What does it mean to transgender? Transgenderism, Gender Identity Disorder (GID), or gender dysphoria, is a desire to change one’s sex or to fulfill the role of the opposite gender. In Genesis 1:27, the Bible says, “And God created man in His image, in His likeness; male and female He created them….and it was very good.” The Bible tells us that God’s intent is heterosexuality, with definite boundaries between men and women in both appearance and behavior. Hence, to transgender is outside God’s plan for mankind.
Maleness and femaleness are God’s choice, determined at conception. God’s intent for every male is to grow into masculinity, and for every female to grow into femininity. When that doesn’t happen, it’s due to sin. After the fall of man, sin led to gender issues and inclinations to transgender.
In Abraham’s day, homosexuality was widespread in some cities (Genesis 19:1-7; Jude 7). The Bible is unmistakably clear that homosexuality is a sinful perversion of God’s gift of sexuality (Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). In the Law, transvestism was specifically forbidden: “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this” (Deuteronomy 22:5). God made a human male and female, and the distinction thus ordained is to be honored and obeyed.
For all those that are struggling with transgender desires, the Lord offers a promise of a new heart to fit His original created plan “and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:23, 24). There is nothing that the Christian cannot do with God’s grace “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
The Lord is ever ready to heal and restore us into His image once we make the decision to obey Him. He said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7,8). And God is very faithful to His promises.
In His service,