It may seem mind boggling how quickly society’s perspective on sex and gender has shifted. The progressive gender ideology itself is only a few decades old. The foundations on which this ideology is built, however, is much older and can be traced back to the Garden of Eden. God’s words are clear from the beginning from where we confess, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27 NASB). The Fall corrupted God’s creation, a corruption that has grown to its present form, but a corruption God corrects with redemption.
In a conversation Jesus had with some religious leaders of His time regarding marriage, Jesus affirmed the Genesis confession: “And He answered and said, ‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female…’” (Matthew 19:4). The very need for Jesus to remind the Jewish religious leaders of the original design in creation shows that God’s design had been broken. The break happened at an event we call The Fall. “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings” (Genesis 3:6, 7). Adam and Eve did not trust God’s plan for them. They broke trust with God by eating of the tree from which He had forbidden them to eat. With that eating came sin and its consequences.
“To the woman He said,
'I will greatly multiply
Your pain in childbirth,
In pain you will bring forth children;
Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you” (Genesis 3:16).
Not only was the relationship between God and humanity broken, the relationship between the man and the woman was also broken. God’s order for male and female was defiled.
Today, we can trace the effects of this brokenness through Charles Darwin to the contemporary denial of God’s intended created order. Darwin’s writing did not occur in a vacuum, but his notion that life is the result of an evolutionary process has greatly influenced progressive gender ideology. The world view that flows from an evolutionary creation is centered on the proposition that there is no God who has given order to creation. Without God and the order He designed, society and its architects can develop all sorts of attempts to find its own order. The proposal that has recently become vogue is that, while there may be only two biological sexes, it is not biology that determines one’s gender. In essence the concepts of sex and gender have been divorced from each other. This divorce is an attempt to create a new world order. Each individual is free to deny his or her God given reality in exchange for a lie. The Holy Spirit wrote though the Apostle Paul, “Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (Romans 1:24, 25).
The response from God’s people needs to be a return to God’s created order. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;...’ God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:26-27). God created two sexes, only two. So, God also created only two genders. Sex and gender in God’s plan are not to be separated. We are male or we are female. Male by sex is male by gender. Female by sex is female by gender. To hold any other position is to be part of the brokenness of sin, and there is only one solution to the brokenness and the consequences of sin. “…for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith” (Romans 3:22b-25a). With the crowd at the Temple who heard Peter’s sermon, we, too, need to hear, “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…” (Acts 3:19).
When God made us in His image, He made us male and female. God’s created order was corrupted by sin. The corruption has continued and grown since sin came into our world. Only the blood of Jesus can free us from our slavery to sin and its consequences. God’s law will drive us to the good news. When we hear God’s call to repent, to turn away from our sin and our desire to create our own order, God will forgive and refresh our spirits.