Gnostics and Transgenders
“You look ‘mah-ve-lous’, absolutely ‘mahvelous’, and you know who you are!” , Billy Crystal (circa 1985). Do we know who we are? Can we know? If so, how can we be certain our knowledge (thinking) is correct and true?
In the first century A.D., Gnostic Dualism made its entry into the philosophies of the day. Its basis of “having knowledge” was a collection of religious ideas and systems emphasizing spiritual knowledge above orthodox teachings and traditions. It generally presented a distinction between a supreme God and a lesser, malevolent divinity often associated with Yahweh of the Old Testament.
Without getting into a study of all the emanations, or aeons, of knowledge (divinities), suffice it to say that it attempted to de-unify the Trinity or Triune God of the Bible. The Bible clearly presents the Son, Christ Jesus, as the Creator of all things (John 1:3). These “things” are the material part of creation and considered evil in Gnosticism. A constant attempt was being made to separate the two regarding people also, as in body and spirit. The material body should be tamed by the spirit knowledge in order to co-exist.
Again in today’s world, Gnostic Dualism has raised its ugly head with the face of gender identity. A person may be misaligned sexually in body and spirit. Therefore, the higher knowledge of the spiritual should seek to enlighten the body to properly re-align the two so that the material body becomes subservient to the spirit of who a person is. In this teaching, concepts of sin and repentance are replaced with “illusion” and “enlightenment.” Ultimately, these “illusions” and “enlightenments” cause inherent confusion in the person’s thinking. Yet, these confusions are never acknowledged or addressed. How can this be? In the world’s thinking, reality is often ignored and set aside for a construed desired outcome. The sinful nature is in conflict with true godliness in Christ and the ungodly fruit that is harvested is warped and deformed. This is seen in what is being termed “ transgender disorder”, where there are misplaced assumptions that are different than the physical reality of a person’s body. The simile is that of a “dangerously thin” person, suffering anorexia, looks in the mirror and sees a very overweight person. Reality and actual science do not weigh in. Trans activists don’t want to debate on the philosophical, so they dress it up as a scientific and medical claim. The thinking of trans activists is “inherently confused and filled with internal contradictions.”
We are instructed in God’s Word, the Bible, “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature…the acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery…I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of god.” (Galatians 5:17-21).
Politicized language now wants to say, “sex assigned at birth.” This opens the door for “gender identity.” As Christians we stand solid on the terms “Birth sex” and Physical sex,” which give God’s creation priority. The upshot is this: Do not let yourselves be swayed and wooed into attempts to normalize sin as good and desired (Romans 1:18). Rather, let these words guide you, “I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on Your laws…for You have set my heart free…Turn my eyes away from worthless things” Psalm 119:30-37.
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