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77 Percent of Protestant Pastors Believe it's 'Morally Wrong' to Change Genders, Poll Says

Updated: Mar 18, 2021

Christian Headlines - An overwhelming majority of evangelical pastors believe it is morally wrong for an individual to change genders, according to a new Lifeway Research survey that revealed a divide on the issue among various Protestant traditions.

The poll of 1,007 Protestant pastors found that evangelical pastors are more than twice as likely to agree that it is “morally wrong to change the gender you were born with through surgery or taking hormones.” A full 90 percent of evangelical pastors but only 37 percent of mainline pastors agreed with the statement.

Among all Protestant pastors, 77 percent believe it is morally wrong to change genders through surgery or taking hormones.

Pentecostal (96 percent) and Baptist pastors (94 percent) are the most likely to agree with the statement, followed by Christian/Church of Christ pastors (75 percent), Lutherans (69 percent), Methodists (48 percent) and Presbyterian/Reformed (49 percent).

“American culture increasingly views morality differently than historic Christianity,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of Lifeway Research. “When pastors articulate Christian teaching, it often sounds very different from the cultural narrative because it rejects a basis for morality centered on the individual.”

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