Response to a Critic!

Transgenderism and Distorting Scripture!

With all of the discussion in the press, on TV, and on radio, concerning the issue of so-called “transgenderism,” I happened to run across what someone wrote in response to my earlier letter to the editor back in 2013. Here is what I found on the site. Take special note of this woman’s response.  (Note: Although she/he signs the letter with the name, “Kelli,” and since the subject has to do with identifying with the opposite sex, perhaps the writer is a male. This is unclear.]

At the end, I will respond to this woman’s (man’s?) references to my letter.

We’ve had an interesting discussion on Transgender people and God in Texas

Yes, The Ft Worth Star-Telegram has been the center of a significant debate. You really have to see it. There are a lot of transgender women in Tarrant County.

Here is the letter. Go to the link for The Responses.

On Nov. 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, Richard Hollerman ended a letter to the editor (“Gender identity”) with this sentence: “Transgenderism offends society, the world and especially God.”

Hollerman has a right to his opinion on transgender people, but he has no right to misrepresent God. The Bible contains three passages that Hollerman should read.

In Isaiah 56, God tells eunuchs: “I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters.”

In Matthew 19, Jesus explains transsexualism to his disciples, knowing there would be people like Hollerman: “For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.”

In Acts 8:26-40, Philip and the Ethiopian, God commands a Philip to travel to Gaza where along the way he encounters a eunuch who had been turned away by conservative churches in Jerusalem. Philip learned that this was a worthy man and gladly baptized him, fulfilling God’s commandment.

Mr. Hollerman, misrepresenting the Bible is offensive to society, the world and especially to God.

— Kelli Anne Busey, Arlington

Comments by Richard Hollerman

As I wrote in the quoted part of her letter, “Transgenderism offends society, the world and especially God.”  Anyone who respects what God has revealed through His Word (the Bible) will agree with me here, but there is no indication that Kelli really understands what Scripture says.

Notice especially the three references to the Bible that Kelli cites. In Isaiah 56, the reference is to a eunuch—not to transgenderism.  In Matthew, Jesus refers to a eunuch, but it is used symbolically, as a reference to one who foregoes marriage for the sake of the kingdom of God.  Again, transgenderism is not at all indicated. The third example is a reference to the Ethiopian eunuch whom Philip brought to Christ and baptized (Acts 8). Here again there is no reference to transgenderism. I suppose that the Ethiopian would be offended to assume this of him. All three are references to eunuchs! Transgenderism isn’t addressed at all here!


What does “transgendered” mean? It means, “Appearing as, wishing to be considered as, or having undergone surgery to become a member of the opposite sex” (The American Heritage College Dictionary). A “eunuch” refers to “a castrated man employed as a harem attendant or as a functionary in certain Asian courts” (Ibid.). This would be regular secular dictionaries. Even if the definition of a “eunuch” is broadened to include one who does not marry for spiritual reasons or one who has a physical defect, in no way does it refer to transgenderism!

We find it strange that “Kelli” would use such a pitiable argument to “prove” that the Bible would support a man who dresses like a woman, pretends to be a woman, or wishes that he were a woman! (The reverse is also true.)  Distorting the intention of Scripture is a serious offense against God.

Peter writes that when a person “distorts” or “twists” Scripture, he does so to his own destruction (2 Peter 3:16). It is a serious thing to use God’s Word to “prove” an untenable teaching or practice—especially one that God clearly says is sinful. It is twisting God’s own words in a way to make it say what the Holy Spirit never said. This is extremely serious!

The Scriptures in no place permits one to reject the gender that God has given to him or her and assume the opposite gender. This shows an utter disregard for God’s wise design when He created both man and woman and gave them the gender or sex that he chose (cf. Genesis 2:18, 24).

To repeat what was in my original newspaper letter, “Transgenderism offends society, the world and especially God.” All transgender persons need to repent and seek God’s forgiveness! Thankfully, by God’s grace, forgiveness is offered to the transgender individual—and to all of us as well!

Richard Hollerman

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