Is it a sin to be transgendered, transsexual, or gender-queer? What does the Bible have to say about a person changing their sexual identity or affiliation? Is it okay for a man or woman to have sex change surgery or to cross-dress? What if a man feels like a woman, or vice versa?
The term transgender or transsexual generally means that a person feels as if he or she identifies with a different gender than their assigned (born) sex, or desires to be a different gender. Transgender or transsexual behavior can include sex change surgery, cross-dressing (drag queen or king), acting like the opposite sex, and more. Some other related terms of sexual or gender confusion include gender identity disorder (GID), androgyne, bigender, pangender, third gender, and gender-neutral.
The Bible does address this issue in a few passages. However, I should note that this article is not going to address the issue of a person being born with both sexual parts (also called hermaphrodites), as this is a different issue altogether. Rather, this article is dealing with the following:
- What the Bible says about transgender or transsexual behavior.
- How society is being brainwashed to experiment with or accept transsexualism.
- How to turn away from this sin and trust in Christ for salvation.
What the Bible Says About Transgender or Transsexual Behavior?
The first reference to human sexuality in all of the Bible occurs in the book of Genesis. Here, we see that God created the first man from the dust (elements) of the earth, and He created woman from man:
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27).
The Bible clearly teaches that God is the one who assigned the sexes. Notice what God didn’t do in Genesis:
- He never asked Adam or Eve if they were “comfortable” or “happy” with their assigned sex.
- He never created multiple wives for Adam or multiple husbands for Eve.
- He never asked Adam or Eve about their “sexual orientation” or sexual preferences.
Instead, God created only two sexes (male and female), and He created the first marriage institution (one man and one woman). God did it that way, because that’s how God wanted His creation to operate. Anything outside of God’s plan for sexuality is a perversion, orchestrated by the greatest pervert in the universe: Satan.
Next, we see that the Mosaic Law clearly prevented cross-dressing:
“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” (Deuteronomy 22:5).
God’s Word clearly and boldly condemns cross-dressing and the desire to change a person’s God-given sex. To do so is an abomination to God, and it is sheer rebellion against the design God put forth at the beginning of creation. It’s like saying, “You made me this way, God. But I don’t care about your will for my life. Instead, I want to do what I want to do.”
That’s a shame, because God clearly puts forth special consideration and effort when creating any of us, as He indicated to the prophet Jeremiah:
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5).
In addition, we see that acting “effeminate” is listed as a serious category of sin that, unless a person repents and believes on the Lord Jesus, they will not inherit the kingdom of God:
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” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; emphasis mine).
The Greek word used for “effeminate” literally means for a man to act feminine or “soft.” God’s word says that acting in such a way that is contrary to our assigned sex is a wicked sin.
Lastly, while not all transgender individuals engage in homosexuality, many do. The Bible clearly says that homosexuality is a sin.
As we can see, God’s word unambiguously condemns the practice of transsexuality, cross-dressing, and changing one’s sex through surgery or other means. The truth is that you can never change your sex–you can only mutilate your body to make it appear as if you’ve changed your sex. You’re always going to be the sex you were born with, no matter how much you try to mask it. You can’t change your DNA.
Abraham Lincoln once asked a boy, “If a dog has four legs, and you call its tail a leg, how many legs does it have?” The boy answered, “It has five legs.” Abraham Lincoln replied, “Nope, it just has four legs. Calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg.”
False Arguments Suggesting God Accepts Transsexuality
Even though God’s word condemns this behavior, many will try to lie about it. Here are some lies you may hear in an attempt to convince the masses that Jesus is okay with the transgender movement, or that it’s normal behavior.
1. God loves everyone. We’re all God’s children. Therefore, it’s okay to change your sexual identity or cross-dress, right?
Wrong. God does love everyone, and He even revealed His love for us when He sent His Son to die on the cross while we were yet sinners! Nevertheless, the Bible clearly teaches that we must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. Those who do not repent and trust Christ will go to hell, and after the judgment, they will face eternal, conscious torment in the Lake of Fire.
Paul tells us that even though Christians are no longer under the Mosaic Law, we are to turn from sin:
‘What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” (Romans 6:15).
2. The Bible says there is neither “male nor female” in God’s eyes, and therefore, it is okay to be transgender, right?
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
Wrong! This passage is saying that God is not a respecter of persons. In other words, God doesn’t give priority or special status to us based on external things such as status, wealth, ethnicity, or sex. God isn’t going to value a man over a woman, or a white person over a black person. Both are equal in God’s eyes.
However, that does not mean we can engage in transgender or transsexual behavior. God’s word clearly condemns it in several passages, as indicated above.
3. People can’t help it. They have hormone imbalances, or other causes of this condition. How could a loving God send them to hell for something they can’t help?
I don’t doubt for a minute that people engaging in transsexuality genuinely desire to be or act like another gender. But consider this: A pedophile genuinely desires sexual contact with children. A thief genuinely desires to have your material possessions. A person engaging in bestiality genuinely desires animal intimacy. A homosexual genuinely desire sexual contact with the same sex. A rapists genuinely desires to rape. Does that make it right? Of course not.
Even in the alleged cases of hormone imbalances, the proper thing to do would be to seek treatment to honor your God-given sex. Not change it to what you want. Remember, there is one thing God will never accept for your sin, and that’s an excuse or an alibi. He will accept repentance and confession of it.
People may have different reasons or causes for wanting to change their gender/sex. A man by the name of Walt Heyer wanted to change his sex, and went so far as to have sex change surgery (two, actually, because he later regretted it and changed back). He wrote about how his grandmother would dress him up as a girl when he was younger. She only showed him attention and gave him praise when he was dressed up, because she apparently wanted a granddaughter instead of a grandson.
As Walt got older, he became very confused and had a flood of mixed emotions. He thought that perhaps he was really meant to be a girl, so he had sex change surgery. Unfortunately, it only provided a temporary “fix.” He later changed back after realizing that it was wrong. He now spends much of his time educating others about the dangers of sex change surgery, and he has written a number of books on the topic. Visit SexChangeRegret.com or search about him for more information.
Media and Education Sources are Brainwashing Society
Despite the fact that transsexual and transgender behavior is wrong, society suggests otherwise. Students in just about any liberal university will get inundated with lectures, textbooks, assignments, and discussion questions asking about “gender roles,” and things like transsexuality. Satan is working overtime to blur the distinctions between the sexes, because He knows its a way to pervert God’s creation. Men and woman are equal, but they are not the same.
Classes like Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Psychology, and others will tell students that this is normal behavior, that all cultures have practiced transsexual behavior. It’s all an attempt to normalize this sin, and it’s no surprise that atheists like Karl Marx and Freud are behind most of these “social sciences” (or “sin sciences”).
The media will rarely tell of the horrors of transsexual behavior, including botched sex-change surgeries, suicide rates, STI or HIV infections, and more. Instead, they’ll glamorize it and only tell you about how “exciting” and “brave” it is for someone to do such a thing.
Never before in the history of America has our society been as corrupt or confused as it is now regarding human sexuality. What used to be universally accepted as “bizarre, sinful, or wicked,” is now labeled as “exciting, normal, and being true to yourself.” As Dr. Adrian Rogers used to say, “What used to slink down the back alley now struts down Main Street.”
Not only are many forms of sexual perversion accepted or celebrated, you’re cast as a bigot or weirdo if you disagree. You can be mocked, insulted, threatened, and so forth for merely disagreeing with the transgender movement. Today’s society reflects the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).
Isn’t it amazing how a person standing up for God’s word (something GOOD) is rebuked and called “evil” or “bigoted,” whereas individuals engaging in transgender cross-dressing or homosexuality (EVIL) are labeled as brave heroes!
In fact, a former male Olympic athlete and reality television star recently came out with his plans to become a woman. What were the results? He/she was reportedly given a five million dollar contract for a new reality show, and was universally praised by the media for his/her “brave” decision. What happened to anyone disagreeing? They were called bigots, haters, unloving, and cast aside as horrible human beings.
What happens when you publicly proclaim you’re a Christian? You’ll probably lose your job, be demoted or mocked, or told to “stop being so fanatic about your faith.” Just like Isaiah said, “they call evil good, and good evil.” Woe to this wicked society in which we live!
Conclusion: The Bible Condemns Transgender Activity as an Abomination
The Bible teaches that we’re all wicked sinners who have fallen short of His glory. I know that I wouldn’t trust the best minute I ever lived to get me to heaven! I’m a sinner, and I’m only made righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Christians should treat every person with love. If I see a man dressed like a woman at the store, I’m not going to hurl insults or tell them they’re “going to hell.” I’ll be polite and respectful just like I would be to anyone else.
However, I’ll never wink at sin. I’ll never condone or agree with this activity. I’ll never suggest to someone it is anything less than an abomination to God. If someone jokes about dressing like a woman, I’d make it known that I respectfully disagree. I’ll also share the gospel when I have the opportunity to do so.
The Bible teaches that transgender behavior is a sin against God. Jesus is the only hope for a sinner. No matter how sinful you’ve lived, Christ stands ready to forgive any and every sinner who turns to Him. I pray that you’ll be saved today, and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior.
God can transform anyone, and He’ll do it to you if you let Him.