Summary: The subjective ever-changing cultural mores continue to creep into the church to replace the Bible as the final and absolute authority in the life of the Born-Again Christian.
Recently, the mother of a high school student told me that a few kids in the youth group said they were non-binary (also known as ENBY or NB) and were questioning the Bible about its two-gender emphasis. That disturbed me deep in my spirit which led to this message.
I started ministry decades earlier by speaking to the church about homosexuality and how to address the subject by dealing with it using the Bible from a transformative grace perspective. I was the only straight person at the initial meeting of what would become the first international outreach ministry organization to the LGBTQIAS+ community, known as “Exodus International.” Its primary mission was to offer the life-transforming message of God's love and forgiveness.
I know of thousands who the power of God’s love has transformed. Ever since then, I have been keenly aware of the LGBTQIAS+ societal needs. Sadly, decades later, sexual orientation is still a serious issue that is not directly addressed in today’s church.
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. In the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:26-27 ESV)
The Bible declares that “God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created him (Heb: 'oto' = in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self); male (Heb: 'zakar' = a biological male) and female (Heb: 'neqebah' = biological female) He created them” (v27). The verse is not a figure of speech that expresses two contrasting parts. When God created them as male and female, He did not add the words ‘for your God is neither male nor female’ or use non-binary gender pronouns.
God created human beings as only male or female with anatomical sexual differences and gave them very specific prescriptive roles for each gender (see Gen 1:1-28, 2:1-24; also Matt 19:4-6; Mark 10:6; 1 Cor 11:11; Eph 5:21–32; 1 Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; also Gen 2:1-24).
The facts are that gender is, and always has been, relevant in the Bible. Gender is essential to God. He is strong yet gentle, defends, and nurtures; He is independent and social because He is like a good father and a good mother. He created both male and female “in his image” (Gen 1:27). It reveals that humans are the only beings in the universe made in the image of the Creator of all things. The aspects of men and women equally reflect part of God’s nature.
God is not gender-neutral. He does not say anything about there being a non-binary gender. From the beginning of Creation, God made humans male and female. God chose to incorporate gender and sexuality as part of His “very good” Creation (Gen 1:31).
The cultural metaphysical term "'non-binary" is used to describe anyone whose gender is not included in the socially constructed roles of male or female. This could include dysphoria. Some may experience a more fluid sense of identity or always stay near to their way of presenting how they see themselves
Others may not identify with any gender at all. Because of this, there are so many different identities that it would be impossible to name them all. A person could be a woman who wears makeup and dresses but still identifies as non-binary. They might even use she/her pronouns. Her gender identity is more about how she sees herself and not from anyone else’s point of view.
The Bible tells us that God did not create people with a non-binary identity, or some have more than one gender, nor did He let them decide what they would be. There is no sex spectrum. Gender is an "or" proposition, not a "both/and" proposition (See Deut 22:5; Ps139:13). Throughout the Bible, the vast majority of men and women are shown living within the biology they were born with.
The human body is made up of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), a molecular chain like a computer code written in part by nucleotides with the living cells of the body. The sequence of the nucleotides, which are any of several compounds that are the basic structural units of nucleic acids, tells the cells exactly what elements they have to generate.
Mutations occur when the information contained in the DNA strand is altered, either due to external causes (elements of the environment that affect the DNA), damaging it or preventing its correct reading, or internal reasons such as biological errors during DNA duplication. The mutation is a source of diseases and disorders and is a necessary factor for living species to evolve. The Bible says this resulted from the Fall in the Garden of Eden when sin entered into the world (See Gen 3:1). It is a scientific certainty that mutations will occur.