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Questions About Christianity, Transgenderism, and Homosexuality
This week on the Straight Truth Podcast we’ve combined several questions related to our identity as human beings. The topics discussed cover who God says we are, whom we say we are or identify as, and who we are if we have been regenerated, having been saved through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Join us to hear what Dr. Richard Caldwell and Dr. Josh Philpot have to share from the Word of God about gender identity, gender dysphoria, transgenderism, homosexuality, and more.
Dr. Caldwell reminds us that we want to remember that all human beings are made in God’s image. Individuals caught up in the confusion and chaos of their bodies, feelings, and identity have souls with equal worth as ours. We must care for them as a person. No matter what sin we are speaking about, the most loving thing we can do for any human being is to tell them God’s truth. We cannot compromise and act as if we believe something we do not. It is not loving to affirm that which will destroy them. We will best love them when we represent God and His truth to them. In all our conversations about these things, we want people to know that God loves them, cares about them, and is willing to save them and change their lives. We want to do all we can to rescue sinners from the flames of hell and do it with compassion. We need to do it with graciousness and courage, never looking to be offensive or insult someone on purpose.
Some seek to change who they are by altering their physical body and outward appearance. But external physical changes we make to our bodies and appearances are only that, physical and outward. We cannot change who we are; we don’t determine that God determined that. He has made us who we are to be, and we cannot change reality. Sin is a very strong force that distorts our thinking and our feelings. The confusion surrounding these distortions represents spiritual lies and the work of a spiritual enemy. We must reorient ourselves according to God’s Word. Even if someone has had their physical body altered and afterward comes to Christ, there is much to rejoice in. While there may be sadness, sorrow, grief, and feelings of guilt over what they've done and cannot now undo, God’s grace is greater. We need to be thankful for God’s grace. We can all look back at our sins that cannot be undone. But as Christians, we can see from these things why we needed a Savior. God will give us the grace to live with the leftovers that result from our sins. And while we might be plagued with guilt, we don't dispute that we are guilty and worthy of damnation. But Christ is sufficient, and our forgiveness is real. We can rejoice in the forgiveness that we’ve received. We also can rejoice in the opportunity we now have to be a voice to those people who are being deceived as we once were.
When it comes to living in the world and engaging with people about these issues we want to be sincere, gentle, and truthful. We don’t want to engage in any kind of hypocrisy in the name of the wisdom of God. There are things that we can and do say, that are genuinely peaceful, gracious, and gentle and yet be absolutely offensive to the culture at the same time. We must remember that we cannot measure kindness by the world's standards. It must be measured by God’s standards. The Christian life is a life of love which includes how to love a world full of hostility. First Corinthians 13 tells us that love doesn’t rejoice in iniquity but rejoices in the truth. Love never affirms evil but speaks the truth. It is not loving to affirm a perspective that belongs to lostness and that will, in the final sense, result in damnation. The message we share with those who are confused and lost must be matched with a manner that belongs to it. It is the Spirit of God who produces this in us to share the truth in the character of Christ.
As a person who is regenerate, our identity is in Christ. We will go on in this life to struggle with sin, but our sin(s) do not identify who we are. We are Christians who have been made new creations in Christ. Yet, while this is our new identity, we live in a body of unredeemed flesh with indwelling sin. We must go on to mortify those sins, putting to death the deeds of the body. Any other concept of our identity and responsibilities does not reflect the New Testament understanding of our salvation. We have new loves, new hatreds, and new capacities that we never had before. We all deal with predispositions and bents with respect toward sin that reflects our fallenness. But these things do not define us as believers. We are to think of ourselves as people who have been washed, sanctified, and justified; no longer belonging to the categories of sins in which we once lived. When it comes to our feelings, we must not dwell on how we feel but on what we know. How we feel does not help us at all. We want to be reminded of what is true, just as the Apostle Paul reminds the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 6.
Our view of ourselves and others must be embraced from the truth of the Scriptures. What God’s Word says about us as human beings is where our attention must be set; man is not the measure of these things. God has given us His Word, and that is where we find the holy and righteous standard for all things; this is where we must turn.
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The Straight Truth Podcast: Christian Opinions in an Increasingly Secular World. Join Dr. Richard Caldwell, Dr. Josh Philpot, and their guests as they discuss news events, current affairs, and cultural issues from a Biblical point of view. Find the truth at www.straighttruth.net
The Straight Truth Podcast is a weekly opinion show hosted by Dr. Richard Caldwell and Dr. Josh Philpot. Straight Truth is available as an audio podcast on iTunes or as a video podcast through YouTube or Vimeo. The duration of the podcast is approximately 10 minutes. We release new episodes every Thursday.
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