YHVH established from the beginning a distinction between the sexes. He created the male and female with distinctive natures and functions, which are to be maintained and preserved. Cross-dressing is a violation of Scripture. It is inappropriate for men and women to wear each other’s garments. Yahveh detests that which makes a woman masculine or a man effeminate. Satan has made every attempt to remove the distinction that YHVH has established.
The unisex movement of our day has brought much confusion and corruption in our society. Cross-dressing did not begin in the kahal of Yeshua HaMashiach. Cross-dressing has its origin among the heathen in their worship of their gods. It is also practiced and promoted in the sodomite community.
Before we actually take a look at Deuteronomy 22:5, let’s consider the context. Many would object to our use of an Old Testament passage on the subject of clothing, but of thirty verses in this chapter, only three could possibly be questionable as to whether they would apply to the “church”. Praise Yahveh as Torah Observant Followers of Yeshua we look to glean from all of the Torah that applies to us, not looking to throw out any that we should observe.The majority of the chapter is showing how our relationship should be to our neighbor, marriage, adultery and rape.Now, back to verse five. Nowhere in the New Brit Chadasha did YAHVEH change this truth.
“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 word “abomination” “toevah” is found several times in the Tanakh and Brit Chadasha. It means that which is disgusting, detestable, hateful or vile. In other words, it is that which makes sick. YAHVEH has not changed, that which was an abomination three thousand years ago is still an abomination today. In the Bible, once something is an abomination, it is always an abomination. In Leviticus 18:22, sodomy is considered an abomination; idolatry is an abomination, (Deuteronomy 7:25), witchcraft is an abomination (Deuteronomy 18:9-14), and according to Revelation 17:5, mystery Babylon, the great whore is an abomination. According to the text, Deuteronomy 22:5, anyone who wears clothes that pertaineth (resembleth) to the opposite sex is an abomination. The subject is serious business with YAHVEH and should command our attention.
Deuteronomy 22:5 reveals the fact that men and women’s outer garments in Bible times were not identical. Breeches were men’s apparel that cover the legs, at least below the knees. Every time breeches are mentioned in the Bible they refer to men’s garments.
The phrase “gird up thy loins” is never mentioned concerning a woman (Job 38:3, 40:7, I Kings 18:46, John 13:4). The man’s garment could be gathered up and girded about the waist to allow more freedom for walking, running or battle. A woman’s garment resembled floor length dresses which did not accent the figure. These garments were very modest when bending over or working. The woman’s garment would resemble a robe.
In I Timothy 2:9, the word “apparel” is used in reference to a woman’s garment, “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.”
The Greek word for apparel here is “katastole”, which means as we have already stated, “a long floor length garment.” Not only is there a clear distinction between the sexes in their dress, but a difference in many other areas also.
In I Corinthians 11:14-15, there is to be a difference in the length of hair. The text says that even nature teaches us that there is a difference between a man and a woman. She is called the weaker vessel in I Peter 3:7. There is a clear distinction in size, strength, looks, voice and many other areas. The facial hair (beard) on a man is clearly another difference between the sexes.
The unisex movement of our day is breaking down the distinction between the sexes. Cross-dressing is promoting the sodomite agenda and the unisex society that will line up with the Antichrist’s kingdom. Many transvestites parade around in public dressed as a woman. You might be shocked at how many Sodomite fashion designers are in the clothing business today. Again, sodomy and idolatry have always gone hand in hand with cross-dressing.
The term used much is androgynous, androgynous fashion, androgynous models
(check link here ), a look at the definition of this word should open up the agenda at play behind it:
being both male and female; hermaphroditic.
having both masculine and feminine characteristics.
having an ambiguous sexual identity.
neither clearly masculine nor clearly feminine in appearance: the androgynous look of many rock stars.
Botany . having staminate and pistillate flowers in the same inflorescence.
So its clear to see that we live at the thin end of the wedge, the blurring of the boundaries over the years has lead to a place where the idea of having a sexually ambiguous identity is en vogue…..Toevah…
One example of the close association between sodomy and cross-dressing is seen in the following information:
“Virginia Mollenknott, a lesbian, was a consultant for the New International Version of the Bible in the 1970’s. The word sodomite does not appear in the translation at all. She has often bragged about her lesbianism. In 2001, she published Omnigender. In this book she describes her aversion to wearing dresses. She said, “I feel myself to be female all right, but masculine at the same time, so that dresses and skirts feel rather ridiculous. . . and this despite the fact that as a child I was not allowed to wear overalls, shorts, or pants. . . One of the greatest benefits of coming out publicly as a lesbian was that I could go through my closet and give away all my dresses and skirts except for a few Gertrude Sten-ish floor-length skirts that somehow seemed less of an affront to my nature.” You will notice that she admits that dresses are feminine and that pants are masculine.
Pants on women have not become outdated like most fashions, proving it to be Satan’s favorite sin. Pants have always symbolized man’s authority. Even the world knows this truth. Just look on a bathroom door in our public bathrooms. One side will have a figure with a dress and the other pants. The church years ago would not have tolerated cross-dressing. Even Ethel Traphagen, a fashion designer who promoted the wearing of slacks among women around 1915, in later years, said she was sorry she ever suggested such a fashion. In one hundred years (1900’s) our entire nation was revolutionized in the area of dress.”
The very fact that the world loves and promotes cross-dressing between the sexes should bring caution to the “Christian”. If our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, then we should not defile it with wearing that which is called an abomination.We live in times where we view our faith and external expression of faith through a culturally inculcated lens, we need to wipe the accumulated build of cultural grime and view it once more as it was presented.
Reading this may or may not make you feel uncomfortable, but that is what the worlds agenda has done to us as believers, we have been bombarded with non biblical modes and methods for so long we have assimilated to the culture we live in, and even make excuses for it. We are commanded to learn not the “way of the heathen” and the command to dress modestly and gender appropriately really flies in the face of our societal “norms”?! I used to love my jeans and my lovely long hair hanging loose, but through study, prayer and the Ruach, Yeshua has led me to appreciate that we are called to be a physical witness, Torah is a whole life proposition, it guides us in how we dress, eat, raise our children, how we celebrate. We lose our lives (our culturally accepted ways included) and find it in following Yeshua.
Beards, tzitzits, headcoverings, modesty, kosher, all this things are prescriptions for living by Yahveh for our good, in spite of the pressure and noise of the context we live in.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
and your ways are not my ways,” says YAHVEH. Isaiah 55:8
” And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be His peculiar people, as He hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all His commandments,”
“In turn Adonai is agreeing today that you are his own unique treasure, as he promised you; that you are to observe all his mitzvot;” Deut 26:18
We should find our lives resembling the model laid down in Torah (Gen-Rev) more and more each day. For those who love Yeshua keep His Commandments, and as this love grows so should our understanding and application of the commandments..