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1 Corinthians 11:2-16 ESV
2 Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. 3 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, 5 but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. 6 For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. 7 For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. 9 Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; 12 for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. 13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.
I. FIGHTING FEMINISM
A. Traditional expressions of masculinity and femininity should be followed if they don’t contradictthe Gospel or impugn Christ.
B. A woman does not win honor for herself by being less feminine or more masculine, but instead dishonorsherself, God, and her husband, if that applies.
II. MAKING WAR ON METRO-SEXUALITY
A. A man is not honored if he shrugs off his masculinity for femininity but instead he dishonorshimself, God, and his wife, if that applies.
III. THE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES
A. Men should celebratetheir masculinity and females their femininity because that is celebrating that what God has created is very good.
B. Gender is something to champion noteliminatefrom our vocabulary.
IV. THE COST OF CASTING ASIDE CIS-GENDERISM
A. Inner chaosof the collective cultural soul that comes because of a wholesale rejectionof God.
B. A one love world where homosexualitybecomes the norm.
C. A world devoid God’s best living breathing illustration of the Gospel, the marriage union between a manand a woman.
What is to be our response as a church to those who struggle with gender confusion?
1. Not “yes” or yuk” but to point them to Yeshua, their and our only real hope of being made new.
2. Call people to costly gracenot coddle them with cheap grace.