How Pastors Should Respond to the Gender Neutral Bathroom Controversy

June 17, 2016
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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:

  1. Don’t ignore the issue.
  2. Teach with clarity, not nuance.
  3. Display a genuine concern for people who identify as transgender.
  4. Give practical advice.
  5. Don’t make unnecessary enemies.

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