There is such a trend being pushed today for a form of transformation that can only be achieved through forced medical procedures and indoctrination of an ideology, and that transformation is indeed forced. Not just forcing others to accept those who take this route, but it is even a forcing by those individuals who choose that route for their own selves. It is a forcing of the flesh through the forcing of a mind until that mind is so forced, it becomes "seared with a hot iron." Paul addressed what apostasy--or "departing from the faith"-- looked like and how to identify fallacies--in the Body of Christ, not just the world--in his letter to Timothy. Paul's intention was to help Timothy minister a pure gospel and he couldn't minister it to others if he was walking in error himself. So, Paul guided Timothy to listen to the counsel of the Holy Spirit--who always guides you into the Truth of what the Bible says and will never guide you elsewhere! In 1 Timothy 4:1-2, Paul writes, "Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith" and why did they depart? Paul goes on to say that they departed because they gave "heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons" and the only reason this happens is when pure doctrine is not being taught or when you choose to reject it. This is "iniquity" or willful or even ignorant choices to sin that Jesus defines when dividing out the faithful from the liars, is found in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness [iniquity]!’"
When you pervert the Truth of God's Word and you seek a form of tranformation to meet a feeling or an emotion, an ache or hunger, a desire or lust, or even trying to answer a question that seems to fill you with distress on the inside. Know this, you will never find that answer without Jesus Christ. When we come to Jesus Christ and repent of our sins that the Bible so clearly defines, He begins His process of transformation by renewing our spirit and then comes to live within us through the Holy Spirit who abides in us and is with us. The key to TRUE transformation and the HEALING that comes to a battered soul or mind comes only through time spent with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Only then can we experience LASTING transformation and not a fly by night feeling! God is so gracious and kind, so merciful and always ready to receive us back into His waiting arms! Come to Him today and let Him restore your soul, let Him heal your heart, and bind your wounds! Let Him transform you into the image of Jesus Christ through this process of submission to His Guidance. God Bless!