Bruce Jenner's transition into a woman named Caitlyn Jenner is an eternal issue that is an attack on the wisdom of God, according to popular hip-hop and spoken word artist Jackie Hill-Perry, a former lesbian that once suffered with gender identity issues.
Hill-Perry, 25, told Rapzilla that people in the LGBT community make sense of being able to change their body to match what they feel on the inside when God is not involved in the decision making. However, she believes making the decision to change what God has made is a prideful one.
"When God is involved, now it's a bigger deal. He created your body," she told Rapzilla. "He sovereignly allows you to be male or female, so for you to go against Him is an eternal issue. He created your body, so you don't have the right to say, 'I can do with it whatever I want.' That's the most prideful thing you can do because it's an attack on the wisdom of God."
Jenner, 65, first announced his decision to transition into a woman on a "20/20" interview in April, and introduced his new identity as Caitlyn in the July issue of Vanity Fair. The young emcee doesn't claim to know everything that the former Olympic gold medalist and reality television star who changed his name and identity to Caitlyn is going through.
However, before surrendering her life to Christ, marrying her husband and having a daughter, the Christian spoken word artist remembers struggling with her own identity when she was dating women eight years ago.
"I don't fully get it, but I get it because I dealt with gender confusion as a child and even growing up until I became a believer," Hill-Perry told Rapzilla. "I get and understand the feeling of, 'If I lived my life as somebody else, I would be happier than I am now.'"
Despite her feelings on the matter, Perry who describes herself as a "disciple" on Twitter is against the insensitivity that some critics have voiced about Jenner's.
"[Jenner] is in a place where this is real to him, and so because it's real to him, don't attack him, but come to his level, and identify places even in your own life and in your own heart where sin and wrong belief has just been okay. … I didn't see a lot of that, and I wish I could have," she said. "I just think it comes from a lack of really seeking to understand how those in the transgender community feel. I think [Christians] automatically, because they don't get it, they reject it and talk about it in a way that's just not kind."
She also feels it is important that Christians not shy away from expressing the truth of God on Jenner's decision.
"If I know the truth of God and His Word and His intention for sexuality — for femaleness and maleness — then I have the right, and, out of love, I must speak about it," Hill-Perry told Rapzilla. "If eternity is at stake, I would be so unloving to never talk about that."
The hip-hop and spoken word artist likened the situation to the biblical story of Adam and Eve found in the book of Genesis.
"It just reminds me of Genesis 3 with Eve, and Satan is saying, 'Yo, if you ate this fruit, if you departed from the will of God, you will be happier. You will be more satisfied,'" she said. "But the truth of that is, that's a lie. There's only joy in the will of God — only. Outside of that, it could be perceived joy, but it's really chasing the wind."
Through the love and understanding of Jesus, Hill-Perry believes people can find their true identities.
"In Jesus coming to the Earth, dying and resurrecting from the grave, God is creating a way for us to be restored, for us to heal from our brokenness, for us to find our true identity in Christ," she told Rapzilla. "You know how in Genesis 1-3, God is saying, 'This is good. This is good. This is good?' When we come to Jesus, in Christ, we're able to look at our bodies, see how we're made and actually look at them, with faith, and say, 'This is actually good because God says it is.'"
The Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, took to Facebook recently to share similar sentiments about Jenner's transition.
"I have news for them — changing the outside doesn't change the inside. No man-made modification can fix what's wrong with the heart," Graham wrote on Facebook. "Only God can fix the human heart. If we ask for His forgiveness and accept by faith His Son, Jesus Christ, He will wipe the slate clean."