IS CROSSGENDERED BEHAVIOR AN ALTERNATE LIFESTYLE? by Erwin Lavitt
"With a rise in the "NEW MORALITY," America is becoming more and more gender confused." - David Jeremiah. As everyone knows, transvestism and transsexuality are one in the same. The former is a straight forward perversion carried down through the ages from Pagan celebrations, while the latter is a heretical act of the utmost contempt for God carried through to a nefarious conclusion by the misdirected use of modern medical and surgical skills. Crossgendered behavior has unfortunately been with us for a very long time and was first mentioned in recorded history in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. There have certainly been many crossgendered people in our country since the early days, but the recent open flaunting of crossgendered behavior is a perversion of relatively recent development. CROSSGENDERED PEOPLE ON THE MARCH The following are just a few of the many advances of the crossgendered movement in our country today. * Tapestry, a neo-educational glossy covered magazine that actively promotes a pseudo-intellectualism of the many supposed benefits of the crossdressing lifestyle. At last count, the magazine had a circulation of over 100,000. * Ladylike, a very professionally done Cosmopolitan-like slick crossdressing magazine with full color photos that is sold all over the U.S. and Canada and is rumored to have a circulation of over a quarter million. * Hundreds and hundreds of pseudo-magazines and newsletters of all kinds promoting crossgendered behavior with distribution figures of from twenty five to a thousand readers or more. * 120 major U.S. corporations including Digital and IBM have announced they do not discriminate in firing present employees, hiring new ones, or in promoting people because they are crossgendered. * Television and movies treating crossgendered themes more and sympathetically such as "The World According to Garp," "Second Serve - the Renee Richards Story," and the television show "Night Court", in which a former male friend of Dan Fielding appeared in a cute female role. * The Metropolitan Community Church, largely made up of homosexuals and is known for it's sympathetic treatment of transsexuals, is headquartered in Los Angeles and has over 200 congregations and "mission" stations. It even sends out "missionaries" throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. * Crossgendered rights legislation is currently low level but is being sought out on an individual basis that would elevate this aberrant behavior to normalcy along with heterosexual and carefully delineated gender norms, give crossgendered people increased leverage to secure jobs on a quota basis, force the military and public schools to hire avowed crossgendered people, and to make it difficult for even church organizations to fire a crossgendered person if he or she were discovered after hiring. WHAT DOES GOD THINK OF CROSSGENDERED BEHAVIOR? In light of the growth of this movement in our country, we do well to ask what the creator thinks of these things. When God created the world, he established a fundamental distinction reflected in the human body - "male and female created he them" (Gen. 1:27; 5:2). It was God's plan for sexual and gender behavior to be in the form of man-woman union and without either changing roles or bodies. (Gen 2:24). George L. Johnson in his book "Crossgendered Behavior - A Biblical View", put this into perspectives: "Because man's gender identity is defined by God, because his orientation is ordained by God, and because his sexual activity is circumscribed within a heterosexual marriage, crossgendered behavior cannot be viewed as a mere gender preference or accidental variation within God's realm of creation (akin to left handedness). There is no natural crossgender behavior, for this is a perversion of nature. Crossgendered people are made, not born; their disorder is developed contrary to their God-given identity, and learned in opposition to the created order. WHAT SHOULD YOU THINK OF CROSSGENDERED BEHAVIOR? In light of the clear biblical teaching on crossgendered behavior, what should be our attitude and position today? Below are listed several mandates. 1. Don't be put on the defensive: We must refuse to allow the proponents of the crossgendered movement to put us on the defensive. They are the ones in the wrong, not us. 2. Don't water down what God has said: We must refrain from any attempt to reinterpret the biblical evidence in light of our present culture. Do not let present day discoveries of medical, psychiatric, psychological studies, or human wisdom destroy the only guidelines God has given us. 3. Don't accept the notion that Christianity and crossgendered behavior are compatible: We must reject totally the notion that one can be a spirit filled Christian while at the same time, exhibit any degree of crossgendered behavior. The church is called to bring back the straying sheep. We are not called to say to the straying sheep that they are okay in their wanderings and that we ordain their devious paths as alternative lifestyles. 4. Don't give up the fight against crossgendered activism and education: We must resist as Christian citizens the attempts that are being made on the local and national levels to normalize or legalize crossgendered behavior. It's not possible to give militant crossgendered people what they want without sentencing millions of youth to a lifetime of misery. It violates the moral standards of God, and is destructive to our own country, and is in opposition to the best interests of our youth. 5. Crossgendered behavior destroys normal family relationships: We must recognize the relationship between crossgendered behavior and an inadequate family home life. Through inherent human weaknesses, or lack of faith in God, parents allow crossgendered behavior to creep into the home. We must guard against this every day of our lives. 6. We must not reject crossgendered persons but reject his sin: We must reach out compassionately to all those who struggle valiantly to be free of the sin of crossgendered behavior. Like Christ, we must have compassion on the sinner while at the same time, we are condemning the sin. Romans 3:23-24. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." 1 Corinthians 6:11. "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Timothy 1:15. "This is a faithful saying and worthy all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." The hope of the crossgendered person today is the same as it was in Paul's day. Jesus can and will wash away any sin. The sin of crossgendered behavior is not a stain too deep to respond to the cleansing power of his blood. The preceding article was reproduced from the April 1990 issue of Twenty Minutes, newsletter of The XX (Twenty) Club.
Editorial : (editor's note: The following is also from the Bible!)
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, HE IS A LIAR: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 1 John 4:20 ...something our judgmental "friend" apparently forgot about!
A "FUNDAMENTAL" VIEW ON "CRUSADING" AGAINST THE TS COMMUNITY A rebuttal to the article: "Is Crossgendered Behavior an Alternate Lifestyle?" by Louise L. Raeder There is nothing new about religious "fundamentalists" attacking our community, in fact, it's an almost constant occurrence. All too often, the response within our community has been something like; "so what, that's been going on for a long time, let 'em rant and rave on, everyone knows they're a bunch of lunatics, who cares?", and quickly get off the subject and forget about the whole thing. Unfortunately the subject has not been forgotten! Not only has it not been forgotten, it has in fact escalated and we may soon be reaping the rewards of our indifference...remember the ADA of 1989?...remember U.S. Senators Armstrong, Hatch, and Helms? They didn't forget about it, did they? The term "fundamentalism" is defined as "orthodox religious beliefs based on a literal interpretation of the Bible" in Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary. The article which is the subject of this editorial contains biblical references apparently to create the impression that all the blatant hostility perpetrated against us by its author is somehow ordained by God and although anyone reading the Bible would be able to see the inconsistency between the Scriptures and the comments related to them, many have been discouraged from doing so because they have usually been taught and inundated with the concept that God doesn't love them because of the "sin" of being transsexual. They have been judged, found guilty, and punished by those who claim that they are serving God. As a result, many TSs go through life, either on a "guilt trip", or an "ego trip". In the former situation, such a person usually develops an attitude of resignation (if it was not already cultivated early in childhood) and gives up on the idea of achieving his or her goals no matter how imperative this may be, usually with tragic results. I'm sure we have all heard enough stories of suicides and attempted suicides. In the latter situation, many people as a result of "getting religion out of their system", become bitter, deceitful, hateful, vicious, devoid of love and compassion...eventually becoming just as those who perpetrated all the hatred and hostility against them in the first place. I'm sure we all know some TSs who claim to be our friends and then "stab us in the back" as soon as it's turned. They're always ready to attack anyone who is unaware of their motives, which are almost always self-centered and self-justified, after all, "nobody helped me get as far as I got, I did it all by myself, nobody helps anybody but themselves", Sound familiar? But gender dysphoria is a very difficult test for anyone of us regardless of our beliefs. It has a way of shaking the very foundations of our being, our souls if you will, and depending upon the strength of those foundations, we can either end up spiritually flat on our face...or worse! Once again, it's one of the reasons why suicide is all too common an occurrence with TSs. We really don't need any additional help at being made to feel miserable but since that, along with many other forms of malice appears to be the intention of those who have appointed themselves to exact the "wrath" and "vengeance" of God against us, it's important that we recognize what they are really doing, infecting as many as possible with nothing more than simple HATE, the CANCER OF THE SPIRIT! It first pollutes, then destroys the very substance of our total being by among other things, causing those infected to spread the disease to others. Just listen to the news, read a paper, or go outside if you don't believe it!...and as if there's not enough trouble already, we have certain groups attempting to "solve" the world's "problems" before they have even begun to solve the problem of their own hateful and judgmental policies in dealing with anything they don't understand. Yet they are the ones who claim to have all the answers to any problem and the wisdom to solve it, case in point: "As everyone knows, transvestism and transsexuality are one in the same" but there's been even more "one in the same" implications than that already; pedophiles, kleptomaniacs, pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, exhibitionists, voyeurs, and drug addicts...all stuffed into one "neat" little package along with of course, our community! If the ADA of 1989 passes Congress as currently drafted, the above statement: "As everyone knows..." can then include all of those other groups as well and it will in fact, be a true LEGAL statement!, and on the FEDERAL LEVEL! What's next..."Kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out"? There are various other hate groups such as the Aryan Brotherhood and the Ku Klux Klan who believe in exactly that concept. They also use "fundamentalism" (such as their concept of "identity") to "justify" their actions, only they're concentrating on a slightly different "crusade", this one against blacks and other "non-white" races, the same filthy business...just a different job. The article in question also has a paragraph entitled: "WHAT DOES GOD THINK OF CROSSGENDERED BEHAVIOR?" The author implies that only he knows what God thinks but then again, being presumptuous is what judging is all about and while I would never presume to tell anyone what I believe God is thinking, the Bible does have something to say about those who would have us believe that they have all the answers to the world's problems and that God has ordained that they should lead us in THEIR cause: Romans 1:22 " Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools," Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." and on the subject of judging others, what about this one: Luke 6:37 "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:" How is it that so many of these so-called "fundamentalists" always manage to forget those parts of the Bible? It would appear that they simply keep those parts that suit their purpose and throw the rest away even though the Bible thoroughly covers this practice in Revelation 22:18-19. The article in question also proceeds to tell us what we should think (as though we don't know how) and lists some MANDATES, among which are the statements that "We must not reject crossgendered persons" and "We must reach out compassionately". I wonder if the author even knows the meaning of the word, "compassion"! In a preceding paragraph entitled CROSSGENDERED PEOPLE ON THE MARCH, he expresses dismay at the possibility that we may actually have some kind of chance of obtaining civil rights and that we may one day be treated as human beings. In his list of MANDATES, he also states "Don't give up the fight against crossgendered activism and education". Does any of that sound like COMPASSION to you? Still, it's expected of you to accept this BLATANT HYPOCRISY as being ordained by God! But the most blatantly hypocritical statement of all is in MANDATE 3. which states that one cannot be a Christian and still suffer from gender dysphoria because Christianity and transsexualism are incompatible. Where in the Bible does it say anything like that? In fact, let's just have a look at what the Bible does say about the various factors involved in the article. On the subject of exceptions to those "eligible" to receive the gift of God's love: John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." On the subject of those with a "holier than thou" and self-righteous attitude telling us THEIR way to live our lives GOD'S way: Romans 3:10 "As it is written, There is NONE righteous, no, NOT ONE:" Romans 3:23 "For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God;" Isaiah 64:6 "But we are ALL as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." On the subject of hypocrisy: Isaiah 32:6 "For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the Lord, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail." Matthew 23:28 "Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." James 3:17 "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." Proverbs 11:9 "An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered." And what about the concept of gender orientation? Where in the entire Bible does it say anything about what determines a woman or a man? The author of the article in question refers to Genesis 1:27 "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." If anything, this verse should clear up any confusion about not only human gender identity and even sexuality, but God's gender as well. "male AND female" in addition to "in his own image" tells the whole story. The word "and", (sometimes called a Boolean operator) means "both" or "combined" and while many may be somewhat shocked to think that this could actually mean "within the same person", even the discoveries of medical science prove this out conclusively. Men produce estrogens within their bodies and women produce androgens in theirs. This however, should come as no wonder in view of Genesis 2:21-23 in which tissue (a rib) from Adam, the first man was used to create Eve, the first woman. The process is known in the field of biology as cloning. Thus Eve was "cloned" from Adam, indicating that both had the same components of the other, the only difference was in the relative quantities of those components. In being "of the spirit" instead of the flesh, i.e. a female spirit in a less than congruently female body, a person will experience discomfort (dysphoria) as one would with any other DISEASE and seek to correct the situation so as to become "whole". It is at this point that we begin our transition and the Bible says something about that situation too: 1 Corinthians 6:19 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" 6:20 "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God's." On the subject of "changing bodies" and getting rid of those aspects thereof which cause us pain and trouble: Matthew 5:30 "And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." God is not our enemy! In fact, one couldn't find a truer friend anywhere, period. The Bible bears witness to this and all one has to do is read it. Actually, our greatest enemy is ourselves when we fail to unite in our struggle for survival against THOSE WHO USE ANYTHING at their disposal, EVEN GOD, to attack that which THEY REFUSE TO UNDERSTAND out of fear and hatred. This is the basis of much of the so-called "fundamentalist" movement and the Bible has something to say about this entire concept of practicing "fundamentalism" as well: 2 Corinthians 3:6 "Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: FOR THE LETTER KILLETH, BUT THE SPIRIT GIVETH LIFE." Love, Louise