Podcast Episode #234
Discussion about issues related to the recent transgender bathroom controversy.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- One of the worst things you can do is to avoid or ignore difficult moral issues in your preaching.
- Sexuality and gender identity are biblical issues we must address in the church.
- We must teach on difficult moral issues with biblical clarity.
- If you haven’t gotten question on this topic from your church members yet, you will.
- Don’t make unnecessary enemies and lose your ability to speak truth into the lives of others.
- This is not an issue that is going away. It’s only picking up momentum in our culture.
- Stay true to the Bible—recognize sin as sin, but love people as well.
The five guiding principles we cover for dealing with gender identity issues are:
- Don’t ignore the issue.
- Teach with clarity, not nuance.
- Display a genuine concern for people who identify as transgender.
- Give practical advice.
- Don’t make unnecessary enemies.
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