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Christianity 101: Why Transgenderism and Homosexuality Are Incompatible With the Faith

It is amazing how many people want to selectively quote a Bible they disagree with and use a Lord they don’t believe in to decry Christians standing for their faith. But the reality is that no matter how many times people try to twist the Greek and Hebrew, the truth is that transgenderism and homosexuality are not compatible with Christianity any more than any other sin is. And it is for a very basic reason: God does not change.

Let’s walk through this.

Malachi 3:6 is ground zero on the immutability of God. “For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.” God himself, identifying himself in that passage as Yahweh, does not change.

James, the brother of Jesus, writes in James 1:17, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

The author of Hebrews writes in 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

God does not change. That is Christianity 101. It is fundamental to the faith. If you say something like, “I think God would be okay with it today,” you are saying that God is changing and God himself says he does not change.

The implications of this get to transgenderism and homosexuality.

Genesis 1:1 states that “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” The verb used for “created” is the Hebrew verb “bara” (ברא ). That is important because that verb is only ever used in connection with divine creation.

When the people build the tower at Babel, they are not “bara.” When Noah builds the Ark, he is not “bara.” Only God is “bara.” Only God does that kind of creating.

Go in Genesis 1:27, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Again, that creation was a creation only possible with God. God created mankind male and female. We then do not get to create male and female. The choice is not ours, but God’s. And God only created male and female. There is not a third option. To the extent of genetic abnormalities, those abnormalities like all illnesses, are caused by the polluting effects of sin on the body and soul.

In the same way, in Genesis 1:28, God ordains and creates marriage between the man and the woman. God created this institution in Eden and we do not get to change it. Only God could change it and, again, God does not change.

In the 21st century, this is leading us to dangerous territory for people of sincere faith. They are being labeled bigots because they do not believe a man can suddenly become a woman. In addition to there being no science, there is no element of the Christian faith that permits that belief. In the same way, a Christian condoning gay marriage runs afoul of an institution God created and we cannot change.

This is just basic Christianity. I realize there are efforts among liberal Christians to change all these things or say it is not so or reinterpret Greek and Hebrew to claim the multi-thousand year old understanding is wrong and they are newly right.

But all these attempts are attempts at getting around the foundational point of the Judeo-Christian faith. God is unchanging. The God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament is the God born in the manager and is the God on the cross and is the God who created us and marriage and will never change.

To tell a Christian he must go along with a new agenda or be put out of business or labeled a bigot is itself bigotry against Christians. But the new intolerance of the left is a reminder that we must have strong religious liberty protections in this country as the left becomes increasingly antagonistic against people of faith.

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Erick Erickson

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