President Donald Trump, Transgenderism, and God’s Law

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by John Ellis

Last week, President Trump revoked the transgender bathroom guidelines implemented by President Obama. With the guidelines, President Obama had instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. Withholding federal dollars was the big stick behind the guidelines. President Obama was clear; fall in line with the new sexual/gender mores or face the wrath of the federal government. Implemented less than a year after the Obergefell ruling by SCOTUS, President Obama’s transgender bathroom directive was an alarming signal to social conservatives that liberals had pushed the sexual revolution agenda’s pedal to the metal.

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The Gospel and Transgenderism: Part 2 (Words Matter)

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Having previously set the stage by defining and detailing God’s story, the discussion can now turn to how transgenderism fits within the parameters of gender established by the Bible. Unfortunately, defenders of transgenderism often use shifting parameters that are, at times, self-refuting[1]. Thankfully, followers of King Jesus are able to lean on the transcendent and absolute truth of the Bible for guidance. God’s word is sure.

For many, however, words are a funny thing. Or, rather, words have no fixed meaning but are merely symbols of a specific set of circumstances fluidly experienced by a culturally shaped individual. For those people, human words are not sure and neither are God’s words.

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The Gospel and Transgenderism: Part 1 (The Gospel)

A_TransGender-Symbol_Plain1by John Ellis

As debates continue to roil long-held gender distinctions, Christians need to ensure that our responses are rooted in God’s story. Most likely, those debates are going to become more contentious, and the Church will continue to be at the center of the social maelstrom. If we’re not careful to ground ourselves in the Bible, gender debates will strain the very gospel fabric that allows the Church to be an effective witness for Jesus.

Grounding our responses in the Bible helps us realize that disagreements over gender issues are first and foremost disagreements about who God is and what His story tells us about humans, the problem, and God’s solution for that problem. Make no mistake, gender debates reveal whether or not an individual is willing to submit to God or is rebelling against their Creator. To that end, Christians cannot allow ourselves to lose sight of our primary objective – sharing the gospel.

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