A growing number of adolescents – mainly girls – are experiencing ‘rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ (ROGD). Such youngsters often belong to a group of friends, most or all of them identify as transgender at around the same time.
A peer group (either real or virtual) fosters the mutual belief that anxiety and unhappiness may be caused by being ‘transgender’, and that ‘gender transition’ will provide the solution.…
Matthew 8:5 When [Jesus] entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him asking for help: 8:6 “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible anguish.” 8:7 Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
‘Pais‘ (‘boy’) here may mean one of three things:-
‘Son’. The Gk word ‘pais‘ can mean ‘son’ (and so it does in Jn 4:41). However, this is not a common meaning, it is only the putative parallel with the passage in John that would suggest this.
Egalitarian writers often claim that male headship did not come about until after the Fall, and is, accordingly, a consequence of the Fall.
Gilbert Bilezikian writes of Adam and Eve:
Instead of meeting her desire and providing a mutually supportive and nurturing family environment, he will rule over her.… The clearest implication of this statement [Gen. 3:16], conferring rulership to Adam as a result of the fall, is that he was not Eve’s ruler prior to the fall.…
Leaving, for the moment, specific issues to one side, what does the big picture of sexuality in the Bible look like?
What follows is based on Ian Paul’s helpful overview (here and here).
1. Sex is God-given
The church has often struggled with this, partly because earlier generations have assumed that 1 Cor 7:1 (‘It is good for a man not to touch a woman’) represented Paul’s own view (rather than that of his correspondents). …
Preston Sprinkle provides the following summary of his argument in his 2015 book People To Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just An Issue:
The Bible talks a lot about marriage yet only affirms heterosexual marriages. This isn’t decisive in itself, but in Genesis 2 Eve’s femaleness seems to be a necessary prerequisite for her marriage to Adam – a marriage that becomes the prototype for all God-sanctioned marriages (Gen 2:24-25).
Jesus highlights sexual difference in marriage, even when he didn’t need to (Mark 10).
Sometimes, we need to move from the general to the particular, from statistics to personal experience, to really feel the impact of the ‘sexual revolution’.
Denny Burk quotes the heartbreaking words of a mother whose daughter has ‘transitioned’:
Like any parent, I felt betrayed when I found out a pediatric endocrinologist, someone who knows how powerful our bodies’ natural hormones are, would teach my 16-year old daughter to inject herself with testosterone, a primarily male hormone known and documented to have many horrible side effects on young girls including male pattern baldness, vaginal atrophy, infertility, and an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.…
One of the strangest chapters in Steve Chalke’s The Lost Message of Paul is chapter 24 – ‘Wired’. Strange because it doesn’t really belong in a book about Paul and his theology. Also strange because one has to wonder how competent Chalke is to deal with some of the subject-matter of this chapter.
Let me see if I can make some sense of what he’s trying to say.
While we all tend excuse our own bad behaviour (we are good people affected by bad circumstances), we are much more ready to attribute others’ bad behaviour as due to failed personal morality (they are bad people). …