Joseph Herrin (08-23-2013)
The Gender Book – Common Misconceptions
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I Corinthians 14:33
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
In this post I want to focus on another aspect of homosexuality that is a departure from the divine nature. Yahweh is a God of order. He is not the author of confusion. The entire creation must conform to the divine order, lest it descend into chaos.
The Scripture verse above is often cited, but it is beneficial to consider the context of the apostle Paul’s words. Paul was remonstrating with the believers in Corinth due to the chaotic nature of their meetings. Things were out of order. One of the ways in which this disorder manifested was that the church was abusing the gift of tongues. Many individuals were speaking in tongues at the same time, and there was no interpretation. The din of non-intelligible language was producing a chaotic environment that was benefitting no one. Paul delivered to the church specific instructions to restore order, and benefit, to the church meetings. A few verses later he states.
I Corinthians 14:40
Let all things be done decently and in order.
When the creation conforms to Yahweh’s divine order, there is peace, health, and fruitfulness. When the creation departs from the divine order there is discord, sickness, and barrenness. Many examples could be cited of the negative consequences of mankind deviating from Yahweh’s established order. Not coincidentally, many of the most poignant examples are recent, for as Satan’s influence upon this earth increases, the toxic effects of his evil schemes become more widespread. The introduction of foreign DNA into crop seed, commonly referred to as GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), is one example of mankind altering the natural arrangement of God with tragic effects.
Monsanto is one of the largest corporations involved in this effort. They have created “terminator” seeds that will not reproduce, making farmers dependent upon purchasing new seed for every crop. They have introduced pesticides into the plant’s DNA to kill insects. They have modified corn and soybean DNA to be resistant to the pesticide known as RoundUp. Monsanto, in collusion with the U.S. government, has suppressed private research into the health effects of these GMO crops, but the research that has emerged reveals that by altering the genetic structure of seeds, the plants are less nutritious, and in many instances introduce sickness, including cancers, to those who consume them. Ranchers have found that livestock that has been fed on GMO corn have developed digestion problems. Cattle have been unable to put on weight when fed GMO grains. They have increased rates of infertility, experience far more stillbirths, etc..
Adding fluoride, a toxin and carcinogen produced as industrial waste, to human drinking water is another example of man trying to “improve” on Yahweh’s divine design of the creation while producing just the opposite effect. Much has been written about the deleterious effect of vaccines. Injecting humans with viral material, heavy metals, and other toxins, as well as using aborted fetal cells to produce the vaccines, has introduced an array of health problems that far outweigh any claimed benefit that has been derived from the vaccines. Because the world media, and national governments, are controlled by a global corporatocracy, the news about the negative impact of tampering with God’s creation order is suppressed, while false claims of great benefit are fed to the populace. The situation is no different when it comes to the promotion of homosexuality.
The image at the top of this post is taken from a publication titled The Gender Book. The publication is available online as a PDF file to be read, printed, and shared with others, and will soon be available as a paperback book. It is intended to be used as a primer to educate people on the subject of human gender.
The author begins his book with the statement:
One of the first things to do was to unpack a lot of inherited beliefs about gender and examine them for myself.
The writer, a man who identifies with the female gender, lists some of these “inherited beliefs,” while sharing his views on them. They include the following:
Gender is obvious.
Nope! The only way to be sure you know how a person identifies is to ask them.
Gender is the same as sex.
No Way! Maybe it matches for you, but not everyone feels that way. The short answer is that sex lives between your legs, while gender lives in between your ears.
Gender is static.
Nope! Gender can change over the course of your life.
There are only two genders.
This misconception is so common, it has its own name – gender binary. Actually, there are at least as many genders as there are cultures, and lots of more helpful ways to think of them than merely masculine and feminine.
The bottom of the page includes the following thought summary.
So if we throw out those assumptions that don’t work, what’s left? It seems clear to me that gender isn’t biology, it isn’t your sexuality, it isn’t always obvious, it isn’t how you were raised or what surgeries you can afford, it isn’t static, and it isn’t how others see you. Gender is simply how you see yourself.
These words describe well the philosophy of Satan regarding the sexes. You cannot tell what gender a person is by looking at them. You cannot even tell what a person’s gender is if you know their sex, and which reproductive organs they have. A person’s gender is not established at birth. It can change throughout their life. Satan would have us to believe that gender is as transitive as the wayward thoughts of man.
People of God, this is foolishness. It is disorder. It is chaos. Such statements stand in stark opposition to the declaration of the Creator.
And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
There are NOT unlimited genders. There are only two genders. They are male and female; masculine and feminine; man and woman. In this same book the author shares the following.
In The Gender Book, the term transgender is defined as “any individual whose identity crosses over or challenges their society’s traditional gender roles or expressions.” Satan would declare deviancy to be normal. Yahweh has not created any men in the bodies of women, nor women in the bodies of men. Nor is the sex of an individual indeterminate until they reach maturity and “choose” which gender that wish to identify with. Yahweh declares:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you…”
The prophet Isaiah stated:
Yahweh called Me from the womb; From the body of My mother He named Me.
Yahweh created males with male bodies, and females with female bodies. Gender and sex are one and the same. Many have sought to sow confusion into the subject of gender identity by mentioning that there are some people who are born with indistinct gender. The sex organs of a small number of individuals are not properly formed at birth. The number of people born with this condition is less than .005 percent.
Because of the presence of sin in the world, there are individuals who come from the womb with deformities. Some have physical deformities, and some are mentally handicapped. We clearly recognize such individuals as exceptional. They are not the NORM. A person may be born without arms, but this does not mean that Yahweh’s norm for mankind is to not have arms. To argue that it is normal for men and women to be gender confused because a small number of individuals are born with deformities to their reproductive organs is akin to saying that there is no such thing as normal eyesight because some people are born with visual impairment, or there is not such thing as normal hearing because some individuals are born deaf. We recognize blindness, and deafness, or impairments to sight and hearing, as being abnormal, and corrective measures are taken to restore the normal function if possible. There is no difference in how humanity should treat those born with abnormalities to their reproductive organs.
Yahweh created mankind as male and female. He gave instructions to mankind to guard these gender distinctions. Yahweh commanded His people to not allow confusion to enter into the distinctiveness of the sexes. Yahweh intends for men to behave and appear as men. He intends for women to behave and appear as women.
A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to Yahweh your God.
The Gender Book contains the following pages.
As a crossdresser, I have a true gender gift, the ability to live and relate comfortably in both the masculine and feminine worlds. That is how I chose my femme name, which means “gift from God.”
The best word to describe that which is presented here is “confusion.” God does not “gift” any individual to relate to the world as masculine and feminine. He has created some to relate to the wold as men, and some to relate to the world as women. In this sinful world there are men and women who deviate from Yahweh’s design for humanity. Christ came to restore all mankind to Yahweh’s divine order.
I Corinthians 6:10-11
Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals…, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Yahshua Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
Last week I was sent a link to an article about a newsman who announced that his gender identity was that of a woman. He began to dress in women’s clothes, wear a woman’s wig, and began hormone therapy. Three months later he claimed to have experienced a bizarre bout of amnesia where he reverted back to his male identity and could no longer even remember living as a woman.
I’m a guy again! ABC newsman who switched genders wants to switch back
By TARA PALMERI
Posted: August 6, 2013
He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.”
ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn.
But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don.
“I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing me up in a wig and bra and making fake ID’s with the name ‘Dawn’ on it. Seriously,” Ennis wrote in a memo he posted to the newsroom bulletin board Friday, explaining his shock after he woke up from what he called a “transient global amnesia” last month…
“It became obvious this was not the case once I took off the bra — and discovered two reasons I was wearing one,” he said, referring to his hormone-induced breasts.
“I thought it was 1999… and I was sure… that I was a man,” Ennis said in the e-mail titled “Not Reportable, Very Confirmed.”
“Fortunately, my memories of the last 14 years have since returned. But what did not return was my identity as Dawn,” said Ennis, who had been wearing lipstick, skirts and heels.
“I am writing to let you know I’m changing my name . . . to Don Ennis. That will be my name again, now and forever. And it appears I’m not transgender after all.
“I have retained the much different mind-set I had in 1999: I am now totally, completely, unabashedly male in my mind, despite my physical attributes,” he said.
“I’m asking all of you who accepted me as a transgender to now understand: I was misdiagnosed.
“I am already using the men’s room and dressing accordingly,” he noted.
“It’s so odd to be experiencing this from the other side; as recently as last Friday, I felt I was indeed a woman, in my mind, body and soul…
“Even though I will not wear the wig or the makeup or the skirts again, I promise to remain a strong straight ally, a supporter of diversity and an advocate for equal rights and other LGBT issues including same-sex marriage.”
Ennis had previously told friends that he suspected his sex mix-up happened because his mother gave him female hormones as a child that made him look and sound young to prolong a bit-part acting career, but he ended up developing breasts and started thinking he was a woman.
He explained he had gone to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md., for testing last month to understand why his mind and body changed from male to female. He said he learned it was a hormone imbalance that could be fixed.
A week after he was discharged, his wife rushed him back to the hospital because he thought he was having a seizure and was experiencing a “drastic loss of memory.”
Don added that he now feels “fantastic” as a man again.
And he said he hopes that with the hormone treatment and surgery, things will only get better.
Despite his short stint as a woman he told colleagues in the letter that he promises to remain “a strong straight ally and a supporter of diversity and an advocate for equal rights and other LGBT issues including same sex marriage.”
He plans to change the gender and name on his driver’s license, work ID and e-mail.
He called his three-month odyssey into the world of women “a tremendous gift…”
Does not the word “confusion” trumpet forth as one reads the article above? What is described is bizarre, aberrant, and, if I am not mistaken, Don Ennis’ account is also very disingenuous. I find the account of being stricken with transient global amnesia very convenient. After all, he spent the previous three months sharing the women’s bathroom with his female co-workers. I suspect some of them might have husbands who would not be too thrilled to hear that Don was “mistaken” about being a woman.
Stories such as this reveal the moral confusion that results when mankind departs from an identification of the natural order of God’s creation. Yesterday it was reported that U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, recently sentenced to 35 years in a military prison for exposing government secrets, has declared that he is transgender. He wants to serve his time in prison as a woman and has asked to be called Chelsea Manning.
It was reported that Manning experienced gender identity confusion prior to committing his crimes. The media has been publishing a photo of Bradley Manning in a woman’s wig, and wearing women’s clothing.
This announcement has far reaching implications for both the military and civilian prison systems. Manning was assigned to prison at Fort Leavenworth. This is a male only facility. If the government acknowledges the gender he identifies with, he will have to be transferred to the Army’s women’s prison in San Diego. He would likely share a cell, bathroom and shower facilities with women.
It is not hard to imagine some alternative motives for his seeking this reassignment. Manning has suffered much abuse at the hands of his military prison guards already, including being forced to stand naked in front of prison staff, and to be kept in a cell with no clothing, or bedding, on the pretense that he might try to injure himself. As he is facing the next 35 years in prison, he may well believe he would be better off in a facility that houses women. How many more male prisoners might take the same tack for similar reasons, or even to have contact with female prisoners?
One fact that is revealed in the bizarre story of news editor Don Ellis is that therapists have no way to tell whether a person is truly a transsexual. The only thing they have to go by is the individual’s testimony. If a man says they see themselves as female, or a female states that she sees herself as male, the therapist must take the person’s word on the matter. Indeed, laws are now being passed that would bar a counselor or therapist from trying to dissuade an individual from such a view.
The entire prison system could soon be filled with added confusion, and increased moral debauchery, as men are assigned to women’s prisons and vice versa. California recently passed a law requiring that public school students be permitted to use whatever gender’s facilities they identify with. This means boys may go into the girl’s restrooms, dressing rooms, and showers, and girls into the boy’s. It takes little imagination to perceive that this will soon become the law for all citizens of the state of California, including those in prison. It is, after all, being trumpeted as a human right.
As tragic as it is to see society falling into such debauchery, and to realize that children are going to be subjected to increased sexual confusion and trauma, it is also disheartening to observe so many Christians who are being swept along on this tide of deceit. Many have bought into the lie that Christians are to not judge, but are to love without criticism, and to embrace even the most deviant behaviors as acceptable. For those who are confused about the subject of judging, I recommend the writing titled The Issue of Judging.
One of the foundational errors committed by the author of The Gender Book, is that gender is determined by you. He states that gender is “how you see yourself.” This is a humanistic viewpoint, where the judgment and thoughts of man supercede all others. A correct view of gender is that it is who God declares you to be. Yahweh does not place male souls in female bodies, or vice versa. Yahweh is not the author of confusion. If you were born with a female body, your gender is female. If you were born with a male body, your gender is male.
Let God be found true, though every man be found a liar…
Yahweh declared, “Let us create man in our image, after our likeness.” Yahweh does not change. He is not male one day, and female the next. When Yahweh took on human form to demonstrate to the world His image and likeness, He appeared in the form of a man. Yahshua is called the SON of God. He was born in a male body, and He lived His life as a man. There was never any deviation from this identity.
Yahshua Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.
The world has fallen under the influence of the great deceiver. When men say they are women, and women say they are men, they are deceived, rebellious, or both. It is a deceit of the enemy that leads humanity to believe that they can choose their own gender. There is pride evidenced in such words and actions, for men and women are attempting to re-create themselves according to their own thoughts and desires. They are rejecting the identity assigned to them by their Creator, and assigning themselves a new identity.
When Yahweh created each individual He had a specific plan for them. Our lives know peace when we are in harmony with Yahweh’s design for our life. We are most healthy and fruitful when we conform to His design for our lives. To deviate from that design is to resign oneself to confusion. The last thing we read about the men of Sodom before Yahweh destroyed the city with fire, is that they were struck with blindness and confusion.
But [the men of Sodom] said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came in to live here temporarily, and now he presumes to be our judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them. So they rushed at and pressed violently against Lot and came close to breaking down the door.” But the men [the angels] reached out and pulled Lot into the house to them and shut the door after him. And they struck the men who were at the door of the house with blindness [which dazed them with confusion], from the youths to the old men, so that they wearied themselves groping to find the door.
Surely Yahweh does all things by design. In striking the men of Sodom with blindness He was demonstrating that their lust had blinded them. In causing them to be struck with confusion, He was revealing the disorder in their lives that had lowered them to the state of senseless beasts. Homosexuality was then, and is today, a departure from the character and nature of God.
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