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God's Guardrails on Gender #2

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August 25, 2022 8:00 am

God's Guardrails on Gender #2

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We're talking about a direct collision of worldview and ultimate truth claims and we as Christian people we have to step up to the front lines of the battle and assert God's truth in dependence upon his spirit and an explanation of his word. Scripture reveals God's moral will for us.

He clearly lays out absolute truth and absolute morality in every book of the Bible. But now were facing the blatant contradiction of moral relativism in our day Hyattsville life and on the truth. Pulpit pastor Don Greene will continue a series titled, the Bible, and transgender is and on what you think. Many Christians are silently watching this happen with gender in our culture will bill. I suppose are different reasons for the different kinds of silence for some people it's family considerations and they don't want to disrupt family relationships for others they don't see the problem from Scripture.

For others, they don't want to engage a conflict.

That's why were doing this series is to help people understand people like you, my friend.

To understand why these issues are important and why we as Christians must engage these matters of transgender-ism. We need to be able to help those that are confused in that lifestyle, and more importantly we need to glorify Christ by honoring the pattern that he established in creation, so stay with us as we try to do these things today on the truth pulpit.

Thanks Don and Fred. Let's dive deeper into the topic of God's guardrails on gender. On today's program as Don Greene continues teaching God's people. God's word from the truth of what we return to our series on the Bible and transgender-ism.

We must remember what I've been saying all along through this series is that the holy God of whom we have been speaking here this evening that God himself created the distinction between male and female, and he embedded it in the human race. For now, what does the Bible say about transgender behavior that's the million-dollar question for this evening and for that I want you to turn to Deuteronomy chapter 22 Deuteronomy chapter 22 in verse five, and again, beloved out. I don't mind telling you it, it makes me tremble to read these things.

In light of what is happening all around us. In light of what we've said already this evening about the high holiness of God. Deuteronomy chapter 22 verse five. A woman shall not wear man's clothing nor shall a man put on a woman's clothing for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God is frightening to think about in terms of the headlong rush that society is making in the opposite direction God's word condemns cross gender behavior in the strongest possible terms. He dominates it is repulsive to him. It is loathsome to him.

It invokes the reality of his judgment. Listen carefully, here, listen carefully here as I'm speaking. Trying to anyway. Speaking with great precision and what I'm about to say, God condemns any effort by a man or woman to intentionally present themselves in a way that their culture interprets as the opposite of their biological sex.

Let me say that again it's a complex sentence God condemns any effort by a man or woman to intentionally present themselves in a way that their culture interprets as the opposite of their biological sex.

This is very serious men or women who intentionally. I think the word intentionally is important here men or women who intentionally blur the distinction between male and female, or blur their own biological sex. By the way they present themselves are committing acts which invokes the judgment of God upon them. This is no minor matter.

This is not child play here. This is the view of God on things.

Now the question is why is this so important to God. What's a few pieces of clothing.

Why is this so important that it would be classed by the same word with homosexuality and idolatry, and child sacrifice and deceitful Lipson all those things we looked at before.

Why would this fall under that condemnation will beloved.

Here's what I want you to see this is part of the guardrails that God has put on gender were not to go off this road into Japan to jump over the cliff on these things because beloved, it pleased God to establish a created order for humanity and the pleasure of God was that humanity would be distinctly male and female.

Therefore anything which starts to blur that line that violates what God established in creation is fundamentally going against his very created order and hid the moral order that is established for mankind to live by is an attempt to high disguise and disfigure that which God declared to be very good when he created mankind male and female Genesis chapter 1 right.

God looked at all of that he created and said this is very good. The whole specter of transgender-ism comes along and says I think I'll change that now as long ago as the 19th century commentator saw this point the 19th century commentator's of the famous commentary on the Old Testament.

Kyle and Dale edge said this about Deuteronomy 22 verse five and I quote they said the define distinction of the sexes was to be kept sacred in civil life by the clothing peculiar to each sex. The immediate design of this prohibition was to maintain the sanctity of that distinction of the sexes, which was established by the creation of man and woman, and in relation to which Israel was not to sin every violation or wiping out of this distinction was unnatural and therefore an abomination in the sight of God." This is unnatural. The wiping out of this distinction is an abomination in the sight of God. The sanctity of the distinction between the sexes was to be respected and I would say for those of you that have been with us. This is simply an outworking and a consequence of the things that we said when we taught on the biblical view of sex and gender all that we said there about the biblical view of gender from creation from Christ and at conception.

Those three things that we talked about. That's the positive nature of the teaching. You could say that's the biblical perspective on it that's that's how we see it and recognize it. What were seeing tonight is the fact that God takes that seriously, and establishes guidelines that are not to be violated so that that distinction of the sexes would be respected but it would be recognized that it would be honored by man.

More recently, Walter Kaiser in his book toward Old Testament ethics said this about Deuteronomy 22 verse five echoing what's already been said here tonight and I quote the maintenance of the sanctity of the sexes established by God in the created order is the foundation of this legislation, the tendency to obliterate all sexual distinctions often leads to licentiousness and promotes an unnaturalness opposed to God's created order. This provision in Deuteronomy 22 verse five aims mainly at once close as an indication of one sex" the. The language there can be interpreted even more broadly than just clothing that were focusing on clothing here, just to keep things simple for this evening. The point for tonight. The thing for you to see is that God's word, the holy Scripture confronts the spirit of our age. One other writer says and I quote, we are to signal our recognition of both the God-given differences between men and women and our grateful embrace of our own biologically given gender" this is what were this is what were to do and so people with male biological anatomy should not be presenting themselves as women creating an an act of deception by which people will mistake them for the other for the other kind for the Heather sex and likewise with women were so quickly. Getting accustomed to this were losing any sense of moral outrage at it. That's why it is so important for us as church for you individually to understand and grasp these things that we would not be sucked into this and that is God gives us opportunity and platform that we would be prepared and equipped to speak these kinds of things in love when the occasion requires it back to what Al Mohler said in the title of his book on on these and other issues.

We cannot be silent. We have a unique responsibility as those of been born again by the spirit of God who have been redeemed by the blood of the land who who belong to Christ by right of redemption is our responsibility is our obligation and it is our privilege beloved to speak forth on his behalf what his word says about these things with clarity and without compromise. That is what we are to do no matter what people think about us, no matter what the consequences may be willing the consequences to God on these things.

If it costs us our livelihood.

It causes our livelihood.

How could be any other way in our perspective. If our salvation. Because Christ his blood in his life. What price we pay in a grateful response to the blood of Christ, what price would be too hot. What price would be to unfair for us to pay to be loyal to the one who went to the cross on our behalf. We have to think about these things. Rightly we have to think about them clearly.

Our primary loyalty is vertical to our Lord. Everything else is secondary.

We live in a day and age where for the first time. It is medically possible to to alter your outward body to try to conform to transgender desires.

People administer puberty blockers to kids cross sex hormones and eventually even plastic surgery to try to attach things to women or to amputate things for men in an effort to go along with this transgender mindset a look. This is all a delusion. There is no such thing as a real sex change that does not happen. It cannot happen.

We have all of these medical things and people can pay a lot of money for, and which the transgender medical industry makes a fortune off of. We have all of these things medically that can be done. They go beyond cross-dressing and alter the appearance even more. Further, the personal delusion and to further the deception that is perpetrated on the people around all that simply to ask this question. Beloved, if in Deuteronomy 22 verse five cross dressing is an abomination to God, I ask you, how much more serious is medical intervention to alter gender identity if these doctors as I like to say these doctors with knives in one hand and an invoice in another hand knew what awaited them for tampering with God's design and creation surely they would tremble at the thought unless their greed and their love for money just so overwhelmed and that they cast all fear of God aside, but there is an accounting calming for these things. Beloved, we have gone as a society far beyond cross-dressing we celebrate children who claim to be transgender. We put them on television.

CNN recently featured lawn and to give a question at a Democratic presidential debate. This is insanity and children who are not old enough to drive old enough to vote old enough to drink or given drugs, hormones, and eventually have healthy tissue amputated from their bodies because at an early age, a boy says I think I'm a girl. A girl says I think I'm a boy and what children's hospitals including Cincinnati's Children's Hospital does in the name of transgender medicine on talk about all this next week. It is important. It is despicable and someone needs to say something against and I'm grateful for the men on whose shoulders I stand that have laid the groundwork for me to be able to say the things to you that I'm saying here tonight. The point for this evening is this is it God's word rebukes that revolt against creation and it doesn't matter how widely accepted.

It is, it doesn't matter how many billions of people are Catholic, or how many billions or Muslims or anything like that.

None of that we don't count noses in order to determine truth it doesn't matter if there's a whole industry that's doing this that says nothing about whether it is true, and whether it is right. Those questions are answered by God's word alone and so all of this transgender is him that we see going on around us is under the judgment of God because it is a fundamental rebellion against the nature of truth.

God's word and the fundamental order that he assigned to creation and to life, my friends, this is no minor matter.

God must vindicate his holiness against this assault.

Now if everything we said tonight is true there is if God has placed these kinds of guardrails on gender and he takes his creation of humanity so seriously and is so intimately involved in it that he determines the sex of every baby that is conceived.

Why then does God tolerate this widely tolerate this assault on his created order. Well I want to give your couple of answers to that particular question.

First of all, just in general. One of the consequences.

One of the out workings of this of God's delay is this is that we are getting a picture before our very eyes of the exceeding sinfulness of sin we are getting an idea of how dark sin is how black it is that when it takes over the mind of a society that society will abuse children in advance of their interests. Children who have no idea what they're talking about become pawns in a greater game played by adults to further their agenda and just briefly to warn you and to caution you that the activists the doctors who get involved with this gladly separate your children from you and will interrogate and and question your children deliberately excluding the parents from the process.

This is stated on the website of Cincinnati Children's Hospital is there is the way that they do it. Parents will be are continually being removed from the decision-making process.

That's how wicked it is. But why does God allow this well everything that I was just saying there gives us an idea this is you get a sense of how how utterly wicked and dark. This is this is really really bad and when we see when the fullness of the sin is manifested when God eventually brings his judgment on it beloved, I want to tell you in advance that there will be no questions about the justice and the righteousness of God in bringing judgment down upon it. When his justice is displayed against this everyone will have to acknowledge that is righteous, because the darkness and sinfulness of sin will have been so manifested that there will be no arguing about extenuating circumstances. The rebellion of man will be manifested in all of its great ugliness for all to see, but there's a gracious side to this as well and what I would say if somehow this message falls into the hand of a troubled beleaguered transgender individual for all that I've said here.

I speak as your friend, not as your enemy, though that may seem hard to believe someone is said one who tells you the most.

Truth is your best friend, one who hides truth from you is not is not a friend to you at all, even if they act nice to you and tell you what you want to hear the doctor who hides the cancer diagnosis when it is eminently treatable, is not doing you any favors. Why does God delay alternative second Peter God's glory will be vindicated in his judgment, but it will be shown even more in the grace that he shows to some that have practiced and taught and advocated transgender is him just like God has been gracious to you in your sin. Why does God wait while it's not for lack of ability to deal with it is not because he approves of it no know God has gracious purposes and is delay second Peter chapter 3 verse nine the Lord is not slow about his promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. God waits, while sinners sin against him, knowing that in his timetable. He has an intention to bring the gospel to some that that he intends to save some out of the fire as it were. He intends for men in that darkness to come to repentance, to come to salvation in Christ. And if he exercised his judgment now some that he intends to save would be lost and so he waits he does not exercise his judgment prematurely. He doesn't exercise it in accordance with the provocation against his holiness, he acts in his way and he acts in his time with the spirit of patients toward sinners, that those who are invited to Christ might have time to come. What a gracious God, what a wonderful God. He is the men who violate the very heart of his holiness or are even as they are violating it are on the receiving end of grace as he waits as he delays as he withholds his judgment. God delays his judgment because he would call people to Christ, but they might be saved and not experience a judgment that their sins deserve. This is a universal principle. This goes far beyond transgender is him. This is why you are saved here tonight, right. Didn't your sins deserve immediate judgment and God was gracious to you.

God waited. God didn't exercise the demands of his holiness against you instead. He was gracious to you. He worked in someone's heart to bring the gospel to you the Holy Spirit, open your heart to believe and you were saved from your sin will take what God did to you personally.

Christian brother Christian sister and realize that that's his intention in delay his judgment in these matters of transgender is him as well is delays, an expression of grace, grace to allow time for his word to go out grace to allow men time to repent, beloved, a day of judgment is coming. Look at verse 10 of second Peter three but the day of the Lord will come like a thief in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness. Speaking to Christians looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat Christian friends as his people.

We recognize these things. We trust his promise to keep us and we grow in holiness today with verse 13 but according to his promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things. Be diligent to be found by him in peace, spotless and blameless. You and I we trust in we guard our hearts and we grow in grace together. Look at verse 17 you, therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and into the day of eternity in a culture where confusion causes people to try and change their outward appearance. We must always remember God is created.

Guard rails concerning gender. He clearly knit each of us together with specific unchangeable DNA and gender. But what we can change our spiritual issues of the heart. So join us on our next program as pastor Don Greene answers some practical questions on gender confusion. As we continue the series, the Bible, and transgender is him here on the truth pulpit. For now, here again is done 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. The truth thanks to a friend I feel right inviting you to join us again next time. As Don Greene continues teaching God's people. God's word here on the truth

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