Pat Robertson on Sex Change Operations: ‘I Don’t Think There’s Any Sin Associated With That’

RobertsonVIRGINIA BEACH — On his Sunday broadcast of the 700 Club, Pat Robertson shocked a number of viewers in responding to a question about those who decide to have sex change operations.

Robertson’s comments made were during the Q&A segment of the broadcast, as he was fielded the question by co-host Terry Meeuwsen.

“I work with two people who have decided that they are females,” wrote a viewer named David. “I know what the Bible says about homosexuality, but is it wrong to refer to them as females since they have had their gender status changed in the eyes of the law?”

“Why would you have to refer to them as females?” Meeuwsen asked.

“I don’t understand all that, but I think that there are men who are trapped in a woman’s body,” Robertson replied. “It’s very rare, but it’s true.”

“And they want a sex change, and that is a very permanent thing, believe me, when you have certain body parts amputated and you are shot up with various kinds of hormones,” he continued. “It’s a radical procedure.”

Robertson then proceeded to explain that he did not see sex change operations as being sinful, but that he believes there is a difference between those who have their reproductive organs altered and those who simply refer to themselves as being of the opposite sex.

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“I don’t think there’s any sin associated with that,” he said. “I don’t condemn somebody for doing that, [but] somebody who just says, ‘Well, I’m really a woman,’ I question the validity of that statement. You don’t count somebody as female unless they really are.”

Meeuwsen then commented that the viewer does not know his co-workers’ “intentions” or “their personal medical scenario.”

“It’s not for you to decide or to judge,” Robertson asserted.

While some have applauded Robertson’s statements as being “level-headed” and amicable toward those who have sought out sex change operations, others state that the 83-year-old televangelist’s response was far from Biblical.

“I don’t know what standard Mr. Robertson is using,” Dr. Paul Michael Raymond of New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy and Reformed Bible Church in Appomatox, Virginia told Christian News Network. “He’s probably trying to come up to the times, but the Scriptures are outside of time and they are relevant at all times, and we’re either going to bow to God’s word as the Divine standard of authority, or we’re going to rebel against it and create our own image and our own standard.”

He stated that to uphold the alteration of God’s creation is to insult the Creator Himself.

“If he believes that there are some men who are physiologically, hormonally men … with all the of the proper physiological and hormonal structures of a man–if he believes that they are trapped in women’s bodies, then he is denying the sovereign God’s ability to create a man [as] a man and a woman a woman,” Raymond explained. “[W]hen a man says that he is trapped in a woman’s body, and he wants to be a woman, he’s really flying in the face of providence and how God made him.”

Dr. Paul Michael Raymond

“And I do believe it is a sin,” he continued. “I believe the sin is fundamentally more than just wanting to be a woman, but I think [the issue] fundamentally is that these individuals just want to be God. They want to recreate themselves in their own idea and in their own image.”

In regard to Robertson’s assertion that the viewer was not to judge his co-workers about why they have decided to now appear feminine, Raymond said that most who claim that Christians are not to judge are inconsistent about their contention.

“We are called to judge righteous judgment,” he stated, referring to the words of Jesus in John 7:24. “If you don’t judge, then you can’t judge anything.”

“I would ask these individuals [who state that Christians should never judge], ‘Have you ever disciplined your child and told them not to touch a hot iron or not to smack their sibling?'” Raymond stated, and then added facetiously, “Well, then you’ve judged. Maybe you shouldn’t judge your child. Maybe you should have let your child do what was right in his or her own eyes, because you are not being consistent.”

He stated that those who struggle with gender identity issues need to be helped lovingly through Biblical counseling and not left to do as they please.

“[W]e’re called to minister,” Raymon explained. “We have to show them the right way like a child who says, ‘I’m going to jump off the roof because I watched the Superman movie and I think I can fly as well.’ Well, no, you’re going to get hurt if you do that. We have to show them the right way as opposed to the wrong way.”

He said that the assertion that Christians should never make a judgment in dividing right from wrong is simply a mirage to justify selective sins.

“It’s pulled out always as a convenience to excuse and not to put someone on the spot, because people like to be loved by everyone,” Raymond stated. “But at the end of the day, either we’re going to be acceptable before the throne of grace or we’re not. You can’t be everybody’s friend. You have to speak the truth.”

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  • Anthony

    The truth will set people free from every demonic spirit. GOD created male and female and it was good. satan came to change and pervert GOD’S CREATION.MEN and Woman who are born feeling that they are in the wrong bodies are being decieved by satan.these people need truth to be deliverd it’s up to the individual to accept a son of the most high GOD i don’t cast stones or judge but i do judge sin.cry aloud spare not lift up your voice like a trumpet and show my people their transgressions thus said the LORD.PRAY for these people in JESUS name

  • Eri

    This is not the first time Pat Robertson has said unBiblical things.Pat this is not about what you think.It is about the Truth.All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.Read Deuteronomy 23:5,and put two and two together.And quite leading The Lords sheep astray by what you think.Our minds even needed cleansing.
    Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? ”
    If the Gospel offends mans senses then surely the Word of God is as it it is written in Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

  • Tom Delorenzo

    I’m a born again Christian male, and I know someone who was born truly intersexed (hermaphrodite 1:99,000 births / Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome grade 3) with a genetically mixed male and female body. They didn’t chose one day to be intersexed or the opposite gender, but actually BORN that way. So lets say when this baby was born, the parents could raise the child either gender. So the parents chose what they wanted, but as the child grew up, realized they weren’t that gender that the parents chose/assigned. So they decided to get gender correcting surgery and take hormones when they were older. And now this person isn’t suicidal anymore and now, is a wonderful born again Christian, living for, and doing Gods work. You think God hates my friend? Rejects this person? Will send them to hell? This friend of mine led three people to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. How many have led to accept Christ? Tell me, where’s my friend’s sin? There is a difference between transgender and intersexed – physically and mentally, but I, personally, as a born again, straight Christian male, don’t think that diving line is that thin between transgender and intersexed. My friend looks female, sounds female and well, is female. You would never know if you ran into her. You would actually probably ask her out. God doesn’t make mistakes. If you were born with a birth defect, wouldn’t you seek surgery to correct it? I think so. It’s the same with gender issues. Show me in the Bible where it talks about transgender issues? It doesn’t. The closest it comes, it talks about the Eunuch. And it says God LOVES the eunuch “for there are eunuchs born that way and those who CHOSE to be eunuchs… etc.” MATT 19:12. It’s a medical condition people, get over it. If you are true a born again Christians, like you THINK you are, then dont judge. Live and embrace them. For how you judge, you will be judged. Oh BTW, some of you will lump transgenders and intersexed into the gay and lesbian category for some stupid reason. Don’t even go there. Two seperate issues people. Homosexuality is a sin. Changing your body isn’t. Otherwise women who get breast implants, women that have their breast removed because of breast cancer, and men who have testicular cancer that have their testicles removed should burn in hell, right? I mean, any self induced body modifications is going against God right? I have ex drug addicts and ex alcoholics at my church, I should hate them right?

    Good for you Pat. Have a nice day.