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Gender Identity Disorder? Part Two

Published on 05/22/09

Read the first post again to remind you of the context behind these following quotes from Jeff Johnston

But Jeff Johnston, research analyst at Focus on the Family, said the parents are being steered in the wrong direction.

“They have bought into the delusion that this young boy is a ‘girl trapped in a boy’s body," he said. "Boys are designed to grow into their true, masculine identity. When something derails that process, they need help and guidance to embrace their God-given masculinity."

Johnston also said 8 years old is much too young to make a decision to reject one’s biological sex.

“Many boys who are troubled with gender-identity disorder grow out of it,” he said. “Good parental, pastoral and therapeutic support can help.”

There are a couple of questions that we need to ask ourselves in response to Mr. Johnston’s quotes. (Disclaimer) Now this is a short story, so we don’t know if Mr. Johnston expanded on what he talked about. This is all the information I have, so that is what I am going on. If you have more information on his quotes, please email me:

  • First Question: What is it that derails God’s perfect process?
    • Sin. One thing that Mr. Johnston fails to mention is sin. This is a crucial step into understanding their “God-given masculinity”. If God is indeed one who gives good gifts (James 1:17) and masculinity is God given, which I believe it is God’s plan for each male, then “derailing” that would equal sin and in danger of the fires of Hell. It is so important to call sin sin, because God has an answer for sin. Trusting in Christ as your Savior.
  • Second Question: What is gender-identity disorder?
    • According to www.psychologytoday.com, Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is when someone has “strong feelings of identification with the opposite gender”. It also goes on to say that you have to feel this way for two years before you can be diagnosed as having GID. At least they are honest about what they think causes this…here it is. “The cause is unknown”. They go on to say that children ages 2-4 yrs. usually have GID, but then grow out of it. Why do they grow out of it? Because they realize as they get older that what they thought as a child was wrong. The recommended treatment for this disorder proposed by psychologytoday.com is counseling. They also say that surgery to change genders is also an option. They say that though it is an option it can pose serious risks, so “a better outcome is associated with the early diagnosis and treatment of this disorder.”
      • We are making a serious mistake when we give in to these “disorders” that psychologists make up. I’m not saying that ALL “disorders” are not real, but it seems that there psychologists sometimes replace “sin” with “disorder”. There is a panic disorder (not trusting the Lord), Alcoholism disorder (drunkenness), Narcissistic disorder (selfishness), and Anxiety disorder (worry).

A disorder by definition an ailment that affects the mind or the body. We as born again believers know that the minute we stop calling sin sin, there is no hope. The minute that selfishness and pride is a “Narcissistic Disorder”, we lose the hope of calling out sin. Jesus Christ died on the cross for our SINS not for the many disorders in our life (Rom. 5:8). There is hope in Jesus Christ. Call on His name for salvation (Rom. 10:9).

So, is this really a big deal? YES!

As teenagers, you need to be able to see past the psychology terminology of the day and see the sin that is in peoples’ lives. Watch the news every day or read the paper and figure out where someone did something wrong. You will see how they were “misguided” or “they had a bad relationship with their parents” which caused them to act out in this way. As soon as you are trained to do that, you will be much better at witnessing.

Parents, in speaking with your children, call sin sin. If your oldest child punches your youngest child in the face don’t just say, “Oh well he’s just a kid, he doesn’t know any better.” You need to be the one who teaches your oldest TO know better. Train your child in the way that they should go and in the end they will not depart from it.

if you would like to make a comment about these past two posts, please go to The Loft, in the forum section for a discussion.