the real cause of her gender confusion? (I’m not saying this is always the case, but it was obviously the case here.) Walt Heyer is a man who lived through this himself, first with his grandmother dressing him up as girl when he was just a few years old (and praising him for his looks after dressing him up), then some years later suffering repeated sexual abuse at the hands of another man.
As a married man with children, Heyer concluded he really was a woman, going through years of hormone therapy and then having sex-change surgery and becoming “Laura”, an identity he kept for years, only to realize his deeper problems were never resolved. Not surprisingly, the sex-change doctor he saw also failed to explore Heyer’s other emotional and psychological issues. Eventually Heyer got off hormones, reversed what he could surgically and married another woman, launching the website SexChangeRegret.com.
A report on the website today states, “The Belgrade Center for Genital Reconstructive Surgery says that they have received 1,500 requests for reversal surgery.” Why is that? It’s because gender reassignment does not address the inner workings of the damaged human spirit. All it does it radically alter the appearance of the patient’s body. After the surgery, the patient sees what he wanted to see on his body, but is still left with negative psychological experiences. Then they lose all hope, because the thing on which they pinned all their hopes for happiness failed to satisfy.
It’s for reasons like these that the John Hopkins University Hospital, under the leadership of the famed psychiatrist Dr. Paul McHugh, discontinued sex-change surgery years ago. As McHugh observed (speaking of male-to-female surgery), “It is not obvious how this patient’s feeling that he is a woman trapped in a man’s body differs from the feeling of a patient with anorexia nervosa that she is obese despite her emaciated, cachectic state. We don’t do liposuction on anorexics. Why amputate the genitals of these poor men? Surely, the fault is in the mind not the member.”
Dr. McHugh co-authored a landmark study with Lawrence S. Mayer and Paul R. McHugh, was titled, “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences,” and was published by The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society. Yet whenever I and others suggest that we should invest our energies in getting into the deeper issues troubling these individuals—whatever their age, helping them from the inside out—we are reviled as being hateful and insensitive. Again, Dr. Michael Brown is useful to us here. His website is AskDrBrown.org.
As for McHugh, the university distinguished service professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins who also served on President George W. Bush’s presidential council on bioethics, he is reviled on transgender websites as being out of step with the times.
And if you wonder where all this is going, then just look at this news from Argentina: “A six-year-old girl, who was born a boy, has become the first transgender child in Argentina to have her new name officially changed on her identity documents.” Six years old! That’s a time when children can barely tell the difference between reality and fantasy, and yet this little boy, who identified as a girl since he started talking, is now legally (but, of course, not biologically) a girl.
What’s next? For believers, this much is clear, while having compassion on those who are struggling and pursuing divine strategies for their wholeness, we must celebrate male-female gender distinctions, recognizing the beauty and wisdom of Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Satan hates that there are two genders, and he hates that when they come together God’s image is amplified on the earth. It makes him sick to his wormy stomach. God is pleased by the diversity of his creation, bidding us to embrace the intrinsic masculinity and femininity he placed in our genes and spirits.
But, the world says, go ahead and swap out your parts for whatever parts you think would make you happy. But, it never does make them happy. In fact, may victims of the genital mutilating surgery known as “gender reidentification” choose suicide, despite having had the supposedly life changing operation. One such person was Nancy Verhelst/Nathan Verhelst, and her story is tragic.
The fact remains, no one should try to base their inner joy of off their outer appearance. Our looks will always fail us. Our bodies will never bring true joy. But, we are more than our bodies. We are always trying to feed our deep spiritual hunger, with external, often materialistic, things. It’s like putting E-87 ethane in a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and expecting it to perform at peak condition. FOOLISH! The outside material stuff cannot feed the hunger that comes from internal spiritual needs. So, why do we take such pains to make our outsides look a certain way?
The answer for some is that the material world is all they have. They don’t have healthy souls, and they are spiritually dead. The answer for others is that changing the outside is easier than doing the hard work of changing the inside. The outside can be changed with clothes, surgeries, diet and exercise, even makeup. That’s easy. The inward heart of a person can only be changed through God’s grace. Repentance, and turning away from sin, to please God. It’s hard. It’s not natural. It is contrary to everything the godless culture tells us will satisfy. It takes faith.
Ultimately, we don’t know what’s true about Bruce/Caitlin. I pray it is all a big media lie, one that he has believed and been ensnared by. I pray that Bruce, one of America’s greatest athletes,does not become the latest victim of “trans”-hype. Dr. Michael Brown, an expert who holds a Ph.D. from New York University and has researched and written a multitude of books on christian practice and homosexuality, says the American media are exploiting former Olympian Bruce Jenner. In fact, I think they exploit every celebrity suffering from same sex attraction, body dysmorphia, gender identity confusion, and the like.
In his book,“A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been,” Dr. Michael Brown, calls the media’s behavior exploitation at best and sinister at worst. “I don’t know how much genuine compassion or courage is being shown here,” he said. “Real courage would be for us to work together to help this man without mutilating him.” Brown’s doctorate is in Near Eastern languages and literature. He is recognized as one of the leading Messianic Jewish scholars in the world today, founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry and host of the nationally syndicated daily talk radio show “The Line of Fire.”
He’s also written books such as “Can You Be Gay and Christian?” and Outlasting the Gay Revolution. I would consider these must reading for Christians who are struggling to understand what all the big deal is about what goes on in the bedroom. Glorifying gay culture is the business of the media and the sitcoms, whereas magnifying and extolling God’s ways (the ways of life) is the business of every christian. Does that make you uncomfortable? Shouldn’t we all just go along to get along? “Besides, “ you say to yourself, “as long as I teach my kids what’s right, it’ll be all good.” Sorry mom and dad, but you can’t compete with cable. You have to change the channel.
As many of you know, Jenner became an American hero after he won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics, earning the title the “world’s greatest athlete” and his image on a Wheaties box. To the younger generations, he is best known as the former husband of Kris Jenner and the stepfather of the Kardashian sisters in the reality TV show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” His sex-change program reportedly will be the subject of a reality show and is being widely praised by figures in the establishment media, some of whom are calling Jenner’s decision heroic. Then Jenner did an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer which aired in May 2015.
He said, he had a make body but a female brain. Silly me, I thought liberals and feminists argued that there was no difference between the sexes? Each gender is essentially the same, and males are just as good as females. And yet, they praise him for saying he has a female brain. Shocker. If I had a quarter for every occurrence of liberal
WND reported that in addition to his media supporters, he also has the endorsement of his family.
But David Kupelian, author of “The Marketing of Evil,” expressed concerns similar to Dr. Brown’s. “It’s very sad that legendary Olympian Bruce Jenner is trying to turn himself into a woman,” he said, “The desire to become the opposite gender, which usually involves the amputation of healthy body parts, is a psychological-spiritual problem that cries out for understanding and enlightened counseling, not surgical mutilation.” Kupelian said “transgender ‘transitioning,’ which is the latest madness infecting the American mind, is in fact so abnormal and unnatural that a staggeringly tragic 41 percent of all transgender individuals living in the United States have attempted to commit suicide, according to a 2010 study.” Dr. McHugh asks the rhetorical question, “would you give a patient suffering with anorexia diet pills?” The implication is that you shouldn’t cut off a man’s penis, even if he believes he is a woman, because that will not make him healthy, but sicker still.
Maybe this story is old news to you, and you ask why I’m bringing it up now. Well, gender issues are getting stickier, and I have a feeling the Jenner thing will blow up in a different way. My fear is that Bruce/Caitlin will fall into a deep depression, once the glitz and limelight fade. Right now it is feeding him, and keeping him stable, but once it is gone he too may fall prey to the twin tragedies of despair and discontent. Brown, who addresses in his books issues such as how Christians should respond to homosexuals who say they love the Lord and experience God’s power, said: “It’s absolutely tragic. It’s nothing to celebrate. God made him a man and he was a married man with children. Whatever his deep seated issues are, let’s try to help him from the inside out, not be mutilating him.” He has a legendary debate with so called gay christian, Matthew Vine. YouTube it. Totally worth the watch.
Jenner’s mother, Esther, said in a recent interview with Radar Online that she only recently learned of her son’s desire to be a woman. “We had a very long, long, long talk about it,” she said. “I am more proud of him for what he’s allowing himself to do. I am more proud of him now than when he stood on that podium and put the gold medal around his neck,” she said.
Dr. Brown believes the blame goes beyond whatever issues Jenner has. “The media are looking for another juicy story,” he said, noting the frenzy. “Some may simply want the next crazy, juicy story, and some may be moved by compassion, though I would say the compassion is misguided,” he said.
Another excellent source for Christians is Robert Gagnon at RobGagnon.Net. He may be the foremost evangelical scholar on the topic of church and homosexuality. He wrote “How Should Christian Respond to the Transgender Phenomenon” which is available in PDF format on the First Things online portal. To quickly summarize he states, “Gender dysphoria is the APA’s current description of the condition whereby someone perceives one’s ‘gender’ to be other than one’s birth or biological sex. The previous designation in the APA’s diagnostic manual [and in my view still preferable] is ‘gender identity disorder’ (GID).” Those words in brackets are his, not mine.
A review of more than 100 international medical studies of post-operative transsexuals showed “no robust scientific evidence” that surgery is effective in solving their emotional problems. And studies show many people who get the surgery later regret it. Brown sees politics at work. “It’s simply a reality that some have a radical agenda to deconstruct gender and male and female sex differences,” he said. “And they are acting on that agenda.”
While Dr. Brown, Heyer, and Most of us are too busy speculating about his “trans” identity. Maybe he really is confused, hurting, and considering living his life as a woman. This would be terrible. He will live the rest of his life as a mutilated man, masquerading as a female. And, God only knows the effect it will have on his sons, daughters, and the youth of our nation. God’s power will transform you, if you respond to it with loving, trusting obedience.
Now, just to show I can see both sides of the coin, let us contrast Jenner’s experience with that of a befuddled, non-celebrity Chinese person. According to the Daily Mail, a Chinese man, who is married to a woman, found out from a DNA test that he is genetically a chromosomal female. This came as a surprise to him, because he has male genitals, and has always believed himself to be male. Imagine his surprise when a routine doctor visit for stomach cramping, turned out to be PMS pain! This is not transmania, it is the result of taking it for granted that what you see is what you get.
I am sure this revelation rocked him to his core. How difficult it must be to discover something so outlandish. Our gender often plays a central role in how we see ourselves. Gender shapes our identities in ways more ways than we know. I can only pity this poor person, as he seeks to deal with the fallout of this new information. Whereas Jenner claims he has known for some time, this Chinese person had no idea. He looked like a he, so he felt like a he and behaved like a he. His chromosomes did not match his body parts. His mind did not match his chromosomes.
As a christian, I have a codified morality dealing with sexual ethics, given to me by holy scripture. The Bible dictates what is right and what is wrong, in every arena of human experience. I have a rock solid foundation, which is God’s Word, on which to build my own understanding of morality. God’s word is very specific about what it condemns and what it encourages. Because of this, I generally have “all the right answers” when it comes to Christian sexual morality. Sex before marriage, bestiality, pederasty, and homosexuality are some of the practices that are explicitly forbidden as sinful in God’s eyes. Take for example the fact that I know it is wrong for men to masquerade as women. Or, again, that it is wrong for a woman to marry another woman.
But this is totally novel. There are elements of this Chinese person’s experience that I have never before thought through. That’s why I am having such a difficult time rendering a value judgment about this. I am certainly empathetic with this person, his wife, and all the trouble which may befall them. It breaks my heart, because, by all accounts, these two tried to do everything the right way.
If a genetic female, who has male genitals and was raised believing he is male, marries a woman, is that person guilty of the sin of homosexuality? Certainly, he could not have known his attraction was “same sex”. I do not believe in “situational ethics”, but I do believe that the intent of a person’s heart does matter for something. If I follow traditional morality, that is to say biblical morality and the natural law, always doing the best I can with the information I have, and it still turns out wrong, at what point does it become a sin? How is fault assessed? But, sin is still sin. And this opens a much larger kingdom question, about the nature of what constitutes a sin. We won’t go there, here. Suffice to say, I’m at a loss.
I want to be crystal clear. I’m not one of these people who buys into the LGBTQ agenda. I stand firm in the knowledge that homosexual activity is a sin. Same sex attraction is not, but acting on deviant sexual urges is. I wouldn’t classify any non-marital sex act as deviant, but homosexual sex acts clearly defy the natural law. There is some kind of arrested development, coupled with neurological and hormonal dysfunctions that result in same sex attraction.
I’m not cold or calloused about this. People who are same sex attracted have my deepest sympathies. I do understand some people are born with same sex proclivities, but our urges do not negate the finality of God’s standards for human sexuality. I do not advocate for treating practicing homosexuals any differently than we would a God honoring christian resisting his/her unwanted same sex attraction. Except that the christian deserves greater honor for fighting the good fight, and the practicing homosexual deserves greater love.
There are some very fine churches who’ve turned their backs on the biblical teaching on human sexuality. They stand firm on theft, murder, lying, idolatry and the rest, but on sexuality they choose a more modern approach. Why is it that our society permits every tickling of the sexual urge? They don’t do this for any other category of sin. If you eat too much, we say “cut it out!” If you exercise or diet too much, we label it a disorder. If you talk too much, lie too much, sleep too much, or totally give into any other of your base urges, we condemn it. Not so when it comes to sex. I guess sex is the one thing or which you can’t get too much. I was never taught that, except by covert cultural means- the subtle manipulation subliminally placed in virtually every ad, magazine cover, and TV show.
That being said, I am left with some unresolved question, as pertains to our Chinese friend.
1. Is his an example of homosexuality at all? In other words, is it the sin of homosexuality, if it was not his intention to be involved in homosexuality? He couldn’t have possibly chosen it.
2. If His body is physically male, but he happens to have two X Chromosomes, is he male or female? I do believe that the chromosomes dictate the gender, not the person’s state of mind. His is a tough case, because he thought he was a man, lived as a man, felt like a man, and has the reproductive equipment of a man. Maybe there is something else to gender than DNA? Allowing this disallows the simplicity of black and white gender determinations, which I am loath to abandon.
3. If, we determine he is in fact a she, should she get a divorce? We do know, as was stated before, that it is wrong for a woman to be married to another woman.
4. If, she (formerly he) gets a divorce, is it acceptable for her to start seeing men now? This just feels weird to me. It seems more gay for him, now her, but presumably still having a penis, scrotum and testes to be dating genetic males.
In any event, it is all quite tragic. The unintended consequences of living in a fallen world do include genetic mayhem and physical distortions. These moral quandaries, and others, also result from living in a morally insane world. For me, the water gets very murky, the further in we wade, which is probably why most pastors wouldn’t touch this situation with a 10 foot pole. All I know for sure is God loves this Chinese person, and his wife. My heart’s desire is that God’s love will heal these two, and lead them into all truth. May the Spirit of Truth lead us all into God’s truth!