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Friday, July 21, 2017

MILITARY GENDER REASSIGNMENT SURGERY STAYS FUNDED BY TAXPAYERS: AMERICA'S MORAL INSANITY CONTINUES APACE

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AMERICA'S MORAL INSANITY CONTINUES APACE 
 MILITARY GENDER REASSIGNMENT SURGERY STAYS FUNDED BY TAXPAYERS
(Friday Church News Notes, July 21, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - 
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:

Last week, 23 Republicans joined all of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives to defeat an amendment that would have ended Barack Obama's policy of funding "gender-reassignment" surgery for solders. The amendment was offered by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R, Mo.), who said during debate on the bill, "Military members undergoing transition surgery are non-deployable for up to 267 days. Similarly, regular hormone treatments renders individuals non-deployable into the future. It makes no sense to create soldiers who are unable to fight and win our nation's wars and unfair to non-transitioning individuals who must leave their families and deploy in their place" ("House rejects attempt to ban transgender surgery for troops," AP, Jul. 13, 2017). Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, a Marine veteran, said, "Figure out whether you're man or a woman before you join. U.S. taxpayers shouldn't have to foot the bill." This is a moral issue as well as a military readiness issue, and the fact that the Republicans can't pass something as common-sense and widely supported as this is evidence that the nation is under God's curse for its wickedness. (According to a Rasmussen poll, only 23% of Americans believe that opening the military to transgenders is right.) "As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths" (Isaiah 3:12).
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HOW CHRISTIANS SHOULD RESPOND TO THE TRANSGENDER ISSUE 
(Friday Church News Notes, July 21, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - 
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:

The following is excerpted from Dr. Peter Saunders, Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) Chief Executive, CMFblog.org.uk: "So how should Christians respond to the phenomenon of transgender? First, we need to see it through the lens of creation. The Bible is unashamedly binary. Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created man in his own image--male and female. This is perfectly consistent with what we see in nature--male and female are different--genetically, hormonally and physically. Researchers have identified 6,500 genes that are expressed differently in men and women. Next, we must appreciate that we live in a fallen world where our collective rejection of God (Genesis 3) has affected the human race at all levels--physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual--so we should expect to find conditions like intersex and transgender. People affected by these conditions are often deeply hurting and we need to treat them with the love and respect we should show to any human being made in God's image. We are all tainted by the consequences of the fall and we are all sinners in need of God's forgiveness. Third, we must not capitulate to transgender ideology. Loving people does not mean affirming their false beliefs, using their chosen names, admitting them to their chosen facilities, allowing them to compete as the opposite sex in sports events and offering them hormones and gender reassignment surgery. That is not love--it's actually a form of abuse. You might get called a transphobic bigot or worse. But the Bible, science and common sense are on your side. God created us male and female. It's really that simple. Fourth, we must grasp the gospel opportunity transgender presents. Jesus welcomed everyone but in so doing he did not endorse all their beliefs and behaviour. Rather he called them to repentance and faith--to a life of obedience enabled by the Spirit, to be transformed by the renewal of their minds (Romans 12:1-2). And he called them to find their identity not in their chosen gender, or anything else, but in him." 
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