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August 19, 2022 8:00 am
Media for supposedly male or female, based on their self perception.
Regardless of their biological structure so that if I think I'm a woman.
I am a woman. Scripture teaches the exact reverse body determines gender God formed the body and assigned gender to teach one not only .5% of the population is now considered to be transgendered.
But this issue continues to influence what's happening in schools sports medical profession, and even public restrooms. Hello there unbilled right today on the truth. Pulpit pastor Don Greene continues teaching God's people. God's word in a series titled, the Bible, and transgender is Don.
How do you see this whole transgender ideology. In light of God's originally perfect creation of humanity will bill. There's no way that I can soft pedal and answer to your question, it is in direct opposition to God. It is rebellion against God.
The ideology is completely at odds with what Scripture teaches and the church is becoming kind of the last line of defense against these things. It's important for us to know that God created humanity in the God created humanity male and female, and that that is based on our objective biological reality rather than the subjective feelings we have inside anything else than that is going to lead you astray and lead you into much pain and confusion in your spiritual life and so were going to explain these things today and open God's word on the truth pulpit. Thanks, Don, and friends. Let's join the study now is Don specifically addresses biblical view of gender on the truthful today I want to address the matter that I believe is just essential for all of us to know for all of us to have understanding and perspective on as we walk through this world in which we live. It's not so much that the issue itself is all-encompassing, but the issue is a symptom of what is on all encompassing.
It's a whole matter of transgender is when I came out of seminary many years ago.
The last thing that I thought I would have to teach on and to defend from a Christian pulpit is the idea that men are men and women are women who ever thanks and you're going to have to make that point in the course of a pulpit ministry. I had never even heard the word transgender until recent years, and yet here we live in the midst of a society that is utterly confused and helplessly lost on what it means to be male and female.
This is of most fundamental importance and when you start to get into the matters I've done over the past several months I'll be honest with you, beloved, it is very very difficult to know just exactly where to begin. You know, it's like having a a 700 foot rope is been tied deliberately into so many knots and you can your wanting to untangle the knots and straighten it back out again.
Where do you even start when you got a when you got this massive ball of twine in front of you that is so intertwined that there is no there is hardly any place to begin medical professionals on when I have a lot to say about this in a couple of weeks time.
I'm really stoked to talk about this.
Medical professionals perform sex change operation sex change should be." You cannot change one sex into another. You can make cosmetic adjustments but it does not change a mailing to a female or vice versa.
Medical professionals perform these so-called sex change operations on adults and do horrific things to them with their scalpels. They administer puberty blocking drugs and hormones on children who claim that they think they're a different sex and they interfere deliberately with the normal anatomical and development of children based on a self profession of identity confusion.
Social implications alone justify the series and the time that we will be giving to this matter. In the days to come. Well today what I want to do is to turn to Scripture to find our way back.
And here's the thing, beloved, there's there's a method to. I'm not going to call it madness is a method to my approach here is that as you need clarity in these things is important to recognize that we start with clarity, not by trying to figure out what other people are doing or what other people believe we find our clarity by going back to the word of God and seeing what it has to say. For now let's look at what our Lord Jesus Christ had to say now let all of God's word is authoritative to us. It is all equally authoritative. I'm not a fan of red letter Bibles. Although I don't make a big issue of it gives an impression that that certain parts of the world are even more elevated in their authority than the others because they're put in read the words of Christ, the words of Christ are authoritative of what we need to understand is that all of God's word all 66 books of the Bible or Christ word all given by revelation of the triune God. But when we look at his earthly ministry. We see Jesus affirming this same truth in his earthly teaching while he was with us 2000 years ago to look at Matthew chapter 19 Matthew chapter 19 beginning in verse four I'll give you a moment to get there. Matthew chapter 19, but start in verse three just to set the context, some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing him and asking, is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all and he answered and said, have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.
So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate Jesus appeals to creation and affirms the account of creation during his earthly ministry that humanity was made male and female, and that men are not to try to alter the order of God's creation. Now for those of us that name. The name of Christ as Lord and Savior. This absolutely settles the matter. Let me give you one more word here that you'll hear bandied about the term binary PIN AR why binary binary.
It simply means that it's composed something is composed of two things binary simply means composed of two things, and you'll see this word a lot.
If you see news reports of transgender activist, you often see signs carried by protesters saying break the binary what they're saying is do away with the male-female distinction and no longer evaluate the world in those categories.
It is a statement of colossal colossal implication in rebellion, break the binary is nothing less than saying reject how God has created humanity. This is of great consequence. But that word binary comes up in this discussion. I say that simply so that I can make this statement, which is just a repetition with different words what I've been saying all along God embedded binary sexual distinctions inhumanity at creation and nothing is changed since then. Now Scripture stay with me here. Don't anybody check out here Scripture and human language reflect that binary reality at every stage of life you cannot separate this discussion from everything else that is embedded around this hub of binary sexual distinctions like a bicycle's wheel, the spokes go out everywhere from this in a way that is utterly undeniable.
Think with me about common basic language that we use in the binary duality that is embedded in all of its assumptions and what it reflects is really easy, boys and girls you can understand this and follow-up without any trouble. Just hear these pairs man and woman, boy and girl son and daughter, brother and sister bridegroom and bride father and mother grandfather and grandmother, uncle and aunt Prince and Princess King and queen. You could probably go on and expand the list, but that's more than enough.
These pairs are built on biological anatomical distinctions. They reflect the binary distinction that God embedded into humanity from the beginning look to break the binary have to undo human language have to undo human relationships and that's what I want you to see here in this room Ted today Christian brother Christian sister is when people talk about breaking the binary and disregarding what God embedded into humanity is nothing less than a an assault designed to create anarchy and chaos throughout all of our existence. This is a declaration of war against God, regardless of, however, any individual transgender individual may feel about things they may not be thinking about it. I want to assure you the activists and the writers were promoting this are fully aware of the implications, I may bring quotes in future weeks to prove my point. She had creation, God created male and female you have Christ. He made the same affirmations. Thirdly, as we consider a biblical view of sex and gender assist talk briefly about conception conception and this brings it all down to the individual level right here okay as were developing were developing a biblical view of gender. We don't care what the world thinks about about what were saying here today not afraid of what the world has to say to criticize this. Our only concern is God, you have given us your word.
What do you say about this day. I believe we come to God's word in this area in particular and we say Lord speak your servant listens. So what does God's word say about will look at Psalm 139 Psalm 139 beginning at verses 13 and 14 David the psalmist speaking to God and praising him for his his Majesty, his wisdom, his omnipresence, his omnipotence makes it personal. He says in verse 13 for you formed my inward parts, you wove me in my mother's womb.
I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth your eyes have seen my unformed substance and in your book were all written the days ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them beloved. Here's what I didn't want you to miss. This is a key take away. In response to this text. At an individual level we talk about it at a at a macro level at a humanity level the whole nature of humanity.
What's true at a macro level at humanity is true it at micro individual level of you and me at an individual level. God forms each one in his or her mother's womb.
He forms each one and so back in time your parents came together and God in that moment fashioned you in the womb. He determined in that time in accordance with his pre-existing eternal plan for you, but in time God shape the direction of conception and gave the identity to you but is now reflected in your biological sex God determined in the womb. What your biological sex would be which means that God assigned that aspect of identity to you in an irreversible way that is not to be attempted to be changed or altered and which is not to be rejected. Those of you with beards. God made you a man.
Those of you on the softer side of humanity. God made you a woman in creation. God assigned humanity a dual existence, male and female which Jesus affirmed now that had just comes down to an individual level, God makes us and the woman he makes is male or female, and that is assigned and it is not for us to reverse. You know what that means. Know what that means. It means that a person's this is for. This is really important. It means that your physical body reveals what God made you to be. If your physical body has a male anatomy created you to be a man to be a boy to grow into a man. If your body has different features told I'd be delicate and discrete right just delivering on my promise here.
Your body has different features God created you to be a female in your physical body reveals what God made you to be in your mind is to respond to that and to conform to what the biology is a God is given you. It is not that it will talk about this more. It is not that God makes a mistake and gives a male body to somebody with the female mind or vice versa close to her woven together and that means the biological males are to live as boys and men.
Biological females are to live as girls and women. This is a difficult.
What this means beloved is it one only understands humanity from a God centered perspective. One writer says and I quote a person's biological sex reveals and determines both their object of gender. What gender they in fact are, and certain key gender roles. That is, human males grow into men and potentially husbands and fathers and human females grow into women and potentially wives and mothers. Indeed, it is the set of binary connections that makes human marriage possible." Now, our society rejects all of that the media does a person be male or female, based on their self perception.
Regardless of their biological structure so that if I think I'm a woman.
I am a woman.
My mind determines what the reality is not my body. Scripture teaches the exact reverse. The body determines gender God formed the body and assigned gender to each one beloved. Here's what you have to see this issue of transgender realism is a colossal collision of biblical and humanistic philosophy, and we can't run from the battle. We can't pretend that this issue doesn't exist and we cannot coexist with it, by which I mean we cannot yield to it, even if ultimately's society tries to enforce it upon us by penalties. This is the very heart of biblical revelation. We can't betray this without betraying Christ left with no option except to proclaim the truth in love, and trust God to protect and help us and be merciful to sinners in the process. So who defines gender. That's the million-dollar question here who defines gender for us. The Bible says that God does Denny Burke said this and I quote God created sexual differentiation, the terms male and female are not cultural constructs. They are not social roles foisted upon mankind by culture and tradition, male and female designate the fundamental distinction that God has embedded in the very biology of the race."
So beloved. Let's just lay it all out on the table here. Shelley, let's just work it through to its spiritual conclusion to reject this concept of gender at either a philosophical level or at a personal level, adopting a transgender identity to reject this concept of biblical gender, beloved is nothing less than to sin in the most fundamental way against God. It's a different context, admittedly with the spirit of what is said and it certainly applies. Listen to me don't need to turn their from Romans chapter 9 verses 19 and 20 were Paul is talking about election under salvation, but the spirit of it certainly applies to what we are finding in this discussion of gender society says why did you make me this way. I don't want to be this way.
I don't know. I refuse this are rejected and you you don't, you can't tell us what we are God. Romans nine verse 19. You will say to me then why does he still find fault or who resists his will.
The biblical response to this whole transgender ideology on distinguishing between the activists and the individuals here speaking, particularly to the ideology Scripture says, on the contrary, who are you old man who answers back to God. The thing molded will not say to the molder. Why did you make me like this will it or does not the potter have a right over the clay to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use, the maker has the prerogative to do what he wants with what he makes. The creator is able to do, and it has three sovereign unhindered unrestrained prerogative to make things as he pleases it please God to make humanity male and female please God to make you male or female, as the case may be, it is not the position of man to reject that to speak back against that to argue against it. That option was not included in creation and so come to a closing question then how do we help those who are in a transgender state of mind. How do we respond to the ideology more thoroughly.
How do we raise our children in this very mixed up world beloved beast. First of all, we stay close to Scripture as we have tried to do here this morning. We must also stay close to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sin is serious, and transgender is him is a very serious fundamental sin against God. But you know what sinners of every kind can find forgiveness in Christ. While God convicts men of the lies that undergird this whole system of thinking about reality, there is simultaneously a window of offer a window of opportunity for men to turn from that and to come to Christ for forgiveness. In first Corinthians chapter 6 verse nine first Corinthians chapter 6 verse nine.
You see both sides of this says do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revile or store swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. But here's the blessed hope and promise that's embedded in that declaration of judgment. Verse 11. Such were some of you but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the spirit of God, that tells us that when Paul wrote this 2000 years ago there were sinners of all those different stripes finding forgiveness and new life in Christ. Praise be to God, and the glory today that you and I have the privilege of proclaiming is that same Christ is offering that same kind of absolute forgiveness for those who will turn from the world turn from sin and embrace him by faith alone. The way forward for the world the way forward for the church universal.
The way forward for this local body. The way forward for you. It's all the same to the extent that we are afflicted by these issues. The way forward is all the same as all premise in the promise of Christ when he said come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. The most hardened transgender activist has an invitation directly from Christ to come out of that and come to him who receive them in forgiveness and change the one suffering so much under the mental affliction of gender dysphoria way forward is not to go with the checkbook. The doctors and to submit to their knives and their drugs the way. Difficult though it may be, is found in Christ. That's the whole let him restore that which the condition of sin has more so despite what the media might say about the increase of transgender ideology. We can rest assured that Scripture remains unchanged about gender.
In fact, rejecting God's creation of humanity is only male and female is in fact a rejection of him and his word.
It's also a great reminder that we need to pray for those people who were trapped in this confused ideology and who lead a work of the Holy Spirit will friend on our next program. Pastor Don Greene will specifically address the topic of how to answer the issue of transgender is him join us for more of our current series titled, the Bible, and transgender is him here on the truth pulpit but now does back your in studio with a special message will bill this whole matter of transgender-ism is something that just breaks my heart. The world says it's a matter of freedom and self identity.
But the truth is is that it's a matter of false advertising in many lives and families are being torn apart by it's hard to find clear answers my friend and that's why were offering the complete pulpit series for free at our website.
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