God and the Transgender Debate
Walker, Andrew T.
“Walkers wisdom is not his own; it is the result of faithful theological, gospel and pastoral wisdom. This book is both a resource and a challenge to the church; a challenge to be compassionate, convictional and gracious communities where those suffering gender dysphoria find hope in the gospel, grace in his promises, and willing travelers for the hard journey home. It is not just a call to an orthodox anthropology; its a call for a gospel response to both sin and brokenness.”See All
Convener, PCV Church and Nation Committee
“To many of us the transgender discussions are bewildering and unsettling. Andrew Walker's short book deals well with the emotional issues and is a kind and clear lesson in how to respond with godly love and wisdom. We must see the groaning of people today as a wonderful way to introduce the groaning for "the glorious freedom" (Romans 8:21). This book will help us all to care and counsel well.”See All
Senior Minister, St Thomas North Sydney
“God and the Transgender Debate is exactly the book I have been longing for and praying that someone would write. Andrew T Walker brings biblical clarity to a minefield of complexity and controversy, and manages to boldly demolish the stronghold of radical gender ideology with gospel truth and Christlike humility. He sets out a clear pathway to help Christian leaders and all believers navigate the tricky terrain with grace, gentleness and genuine love for transgender people.”See All
Director of True Freedom Trust and author of Satisfaction Guaranteed: A Future and a Hope for Same-Sex Attracted Christians.
“Almost every day the western world's media evokes sympathy and asserts change for the plight faced by transgender people. So, as an applied theologian I am pleased this excellent book has been published. Walkers book starts as the title suggests with God first, and its biblical depth and sensitivity is well worth the price alone. Unpacking the challenge of Transgender is handled compassionately and carefully, and the closing chapters are especially important regarding the role of the church, the effect on children and the resultant tough questions that arise. A book I will certainly recommend concerning a vitally important topic.”See All
Vice Principal, Moorlands Theological College
“Andrew Walker has given us a much-needed resource for understanding the questions around transgender issues. With clarity and gentleness, he calls us back to a biblical vision of humanity, creation, and gender, and invites us to see fidelity to that vision as the most loving way we can engage with a confused world.”See All
Founder of Harbor Media; author of The Stories we Tell
“Andrew Walker writes on a tough subject with courage and compassion. This is the book Christians need to read to cut through the politically-correct noise and get to the heart of one of the most contentious issues of our time.”See All
Senior Fellow, National Review Institute
“We need an extra measure of wisdom and an extra measure of compassion in walking with people who struggle with their gender identity. Andrew Walker demonstrates the kind of wisdom and compassion we will need in the days ahead.”See All
Author of This is Our Time
“This will not be the last word on this complex experience but the authors tender application of Gods Word to our muddled lives today should make this book one of the first places to turn for Christ-like grace and truth as we seek to love all our neighbors as ourselves.”See All
Pastor of Emmanuel City Center, Bristol & Co-Founder of www.livingout.org
“One of evangelicalisms brightest young stars helps us understand how the gospel can be good news, and how the church can be a faithful community, for somebody experiencing gender dysphoria. If you are looking for a one-stop resource for responding biblically to questions about transgender and gender fluidity, look no further.”See All
Bruce Riley Ashford
Provost and Professor of Theology and Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; author of Every Square Inch
“Andrew Walker offers overdue clarity, compassion, and practical wisdom on one of the most difficult questions of our day. Along the way he demonstrates not only that we need not choose between truth and love, as we are often told, but that especially on these issues of human identity, we cannot. This is such an important book.”See All
President, the Colson Center for Christian Worldview
“The Bible says to love your neighbor and to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. How can Christians love our transgender neighbors compassionately, without compromising our faith? Andrew Walker puts us on the right path.”See All
Editor of The Resurgent
“The transgender debate is one that easily arouses passions on both sides. With gospel clarity and Christ-like compassion, Andrew Walker skilfully navigates a path between the folly of affirming transgenderism and the cruelty of dismissing the distress of those who experience gender incongruence. In so doing, he helps us to see why the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for the transgendered and how Scripture equips the church for the good work of loving the LGBTQ community. I highly commend this clear-headed and warm-hearted introduction to one of the most challenging issues of our time.”See All
Lecturer in theology, ethics and music ministry at Sydney Missionary & Bible College
“This is an extremely important book, not just in Andrew Walkers practical treatment of the tricky and confusing topic of transgenderism, but in the very truthful and compassionate way he deals with it. This is really a book about how we love the gender-dysphoric person with the full grace and glorious truth of the gospel itself. It is a uniquely beautiful and very practical book. Absolutely Must-Read material.”See All
Glenn T. Stanton
Director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family
“Christians must begin to think and speak biblically, in truth and love, about this issue. Andrew Walker has provided a steady foundation from which the church can begin to grapple with this cultural shift.”See All
Karen Swallow Prior
Author of Fierce ConvictionsThe Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
“What should Christians think and say about those who feel their gender is out of line with their biological sex? Should we accept that or silently acquiesce? Andrew Walker rightly says no, but in a compassionate manner that recognizes the psychological struggles and the suffering of people who experience alienation from themselves as God made them.”See All
Robert P. George
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
“This book puts the hand of the suffering into the hands of the Savior, and therefore, this is the book that I will put into the hands of parents struggling to know how Gods word speaks into loving a child who struggles with gender-identity issues. In addition to its loving pastoral care and biblical family guidance, this book models how to discern the times, and to respond with Christian hope.”See All
Author of Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
“Topics like this require a mixture of compassion and clarity, and Andrew Walker writes with both. This is a hugely helpful introduction to a complex, controversial and often painful subject.”See All
Pastor, author and columnist
“Walker has done what many could not. He has not only given the church a tool for greater understanding of this area, but has done so with grace, conviction, careful study and thought, and deep love for others. This is not only a timely book; its a timeless resource for anyone desiring to serve and love their neighbor as themselves.”See All
Author of Enjoy and Fear and Faith
“The post-Christian West says that we are what we think we are, not what our bodies reveal us to beand this is one of the chief challenges to Christianity today. That is why God and the Transgender Debate is so important. It is a countercultural, compassionate, must-read book.”See All
President, the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
“Andrew Walker brings a sharp mind and pastoral heart to a complex and often painful issue, and the result is a hugely helpful resource for the church today, full of wisdom, grace and truth. I recommend it highly.”See All
Speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; Editor at The Gospel Coalition
“Andrew T. Walker is one of the young bright lights in the evangelical church. Here, he helps the church both understand and compassionately respond to todays challenges on gender identity.”See All
Ryan T. Anderson
Senior Research Fellow, the Heritage Foundation
“I have been waiting for a resource that would provide me with a clear, loving, and gospel-centered analysis on the topic of gender dysphoria, and I have finally found it. This resource will be incredibly helpful in assisting the body of Christ to be a light in todays cultural climate.”See All
Jackie Hill Perry
Writer and artist
“Gender-identity questions are among the most radical of our timeand the church is not prepared. Andrew T. Walker has thought deeply about these things, and is an invaluable guide for faithful Christians walking through the heat and confusion of this debate.”See All
Author of The Benedict Option
“This book resonates with gospel clarity and gospel compassion. It will empower you to share the good news of Jesus with those who grapple with gender-identity issues. The book is smart, wise, persuasive, and practical.”See All
President, The Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
What is transgender and gender fluidity? What does God's Word actually say about these issues? How can the gospel be good news for someone experiencing gender dysphoria? How should churches respond?
This warm, faithful and careful book helps Christians understand what the Bible says about gender identity. It will help us to engage lovingly, thoughtfully and faithfully with one of the most explosive cultural discussions of our day.
If you want to learn more and love better, and are open to considering what God has to say about sex and gender, this hope-filled book is for you.
Includes a section looking at practical questions including:
- Can someone be transgender and Christian?
- Should I mind if people who are biologically the other sex are in my restroom?
- What should church leaders do if a congregation member asks for their child to be identified as the opposite gender?
- Is it true that Christian teaching is harmful and can lead to depression and higher suicide rates?
- What about people who are born intersex?