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October 11, 2021 3:09 pm
Communicative coverage church. The question is asked in the answer was given is he worthy we sing about God's holiness. We sign that ultimately God is only holy one. We are on the holy he alone is worthy. And yet in his matchless grace. We who are unworthy become acceptable to the father through the passionate work of his son within the medical of the gospel the righteousness and the perfection yes and the holiness of our Lord Jesus Christ is imputed to us. The question for us is how do we respond that it would by singing but by very lights. Deuteronomy chapter 11 verse one here is our response. Surely you shall therefore love the Lord your God. It is true that he is worthy, it is true that you have been saved by his grace.
You are to love the Lord your God. How do I do that by singing abided by express my love yes but more than that you will keep his charge for statutes is rules and his commandments always verse 16 that you shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul.
This is the word of God, what are we to do with the love the Lord your God with to seek through the part of the spirit to keep his commands and we are to lay up these words in our heart and their soul and you shall bind them as a sign on your hands and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children talking of them when you're sitting in your house and when you're walking, by the way and when you lie down and when your eyes glistening parents as word of God is not just confined for Sunday but is it to be incorporated in all of life is so important we let we love the Lord will in his word in our hearts and then we teach them to others.
Starting with our own children.
Verse 28. You shall write them on the door posts of your house and on your case sober to lay them up in our hearts. We are to teach them to our children, we shall write them on the door posts of your house and of your gates that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them as long as the heavens above the were living in a culture where God's word is discarded.
Where were more impacted. Suddenly our children are students. All of us were more impacted by the culture than by the word of God and even those of us who we say were following Jesus Christ have to admit to our shame, but often our lives conform not to God's word but to the world and certainly on the subject were thinking of of our sexuality. Let's pray and that will think will continue our study on Jesus and Jim stay together eternal God, the father is with joy that we come to you with acknowledge that each Lord Jesus Christ. That line of Judah that mighty alarm. He alone is able to open the book, we thank you for that father, we thank you that through faith in him we who are unholy can become holy and seek to live holy lives as is difficult for us and I deserve possible for us apart from the part of your spirit.
We thank you for the clear guidance of your word and it is to that word that we now turn this morning help us.
We ask in Christ name, amen. Well, a generation that is arising which is being told that transitioning from one gender to another is acceptable who the thought of that event, 10 or 15 years ago.
You may have had this I had the interview this week that was in Orlando Florida.
Not a lot far from us. Actually, a transgender homecoming queen here is a 17-year-old young man who claims now to be a woman, and of all things. He is chosen, presumably by his fellow students to be the home coming queen with all of these things in common. Nothing is voted by the students is meant so this young man who is transitioning to be a woman is not elected a homecoming queen, but very interesting that the interviewer said this she vetting to the man/woman she is living the way she wants and she feels I thought that said, that sums it up, doesn't it. This person is living according to the way he or she feels and what she wants. We just read from Deuteronomy 11 that were not to live the way we want or we feel, but rather we are to live in accordance with the word of God.
Gender dysphoria is a feeling of severe discomfort in a person's body for the person's biological sex and the gender they feel themselves to be.
Don't match historically this condition. Gender dysphoria was a very rare affliction impacting only .01% of the population. Most of the cases historically have been young boys between the ages of two and four.
Phil that they may be a girl although in fact they are about 70% of them naturally outgrew this gender dysphoria. Prior to 2012, but a recent there was no scientific literature on gender dysphoria and teenage girls, but not just in the last two years. Transgender is him seems all around us. The it's even being targeted as the next civil rights frontier so we hear statements. I am a woman trapped in a man's body or I think I am a woman.
Therefore, I am a woman survey estimated in 2016.6% of US adults identify as trans gender is all around us, isn't it Wall Street Journal in the September 20 at an article on gender pronouns that it is some big business is increasingly embracing the practice of sharing individual pronouns in the market in the workplace as part of diversity initiatives to support coworkers who may be what is this transgender or non-binary colleagues who identify as neither male nor female incredible overcoat of her Americans. And I say they know someone who goes by gender neutral pronouns such as they are going to what you were taught at school in English about. I was taught that there was pleural department. You can affect an individual night with its Amana women or someone who doesn't know what they ought as they this in the United States of America gender neutral.
What's happening but think of this in big picture, the deconstruction of marriage is being followed by the deconstruction of gender autonomy has been very successful in attacking manage as we seen over the last few weeks. I know in a sense he's going further and he's trying to deconstruct gender.
Now you can self diagnose gender. I can wake up and say I am no woman. No one can question it. You are not your own authority. Some keep people claim to be gender fluid and they don't identify as either male or female really is so bizarre that people who support transgender is him have difficulty defining what a woman is that's what incidentally the feminist movement don't like transgender because they say no, this is still a man not a woman. Transgender is him hit the headlines and then when Bruce Jenner came out as a trans woman. Some of you solidly interview with Diane Sawyer and he said he was living a lie.
People thought how courageous this was amazing to get the award for being courageous, he says, for all intents and purposes I am a woman but Bruce Jenner is not woman is a man man have X, Y chromosomes, women have XX chromosomes and no one can reengineer or decode their genetics. This is the way God created you and I were told, you can change your gender simply by saying that you're a woman or a man.
You're a boy or a girl. One of the marvelous things about this book about is that it is eternal and that which is eternal is always relevant. So when people ask about transgender is what do we do we do what we always do. We open this book.
The word of God and gives clear teaching regarding so-called gender identity.
This message builds on the series I preached on Jesus teaching on marriage and gender. We thought of Jesus and marriage regard of Jesus and divorce regard of Jesus on the gay debate last week.
We thought of Jesus and LGBT Q plus you missed any of these messages that are on the line. The public turtle come in today. The message is Jesus, and transgender is immaculate almost have to apologize for preaching on such a thing, but I feel it is very very necessary and easy.
This teaching arises in our continuing study of Matthew chapter 19 last week, in the sense will close this particular citizen will need to come back foot because sense is the most important one. It is Jesus in a fresh start.
Salt for you. Whatever your strugglers master making of your life there is hope and will think of Jesus and the fresh start. I want to say regarding transgender is him first of all, it's an attack on God's authority. Now is a sad as I began to serious.
I approach the subject as a follower of Jesus Christ as one who believe believes that the Lordship of Jesus Christ is over all areas of our life including our sexuality so I come to it from that by going.
Secondly, I come to it with the strong belief that this book, the Bible is the very word of God when the Bible speaks God speaks it is inspired and errant word of God, and transgender is him then as an attack on God's authority and slid back in our Bibles to verses were seen before Genesis 1] the very beginning of our Bibles to the beginning of creation is the internal word of God. Genesis 127 so God created man in his own image in the image of God he created him male and female he created them. Notice that God created us male and female I could divide this congregation into Canada good is male and female. Chapter 2 verse 21 so the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man while he slept at one of his ribs and closed up his place with flash and the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man getting it in the man said this at last is one of my bones and flesh of my flesh, she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife to a woman and they shall become one flesh. But you say that's the first book in the Bible is really a very ancient Scripture and I go by the teaching of Jesus. All rights as go by the teaching of Jesus.
Matthew chapter 19 Jesus is asked about marriage. Matthew chapter 19 which is been a basic text is were going consecutively through the book of Matthew Matthew chapter 19 verse four will be asking. Verse three is it lawful fantasies came to him and ask him, testing him, is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause he answered, have you not read from the beginning that he who created them from the beginning made them what male and female versions of years have passed in human history and onto the scene in time and space comes our Lord Jesus Christ the Lord from heaven, God himself. And when he's asked about this question.
It doesn't say something different. This is exactly what was said in the beginning that in the beginning God created us male and female with think of first Corinthians chapter 6 interesting passage. First Corinthians 6 was like modern Charlotte, a very sexualized society. And Paul writes first Corinthians 6 verse 16 or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her foot as it is written, the two shall become one flesh. What is that written we discredit Genesis 2221 male and female in mileage become one flesh, but he was joined to the Lord becomes once put it with him fleeing from sexual immorality.
Whoever you are you here this flea from sexual immorality for every other sin.
A person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from where from God.
God gave you your body.
God made you male or female you not your own beer that you are not your own, for you were bought with a price that is the price of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. So glorify God in your body. Paul is reinforcing this fact the body is given by God, created by God, male or female, and therefore you don't take your body as a believer which is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and join it to a prostitute. Incidentally, this verse your bodies a temple of the lease, but is not referring to the fact that you can take some drug you can take the vaccine something using this to a blade of contacts. Incidentally, no you're not euro and your bots with a price. Transgender is is an attack on God's authority what's happening in our society. Radical individualism is replacing the authority of God Frank Sinatra song I did it my way deal.
That's the most famous song sung at the funeral.
I did it slightly often but there is one organization that I don't believe it. The song of the Christian witness summarizes the spirit of the age, doesn't it. This credit is rooted in our rebellious heart.
What happens when there's no king in Israel. Everyone does right in his own eyes. This is been called by the Canadian philosopher very very apt I think expressive individualism. What's expressive individualism. I'm just following my own heart, so must be right. I'm just following my own passion. Therefore, it must be right. My psych out my psychological well-being is the purpose of my life and anything that happens it enhances my personal happiness must be good. I provided it does not harm other people. Self-fulfillment is the goal in life. My personal happiness. What I want today to do so. This radical expressive individualism results in each person being his or her own authority is all about me is going to bring up my iPhone but I forgot. Aptly named as I can't I put center my existence as I it's me.
Increasingly, we we hear I'll choose SWAT I will believe I will do what I want to do. I will say what I want to say no one is going to tell me what to do that more and more people today being a police officer on debater teachers on debater parents don't obey the government unabated.
Employers don't obey church leaders now tell me what I'm going to do my own thing.
What's happening with putting ourselves at the very center of our existence, and no one is going to describe my feelings. I'm free to believe anything I want to. And I've got to be true to myself in today's rampant individualism them. People define themselves anyway they want, Truman is written a brilliant book the rise and triumph of the modern self you're interested in these things you you need to read it. Here's what he says he is a strong believer in Jesus Christ.
All of the groups represented in the LGBT 2+ community do share a number of things in common.
From the perspective of ALM narrative that are clearly psychological and sexual in terms of that understanding of self that is very key. People are defining themselves very very much in terms of their psychological well-being and their sexuality to identify oneself by one's own sexual orientation or to identify one's gender by inner psychological conviction locates the LGBT 2+ within the world of expressive individualism and psychological mind reality is inward and psychological not I would and natural. This is book title the rise and triumph of the bar themselves. Wonderful book and I commended to. So today, if I say I'm a woman and I know I want to be called John instead of Johnny. I don't owe the elders response. But in fact I think I do know Heidi will respond. But seriously, people do that is you can question my feelings. You can question my gender identity. You can question my reality. This is real for me.
What's happening. Truth is determined by me.
That's why began by reading the word of God from Deuteronomy 11. For those of us who love God's truth is not determined by you is not based on your psychological well-being. Are you on your view of your personal happiness. It is rooted and funded in the word of God, but usually was happening. For that I am male or female becomes a matter of personal preference ethics become a function of feeling, but there is no freedom. That is idolatry of self. Remember the First Amendment only one God, no other gods think of the arrogance of an individual putting themselves before God.
God is our Creator God is you'd Creator God made you and God, not you decides your gender is basic in the garden of Eden.
What did the devil say to Eve actually say that and from our first parents, we have rebelled against God against the God who is our creator and to whom we are accountable. I think it very very interesting that when the Pharisees come to test Jesus on this question of marriage and divorce, and when they say, what do you what do you say by this, he first says is wonderful of you know what is what he didn't say he didn't say well you Pharisees feel about this with you.
Think about mileage what you think and feel should be the reasons for divorce and marriage fantasies that you think the airfield absolutely no harm you not read, and she goes back thousands of years right to the very creation and says that there is your answer. So for followers of Jesus out of thought today.
Please understand, is not rooted in our individual desires are not prejudices on our feelings on our opinions on experiences are our traditions will have them thought today must be in the inspired word of God. You see your feelings can't always be trusted you so I'm just going to go by my feelings. I'm just going to go by my passion is going and in disaster know you can't always trust your feelings but you can't always always trust God.
God is your creator God is the ultimate authority and we as individuals are accountable to him. Paul writes in Romans 14 verse 12 so then each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
God made you and you you about tonight up in the upper balcony you and myself.
We are all tangible to God.
One day you're going to send before God and give an account and it is God our Creator who assigns our gender.
He made us male and female know your gender is not a matter of personal choice as a matter of God's creation, and transgender resume and clears theory deny the fixed nature of gender and they believe that our gender is fluids. No transgender resume is in the type on the authority of God. Secular transgender is him as an attack on God's earth. God's sovereignty.
God created us male and female. I read from Genesis 127 so God created man in his own image in the image of God he created him male and female he created them. Men and women are equal, they complement each other in a beautiful way.
Those of us who are moderate understand that perhaps as we first got married we wait we will find a little difficult to remarry to something very different from us and then we begin to realize the wisdom of God that here is a man. Here is a woman a day, come together and complement each other a wonderful way which is God's design for marriage different but equal sores or say it's very significant that when Jesus is asked about his views on marriage and divorce goes back to the creation account.
Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female you want to know the teaching of Jesus, that it is God created us male and female, and God doesn't make mistakes when he speaks her children. Children God made you a little boy or girl. Don't try to change God's plan for you. You are uniquely made by got you made in the image of God without your boy or girl is not something that you choose. At some point in your life based on your personal wishes or how you feel or what people say to you know your gender, whether you're a boy or a girl, male or female is the sovereign choice of God.
God made me mail. I had no say on that.
My older brother. The brother perhaps my parents that would be wonderful. Not having a little boy. I got a little girl got me was challenging sometimes and they got six little boys and after getting six little boys thought God only wants to give us wise nothing but stop that was seriously you didn't choose whether you are a male or female. Mind you Google it is he still might regard as we been singing.
He is the eternal God is a holy God, but is also God of infinite love and I believe an infinite love God created John Monroe as a little boy and guard it has love created you a little girl little boy whoever you are, and the dog is infinitely wiser. When I giving that I'm wiser than God giving to the is maybe a little three or four-year-old I thought no God made me God made me apartment. God made a mistake and from now on I'm going to be a little girl absolutely no God decides with your mail or female and he's accrued, what you to understand that this God who made me loves me the Scripture says in Psalm 139 he he knitted us in the farm does while you're still in your mother's womb that would fearfully and wonderfully made, and of God watches over the fall of the sparrow, how much more does he watch over you and me. Whoever we are, however, you are so it sent to you are and understand this that this book is wonderful book the word of God is not given to suppression is not given to take your joy away from you is a very diverse, the joy and fulfillment and meaning in life is when we embrace what God has done and when we surrender our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ believing that he is Lord.
He's all loving, he's all wise. He's all powerful and I am in his findings and to try and change what God has done is wrong in this attack on the sovereign so-called sex change surgery does not single so-called sex change surgery and hormone treatments don't change the gender of the person is a deception is an illusion I believe is an assault on God's sovereignty. It is trying to undo what God is done right you think of it any other way. Please understand the understand was a tiny percentage of people because of psychological disorders are confused about their sexual identity.
They suffer from gender dysphoria. Traditionally, little boys toward such people, we show love and compassion absolutely God created them with the love them were to care for them and help them in any way that we can however so-called clear theory, which propagates the belief that a person's gender identity does not correspond to their biological sex assigned at birth that clear theory, which is promoted which more and more people are believing which is impacting the workplace.
With these personal pronouns that stands in direct violation, not only to the creation account but as we've seen, to the very teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ's supine sexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality and fluidity of gender are opposed to and out attacks on God's design. God made us in a certain way. We are to surrender to that we have deposited that you are not the heart tiny little spanked in the shoes huge cosmos and think how wonderful it is that although your list tiny spanked that you are directly created by God, a God who loves you a God who has magnificent brilliant plans for your life so don't mess with it. Surrender to God. We prayed this morning as we do every Sunday morning or deacons and their elders and the pastors when the revolution was praying that we, the church that we would be protected from an my thought that is a. We should all be praying close out enemy.
I believe in the devil. Yes I believe in Satan. He always seeks to destroy what God creates. God made us God gives us manage the seeks to destroy God gives us a home seeks to destroy God gives us a way of government out enemy seeks to destroy God gives us the church we Jesus Christ is building the gates of hell against God, give us gender male and female in no enemy seeks to destroy what gender is.
Scriptures are very clear. God created us male and female parents. Please reinforce this with your children.
Don't be so silly when your four-year-old little boy puts on address and says what I my girl that you think who.
Maybe it's a fluidity of gender, absolutely not subject join the better way help our children and their students to understand the beauty of being a man. That man are masculine that women are feminine that women are different from Mandan that is the way that God created us in this bloating of genders and this destroying of gender is not the work of God but is the work of an enemy that was the consequences of transgender is. This is very real is in schools, even some elementary schools but getting to the place where children can state their changing the bed there gender and the children, young children can now decide what names are going to be called teachers are not to question children who say they want to to transition to live as boys or girls apparently teachers in some schools can't even say Boys and Girls Club we come to the nation was going on that teacher and the school can say, boys and girls. I want to say is wrong is harmful and is confusing to teach children that they are not boys or girls under just assigned there gender at birth. No, it's not a matter of being assigned there gender at birth by depends it is a matter of being created by God is either male or, and this is not only contrary to Scripture to meet. Contrary to common sense was abundantly is not the common, and there's harmful harmful consequences of understanding sexuality and personhood is fluid compared to members of the non-gender population members of the gender community are the high risk of a variety of mental health problems, including depression and the risk of suicide. Think of the confusion sport.
Think of a choice of bathrooms and locker rooms where boys and girls are going to decide which restrooms are going to go into it which locker room they're going to go into think of the impact of transgender is him on girl sports by a man can claim to be a woman and try to complete complete and some women sports and even if that man suppresses the amount of testosterone and him. That does not eradicate the athletic advantages of man over woman man. This is fact chauvinist white man, generally speaking, are faster and stronger than women.
Husbands are you stronger than your life. In a few cases, strong wife, but generally speaking most men can run faster or walk faster under stronger than their wives know the fastest mile run by women fastest four minutes 12.33 seconds. You say that spot that is very fast as it school you could run five minutes a mile. You were very very good so that's a very fast woman. However, some of you know, you know, the first long ago it was since a man run under four minutes.
It was 1953 Roger Bannister Englishman. He ran the first under four-minute mile.
That's what over 60 almost 17 years ago and since then no one woman has run under four minutes on the chauvinistic point is a fact.
The fact that we all know the fact that we all applaud that men and women are different and biological sex is one of the single biggest drivers of athletic ability. This is a matter of fact I wanted a month minority of children who experience across gender identification issues continue to do so into adolescence is an article which was an economist in November 2020 headedness gender and this writer Abigail. The choice of the irreversible damage and she's been criticized by this but this is an economist on the Christian publication, but she writes this a teenage girl who decides to alter our body so that it resembles a voice commits herself to a lifetime of medical treatments tops surgery a double vasectomy is a major operation to must take regular large doses of testosterone. This may increase her chance chance of development part problems.
It also causes the uterus to activate often painfully, which may necessitate a hysterectomy.
Some of the changes to her body will be irreversible and likely to cause distress if she changes her mind if she is taking fewer tape blockers as well as testosterone she may well be in Fecteau only a few months of testosterone may have felt alter voice and given her a lifelong 5 o'clock shadow begins for the irreversible damage. Yes we go against God's way better consequences.
She argues that many of these young people are quote victims of an ideology. It is another Christian woman victims of an ideology which holds that the feeling of being in the wrong body must be affirmed at all costs is where we argue that the firm this however bizarre it is. Some of the courts in England have wisely ruled that is highly unlikely that a 13-year-old girl and doubtful that 14 and 15-year-olds are mature enough to consent to such transgender procedures, irreversible damage going against God's design has disastrous consequence. Transgender is him then as an attack on the authority of God and the sovereignty of God. Well, how would we to respond well for those who have physical or psychological disorders relating to their gender. We as followers of Christ accent sympathy help and love.
We do that to those who have embraced transgender is him we do that to everyone. Many of you know, an individual who is been impacted directly, or transgender. For the recruiter showed slurs of the isolate them to laugh at them absolutely. We have to do with the Lord Jesus did. We have to embrace every single individual while at the same time standing strong on his trip. Everyone is made in the image of God. Everyone is to be treated with dignity and respect.
However, we must strongly stand against the increasingly popular view. You can choose your own gender. Again I speak to children and students do not, please do not be sucked into transgender is being a teenager being a student and sometimes very hard. I understand it, but don't listen to those who stated reason you find it hard is because you really a boy or girl or lesbian or homosexual. Do not listen to such talk, remember who you are made by God loved by God, made in the image of God. During the course the color of your eyes, your heights who you are all made by God's election, God made you mail or female, and God did not make a mistake to go against God, to go against God Lisa pain brokenness shame and guilt.
The way the transgressor is hard into this broken world. And what all broken and any unbroken people I knew were not struggling with sin no into this world of darkness into this world of pain and struggle are magnificent, beautiful, sinless son of God comes with humility below says this is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance with our Savior comes to save sinners, of whom chief. Your greatest joy. I can testify of this money could testify of this.
Your greatest joy is funds as you received Jesus Christ as your Savior as your bow to him as your defense of him your own rebellion. This attitude that you're going to live as you want that gratitude that we know better than God's right from the garden is either him and Eve disobeyed God that we are broken. We are helpless we have to admit that we are sinners. That's called repentance and turning and in a sense, embrace the Savior who still says come to me and I'll give you rest and following Jesus Christ seeking to do his will is the way please hear me is the way of joy is the way of fulfillment is a way of tapping as of July.
Not that being a follower of Jesus Christ doesn't bring us into conflict with the world and we suffer and we have pain as the rest of humanity.
But at all times. We look to our Lord Jesus Christ, who loves us and who soon coming for us and we still says I have come to be helped. Life abundantly. You believe that do you believe that you know better than the Lord Jesus Christ.
He saying to you, and have come to give you this magnificent, eternal, supernatural life and you will live a life not of despair but a life of abundance. If you surrender all to Jesus. We do that this morning. But God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have ever lasting come to Christ. Some of you who are his followers. You've allowed the temptations of the devil scenario is that sin, you need to be broke, you can break it yourself. We surrender all to Christ and he will come and forgive your sins and through his spirit empower you to live that wonderful life that God has about as we pray father is a difficult subject for us yet we thank you for the quality of your word. Thank you Jesus came to save sinners he can to save broken people while many here never be tempted with this transgender is him all of us attempted all of us have messed up so we thank you Jesus still says him comes to me I will in no wise cast out. Me some today becoming to the Savior. Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.
We ask it in his name