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Understanding Transgender Identity

March 20, 2015

Executive Ed


By Greg Gibson

Friday, March 20, 2015

We are seeing a profound tension between God’s design for manhood and womanhood and Satan’s attacks on this design. Here is President Strachan writing towards what Christians should do today in understanding this ever-important issue.


President Strachan of CBMW recently published an article with the group Answers in Genesis, focusing primarily on what Christians should do today in understanding transgender identity.  This is an important issue facing the Church today, and we should see and feel a profound tension when discussing this topic.  Speaking of this tension, Strachan says this:

We see the profound tension between God’s design and Satan’s attacks on this design. The Lord created man and woman and gives them specific roles to play for His glory; Satan targets man and woman and induces them to upend God’s design. God orders and structures; Satan tears down. God brings life; Satan destroys it. These tragic patterns are as old as the earth. They are not new, but they do morph with the times.

Western culture is making good on this rebellion. It denies the distinctness of divine creation; it tears down the uniqueness of the sexes; and it rebels against the lordship of Jesus Christ. The wisdom and design of God is rejected, and the Word of God, in sum, is reviled.

An attack on God’s design for men and women is an attack on God himself.  We are seeing this attack camouflaged in a complete and definite worldview shift in how culture views the body.  In such a climate, Strachan suggests four responses on the part of Christians.

You can read this important article in its entirety here.


Greg Gibson is an executive elder and the family ministries pastor at Foothills Church in Knoxville, TN.  He is also the executive editor and communications director for CBMW.  You can follow him on Twitter at @gregrgibson.

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