GAY MARRIAGE HAS GIVEN OUR SOCIETY LITTLE TO CELEBRATE

Great article in The Australian Saturday 19th November 2022 by Angela Shanahan

COLUMNIST: Angela Shanahan is a Canberra-based freelance journalist and mother of nine children. She has written regularly for The Australian for over 20 years.

This week marked the fifth anniversary of Australia supporting same-sex marriage in a postal vote. Now we are being reassured by same-sex marriage advocates that “society has not fallen apart”.

Think again. If the punitive ­coercion suffered by people who did not support gay marriage ­during the period preceding the vote didn’t convince you that this was not just about marriage, but about the gradual imposition of a radical agenda on the whole of ­society, then look what has happened since.

If the dissolution of society as we know it was an exaggeration, a furious expression of frustrated Christians angry at seeing the social verities of the past falling away, people might start looking at their local school and see what sorts of things are being taught to their children. The notion that our sexual identity is fluid and not fixed is now accepted in most government schools, and challenging that view is impossible.

It has already been raised as a problem if a religious anti-discrimination bill is ever passed, and activists are now fixated on making it harder to challenge the trans agenda even in private and systemic Catholic schools. In Canada, despite assurances and a preamble to the law, Catholic schools are having a very difficult time teaching Catholic precepts on marriage and sexuality, and in the US many individuals and groups are being punished for what amounts to thought crime, prompting a conservative backlash.

The real problem with the Marriage Equality fight was the fight itself. It was never a civilised discussion in a civilised environment. It was bare-knuckle and nasty from the Yes side, from daubing vile slogans on church walls to ridiculing and denouncing people on social media. I know, I went through it. And it goes on.

It has spread beyond marriage, to the trans agenda. I recently wrote a column about a woman who started an app for women and girls called Giggle. This woman was threatened with a human rights action over the very nature of the people for whom her app was intended, women, by a transsexual person who thought they should not be discriminated against because they identified as a woman. These are the two great mantras of the new society” “Discrimination” and “Identity”. It will only get worse.

Go back to the case of Israel Folau. Freedom of expression was not available to Folau who as a believing Mormon did not support same-sex marriage. Not only did he lose his job as Australia’s star rugby player but other players who supported him and did not support SSM were told not to say anything. Meanwhile, those who supported the Yes vote were allowed to speak out. Rugby Australia undermined their freedom of expression about conscientiously held views, becoming, in effect, the arbiters of their conscience.

An even graver case was Archbishop Julian Porteous who, as a preliminary salvo to the same-sex marriage vote, was dragged before the Human Rights board in Tasmania for disseminating a booklet outlining Catholic teaching on marriage to Catholic students. The complainant was not protesting about the church’s ban on remarriage after divorce or any of the teachings about marriage and fertility tied to the vows which married Catholics must make. No, this was an opener in the battle for same-sex marriage. The agenda of the Equality movement was not about equality at all: it was about trying to muzzle the view that the family, based on a generative relationship, is the bedrock of society which has been common to all societies of all religious persuasions since time immemorial.

Meanwhile, the trans agenda has inserted itself into the centre of right think. Who says society as we know it hasn’t declined?

Consequently, the number of cases of well-meaning ordinary people being denounced on social media, or to the human rights apparatuses and even pushed out of positions for stating quite ordinary views on marriage, the family, and sexual identity is increasing, and freedom of expression – and particularly of religious expression – is being undermined.

Andrew Thorburn is an ordinary man who happened to be at a church nine years before when his minister expressed moral views not in line with the Equality mantra. Thorburn is chair of the City on a Hill Church, which Essendon football club pronounced has views in “direct contradiction to our values as a club”. So, a football club, assuming a prior moral authority to the church, forced his resignation as the club’s CEO.

Not surprisingly, it was this case that awakened the general public to the danger that now awaits anyone. Not only could someone dig up a sermon a pastor gave nine years before and still hold you to account, but how long before, Torquemada-like, you are taken to the inquisitors of the board of the company for which you work, or the school where you teach, or any governing body?

It is well known that in most echelons of the public service various topics of conversation, especially those dealing with sex and family issues, are off the table. The endorsement of Thorburn’s removal by the AFL and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews highlights the frightening seriousness of this. It has made a mockery of the idea that we have equality of expression, and that the real fault line is freedom of religion.

HOPE THE LEGISLATORS LEARN FROM CHLOE COLE’S STORY

Detransitioned Teen Who Underwent Double Mastectomy, Took ‘Experimental’ Hormones as a Child Now Suing Medical Group

At just 13 years old, teenager Chloe Cole — who thought she was a boy — started taking puberty blockers, began a round of testosterone, and, just two years later, underwent a double mastectomy. Now she’s suing the medical group that allowed it all to happen.

The 18-year-old Cole announced Thursday her intent to sue the Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals whose medical personnel “performed, supervised, and/or advised transgender hormone therapy and surgical intervention for Chloe Cole when she was between 13-17 years old.”

In a press release, Cole, represented by attorney Harmeet Dhillon, said her teenage life “has been the culmination of excruciating pain, regret, and most importantly, injustice.”

“I have been emotionally and physically damaged and stunted by so-called medical professionals in my most important developmental period,” she continued. “I was butchered by an institution that we trust more than anything else in our lives. What is worse is that I am not alone in my pain.”

“I will ensure that the blood and tears of detransitioners like me will not be in vain,” Cole continued. “It is impossible for me to recoup what I have lost, but I will fight to ensure that no other children will be harmed at the hands of these liars and mutilators.”

Dhillon, CEO of the Center for American Liberty, explained during an appearance alongside her client on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that Cole is the victim of “medical malpractice and frankly mutilation.”

“The medical system shouldn’t dictate the future of young children’s lives,” Dhillon said in a statement. “Through this legal action, we will hold the ‘professionals’ involved accountable for their deliberate choices to mutilate children and financially benefit from it without regard to the human tragedies they created.”

Cole explained to Fox News host Tucker Carlson that she was just 12 years old when she was told she could medically change her sex from female to male. From day one, she said, she was affirmed in her decision — as a child — to permanently alter her body.

She said neither she nor her parents were ever “informed of the option of psychiatric treatment or an approach that attempted to treat the underlying psychological conditions to bring about a mental state congruent with [her] biological sex.”

Furthermore, the now-detransitioned teenager said she and her parents were “falsely informed” she was at an elevated risk of committing suicide and were faced with this terrifying ultimatum: “Would you rather have a dead daughter or a live son?”

The fear-mongering questions and misleading advice has left Cole in a tragic position.

“They removed both of my breasts, and I will never have them back,” she told Carlson. “As an adult, I never will be able to breastfeed whatever children I will have. I don’t even know if — because I was put on puberty blockers and testosterone at only 13 years old — I don’t know if I’ll even be able to conceive a child naturally, because I made an adult decision as a child.”

“I’m 18 years old now and I’m, quite frankly, I’m devastated with what has happened to me,” she continued. “It’s been very hard to cope with the loss of my breasts and it’s affected other areas of my life as well. I’m really not sure about the overall picture of my reproductive health and I’ve been … the treatments have made me very sickly, actually.”

News of Cole’s lawsuit comes as lawmakers in states like Florida and Tennessee are fighting to ban clinics and hospitals from performing irrevocable transgender-related surgeries and treatments on minors. Cole’s story should help sanity prevail.

THE LIE YOU HAVE BEEN BORN IN THE WRONG BODY

Brandon Showalter, a reporter for The Christian Post, is among the most well-versed and unrelenting journalists to tackle the transgender movement, exploring the impact of puberty blockers, “disfiguring surgeries,” and the moral chaos he believes is shielding so many from the truth.

Why is he so adamant that what is going on in hospitals and Transgender Clinics is “monstrously terrible”? “Something inside me snapped, and I just thought, ‘Well, I’ve just got to dig into this and scrutinize this more deeply because this is absolutely insane,'” Showalter said. “I just remember thinking to myself, ‘They’re doing what to children!’

By what standard of medical evidence are you legitimizing the removal of healthy body parts?” he asks in the film, referring to the practice as the “worst form of child abuse.

Watch him tell his story.

What we see being played out in the world is what God told us would happen to people when they turn away from the truth of God. It is just one of the many prophesied “end times” signs.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, and malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, and ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them
.” Romans 1:24-32

GENERATION INDOCTRINATION: INSIDE THE TRANSGENDER BATTLE

In this five-part investigative podcast series, Showalter masterfully takes listeners through heartbreaking stories, expert opinions, and bewildered academics’ experiences as these individuals push back on the narratives being perpetuated and targeted at young minds.

As many Christians watch in horror, wondering how culture devolved so quickly and what’s poised to happen next, “Generation Indoctrination” gives parents and other key stakeholders the knowledge needed to understand the problem — and the path forward.

The transgender craze is growing and metastasizing in America and worldwide. Confusion is abounding. And while Western cultures celebrate and elevate gender chaos, the societal and cultural costs are quickly mounting. Satan and his demons are truly controlling what is unfolding in God’s world and the truth of what Paul told us in Ephesians is evident,

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:12

That’s why it is important enterprising journalist Brandon Showalter of The Christian Post is offering a no-holds-barred exploration of the topic in “Generation Indoctrination,” a new documentary-style podcast series aimed at exploring the roots and impact of the transgender debate.

Showalter, an intrepid reporter at the forefront of covering the movement, believes “Generation Indoctrination” will inform listeners about its origins while also helping reframe peoples’ understanding of why our cultural devolution matters and what’s truly at stake.

“From a loss of parental rights to botched and destroyed young lives, the dire impact of the transgender movement leaves little room for apathy,” Showalter said. “We’ll explore the chaotic state of our education system, the overtly sinister actions and craven cowardice of our institutions, the history of how we arrived where we are, and much more.”

“We believe this is an important topic to explore for such a time as this,” Dr. Chris Chou, CEO of The Christian Post, said of the series. “With lives and truth hanging in the balance, ‘Generation Indoctrination’ offers a restorative dose of reality desperately needed in our post-truth era.

MEDICALLY ‘TRANSING’ CHILDREN IS A MEDIA-BACKED SCANDAL, DOCTORS WARN

The Atlanta-based pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Quentin Van Meter who’s also president of the American College of Pediatricians, noted that the main tactic used by transactivists in the medical field is to classify anyone who dares to express caution or an opinion that contravenes the socially-approved narrative on these issues as narrow-minded and discriminatory. 

Medical scandals are particularly difficult to expose when academia, the corporate press, and the entertainment industry further them, according to doctors and investigative journalists raising the alarm about experimental transgender medicalization. 

The Christian Post’s new documentary-style investigative podcast series, released Friday, explains that the brewing catastrophe of transing minors has occurred with the speed that it has due to nefarious institutional pressures.

According to Dr. Andre Van Mol, a family medicine doctor in Redding, California, many are simply uninformed about the scope of the corruption and how many minors are being given hormones and undergoing trans surgeries. He recalled an endocrinology colleague, who was also from California, presenting a few years ago before a group of federal lawmakers who were also doctors and equally horrified to learn how deep the malfeasance went as he showed them details that were unearthed from an NIH research grant that was awarded to several pediatric gender clinics.

One of the doctors involved in the study had lowered the age of the cross-sex hormone cohort inclusion criteria from 13 to 8 years old. In that same presentation, to the horror of legislators who were listening who had no idea this was going on in the nation they represented, the endocrinologist also highlighted an article in JAMA Pediatrics indisputably showing that elective double mastectomies had been performed on girls as young as 13. 

“It’s just unbelievable if you didn’t know it was happening. And it shouldn’t be, and it won’t be happening long. This is all going to go down. But we don’t want to wait until it simply goes down by the weight of its scientific frailty” and low-quality scientific data, Van Mol said in the podcast.

“When the kids in the families that have gone down this path and then are devastated by it, don’t just sue the doctors and hospitals but the insurance companies, the pharmaceutical firms, the biotech companies, all the way up the chain. That’s when this thing is going to stop because it’s going to be shown that it is not the cash cow that it is now.”

He noted that the most famous study out of Sweden tracked 324 post-operative trans-identifying individuals and found that they had a 19 times higher hazard of completed suicide against population-matched controls and that the same group also had a substantially higher rate of psychiatric hospitalization. In other words, far from alleviating their distress, surgery to appear more as the opposite sex considerably worsened their lives and, in many cases, served to end it prematurely. 

Documentary filmmaker and bioethicist Jennifer Lahl of the Center for Bioethics & Culture emphasized that what is manifesting now in the medical arena is part of a much longer breakdown in medical ethics. Her documentary films. “Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender?” (2021) and “The Detransition Diaries: Saving Our Sisters,” the latter of which was released last month, scrutinize the dearth of medical ethics in trans medicalization in youth and highlight the personal stories of those who underwent the experimental protocols and wound up with regret and grave damage to their bodies. 

These medical atrocities were allowed to happen in part because of the larger shifts in medical ethics and the lack of a common ethical framework and language, she explains. The approach doctors are now taking is a move away from individual patient needs toward their various whims. They have gone from being physicians to service providers; those they are serving have gone from being patients to clients or customers, Lahl remarked of this shift.  

“I hear from medical students all that time that they have very little ethics training,” she added, noting that their medical schools are churning out technicians who rarely, if ever, ask questions about whether they ought to be doing what they are doing. 

Yet the supposed professionals that have been carrying out this experimental medicalization have been able to escape accountability in large part because of the systematic dishonesty in the corporate media.

Jennifer Bilek, an investigative journalist who blogs regularly at her Substack and at the 11thHourBlog, has extensively traced the money from the medical industry that is driving transgender ideology globally. She urges people not to be deceived by individual publications and magazines, as many are connected to corporate media conglomerates, all of which are simultaneously pushing the same message: that transgenderism is cool and a hip lifestyle.

“All of these conglomerates have a massive health platform, and so they are integrally tied to the medical-industrial complex. The medical-industrial complex is driving these identities for profit, so they are going to drive them through these media platforms,” Bilek said on the podcast. 

“They’re all sending these same messages at the same time. It’s pretty wild how it’s all connected.”

For journalist Lisa Selin Davis, a political liberal and a journalist who has been critical of how the Left and mainstream news agencies have reported on gender issues, it was disheartening to discover how left-wing publications refused to engage the substance. When left-wing people she knew started speaking to her about what seemed like right-wing conspiracies — that pharmaceutical companies were performing medical experiments on gay kids — she was befuddled but decided to investigate it further.

“What finally broke me was reading the desistance literature,” (desistance is the process by which criminality, or the individual risk for antisocial conduct, declines over the life course, generally after adolescence), Davis recalled in the podcast, recounting how she reviewed 11 studies that examined youth who were referred for gender dysphoria. All of the studies found that the vast majority of those young people grew out of their confusion after puberty, and of those who desisted, many went on to live their lives as homosexuals.

The scariest aspect for Davis is the gender identity revolution’s sinister bent toward “family abolition,” which she describes as “the idea that if your parents are unsupportive, you should reject them, that children should be removed from families that don’t wish to medically or socially transition their child.”

Satan is a liar, all his temptations are carried on by his calling evil good, and good evil, and promising freedom in sin. He is the author of all lies; whom liars resemble and obey, with whom all liars shall have their portion forever.  

AS BIDEN ADMIN PUSHES GENDER CHANGES FOR KIDS, FDA WARNS OF BRAIN SWELLING FROM PUBERTY BLOCKERS

The following information reveals a nation that has totally rejected God’s truth, values, and commandments. The government of the most powerful country in the world is putting the lives of children at risk in support of transgenderism. Read what the US Assistant Secretary of Health, who happens to be a man who identifies as a transgender woman, says about giving children puberty blockers: “life-saving, medically necessary, age-appropriate, and a critical tool for health care providers.” This is in spite of the FDA warning of dangerous side effects.

Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) — a one-time Democratic presidential contender

At least, former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) — a one-time Democratic presidential contender — is rebuking the Biden administration for its support of puberty blockers for children. Gabbard’s comments come after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning against gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRH), known commonly as puberty blockers. Gabbard stated in a video posted Sunday to her Twitter account “Unfortunately, at almost the exact same time the FDA issued this warning, Biden-Harris administration officials were making public statements actively promoting the use of puberty blockers and irreversible surgeries for kids.”

The late-July FDA warning came on the heels of contradictory comments from U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, a man who identifies as a transgender woman. As well as saying, puberty blockers for children are “life-saving, medically necessary, age-appropriate, and a critical tool for health care providers, Levine added, “when it comes to making sure kids are healthy and happy, I know how important care that affirms someone’s true identity can be.

This transgender woman is the US Assistant Secretary of Health and a pediatrician so should be aware of the FDA’s warning of the immediate dangers of puberty blockers given to children, moreover, the long-term effects are totally unknown.

The FDA warning announced earlier this month about puberty blockers known as gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (GnRH) stated that if injected into children could cause swelling of the brain, headache, blurred or loss of vision, tinnitus, dizziness, and nausea. The FDA said six cases were identified in young girls aged 5 to 12 years that had a plausible association between puberty blockers use and pseudotumor cerebri, which the Mayo Clinic identifies as the pressure inside the skull increasing for no obvious reason. The condition is also identified as idiopathic intracranial hypertension in which symptoms mimic a brain tumor. 

End times Biblical prophecies indicate that the lawlessness that we see playing out in our world is exactly what the world was like prior to God destroying all mankind with a worldwide flood. Peter warns us that in the “last days” scoffers will deliberately overlook the fact that “the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished“.

This is now the second letter that I (Peter) am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of a reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.2 Peter 3:1-7

DOCTORS & PSYCHOTHERAPISTS: BUTCHERS AND LIARS

Another great article from Jordan Peterson: Doctors & Psychotherapists: Butchers & Liars.

We are sacrificing our children on the altar of a brutal, far-Left ideology. The medical profession is crumbling in response to radical transgender activists says, Jordan Peterson. Gender is now entirely subjectively defined ignoring a person’s biology.

Please pray for the salvation of Jordan Peterson and also his daughter who has committed her life to our Lord. I am sure God has already used her to soften his heart but from some of his comments, he has not repented and surrendered his heart totally to God. Nevertheless, God is using him to speak the truth about the world’s state of depravity.

Jordan is shocked at the speed at which the world is departing from Judeo-Christian values. May he come to realise that what we are seeing unfolding is prophesied in God’s Word as preceding Jesus’ return to put things right.

Late last year pop-star Cardi B. rocked the music world with her ultra-vulgar song “WAP.” For the sake of all that is good and holy, I will not reproduce the song here.

Considering it reached number one on Billboard, we can only assume that the majority of young people have jettisoned all moral restraints, anything goes. There are now millions of people to whom nothing is sacred. Moreover, anything that has been traditionally viewed as heathen, barbaric or malevolent, is now not only open to pursuit and practice but to praise.

Those who have studied with any seriousness the phenomenon Immanuel Kant described as “das radikale Böse” (radical evil), will see in both the song and the meteoric rise of its creator, an embrace of what one philosopher called the theologia diaboli or “theology of the devil” (see F. H. Heinemann, Existentialism and the Modern Predicament, 205-214).

CONFUSION REIGNS AT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

“You-ology: A Puberty Guide for EVERY Body” is a book released by the American Academy of Pediatrics aiming “to talk about puberty in an inclusive way.” 

The cover of “You-ology: A Puberty Guide for Every Body,” published by the American Academy of Pediatrics on April 19. | American Academy of Pediatrics

Although there are chapters on the normal growing pains associated with puberty, the book includes content related to kids identifying as transgender, as well as the academy’s recommendations for those kids. 

“You-ology” uses short stories to highlight certain points. In Chapter 3, a group of boys in a boys’ locker room notices a biological female is there with them. They question why and are then accosted by the girl’s brother, who informs them that she is transgender

The chapter goes on to argue that sex isn’t related to what genitals a baby has and that it’s all about how someone identifies. Worse, the book goes on to describe how there aren’t two genders, but a whole multitude.

Other nightmarish terms the book uses to confuse children include “sperm-making bodies” to refer to boys and “baby-growing bodies” to refer to girls.  

“You-ology” revels in these sex nonspecific phrases, much like the omnipresent expression “birthing person,” with which the modern left is obsessed.  

In one section, the book advises readers against using the term “feminine hygiene” products to refer to items such as tampons or menstrual pads, and instead to use the term “period products.” 

Even then, sometimes the book’s authors get confused and forget their woke biology, claiming that “male” bodies produce sperm instead of leftists’ accepted position that men aren’t unique in doing that anymore. 

Later chapters recommend that kids who are uncomfortable with their bodies should wear binders or “tuck” their genitals. The book claims in some cases, medical intervention, including puberty blockers, is necessary. 

The left attempts to hide what it’s doing behind cutesy illustrations, but the reality is clear. Activist doctors who want to normalize gender ideology are foisting transgenderism on children. 

The consequences of this attempt to normalize the left’s radical agenda can be fatal.  

The Daily Signal reported the story of Yaeli Martinez, a 19-year-old girl who committed suicide after battling with depression, which she thought becoming transgender could solve. 

It’s not hard to imagine someone like Yaeli being exposed to this type of book and thinking that the solution to all his or her problems is to take puberty blockers, bind their breasts, and transition.  

That’s a dangerous lie that results in miserable kids and, in the worst case, broken families weeping over the bodies of their loved ones. 

Books such as “You-ology” exacerbate the issue not only by solidifying transgender ideology into the mainstream but by convincing kids that it is perfectly normal to change their bodies, often permanently, during a period of extreme emotional instability. 

Of course, kids are going to be confused about who they are during puberty. Their bodies are being shot full of new hormones, and they’re going through something completely unprecedented in their young lives.  

The solution isn’t to affirm something is wrong with the biological process. The solution is to say that puberty is tough, but boys will emerge as men and girls will emerge as women.  

That is a biological reality, and no amount of posturing by woke activist doctors will change that fact.  

The American Academy of Pediatrics should be ashamed to be producing material that is directly responsible for ruining the lives of children. 

Book review by Douglas Blair, Op-ed contributor for Christian Post.

AFFIRMING GOD’S IMAGE

Addressing the Transgender Question with Science and Scripture

This book will equip you to be able to give a wise, biblical, scientific, and practically loving response to transgenderism.

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Available as an eBook on Amazon or paperback. Also available from CMI

In it you’ll learn:

  • Scientific research around the transgender experience
  • An overview of the history of transgenderism
  • Important terminology surrounding gender issues
  • Why people pursue gender reassignment surgery, and what happens after
  • How to navigate conversations around this topic

The first step to responding well to any situation is to understand it.

Affirming God’s Image is the book I will recommend first to anyone with concerns about transgenderism. Professor Branch … urges us to show the love of Christ to people afflicted by gender dysphoria (especially including our own children and youth). But he sees great dangers in gender reassignment surgery and urges a vigorous “no” when that is suggested. He calls us to affirm the sex God has given to us at birth as a precious gift. And he presents these messages to us clearly and with grace.”—John M. Frame, retired J.D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando)

“Careful, compassionate, and faithful, this new volume from Alan Branch is required reading for pastors, counselors, families, and individuals who are struggling with gender dysphoria. Dr. Branch has waded through a sea of literature to distill an approach that calls on Christians to love those who are suffering and to serve them by sharing biblical truth about sexuality.”—C. Ben Mitchell, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University

The author J. ALAN BRANCH is professor of Christian ethics at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. He has previously served as a pastor and a chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is also the author of Born This Way? Homosexuality, Science, and the Scriptures.