The next three articles of the Nashville Statement deal with how we identify people (ourselves and others) as male or female.
WE AFFIRM that the differences between male and female reproductive structures are integral to God’s design for self-conception as male or female.
WE DENY that physical anomalies or psychological conditions nullify the God-appointed link between biological sex and self-conception as male or female.
The affirmation in this fifth article seems poorly written. I can understand what it is getting at from the context of current events and the rest of the Statement, but the sentence itself just seems confusing.
The transgender foolishness is clearly targeted here. When a baby is born, in the vast majority of cases, everyone in the room can immediately tell what the baby’s sex is. “It’s a boy!” is a perfectly reasonable thing to say. What isn’t reasonable is to suggest that being a boy or a girl is unconnected with biology. That’s just crazy.
I wish it said something like “One of the ways in which God’s design for the sexes is demonstrated is in the physical differences of the male and female reproductive systems. A person’s self-conception should correspond to his or her physical, biological sex.”
The denial mentions physical anomalies, and that is specifically dealt with in the next article. But here it is stated that physical anomalies do not dissolve our responsibility of living in accordance with God’s design. This is important because confusion on this point is used as a tool to cause people to question whether God’s design is knowable at all.
WE AFFIRM that those born with a physical disorder of sex development are created in the image of God and have dignity and worth equal to all other image-bearers. They are acknowledged by our Lord Jesus in his words about “eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb.” With all others they are welcome as faithful followers of Jesus Christ and should embrace their biological sex insofar as it may be known.
WE DENY that ambiguities related to a person’s biological sex render one incapable of living a fruitful life in joyful obedience to Christ.
That some individuals are born with anomalous physical appearance doesn’t mean that we can call such a person male, female or neither at our choice. God still has a design for that person to be male or female, and we still need to try to understand it and act accordingly.
The quote from Jesus is found in Matthew 19, where some people were complaining that Jesus’ instruction concerning marriage was WAY too hard and not nearly compassionate enough.
WE AFFIRM that self-conception as male or female should be defined by God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption as revealed in Scripture.
WE DENY that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption.
An important affirmation and denial here. It isn’t OK to think of oneself as homosexual or transgender. Each of us needs to understand ourselves according to God’s design, which is male or female, and unquestionably heterosexual.
As part of my two-cents, I’ll add here that I like the word heteronormative. According the devilish doctrines of the LGBT movement, heteronormative is prejudice and bigotry. In reality, it’s the truth.
Definition of heteronormative
:of, relating to, or based on the attitude that heterosexuality is the only normal and natural expression of sexuality
We actually owe it to each other to provide a view of sexuality that is consistent with God’s design as witnessed in creation and scripture. Everything we say and do must line up with that truth. If we are ambiguous about it (not to mention if we deny it) we are sinning against our neighbor.
Compare it with representing the truth about eating disorders. Is it normal to eat your food and then sometime later use the toilet to expel waste? Yes. Is the alternative lifestyle of inducing vomiting after each meal legitimate? Heck no. Being vague on such a thing is the opposite of loving, it is harmful. The same holds with deviant views and lifestyles concerning sexuality. We owe each other the truth.