Transgender advocacy, supporting the belief that anyone can choose any gender, is a popular issue in culture today. Mainstream culture promotes the idea that people should be able to identify gender by feeling and not by biological sex. Further, this same culture teaches that society needs to support those individuals who make the decision to switch genders. However, not only is this completely irrational, but it is entirely unbiblical.
Scripture is clear—God created humankind as male and female (Gen 1:27). Thus, it is God who determines the sexes, and therefore determines the gender. Gender cannot be separated from one’s biological sex. To believe otherwise is completely ludicrous.
From a Christian worldview, we know that God is intimately involved in the creation of each individual (Ps 139:13-14). This includes God’s determination of whether we are male or female. Thus, to rebel against God’s design of male and female is to rebel against God himself.
God has also determined that men and women live in accordance with their gender identity. For example, Deuteronomy 22:5 states that women should not wear a man’s garment, nor should men wear a woman’s garment. The reason for this is because men and women must function within their specific gender roles. To cross that boundary is to subvert God’s design for each sex.
The most significant problem with transgender behavior, from a biblical worldview, is that it is rebellion against the Creator. Transgender ideology, simply and straightforwardly, is sinful rebellion against God’s created order. The desire to go against God is at the very core of sin, and “switching genders” comes from the creature’s desire to rebel against God’s design for his or her life.
The Transgender Movement is Dangerous
Not only does the Bible very clearly teach that transgender behavior is rebellion against God, but current research also demonstrates that those who suffer from the delusion of gender confusion (i.e., gender dysphoria) are more prone to suicide.
According to a study done by the Williams Institute in 2014, the reported suicide attempt percentage for the U.S. population is 4.6%. However, for those in the transgender community, the reported suicide attempt percentage is 41%. That is a statistical bombshell. To say there is a significant difference in reported suicide attempts between transgender and non-transgender would be a gross understatement.
Some people will argue that bigoted oppression and bullying of transgendered people is why there is a higher suicide rate. However, according to the same study, transgender people who never revealed themselves as transgender still had a 36% suicide attempt rate. The obvious indication of this statistic is that it is not bullying that caused them to attempt suicide. Nobody can bully you if they don’t know you are transgender.
Another interesting statistic from the study is that the suicide attempt rate was higher among transgender who underwent treatment (hormones, surgery, etc.) compared with those who did not want treatment. For example, those who had hormone treatment reported a 45% suicide attempt rate versus only 31% for those who did not want hormone treatment. The data seems to indicate that having some sort of treatment (or even wanting it) is indicative of someone who is more prone to attempt suicide.
Not only is transgender thinking sinful according to the Bible, but it is incredibly dangerous to individuals who engage in it. It is not helpful, nor loving to allow someone to live in a delusional state which could cause them significant damage. The evidence clearly indicates that people who struggle with gender identity are suffering incredibly. We must offer them true help and hope rather than trying to push them further into their dangerous delusions. Only the Word of God can give them the hope and direction they need.