Gender Identity and Christian Worldview
Does Scripture answer the questions of sexual identity? Is gender merely a social construct - and the Bible irrelevant to who we are?
Our current conundrum over sexual identity is a great example of how we are trying to make our own rules. Up until recently, it was clearly understood and accepted that there are two and only two genders - male and female.
You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to dsalvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
-I Timothy 1: 14 -17
Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.
This worldview statement even applies to the political realm. About one year ago, several thousand political protesters gathered in Washington DC to make their opinions heard about the results of an election that did not go their way. Now - there is nothing in Scripture that prohibits Christians from getting involved in politics. In fact, John Calvin said that the highest calling for a Christian is to go into politics - and advance the Kingdom of God through elected office.
So - the fact that Christians were at that rally is not really an issue. Christians in this country have just as much political right to protest an issue as non-Christians. We know many Christians who went.
But here are some important questions to ask about this or any other political rally that Christians might attend:
Studies in the Westminster Shorter Catechism
The Westminster Confession of Faith is perhaps the most notable expression in creedal form of the truths of the Bible. It was the work of that assembly of divines which was called together by Parliament and met in London, at Westminster Abbey, during the years 1643-1648. It was this assembly which also produced the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. The Confession and the Catechisms are used by many churches as their doctrinal standards, subordinate to the Word of God.
It can be said that few things in the course of history have had such a shaping influence in the lives of Christians as the Westminster Shorter Catechism. What is the Catechism, and where did it come from? The Westminster Shorter Catechism, consisting of a summary of Christian doctrine in 107 questions and answers, was written by the Westminster Assembly in London over 350 years ago. After being written, it was adopted immediately by the Church of Scotland and put into use. When Presbyterianism came over the Atlantic Ocean to the shores of this country, the Catechism came as well. And it has been the chief staple of instruction within Presbyterian families ever since. Throughout history, the number of children receiving their religious instruction from the Shorter Catechism has been in the millions.
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