5 Ways Transgender Activists Are Deceiving Teens by J. LEE GRADY for Charisma News
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In April 2015 Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner announced in a TV interview, “For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman.” He explained that he had undergone gender reassignment surgery, that his new name was Caitlyn, and that he had changed his pronouns to “she” and “her.” A few weeks later Caitlyn appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair dressed in a woman’s one-piece bathing suit, instantly becoming the world’s most famous transgender person.
A lot has happened since then. Research shows that gender confusion among teenagers has increased 1,000% in the last 10 years — and it has risen 4,000% in Great Britain. And for some unexplained reason, a growing number of teenage girls are being caught up in the transgender craze. In 2016, 46% of the sex reassignment surgeries in the United States were girls “transitioning” to boys; today, that number has grown to 70%.
The alarming trend caught the attention of Abigail Shrier, a writer for the Wall Street Journal, who decided to explore the underlying causes. Her excellent book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters was published in 2020. Shrier was immediately labeled a “transphobe” by the transgender community because she raised questions about the physical and mental health of people who change their gender.
Shrier isn’t a Christian (she’s Jewish), but I’m grateful that she had the courage to tackle this issue at a time when anyone with Judeo-Christian morals is being canceled. Christians should read her book to be better equipped to address a dangerous trend that is already affecting young people who need the salvation and healing of Jesus.
When talking about Satan, the apostle Paul warned us not to be “ignorant of his schemes” (2 Cor. 2:11, NASB). If you are a parent, grandparent, pastor or youth pastor, or if you are in any way involved in discipling teenagers in your church, you can’t afford to ignore this blatant attack on the next generation. In Irreversible Damage, Shrier exposes several lies transgender activists use to promote their agenda. Here are a few of them: