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Transgender Ideology is Anti-Christian,
Anti-Science, and Marxist
“Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female ...” (Matthew 19:4).
True Christianity defends that which is truly feminine and masculine. It
confirms the uniqueness of both male and female, a uniqueness that
modernity is attempting to deconstruct and destroy.
True Christianity has always confessed that mankind is the creation of God, the work of His hands. To be truly human means to live according to the revelation, the way of life, instituted by our Creator God. Humanity is infused with essential nature. This nature is an existent reality established by God Himself and is shared in common by every human person.
God Himself is the creator of human nature; in Him alone does it truly
comprehend itself. (Human nature was deformed and damaged by sin but
subsequently restored and healed in Christ Jesus. Thus, when referring
to human nature I am referring to its lofty purpose as revealed and
created by God.)
Under the influence of Karl Marx, secular human ideology took a “leap”
in its evolutionary process. He distilled (together with Engels)
secularism to much of its current state. One of his major influences on
modern thought is that every social, governmental, moral, religious,
(and so forth) entity is but a structure which is the result of external
historical constructs (something akin to the evolutionary idea of
“chance”); they are simply determined by the development of conditions.
Everything - even humanity itself - is but a result of these constructs
and conditions. No essential value exists in anything; thus, nothing has
innate substance which bears elemental created meaning.
Marx taught: control the constructs and you can control and even remake
- recreate - humanity. Modern secular thought builds firmly on this
Marxist ideology: to be human means nothing, to be male means nothing,
to be female means nothing, all of these are but external constructs
which bear no intrinsic substance. This is the basic foundation of
modern gender ideology. Gender, they would say, is but an external
construct and condition which may be manipulated. Another vital
proposition of Marx was: to remake the world, the “old” constructs and
conditions need to be removed and even destroyed, God is to be
overthrown (as if possible) and man must reign in His place.
Archbishop Averky of blessed memory observes, "If man is his own
highest authority, and if he is not just man but 'man-god' - for whom
everything is permitted, for whom there are no barriers, and for whom
everything is possible - t hen, of course, all manifestations of the
passions and all the means of pleasing the flesh are lawful to him.
Serving the flesh comes first, in consequence of which one's spiritual
needs are increasingly deadened and trampled upon; finally, in order to
put the voice of the conscience living in one's spirit to an end once
and for all, the very spirit is declared nonexistent. There is no
spirit; there is only one material: the flesh, requiring satiation -
such is the foundational proposition of the new epoch" (The Struggle
Orthodox Christianity has always proclaimed that humanity has essential
value and professed that gender is quintessential to humanity and to
persons. Humanity and gender are elemental qualities of being and are
not constructs of external conditions: God is their creator.
Gender is not fluid but rather an intrinsic element of a person, either
male or female, from conception and into all eternity. Outside
conditions may warp one's understanding and use of gender (and other
things) but it can never fundamentally alter the essential reality.
Besides the very obvious and glaring biological and physical realities
of gender (one cannot alter chromosomes), Christianity teaches that
gender - male and female - was established and created by God Himself in
the very beginning. Christ Jesus Himself says, “From the beginning
[He] made them male and female” (Matt. 19:4). It is not an outside
condition but an essential and inherent reality of existence for
humanity. A person is from conception either male or female, this is
immutable. Indeed, human nature is expressed in male and female. Both
share the common nature of humanity and thus are equal (note: not
egalitarian) in essence but vary according to their definitive
expression in gender. Female is not male, and male is not female. One is
not superior to the other. Each bears a unique expression and role,
distinct from the other, within the greater common nature of humanity.
Here is God's created diversity.
Inevitably my modern secular friends will be grinding their teeth. For
them, gender has no part in a person's role or expression in society,
life, family, and so forth. They have labored hard to construct an
androgynous society, faithfully hammering out Marxist ideology. At this
point, the extremes are cast in ones face: “you think women should sit
at home knitting! You think women should not vote! You're a male
chauvinist exuding toxic masculinity!” Just wait, calm down, and keep
True Christianity defends that which is truly feminine and masculine. It
confirms the uniqueness of both male and female, a
uniqueness that modernity is attempting to deconstruct and destroy.
Women have been told that they must do everything a man does,
effectively making man the standard of woman. Not much of a victory for
women. Christianity, rather, encourages a woman to live according to her
God-given gender, to grow in its unique attributes; likewise, it
encourages a man.
Gender itself is a God-ordained icon, an image. In the beginning, God
made mankind in His image and likeness. Gender itself is a part of this
image. According to revelation, male participates in the icon of Christ
and female participates in the icon of the Church. St. Paul elaborates
this theology in Ephesians 5:22 and following. There he expounds upon
the relationship of a husband and wife. Ultimately he tells us that
marriage itself is an icon of the mysterious relationship of Christ with
His Church, “This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers
to Christ and the Church” (Eph. 5: 32).
St. Clement further says, “Now I do not suppose that you are ignorant
of the fact that the living church is the body of Christ, for the
Scripture says, 'God created them male and female.' The male is Christ;
the female is the Church … For the flesh is a copy of the Spirit. No
one, therefore, who corrupts the copy will share in the original” (2nd Clement).
The deepest spiritual mysteries and principles are interwoven into
creation by God Himself, gender not excluded. Gender itself and the
proper interaction of male and female - most of all in the divinely
instituted state of marriage - are but reflections of God's mysterious
communion with His most beloved creation, most of all in the Church.
Gender has a vast and deep significance. This is one of the reasons that
moderns are seeking to deconstruct gender, at the instigation of the
Modern gender ideology is a form of radical iconoclasm. It seeks to
destroy the God-created icon of male and female.
St. Symeon the New Theologian teaches, “This mystery is great – and
beyond great! – and so it will always be, because the same sort of
communion, and union, and intimacy, and kinship, which the woman has
with the man and the man with the woman, such – understood in a manner
adequate to God and as transcending our reason – is the relation which
the Master and Maker of all has with the Church, as with a single Woman:
blamelessly, ineffably, inseparably, and indivisibly united to her,
being and living with her as with the one whom He loves and holds dear” (On
the Mystical Life: The Ethical Discourses).
St. Symeon is clear, such things must be understood in a manner proper
to God. Clearly, gender is of the created order (which continues into
eternity) and only a reflection of a transcendent eternal reality.
God is the only uncreated and eternal One.
It is evident that Christ Jesus was incarnate as a male, thus holding
true to the icon of gender that He created. Gender is a physical image
created by God to convey eternal spiritual principles. In our
time gender has also been tragically reduced to sexual functions, but in
the Gospel view, gender is so much more. Proper sexual function is but
one of the aspects of gender. Thus, we must never sexualize the imagery
that God has established. This is difficult for modern people. The base
sexualization of gender has resulted in all sorts of problems, the
objectifying of women, an epidemic of porn addiction, the horrendous
growth of sex trafficking, all sorts of sexual perversions and misuses,
to list but some. The attempted abolition of true gender identity, male
and female, through the application of Marx's nihilistic principles is
responsible for the excessive sexual exploitation and violence of our
True Christianity empowers persons to live in and strive towards the
full beauty and potential of their God-given and created gender, which
is unique. It acknowledges that womanhood bears its own special quality
as does manhood. It never seeks to make a man of a woman or a woman of a
man (which is, of course, ultimately impossible, despite what fantasy
moderns chose to believe. One only becomes a feminized male or a
The nihilistic gender experimentation of modern secularism is nothing short of abusive. It is an ideology and nothing more, one that is being implemented forcefully without any thought of the long-term effects on society, humanity, and persons. Its message is clear: humanity is nothing, gender is nothing, you are nothing, so nothing really matters. You are but androgynous fodder to feed the nihilistic machine of the secular existence. Oh, and yes, “sexual revolution” and experimentation is a fundamental goal of secular Marxist ideology.
True Christianity proclaims that every person is created with purpose, even down
to one's very clear biological gender. The totality of the human person is
imbued with elemental divine meaning. Living within our God-given image and
purpose is what the true Christian life is about. Only within God can humanity
reach its ultimate meaning and reality.
Article published in English on: 20-9-2019.
Last update: 20-9-2019.