John 7:24 and 19:34

John 7:24

This verse is used in support of transsexual Christians, and says simply:

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. (King James Version)

Of course, the rub is that “appearance” is not defined, and anyone could claim this verse validates their position.

John 19:34

This verse concerns the disposition of the body of Jesus on the cross, after he has died.

One of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out.

This verse only concerns transgender persons in that some fringe scholars interpret it to mean that Jesus is both male and female, or that he has female aspects because the church was given birth by the rushing of blood and water from his side – similar to the blood and water associated with childbirth. (Savage)

I don’t have any commentary on this other than to say it seems just a little bit of a stretch.


Savage, Helen “Changing Sex? : Transsexuality and Christian Theology” Durham Theses, Durham University, 2006. Diss, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Durham, 2006.

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