Jesus, the Almighty Son of God, prayed to God the Father, “Your Word is truth.” (John 17:17) God’s Word is truth. The Word of God is the basis for all the beliefs of a Christian. For someone to declare even one part of God’s Word incorrect, they must be willing to believe that all of it is untrue. For a Christian, faith in the Word of God is a necessity. It cannot be compromised.
In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, we are taught that God created human beings as male and female: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. (Genesis 5:2) Further into the book of Genesis, Noah is told to bring male and female of each kind of animal into the ark. (Genesis 6)
Because God created two sexes, two genders, that is what Christians must believe and teach to remain faithful to God’s teachings. According to God there are two genders: male and female. There are no other options. To believe or teach otherwise is to declare to God that He is wrong.
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning… (Romans 8:22). Even creation itself groans in its imperfection as it waits for the return of Jesus. Because of the Fall into sin, creation is imperfect. In very rare instances, people are born without a clear physical indication of their gender or with extra genetic material. This does not change the fact that there are only two genders: male and female, as God created them.
Christians should treat all those who are struggling with their gender identity with respect and empathy, leading them to know that God assigned their gender even before they were born and that gender is not changeable. More importantly, we need to bring the saving message of the Gospel to them through God’s Word. Jesus died for all people, even those who are broken, confused and struggling. God wants all people to repent of their sins continually, understanding that Jesus has paid for and forgiven those sins. He wants all of us, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to leave those sins behind us and to walk in His ways.
Rev. Paul Fries