I cite from the guidelines according to which the Church of England “welcomes and encourages the unconditional affirmation of trans people, equality with all people, within the body of Christ” and even allows them to be baptised under their new name and gender:
“If a transgender person is not already baptised, then baptism itself would be the natural liturgical context for recognising and celebrating their identity in Christ and God’s love for them. Where such a person has already been baptised, the House of Bishops commends the rite of Affirmation of Baptismal Faith as the central feature of any service to recognise liturgically a person’s gender transition.
For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be a powerful moment in the service. Some trans people may not wish their former names or gender to be mentioned. It should be noted that giving or adoption of a new name has a long history in the Judeo-Christian tradition as may be evidenced from Scripture.”
Tellingly, the Church of England appeals to the widely held belief that all people, whether believers or unbelievers, are in the image of God, for the document states, “The image of God, in which we are all made, transcends gender, race, and any other characteristic.” But this is contrary to Scripture, which teaches that only believers are restored according to the image of God lost in the fall of Adam (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10).
From an article by Rev Martyn McGeown, CPRC, in the Standard Bearer, October 2019.
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty ” (2Corinthians 6:17-18).
(Jimmy Hamilton aka The Street Preacher.