The Sin of Pride

James, the half brother of Jesus, says in James 4, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Pride was the sin that Satan was guilty of when he rebelled against God and took a third of the angels with him. He wanted to be like God. Isaiah the prophet says in Isaiah 14, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning … for you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God … I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ ”

In my determination to be transgender, I was guilty of the sin of pride. I thought that I knew better than God … thought I knew what gender I should have been … thought I was wiser than God. I was so proud of my ability and skill to transform myself into an image of a woman. We can be so arrogant and haughty in our ability to “pass” as a female. I was also so proud of my knack for “reading” other transgenders. I have repented and turned from these attitudes of superiority (see the page “Repentance vs. Practicing Sin”).

The book of Proverbs speaks a great deal about the sin of pride. In Proverbs 8, God speaks through Solomon, “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.” Proverbs 11 says, “When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom. The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.” Please note here that there are two kinds of people being talked about … the “upright” or those who are righteous through Christ Jesus … and the “unfaithful” who are unbelievers. If you are “upright” you will have integrity in the new heart that Jesus gave you, and you will turn or repent of the sin of pride … because you see how awful it is in God’s sight.

The sin of pride extends so much further than our thoughts, actions and attitudes relative to the transgender lifestyle that our weak flesh is attracted to. It creeps into every area of our life that we are withholding from God … saying in effect, “I know better than You, God, what to do with my life.”

Read all of Psalm 131 and meditate on it. It is very short, but powerful. It starts, “LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty …” Pray for this.