More and more in our society the line between sexual classifications is getting blurred. Males are transitioning to become females. Females are transitioning to become males. Schools and businesses are now being forced to offer transgender bathrooms in addition to the typical male and female options. Even the waters of sports are getting muddied as some athletes who were formerly males are now reidentifying as females and, as could be predicted, finding far more success as females. Recently in Connecticut, for example, two male athletes who changed their sexual identification to female proceeded to take 85 opportunities to advance to the next level of competition from female athletes and won 15 state titles that had previously belonged to nine different girls.
But what does the Bible say about transgenderism? Oh, you know what it says. We all know what it says. Even if you don’t know, I’ll bet you can guess and get it right on your very first try. Genesis 1:27 says: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (N.K.J.V.). Jesus Himself confirmed this divine order by incorporating that verse into His quote in Matthew 19:4-6.
Additionally, there is the long list of passages that expressly condemn any type of homosexuality. That list includes: Genesis 19:1-29; Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13; Deuteronomy 23:17; Judges 19:11-30; 1 Kings 14:21-24; 1 Kings 15:9-15; 1 Kings 22:41-46; 2 Kings 22:1-2; 2 Kings 23:7; Ezekiel 16:49-50; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:8-10; and Jude v.7. Seriously, how many times does God have to say something for it to be taken as fact?
There is even a Mosaic Law passage, Deuteronomy 22:5, that offers God’s opinion concerning cross-gender dressing. Yes, I’m aware that we no longer live under the Old Testament law, but we can still study that law in order to learn God’s opinions on certain topics. He was, after all, the one who gave the law. And so what does Deuteronomy 22:5 say about cross-gender dressing? It says:
A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God. (N.K.J.V.)
You see, the question “What does the Bible teach about transgenderism?” is a simple one to answer. As a matter of fact, it’s so simple that the question itself isn’t even the core issue. The core issue is another question, that being, “Are we going to adhere to the Bible’s clear-as-crystal teachings in the midst of a world that has obviously lost its way?” Sadly, many people have already answered that question wrongly, and all of us are now having to deal with the fallout. Personally, I look for this trend of sexual perversion to continue unabated because the only thing that can curtail it is our society returning to God. And, again sadly, it doesn’t seem likely that will be happening anytime soon.