Sermon on Deuteronomy 23 and Transgender

Recently I came across a good sermon about transgender issues from an English pastor.  You can listen to it online – here.  It is based on Deuteronomy 23, a text some people look at when trying to understand transgender conditions from a biblical perspective.  I’ll post the text of the Bible passage:

1 No one who has been emasculated by crushing or cutting may enter the assembly of the Lord.

No one born of a forbidden marriage nor any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, not even in the tenth generation.

No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, not even in the tenth generation. For they did not come to meet you with bread and water on your way when you came out of Egypt, and they hired Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in Aram Naharaim to pronounce a curse on you. However, the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you. Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them as long as you live.

Do not despise an Edomite, for the Edomites are related to you. Do not despise an Egyptian, because you resided as foreigners in their country.The third generation of children born to them may enter the assembly of the Lord.

 

This is a difficult passage to cover.  Not only is it confusing, but God himself seems to have relented from some of these strict rules in later Bible stories.  The preacher of this sermon covers such difficulties and gives good explanations.  The bottom line, the good news, is that all of us, all of us, because of our sins would be excluded from God’s temple, and from his Kingdom.  But Jesus on the cross was excluded, so that we don’t have to be.  This gives tremendous hope to those who have already changed their bodies due to gender dysphoria, that God’s grace is still there for them.

In this sermon, the preacher also covers a little bit about how Christians should think about transgender issues.  He advocates love and pastoral compassion to those struggling in this area.  He wants people to live by God’s laws and God’s standards of holiness, but also wants us to give people grace.

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