Tithe Trans? Teen Vogue Says Christians Can ‘Atone’ for Anti-Trans Attitude

This LGBT group is asking Christians to #TitheTrans for the month of September.

By Liberty McArtor Published on September 10, 2017

There’s a group asking Christians to #TitheTrans during September. And Teen Vogue is letting its young readership know about it. 

Teen Vogue says Faithfully LGBT is a “Christian group … trying to atone for discrimination against transgender people” by other Christians. Helping people with gender dysphoria afford irreversible surgery is apparently the way to do that. 

According to Faithfully LGBT, “Christians have disparaged the bodies of trans people.” This “has contributed to a culture of violence against them.” The organization has started a campaign that calls for Christians to “put your tithe money where your beliefs are.” Where will the money go? To the Jim Collins Foundation, which helps people pay for gender reassignment surgeries. 

Other media outlets are also promoting the fundraiser, including Huffington Post and Refinery29.

Christians to Blame for Transgender Suicide Rate?

The #TitheTrans fundraising page claims bathroom legislation and biblical teaching have led to suicide and homelessness among people who identify as transgender. The culprit behind both of these things? Christians, of course.

Teen Vogue repeats this accusation. They write that “negative attitudes toward transgender people contribute to mental health issues and suicidal ideation among transgender people, as well as violence against them.” 

The Real Suicide Threat

It’s true that suicide attempts among people with gender dysphoria are common. Shockingly so. At least 40 percent of people who identify as trans have attempted suicide. Unfortunately, it’s true that many Christians have not shown the compassion these people need.

More than 60 percent of people who identify as trans have more than one mental disorder. Untreated mental illness causes 90 percent of all suicides.

But to blame bullying or “negative attitudes toward transgender people” for the suicide rate is dishonest. Just ask Walt Heyer. He identified as a trans woman for eight years. “The people do not suffer the amount of abuse that the LGBT promotes as being the reason for suicide,” he previously told The Stream.

What does contribute heavily to suicide? Mental disorders. It’s tragic; but studies show that more than 60 percent of people who identify as transgender have more than one. Many go undiagnosed. And untreated mental illness causes 90 percent of all suicides.

According to Heyer, many people who transition to the opposite gender end up losing their transgender feelings. Often that happens after they seek psychotherapy. That’s because their underlying trauma or mental illness has been dealt with.

Truth and Love

People struggling with gender dysphoria need love. They need compassion and understanding. And they need medical help. But irreversible, body-altering surgeries are not the answer.  

Christians who are committed to biblical teaching can find ways to support proper treatment and care for those in need. But they don’t have to compromise on what’s true, or fund that which is more likely to cause further harm.

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  • Andrew Mason

    That is just sick!!! Where is the concern about the culture of violence and hatred against Christians? How many car bombs, white powder envelopes, or acts of violence will it take? Or are such acts ‘righteous’? Transgender people have mental health issues. Pointing that out is not and should not be a crime. Nor should opposition to such things e.g. the mandatory indoctrination of K-12 kids, be conflated with hatred of people.

    Yes it’s unquestionably true that Christians aren’t as compassionate and righteous as Christ, but the constant attacks get rather tiresome and some of us aren’t naturally compassionate. True Jesus had His own issues to deal with – that little unpleasantness on that hill outside Jerusalem for instance, but He handled things far better than any of us ever will.

    • Patmos

      Christians are every bit as righteous as Jesus was. He died so that we may be made righteous. Just because others may try to shame you into accepting something that is clearly wrong doesn’t mean you somehow lose your righteousness. That would mean they have the power to take righteousness away, which they do not.

      • Patmos

        I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

        • Andrew Mason

          Perhaps I need to clarify? We may be deemed righteous through Christ, but that is not the same as saying we live, or are seen to live, perfect (righteous) lives. Consider righteous as being akin to citizenship. Some folk are born citizens – God is righteous, others are granted citizenship – akin to believers. See the distinction I’m trying to make?

  • Patmos

    Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy.

    Faithfully LGBT is not faithful to God.

  • Benita G Duff

    The tithes belongs to God. Redirecting for ungodly cause is well….ungodly.

  • Elizabeth Litts

    Just plain stupid!

  • Skillet Chitlins

    Atone to specifically who for precisely what?

  • JM

    Where exactly does the Bible say some people are born transgender? ”at the beginning the creator made them male and female” where does it say anything about it ”transegenderism”?

  • JM

    Where exactly does the Bible say some people are born transgender? ”at the beginning the creator made them male and female” where does it say anything about it ”transegenderism”? you’d think that if God wanted some people to be transgender that it would be mentioned in the Bible? but nope. born transgender as well as born homosexual are both hoaxes

  • tether

    Not sure how anyone can get to the place where they think it is helpful to encourage someone to mutilate their body. And I am quite sure God specified where our tithes are to go. If we want to give alms to other things that is up to us but our tithe is simply returning to God what is already His. If someone was born Indian but believed that they were actually Asian trapped in and Indian body would you suggest surgery? Or what if they believed they were actually a cat?

    In the last days many will seek teachers who will tell them what they want to hear. False teachers who have the sprit of the anti-Christ. Those who speak soothing words to lead people astray.

  • Ryan

    The people mentioned in the article are simply political pawns of the left.

    • Colorado Conservative

      In Lenin’s terms, “Useful Idiots.”

      • Ryan

        Exactly.
        East slope or West?

  • tether

    Blaming Christians for the suicides of a group of people that society has encouraged to live and believe a lie because the Christians love them enough to tell them the truth.
    The politically correct of this world are out of control. This is like blaming the police for arresting someone who is breaking the law. It’s not the law breakers fault it is the police officers fault for arresting them??? Insanity.
    It’s no different than calling illegal immigrants what they are. They are here illegally, they broke the law, they are criminals, fugitives who need to be deported back to their home lands until they take the legal steps required to enter our country.

  • JM

    What I don’t get is that there are homosexuals (the hones ones) who admit that homosexuality is a sin but yet they still continue to believe that they are born that way and that God created them that way? how? if you acknowledged that homosexuality is a sin than you would also have to admit that God did not create you homosexual. you can’t believe one and continue to believe the other. born homosexual is a lie that was created by secular society and forced on homosexuals. no one is born homosexual or transgender. people are tempted to homosexuality. no one is born in it. just like people are tempted to other sins. blame society for the suicides of these people for teaching the born that way lie. not the church who is simply following what the Bible says this subject. if society wasn’t teaching this lie there’d be way less suicides. there’d be more former homosexuals and less suicides.

  • JM

    what I don’t get is that are homosexuals (the hones ones) who admit that homosexuality is a sin but yet they still continue to believe that they are born that way and that God created them that way? how? if you acknowledged that homosexuality is a sin than you would also have to admit that God did not create you homosexual. you can’t believe one and continue to believe the other. born homosexual is a lie that was created by secular society and forced on homosexuals. no one is born homosexual or transgender. people are tempted to homosexuality. people not born in it. just like people are tempted to other sins. blame society for the suicides of these people for teaching the born that way lie. not the church who is simply following what the Bible says about this subject. you are attacking the church for something you yourself know to be true (that homosexuality is a sin) when you really should be attacking society for brainwashing you with this born homosexual lie. if society wasn’t teaching this lie there’d be way less suicides. there’d be more former homosexuals and less suicides.

  • Phillip Vivas

    They need to leave their cares and problems at the foot of the cross. Everything was paid for there, there’s no need for any surgeries.

  • Jack

    This is classic human nature. Love sin so much that you don’t want to change but instead try to ease your conscience by trying to force guilt on the ones who call sin what it is. Homosexuality is wrong from the beginning of time through eternity.

  • Colorado Conservative

    Follow the money trail. WHO is funding the group promoting TitheTrans (the group being Faithfully LGBT)? I have no idea but my bet is it is no true Christian.

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