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Guest Opinion: Pastor Responds to Clergy’s ‘Letter of Support for Transgender Children’


This is a guest opinion column

Saddened by the May 5 attack on the gospel by those who call themselves “clergy and religious leaders” in Alabama, I believe I must respond for the sake of those trapped in the lies and confusion of the transgender ideology and for the sake of the glory of God.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. All of our thoughts about life, sex, sexuality, marriage and children must begin with the triune God. God is truth, His Son is truth, His Spirit is the Spirit of truth, and His Word is truth. This is the reference point for a good understanding. (Proverbs 1:7, 29; John 14:6, 17; John 17:3)

God created mankind male and female. He created the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman as the proper context for sexual intimacy and for raising children to love it. The God of the Bible is the sovereign King of the universe; He created human beings in his image to worship him and reflect his glory. (Genesis 1:26-2:25)

An evil rebellion enslaves all mankind making us enemies of God. Sin is lawlessness, transgression of the Word of God. Martin Luther described the effects of original sin with a Latin phrase, “Homo incurvatus en se,” “man turned in on himself.” Our impulse to sin is slavery to the idol of self. Our desire to break the boundaries of God’s commandments seems biologically and emotionally natural to us because we are withdrawn. The lies of our sinful impulses blind us to the truth, enslave us, and drive us mad. (Psalm 14:1-3; Isaiah 59:1-15; Colossians 1:21)

The synergy of human sin creates a culture that normalizes and justifies our evil desires and our rebellion against our Creator. Worship in our culture is self-worship. The clergy letter supporting gender change for children reflects this synergistic cultural hatred of God and His Word. But although we fight against him, his authority and his judgments are inescapable. (Matthew 15:19; Romans 1:18-32)

We live in the misery of being turned in on ourselves. The confusion of our sinful desires overwhelms us. It seems so natural that we justify our inclinations with all the arguments of worldly wisdom. But the truth is that we are slaves─ slaves to transgender desires, slaves to sexual sins, slaves to anger and pride. (Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9)

The Triune God, our Creator, abounds in grace and mercy toward sinners like us. The Son of God entered our world fulfilling the promise that the seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent. Jesus Christ, the God-man, lived a sinless life and went to the cross as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world. God offers us forgiveness, justice and eternal life through his Son. The grace of our Savior cleanses us from the guilt of sin and begins the process of transforming us into the image of God our Creator. He is our only hope. (Psalm 86:15; Romans 1:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6; Colossians 3:1-17)

Supporting cultural lies related to the chemical or surgical mutilation of children is cruel and causes irreversible damage. A child with gender confusion needs our love, our patience, and the truth of his Creator’s wisdom.

Bob St. John is pastor at Anniston Bible Church [email protected]