Sunday, January 15, 2017

Gender Holiness

Your sexuality encompasses both your sex and your gender. Your sex is your inward facing sexuality: your biology, your emotional wiring, your intimate self. Your gender is your outward facing sexuality, expressed as your male or female persona, in dominion, in culture, as the whole of your being operating in contact with others.
What the church understands as “sexual holiness”, not fornicating, not lusting, being internally pure, etc… is holiness in our inward facing sexuality. Scripture though, also has what can be defined as “gender holiness”, holiness in our outward facing sexuality. Gender holiness is reflected in both the Old and New Testament. Dueteronomy 22:5 condemns cross-dressing. 1 Corinthians 6:9 condemns the “effeminate”, men operating with all or some aspect of a woman’s persona.
Any Scripture that condemns the behavior of one gender also condemns the same and similar behavior in the other gender. When Jesus condemns looking at a woman lustfully in Matthew 5:28, the condemnation applies to anyone, male or female engaged in lust or the seduction of wanting to be lusted after. So the condemnation against the “effeminate” in 1 Cor 6:9 also condemns the “butch”, the women who operate with all or some aspect of a man’s persona.
Sex and Gender holiness is about respecting the spiritual purpose of our both our inward and our outward facing sexuality, and the separate but overlapping spheres of dominion that men and women where created to occupy so that sexuality properly reflects God's Image. Cross dressing and being effeminate or butch are two ways of disrespecting the spiritual purpose of gender.

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