Dueteronomy 22:5 - Crossdressing
by Hal Stultz
When we approach a subject like this I realize there will be opposition to it, not only from the pew but from the pulpit as well.
For the last 40 years, pastors have been letting this sin creep into the church family. It may be to have a bigger crowd, or to keep the crowd they have. Either way, it is a compromise that has caused the average church to become apostate. Dr. Billy Kanoy told me one time, " If you get your eyes on the crowd, you will miss the Christ."
The Lord is more concerned with quality than quantity. I had a preacher ask me, "If these compromising churches are getting people saved, should we lower our standards and win them to God? Then at least they would go to Heaven." I believe without a Godly standard to see the difference between the saint and the sinner, there is no conviction of sin, no repentance of sin and therefore, no salvation. The way a person dresses reflects their heart's condition, Proverbs 23:7 "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee." Matthew 12:34-35 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things: for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things" . The way you dress shows your attitude and how you really are to others. Ezekiel 16:16 "And, of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so." Proverbs 7:10 "And behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart." Genesis 38:14-15 "And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in a open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife. When Judah saw her, he thought her to b e an harlot: because she had covered her face." Say what you will, but the way you dress affects what others think of you.
This is a very important subject to deal with. In this book, I will try to answer all arguments in defiance of this sin from a Biblical and historical prospective.
I realize that by writing this booklet, I will make enemies of some and friends of others. But when I see Christians and churches in this apostate condition, and just going through the motions of Christianity, with no power of God due to this abominable sin, it breaks my heart. My prayer is that God might use this simple booklet to help some pastors and people realize that this is a grievous sin in God's eyes and a major hindrance to the work of God.
As I endeavor to deal with this sin, I would ask you to keep an open mind and to search the Scriptures to see if these things be so. If the KJV Bible is not your rule for all matter of faith and practice, then you ought to quit reading this booklet now, because you do not believe the Bible and there is no use in wasting your time.
The Holiness of God Demands There Be a Separation of Men and Women
God's requirement for Holiness for mankind is revealed in His moral law, found in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament. II Timothy 3:16 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"
The ceremonial part of the law was for the Jew until Christ. But the moral law of God is ever binding on mankind as long as men exist. Romans 13:8-10 "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." This refers to the moral law and is speaking to the Christian.
God commands five different times for us to be Holy, because He is Holy. Leviticus 19:2, "Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy." Leviticus 20:7-26 "Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God. And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine." I Peter 1:15-16 "but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." The scriptures say eight times that God is Holy. God only has to say something one time for it to be important. So therefore, you can see the importance of holiness.
The word holy, according to Webster's 1828 dictionary, means "properly whole, entire or perfect, in a moral sense. Hence, pure in heart, temper, or dispositions; free from sin and sinful effections." (emphasis added) God's standard for holiness is found in his word which is our authority. II Timothy 3:17. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." The word moral means "relating to the practice, manners or conduct of men as social beings in relation to each other, and with reference to right and wrong. The word moral is applicable to actions that are good or evil, virtuous or vicious, and has reference to the law of God as the standard by which their character is to be determined." So God's moral law never changes and is the same in any dispensation of time.
Let's look at some of the moral laws of God. Six of the Ten Commandments found in Exodus, deal with God's moral law for man toward man. Leviticus 18 deals with the sexual conduct of mankind. Some of these sins are not dealt with in the New Testament, but are still binding today. Deuteronomy 22 contains some of the moral laws of God and some of his statutes. Proverbs 6:16-19. "These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." This deals with the moral law for attitude toward ourselves and others. In the New Testament we find moral law in Ephesians, Galatians, etc.
God commands us to be holy and we can't set our standards to suit ourselves, but must agree with what God says is holiness. God's standard of holiness and the moral law does not change. It is important to obey it whether found in the New Testament or the Old. In the day and age we live, people want a buffet style religion so they can pick and choose the standards according to their preferences. Due to this attitude, there are preachers who have itching ears and have quit preaching God's holiness because they realize the people don't want to hear it or live it. Since holiness is not being preached, people who say they are Christians live worse than lost moral people of fifty years ago.
As a general rule, when dealing with Christians about holiness, they have more problems with worldly dress than with sexual immorality. This immorality of cross dressing is just as wicked as homosexuality. They both are an abomination to God. When the Church allows this sin to creep in, how can they expect the Lord to bless their services? Now I can hear some one say, "Our people cross dress and we have a large church." The charismatics have large congregations but we know that our God is not blessing that mess.
God's Standard for Men and Women
In the 60's, the world started to make the men and women the same with the unisex clothing. Leave God out of the picture and common sense will tell you they are different and can never be the same. As a young boy growing up in the country, it didn't take me long to realize that boys and girlswere different and that two boys or two girls could not have children.
In the creation, God created a man and a woman. Now they are incomplete without each other. The husbandis the head of the wife, and the wife is the help meet for the man. Ephesians 5:23, "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body." Genesis 2:18-24. "And the LORD GOD said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD GOD formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD GOD caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD GOD had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." They both have their place, but they are not the same.
In the fall, God dealt with the man differently than the woman. The woman was deceived, not Adam.
I Timothy 2:14. "And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgres --sion." Therefore, God's judgment required the woman to be in subjection to the man, and this is a difference that has never changed no matter how politically incorrect it is.
God's perfect role for the man and woman is for the man to be the provider, and the woman to guide the house. I Timothy 5:14 "I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully." Now before you get too mad at me, you must realize that we do not live in a perfect world, and the Devil has our economy in such a mess that in some cases, it takes two to make a living. Sixty years ago, one man could work and make a living for his family. But all the taxes he paid were not more that ten percent. Now the tax rate is at least forty to fifty percent, so now one person works to pay the taxes, and the other makes the living. I must say that if the only reason a woman works is to keep up with the Jones', then she is out of the will of God. The perfect will of God would be for her to be a keeper at home.
God's Standard for the Man
God created man first and gave him the responsibility of leading his wife. Genesis 2:16 "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:" Eve did not hear God say she could not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, so it was Adam's place to tell her. We see the man is not only the spiritual leader, but is the saviour of the body also. Ephesians 5:23 "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body."
Men are to be manly. Notice the following scripture. I Samuel 4:9, "Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight." I Kings 2:2, "I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;" I Corinthians 6:9-10 "Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, not abusers of themselves with mankind. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." Today we have men running around with earrings, necklaces, bracelets, flowered Bermuda shorts, and claim to be manly. The only time I find men wearing women's jewelry, in the Bible, is when the children of Israel came out of Egypt, (a type of the world), and the Ishmaelites. Judges 8:24, "And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. For they had golden earrings, because the were Ishmaelites."
The man was instructed to wear breeches 5 times in the word of God. Exodus 28:42, "And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even into the thighs they shall reach:" Exodus 39:28, "And a mitre of fine linen, and goodly bonnets of fine linen, and linen breeches of fine twined linen," Leviticus 6:10, "And the priest shall put on his linen garment, and his linen breeches shall he put upon his flesh, and take up the ashes which the fire hath consumed with the burnt offering on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar." Leviticus 16:4, "He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on." Ezekiel 44:18. "They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat."
No where can you find a woman told to wear or wearing breeches. When the men wore a robe, (not a dress), they also wore breeches under their robe. When the man was going to do work or run he would gird up his loins. He would pull his robe up and fix it in the girdle, so it would not be in his way when he ran. 1 Kings 18:46, "And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel." With his loins girded his breeches would keep his nakedness covered. Comparing Isaiah 47:1-3 and Exodus 28:42, "Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground; there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate. Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man." Exodus 28:42, "And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach." We see that the Bible interprets nakedness being from the loins unto the thigh. The 1828 Webster's dictionary gives the following definition for the Loins: "The loins are the space on each side of the vertebrae, between the lowest of the false ribs and the upper portion of the osilium or haunch bone, or the lateral portions of the Lombard region, called also reins." The definition for thigh: "That part of men quadrupeds and fowls, which is between the leg and the trunk. The word signifies it is the thick part of the lower limbs." The definition for leg: "That part of the limb from the knee to the foot."
Now that we know the definition of the words leg, thigh, and loins, let's look again at Exodus 28:42. "And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach." The priest was to wear breeches to cover his nakedness, which is from his loins to the thigh. Now go back and look at Isaiah 47:2-3. The scripture says in verse 2; make bare the leg, uncover the thigh. Now look at verse 3. Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, not made bare. So by comparing scripture with scripture, we find that a man or woman's nakedness is from the leg, to the loins, which is the thigh, and should never be seen in public.
The man, in order to be manly must keep his hair cut short. I Corinthians 11:14,"Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?" The Jewish men were told to do two things against nature. One, be circumcised, two, cut their hair, but not to around the corners. Leviticus 19:27 "Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard." The only time he was to let his hair grow long, was when he was under a Nazarite vow and as soon as his vow was over, he was to shave his head. Absalom let his hair grow a year at a time, and became the first hippie. His rebellion about his hair also showed in his daily life. Long hair on a man is an act of rebellion against God.
Some may say what is long? When a man's hair covers that which a woman's covers, it is too long. A woman's long hair will cover the back of her neck,her ears, and forehead. So a man's hair should be consistent with his hair line. Anything longer is effeminate and rebellion.
We have come to a place in time, that men have become so vain and worldly that they are wearing make-up. They say they are not queers, but I find it hard to believe when I see a boy, or man, or whatever it is, wearing lipstick, eye make-up, bracelets, flowered Bermudas, long hair, etc.
God's Standard for the Woman
Now let us consider the woman and God's standard for her. Women have more of a problem about what other women think of them than men do. So the style influences them more than it does men. I had a woman tell me one time that women dress to impress other women more than men, and this may be so. Deuteronomy 22:5 "The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God." The women are not to wear that which pertaineth to the man. The word pertain means to have reference to, to be fitting or suitable. (American Heritage Dictionary) Any clothing that causes a woman to look manly is wrong.
The woman did not wear a girdle or breeches in the Old Testament. They wore long flowing garments. Therefore, the curvature of their bodies was not glorified!
In the New Testament, the women are instructed to dress in modest apparel. I Timothy 2:9 "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array." In other words, not strutting the flesh. She is to draw attention to the hidden man of the heart. I Peter 3:3-5 "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:" When a savedwoman puts on pants, then she is drawing attention to her sexual powers instead of Jesus, the hidden man of the heart.
Some will say; "Yeah, but pants are not really that immodest." The following is from What in the World Should I Wear? By Mrs. Cathy Corle: "A friend of mine told me that her decision to restrict her wardrobe to dresses and skirts came as a result of a ladies' class. All the arguments and reasons that could be given were unheeded until the lady who was speaking said, "Let me just demonstrate something to you." She asked the ladies in the audience to close their eyes momentarily.
She held up a large picture of a woman in an attractive, modest feminine skirt and blouse. She asked the ladies to open their eyes. Then she inquired, "What is the primary focal point to this picture? Where do your eyes first fall naturally?" The audience agreed that their eyes were first drawn to the face of the woman in the picture. She once again asked the ladies to close their eyes. When they opened their eyes, they were looking at a large poster of a woman in a sport shirt and blue jeans.
She asked, "Now, be honest with yourselves, and tell me where your eyes first fell naturally when you looked at this picture?" Many of the ladies in the crowd were surprised to find that most people's eyes first focused upon the hips and crotch area that were so vividly emphasized before they ever noticed the woman's face.
If this happened in a crowd of ladies, how much more would it be true of men? For my friend, Joetta, this was all the evidence that was needed." A preacher by the name of Sammy Allen said, "There are too many curves and cracks for a woman to wear pants."
Pants are a symbol of authority, as evidenced by the saying "I'm the one who wears the pants in the family." Sadly, most women might as well wear the pants, sincethey rule their homes anyway! Some women, who have given up their pants for Jesus' sake, have testified that when they put their pants on, they felt more powerful. God says the woman is not to usurp the authority over the man and that is not just in church. I Timothy 2:12 "But I suffer not a woman to teach, not to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." This is so from the beginning.
A woman's hair is given for a glory and covering 1Corinthians 11:15 "But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering." Women will bob their hair, put their pants on, get a job, be in subjection to another woman's husband all day, and come home and lord it over their own husband. This is wickedness in the sight of God Almighty. It is killing our families, churches, and nation. If there is not a repentance and return to Godly living and standards, then all three will become history.
The History of Cross Dressing
As we take up the history of cross dressing, let's consider II Thessalonians 2:15, "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle." and II Thessalonians 3:6, "Now we command you,brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us." Here we are told to hold fast the traditions taught by word or epistle.
The definition of the word tradition is that which is handed down from age to age by oral communication. As long as tradition is backed by the Bible, we are to go by it.
Let's look at the tradition of manner of dress down through the centuries. There will be a general trend in this dress and I am sure some will go to an exception to try to get around this. But the exception proves the rule. There are some countries where both men and women only wear a loin cloth, but this is not the norm.
In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve, male and female, not neuter. They are not the same. Never have they been, nor will they ever be. Try as they may, they can't change this fact. They can let the queers and lesbians unite, trying to show there is no difference, but it doesn't change the fact. By definition two people of the same sex can't marry. When this union is allowed it becomes an abomination to God.
Seeing we have an English Bible, KJV 1611, we need to look at the history of the English mode of dress. I started back at around 1,000 AD and came forward to about 1900 AD.The women all wore dresses that went to the floor, with a few exceptions, they started at the neck. See the pictures from the history of women at the end of this booklet. About 1900 AD, shortly after that Godless book called the Revised Standard Version was published, the dress code began to degenerate, and today there is no dress code.
I find no record of any women wearing breeches before 1850 and very few before 1900 AD.Notice from the book, "Women In Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls, and Other Renegades."
"Women in Pants" reveals a generation of women before war-era Rosie the Riveters and 1930s icons like Marlene Dietrich made trousers chic: Pioneer cowgirls wore pants to ride horses and tend their own homesteads, women dressed as men to become Civil War soldiers, college girls cross-dressed for parties and even for courting other women. Early feminists Amelia Bloomer and Elizabeth Cady Stanton also pushed for dress reform to create a more equal society, not to mention improving women's health, on which corsets wreaked havoc (years of wear severed some women's livers)".
According to Women's History About.com, cowgirls did start wearing pants, but they also wore a skirt or dress over them.
Then into the turn of the century, and legalizing of liquor, brought the downfall of morals. Dr. Peter Ruckman said if a woman will curse, she will smoke, and if she will smoke, she will drink, and if she will drink, she will do anything.
I would like to give my perspective of the pants on women in my life time. When I was a boy, women or girls did not wear pants. As a small boy growing up in the country, I remember a woman in the neighbor- hood that wore pants and the other women would say there is something weird about her, you better be careful around her. At the time I did not know what they meant, but it did seem funny to see her in pants.
The year I graduated from High School 1961, teachers or girls were not allowed to wear pants to school. Then came the rebellious 60's and anything went. Dresses to pants, to shorts, to mini skirts, anything against the morals of God and to flaunt the flesh.
I also remember when they first started trying to sell women's breeches, they put the zipper in the back. Then they could say in the advertisement, "why these are not men's clothing." This was accepted by many women due to the fact that about this time they were getting damnable TV's, and the whores in Hollywood were dressing this way. People began to accept this as normal. With the zipper in the back, it was very inconvenient, so they moved the zipper to the right side of the breeches and they could still say "This is not a man's clothing." Still inconvenient and realizing that the world had accepted the pants on women, they quietly moved the zipper to the front, and here we are. Then they became tighter and tighter, until every crack and curve of the woman's body could be seen without undressing her.
Now let's look at the history of men cross dressing. Going back through the ages to around 1,000 AD, men wore an outer garment that usually came to the knees called a robe. They also wore breeches under the robe. These long robes did not resemble the women's dress!
Let's come down to the sixties. The Beatles came over from England. Young men with voices likened to girls. Their hair covered 3/4 of the ears, down on the collar, and bangs on their forehead. Men at firstwere outraged and said their boys would never wear their hair like the Beatles. But an amazing thing happened in less than 2 years: The men were wearing their hair over their ears, and calling it a business man's hair cut.
When those men let their hair grow over their ears, the young boys let their hair grow long, just like a woman's should be. They also started wearing necklaces and calling themselves hippies.
The real long hair went out of style, but the necklaces did not. Preacher John Mitchell said, "If a man would wear a necklace, he probably had lace on his drawers."
In the late 90's, the teenage boys began to play in their mother's jewelry boxes and started wearing earrings, which is feminine. Now we have these forty year old hippies that can't grow their hair on top, but they still grow a pony tail, and wear their earrings, bracelets, make-up, and flowered Bermudas, and call themselves men. Ha Ha!
With men dressing like women and women dressing like men, the queers found it easy to come out of the closet. As the Bible says, Psalm 9:17 "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." America has become a living Hell, and I believe it's past the point of return!
One last thing before we move on to answering the arguments in defense of cross dressing. A person can come to America, or go to most foreign countries, and have no trouble determining which restroom to go into. There will be a stick figure of a person. One will have a dress on, and the other will have breeches on. Now answer me a question. If the breeches do not pertain to the man, and the dress is not a woman's garment, then how do you know which one to go in? If you can't read the language, then you must go by the picture.
If a man went into a ladies restroom, the first thing you ladies would say is, "Did you not see the picture?" If you go by these pictures and then say it doesn't matter what you wear, you are a carnal hypocrite, looking for an excuse to disobey God and flaunt your flesh!
Answering the Alibis for Cross Dressing
(I Peter 3:14-16). "But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid for their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ."
Let's look at the following alibis which I have heard!
1. What about the rest of Deuteronomy 22, why does it not apply to us?
2. I was raised by a mother who wore pants and dressed me in them. It's all I have ever known.
3. God has not convicted me.
4. Everybody else is doing it.
5. I have to wear pants where I work.
6. What about the cold weather?
7. God looks on the heart, not the outside.
8. Neither male nor female in Christ.
9. Times have changed.
10. That is in the Old Testament.
11. Men and women dressed alike for years, Old Testament.
12. Cross dressing is not a big issue.
13. You can't find a decent dress.
The first argument against the preaching of cross dressing, is what about the rest of Deuteronomy 22? If Deuteronomy 22:5 applies, why not the rest of the chapter.
Let's take a look at Deuteronomy 22:1-4. "Thou shalt not see thy brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother. And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again. In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all lost things of thy brother's, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself. Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again."
This is still in effect, instructing to be a good neighbor, and helping others. Verses 6 and 7 regard the treatment of wildlife. "If a bird's nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young: But thou shalt in any wise let the dam go and take the young to thee; that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days." Now I am not an animal rights person, but we do have a responsibility not to mistreat animals of which God gave us dominion over. Verse 8 "When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence." This is a precaution that should be taken when constructing a house or any building that the workman could fall from. OSHA will fine a contractor who does not follow these rules. In verse 9, "Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled." this law was for their survival. In those days, they used the seed from year to year for their crops. If the seeds were not kept separate, then they would cross pollinate, which results in defiled fruit, less fruit, and finally, no fruit. In these modern times in which we live, a farmer who raises crops for seed will keep crops that will cross pollinate at a minimum of one fourth mile apart, so the seeds they sell will be pure.
In verse 10, "Thou shall: not plow with an ox and an ass together." They were not to yoke the ox and the ass together because they have a different gait. When yoked together, because of the different gaits, and the ass has such badbreath the ox will begin to pull with one shoulder. This starts to rub a sore on both animals, which cause them to hold back, and as the sore gets worse, they hold back more and more until the plowing stops. In countries where these are still being used they still face this problem.
Here is the favorite verse to argue about. Verse 11, "Thou shalt not wear a garment of diver's sorts, as of woollen and linen together." First you must notice it does not say not to combine any material, just linen and wool. They argue that the clothes we wear are cotton and polyester. The reason for these two materials not being mixed in the hot climate is it would cause a blister to break out on the person wearing the garment. The following quote was written by Whitlaw "Although this precept, like the other two with which it is associated, was in all probability designed to root out some superstition, it seems to have had a further meaning. The law, it is to be observed, did not prohibit the Israelite wearing many different kinds of cloths together, but only the two specified; and the observations and researches of modern science have proved that "wool, when combined with linen, increases its power of passing off the electricity from the body. In hot climates, it brings on malignant fevers and exhausts the strength; and when passing off from the body, it meets with the heated air, inflames and excoriates like a blister:"
Verse 12 is ceremonial law for the Jews and the rest of the chapter deals with the moral conduct of men and women, and God's way of dealing with immorality.
The second argument-I was raised by a mother who wore pants. That is all I have ever known. My answer to this is, if you were raised by a drunk, is it then OK to drink? If you say no, it's not right, then why is one OK and the other not? They are both based on the word of God.
The third argument-God has not convicted me! When God says something is right or wrong, it is not a matter of conviction, it is a matter of obedience.
The fourth argument-Everybody else is doing it, are they all wrong? Here is a scripture which has helped keep me straight down through the years. Luke 16:15 "And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Anytime the majority of people are for or does a certain thing, as a rule, it is wrong. So since everybody else is doing it, it is an abomination. If the whole world believes or does one thing and the Bible says another, the Bible is right and they are wrong.
The fifth argument-I have to wear pants where I work. When we built our church, I remember two ladies put the ceiling tile in place with long dresses on, and there was no immodesty, even though they were on ladders. If you have to work, then get another job.
The sixth argument-What about winter time? Women wear pants in Florida and it is never cold there. 150 years ago, it was just as cold as it is now, and women wore dresses. Are you wimpier that they, or looking for excuses? If a woman wears a long dress, slip, and panty hose, they are warmer than a woman in pants.
The seventh argument-God looks on the heart, not the outside. Proverbs 23:7 "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee." Mark 7:21-23 "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man." If the heart is right, the outside will be right. The problem with sin in our life is a heart problem, so if the heart is right the outside will be right
The eighth argument-There is neither male nor female in Christ. The verse is Galatians 3:28. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male or female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." Now that is spiritually speaking. When a person is saved, born into God's family, placed in Christ, they do not loose their sexuality.Women still bear children, men cannot. Women are not to usurp authority over the man. I Timothy 2:12. "But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." Most women, who use this, are or want to be out of their place.
The ninth argument-Times have changed. Times have changed, but God's Word AV1611 KJV, has not changed. Sin is still sin. That, which was sin a hundred and fifty years ago, is still sin today. The plan of salvation has not changed, Hell has not changed, and neither has the Holiness of God! God says He never changes. Malachi 3:6. "For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." Tenth argument -That is Old Testament. What about the other 11 abominations found in the Book of Deuteronomy? Such as Deuteronomy 7:26, "Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing." Deuteronomy 18:10-12, "There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee." Deuteronomy 23:18, "Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these [are] abomination unto the LORD thy God." If one pertaining to the holiness of God is binding, then all that pertain to the holiness of God are binding. We have too many buffet Christians who pick the portion of scripture they want to obey and reject the ones they don't.
The New Testament goes further. I Timothy 2:9 says a woman is to dress in modest apparel. The Greek definition is a long flowing garment. Their body shape is not emphasized. The hidden man of the heart can be seen, not the sexuality of the woman. This again is why they didn't wear girdles!
Eleventh Argument - Men and women dressed alike in the Old Testament. Women were never told to wear breeches, men were. Women never wore a girdle, men did. Women wore dresses, men wore robes over breeches.
I read an article by some fool; he did not give his name, who was trying to prove that there was no Scripture prohibiting women wearing pants in a KJV Bible. If that was not dumb enough, he said men wore skirts in the Old Testament. He sighted twelve verses to prove his point. The sad thing was, he never thought to check the definition of the word skirt. Here is the definition according to the
1828 Webster Dictionary "Skirt, noun, 1. The lower and loose part of a coat or other garment, the part below the waist; as the skirt of a coat or mantle, 1Sam. 15. 2. The edge of any part of dress. 2. A woman's garment like a petticoat."
When a person uses this argument, they show their lack of knowledge of the Word of God.
Twelfth argument- Cross dressing is no big issue. It is not in the world and compromising churches. But with God it is very important. Notice God uses one verse, Genesis 1:1,"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." to tell you He created the heaven and earth, but Exodus 28:1-43 He uses forty three verses to give the details of the attire of the high priest, so He is very concerned
with how we dress. God has always made a distinction between men and women and He never changes.
Thirteenth argument- I can't find a decent dress. At the following web address or telephone number, you can find plenty of very modest dresses. I do not know these people nor do I get any monetary benefits from them, I only put this here to help you that want to dress modestly, and can't find dresses.
(Modestapparellusa.com, telephone 866/269-0907)
The Conclusion of the Whole Matter
As we close this booklet, let's look at Romans 12:1-2, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
Notice that you are to present your body a living sacrifice holy and acceptable. If you are a cross dresser, which is an abomination to God, then you are not obeying Romans 12:1-2.
We as Christians are to glorify God in our bodies. 1Corinthians 6:20, "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." Here again this is impossible if all you are doing is drawing attention to your self instead of the hidden man of the heart.1 Peter 3:1-4 "Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the Word, they also may without the Word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."
According to Romans 14:7, "For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself." What we do has an effect on others; therefore we are to set a good example before the saved and the lost.2 Corinthians 3:2, "Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:"
Has any one every come up to you, when you were a cross dresser, and asked if you were a Christian? God says in 2 Corinthians 6:18, "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." If we separate ourselves He will acknowledge us as His own, in public. That is worth more than what money can buy. If you don't separate, then you are an enemy of God. James 4:4, "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?" whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."
The older women are to teach the younger women, Titus 2:3-5, "The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.", but what are you teaching them, to cross dress or dress modestly?
What conclusions should we have come to? One: without any doubt, cross dressing is an abominable sin which God hates. Two: any Preacher who reads this and has not been preaching this truth must decide where he will stand and who he will please, God or his members. Three: if a saved man or woman loves the Lord as they should, they will agree that cross dressing is a sin. And if they have been dressing this way, they will change. Changing will not be easy because of the flesh and due to demon influence in cross dressing. But God has given you the grace and prudence to live a holy life: Ephesians 1:6-8, "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;" When you are saved, you can bear your cross, bringing your flesh into subjection. Four: those Christians, who have been dressing right, should be encouraged to know their efforts, and their persecution, has not been in vain. The Lord's blessings are upon them. Five: To the Preachers who have stood for this truth, and preached it in spite of the unpopularity, I trust that just maybe I have said something that has helped you and let you know that you are not alone.
I have never seen a cross dresser who was a soul winner. If a person wants to be a soul winner and have the power of God on their life, they must be obedient to God's word and strive to live a Holy life. Then and then only can they be an effective Christian for Jesus Christ.
One last thing, we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ. How we live here will determine our rewards at that judgment. Let us live our lives now that we may then hear, "Well done thy good and faithful servant".