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Monday, March 30, 2015

Gender Apostasy

We are paying the price more and more as we forget one of the basic realities of mortality.

Sin gives Satan power over people.

A more refined statement is important in this day when big sins are common: Big sin gives Satan big power over people. Little sin gives Satan a little power over people.

This power is not limited to power to tempt them. 

The scriptures give examples of Satan stirring up people to anger against a cause. Certainly the adversary stirred people up to anger against Joseph Smith and the early saints. 

The scriptures give examples of Satan lulling people into false security.

The scriptures say there are doctrines of devils and doctrines of men. How could there be doctrines of devils if the devil can't inspire wicked men with ideas?

However Sin is not necessary for Satan to be able to offer temptations to people. The sinless Christ was tempted.

A person may be tempted with practically anything.

Anytime we reject a truth from God, Satan takes power.
The more fundamental the truth we reject, the more power Satan takes.

If a mother rejects her nature as a mother and kills her unborn child, that is rejection of a deep fundamental truth, and Satan will have a river of power to exercise against her. Such rejection doesn't come from nowhere. It start with temptations not to treasure her child. The mother considered those temptations. She gave them sway in her thoughts. And ultimately she performed the ultimate rejection of motherhood by killing her own child. This is apostasy from motherhood. It rejects fundamental truth, it rejects the person's own nature, it rejects something she knows with more clarity than members usually even know the church is true.

Apostasy isn't failing to recognize that something is true. It is knowing it strongly and rejecting that truth. 

The worst apostasy is the sort that can look at the sun at noon day and deny that exists.

And this is the sort of apostasy that gender apostasy is all about. It is no harder to realize the sun exists while looking at it than it is to recognize your own gender. Rejecting your own gender as real and true is the same type of apostasy as denying the sun exist while looking directly at it.

If someone rejects his or her own gender, that is profound rejection of the truth of the person's own eternal nature, and it will give Satan profound power over that individual. It starts with temptations of course. Satan pulls on the persons's thoughts and tries to get them to question their own gender. He plants ideas and seeds to see if he can undermine their defenses. If he can get them questioning fundamental truth about their own nature, if he can get them to question that divine and eternal truth, then he gains significant power over them in doing so, and his ability to influence them is increased. They may find themselves feeling such ideas more powerfully. Such compulsions may feel more real, and the truth may seem less likely. This is no different than when Satan gets a faithful member to reject any other of the foundational truths that they know, such as getting a member with a strong testimony to begin to question the truthfulness of the church. The more they question, the more power Satan gains, and the more and more it seems to the person that the church cannot be true.

When Satan gets someone to question their own gender, it is just like when he is getting someone with a strong testimony to question the truthfulness of the church. That is because their gender is a a divine and eternal truth that they already know perfectly. It is a rejection of a known eternal truth, not a failure to recognize truth. It is apostasy.

Someone who has rejected his or her own gender really shouldn't be taking the sacrament and particularly not entering the temple. One need only consider the nature of the requirements to enter the temple. No, you can't go to the temple if you put aside your holy garments. How much worse to put off the temple God clothed you with than to put off the outward vesture that clothes that body? 

Yes, we really do care what someone thinks. Alma says as much. We will be held accountable for our thoughts. We particularly care when those thoughts move to beliefs, and start being more than thoughts, but become words.

Rejecting the opposite gender is another popular form of gender apostasy. It isn't really that different. The scriptures use these words

Romans 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Gender apostasy is serious sin. One really only needs to think of the tortured lives those involved in it tend to lead to realize this. Far from the peace of the gospel they endure the pains and travails of hell, insofar as we endure those pains in mortality when we are involved in evil. You cannot reject the most fundamental divine truths about yourself, you cannot reject the temple of God that he gifted you: your own body with its own nature to cleave unto a member of the opposite sex, without being apostate. You cannot reject the temple of God, which temple you are, your own body and gender, and still be worthy to enter the temple of God which is his own home on the earth. You cannot reject your own body, your own flesh and blood, gifted you by God and be worthy to partake of the flesh and blood of that God who granted and redeemed your body. 

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