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November 2, 2012


Nude Guy in the Ladies’ Room - Dress Rehearsal for Final Conflict

I’m not big on “end times” scenarios.  Anglicans don’t tend to be, says I, consciously damming up or at least diverting the alleged “third stream.”

Yet things come up that resonate with the Bible’s apocalyptic books, principally the Revelation.  While I’m not much into forecasting specific times and events via that book, its visionary images reflect what Jesus says about the violent sorting out of good and evil when he returns to reign forever.

In the meantime, we have experiences that seem very much like that final struggle.  I’ve taken to calling them “dress rehearsals” - they are not the final conflict, but they walk us through “scenes” that will manifest when it comes.

I read Revelation 13:1-10 this morning, and later bumped into a news report that made me say, “Aha.  Dress rehearsal in progress.”

In Washington State, an individual born as a male, still in possession of intact male genitalia but a declared woman (at least since 2009), is going about nude in a college women’s locker room that is shared by minor girls’ swim teams.

When girls complained to staff, the individual was asked to leave, and now complains of discrimination, “This is not 1959 Alabama. We don’t call police for drinking from the wrong water fountain.”

Others can deal with the civil rights analogy fail.  Let me plug this mess into the passage from the Revelation.

And I saw a beast rising out of the sea…And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority…and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”  (Revelation 13:1-4 ESV)

The forces of evil copy and mock the Trinity.  The dragon is the devil, “father of lies;” the beast is an earthly incarnation of his evil; a false “Word become flesh;” and there is another beast or “false prophet” not appearing in this passage, a destructive, misguiding parody of the life-giving, illuminating Holy Spirit.

The people of the world, easily misled, worship the devil through their adoration of the beast, who does signs and wonders that entertain and please them.  The beast grows formidable - none can “fight against it.”

So what’s that got to do with a transsexual in the ladies’ locker room? 

The transsexual is a manifestation of what pleases the world, and they dote on him.  He reflects total autonomy.  He stands above God, not only in terms of “values” but in a critique of any limits in the created order.  He’s campy, funny and freewheeling - no being in heaven or earth can deny him his desire.

Evidently, Washington State has a law that protects his right to display his male genitalia to minor girls.  The Episcopal Church defends his way of life, orders the church to submit to it, and scoffs at any who disagree.

As in John’s vision, a momentum builds and the earthly manifestation of Satan’s agenda - rebellion against the word of God - runs over the objections of those faithful to the word. 

And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear… (Revelation 13:5-9 ESV)

When the Episcopal Church turned in adoration toward the man in the ladies’ room, and defeated those who stood for God’s word, it crowed in language with eerie affinities to those verses,

“We are filled with joy for this clear affirmation that the Episcopal Church welcomes and values the ministerial gifts of transgender people, lay and ordained. We are also delighted by the strong support and broad understanding of trans issues shown by deputies representing a wide range of regions and generations in this church. As the church steps boldly into new frontiers in various facets of its light, we are proud to be part of this spirit-filled movement…willing to take the risk to continue to draw the circle wider as we work to live out our call to make God’s inclusive love known to the whole human family…”

Now, there’s some comfort in knowing that you can “lose” - get beat down pretty darn bad, in fact - and still be totally within God’s will.  The particular “scene” rehearsed here has the beast gain the upper hand over the saints, while a deceived world cheers the beast and laughs at the saints.  But they (we) are no less saints, they (we) are “written in the book of life.”

So we clothe ourselves in Christ and walk through our rehearsal of what will take place on a cosmic scale one day,

If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain.  Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.(Revelation 13:10 ESV)

No, we are not being “slain with the sword” in our current culture mess.  But “captivity” is increasingly real.  Those faithful to God and His Word find themselves more and more locked out of ministries in religions like The Episcopal Church’s. Civil laws grind on toward fines and imprisonment for those who would object to a guy uncovering his junk in front of girls and unwilling women.  The nude guy lurking in the ladies’ room will be cheered, defended and served as he mocks, offends, degrades and damages.

Our stage direction, in our dress rehearsals today and for the Day that is to come, is simple but not easy,

“Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.”

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Well done!  And, in my humble opinion, well within the framework of Revelation.  There is a fluidity of interpretation built into prophecy that is seldom a one for one representation.  For me, there are many signs in our present culture that reveal satan’s agenda.  The real question then is this:  What must we do to help our young people to stand?  How do we encourage them?  What do you tell your nine year old daughter who has just been informed about oral sex by a classmate?  How, in the name of all that is Holy, do we deal with satan’s onslaughts against innocense?

I read Old Testament history and the secular record together when I teach Revelation.  I know how wickedness increased in past civilizations before God put an end to them.  It does seem to me that there has been an acceleration and increase in evil as the great and terrrible Day of Lord draws near, but I also know that I have a fierce immagination and a tendency to seek my own counsel.  I am both comforted and dismayed that you seem to see things in the same general light.

[1] Posted by Frances S Scott on 11-2-2012 at 11:13 AM · [top]

I have wondered what Episcopal churches will do when the transgendered clergy person, youth leader, or Sunday school teacher has to relieve itself. Have you any idea of how much it would cost to put in a third bathroom?

[2] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 11-2-2012 at 11:40 AM · [top]

In my view, the Book of Judges is a pretty good template for understanding how Yom Yahweh, as foreshadowed, as recapitulated foreshadow, and as an event to be, comes about.

[3] Posted by J Eppinga on 11-2-2012 at 11:48 AM · [top]

#3 J - worth saying that “The Day of the Lord” is very bad news for a great many, good news for some.  The great shift in the OT prophets, such as with the “sour grapes” word given to Ezekiel, is that each person can be saved apart from the rise and fall of the group.  Judges is a useful template, indeed, but we need that prophetic and ultimately New Covenant understanding of God’s work to employ it.

#1 Frances thank you for the encouragement and fellowship in this.  We might well be in the midst of God’s overthrow of America.  Entirely possible.  “This is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.”  Our citizenship is in heaven, we are just passing through all this stuff here.

For the innocents, the best we can do for them is what we do for ourselves and the not-so-innocent: seek to see them clothed with Christ.  No matter what happens, we become more than conquerors in him.

#2 Der pewster (or we should allow for “Die” and/or “Das” pewster if I read GC correctly), there is no need for a third bathroom.  Let the transgendered minister go where s/he/it will - it is a new thing of some spirit or other.

[4] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 11-2-2012 at 12:16 PM · [top]

Fr. Fountain, I think you may well be right about the overthrow in progress.  Romans 1 provides ample evidence that we are in the midst.

[5] Posted by Jeffersonian on 11-2-2012 at 12:56 PM · [top]

When I was a smalll boy, some situation occurred where a man insisted on using the women’s room in the local school during a basketball game. He was found, several days later, dead from blood loss and missing all his tools. No suspects were ever arrested.
desert padre

[6] Posted by desertpadre on 11-2-2012 at 01:26 PM · [top]

Over on Facebook, one of my friends noted that this is now the perfect set up for predators to gain access to victims.  Any guy who wants into the girl’s locker room now has a pass key - “I’m transgender!”  How about the guy who says, “I’m ‘T’ curious!” - does he get to go in and just sit around naked?

Or is “E” (exhibitionism) one of the unexplored letters in V. Gene Robinson’s alphabet?

[7] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 11-2-2012 at 01:42 PM · [top]

This is the best article I have ever read on SFIF.  You nailed it.  And we are probably only in the early days as Satan begins his final push, and increasingly gets control over the churches.  Only a few will be found faithful.  But “woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”  (Isaiah 5:20)

[8] Posted by Jim the Puritan on 11-2-2012 at 01:44 PM · [top]

Well, I wish we had better news to share, Jim.  But I am glad it was useful to you and some of our other readers… couldn’t figure out why I felt God’s nudge to write on such a bizarre story, but I had to go with the way it kept bringing me back to that Revelation passage.

[9] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 11-2-2012 at 02:04 PM · [top]

What is scary is there are so many who are still totally asleep.

[10] Posted by Jim the Puritan on 11-2-2012 at 02:14 PM · [top]

Hmmm. Maybe the girls could find a mohelot to meet up with this confused fellow in the locker room and help hurry things along.

[11] Posted by Daniel on 11-2-2012 at 02:45 PM · [top]

Guys don’t wear a lot in the locker room. My wife says that women do cover themselves up.

This guy sprawls naked in the sauna, and walks around naked in front of children and adolescents. That’s indecent exposure in my book.

The DA says, “Criminal law is very vague in this area” and won’t pursue charges. Male-bovine excrement!

Walks like a pervert. Sprawls like a pervert. Yes, the devil is the source of this and all kinds of perversion, emanating from a radical liberal social justice agenda. I DOUBLE-DOG DARE The Episcopal Church to stand up for this guy.

To get an idea of how far left this college is, do a Google search on “evergreen state college transgender”. One of the hits (at least for now) will be a pdf that begins, “Beyond Inclusion…”.

If this is allowed to continue, next thing you know, he’ll touch someone. Just a matter of time. College officials and the DA should be fired now. Sounds like Sandusky, Part Deux.

[12] Posted by Ralph on 11-2-2012 at 03:12 PM · [top]

To get an idea of how far left this college is

Gee, not just this one.  Pick a school and search for their “inclusivity” page.  It’s probably there somewhere.  It will just bleed for the horrible discrimination against those who can’t decide what they are, who they are, or what they think they want to be.  Pitty potty time.

[13] Posted by Capt. Father Warren on 11-2-2012 at 03:31 PM · [top]

Most of the world is worried about the financial cliff.  That worries me too but it is the moral cliff that has me truly worried.

The article is dead on.  Thank you, Tim - not just for the article but for the wisdom to recognize it all.

[14] Posted by Jackie on 11-2-2012 at 04:40 PM · [top]

If you want to get an idea of what we are up against, and how low this society has sunk, here’s a comment on the version of this story from Fox News. A young woman from Berkeley (what a surprise) wrote:

There’s no evidence to suggest that she committed any crime. She was simply naked in a space where nudity is allowed. The issue here is that she has a penis. However, having a penis doesn’t equate to maleness. Sex and gender aren’t binary. These binary constructions are just that, constructions. The drama of this report comes from people not understanding complex gender identities and fearing the complexity of the human body. In other words, this is just transphobia. Nothing bad has happened here.

And on her Facebook page, she responded to this story by saying:

Hey everybody! The Queers are winning! And there’s nothing you can do to stop it! Hurray queers! *throws glitter*

Tim is more right than any of us care to know.

[15] Posted by David Fischler on 11-2-2012 at 04:51 PM · [top]

Hey everybody! The Queers are winning!

And what a great victory it is.  This little itsy, bitsy, puff of smoke, we call life: compared to the vastness of eternity.  Though I can get angry at such behavior, in actuality I feel acutely sorry that so many are being mislead down this path.  Because for all eternity they may have the opportunity to ponder their “victory”, outside the love of God.  I pray they will repent and forsake this path, and ask for God’s divine forgiveness.

[16] Posted by Capt. Father Warren on 11-2-2012 at 05:20 PM · [top]

Here’s a video clip:
http://www.kirotv.com/videos/online/transgender-woman-says-she-was-discrimated-against/vfgT6/

A police report can be downloaded here:
http://gendertrender.wordpress.com/tag/colleen-francis/

As you scroll own at that second site, there’s more and more, including a remarkable photo that says it all. I will quote:
“Colleen Francis is a 45 year old man who retired from the US Army after 20 years as a supply sergeant. Married three times, he has three adult children and two daughters aged 7 and 5. His cross-sex hormones are provided by VA Medical, as well as a cocktail of psychiatric meds, lithium and antabuse prescribed for a troubling history that he details at length on a blog at the “Transgender Lesbian Space”of the puddygirl dating site for women. He says he is known as “Fae Raven” (not to be confused with the UK fetish model of the same name) in the “BDSM Community” and describes himself as:

“I am polyamorous, bisexual (I very much favor women though, and my therapist calls me a lesbian…makes me smile) and kinky.”

Yes, a cross-dress rehearsal for the final conflict.

[17] Posted by Ralph on 11-2-2012 at 05:38 PM · [top]

Seems to me voyeurism and flashing are crimes, and well-accepted indicators of a high-risk for escalation to rape and worse.  If in fact the police are being forced to indulge this guy, I guarantee you they are not happy about it.

[18] Posted by Michael D on 11-2-2012 at 06:25 PM · [top]

And it’s a society that is neither worth participating in, nor defending.  The end of such a society would be welcome.

[19] Posted by Br. Michael on 11-2-2012 at 06:36 PM · [top]

Well, I sure would hate to be in the cage with all those birds when the Lord judges such stuff.

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Revelation 18:1-3

[20] Posted by PROPHET MICAIAH on 11-2-2012 at 06:42 PM · [top]

#17

His cross-sex hormones are provided by VA Medical, as well as a cocktail of psychiatric meds, lithium and antabuse prescribed for a troubling history that he details at length on a blog at the “Transgender Lesbian Space”of the puddygirl dating site for women. He says he is known as “Fae Raven” (not to be confused with the UK fetish model of the same name) in the “BDSM Community” and describes himself as:

“I am polyamorous, bisexual (I very much favor women though, and my therapist calls me a lesbian…makes me smile) and kinky.”

Seems like a perfectly safe guy to have wandering around nude in a girls’ locker room. What’s all the fuss about?

[21] Posted by SpongJohn SquarePantheist on 11-2-2012 at 06:45 PM · [top]

Inquiring minds want to know!  Is she a member of the Judean’s People’s Front or the People’s Front of Judea?

see:

take time for Monte Python

[22] Posted by m+ on 11-2-2012 at 07:27 PM · [top]

Hi Tim+  (#4)

RE:  “Judges is a useful template, indeed, but we need that prophetic and ultimately New Covenant understanding of God’s work to employ it.”

Correct.  I guess I should emphasize is that Judges is a lot more clear than Revalations.  Christ is ultimately both the Judge and the Fulfillment of the Garden of Eden a the Perusia. 

I guess I like Judges because I don’t need a slide rule and a guy wearing a dead animal on his head to understand it.  And .. it’s portable.  smile

[23] Posted by J Eppinga on 11-2-2012 at 07:35 PM · [top]

Obviously the situation in this article is completely untenable.

I’m very conflicted on the entire issue of T.  I actually know of a very good and decent Transsexual.

http://reason.com/archives/2012/10/24/whos-getting-our-votes/9 I don’t think every transgender/ transsexual is a “genital mutilator”.  Dierdre McCloskey (formerly Donald) is not only an Episcopalian but a REALLY good economist.

http://www.amazon.com/Crossing-Memoir-Deirdre-N-McCloskey/dp/0226556697

[24] Posted by Seanny Rotten on 11-3-2012 at 01:49 AM · [top]

#24 Seanny what you point out is that Christians can (should) get along as neighbors with all kinds of people, even those with whom we don’t (can’t) agree.

The social celebration and politicization of “identity” leads to stupid cases like the one in the story.  And the mob mentality that sets in is what resonates with Revelation.  People glom onto a new “path of salvation” that ignores or even mocks God’s word.

[25] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 11-3-2012 at 06:34 AM · [top]

Well, as long as she’s happy.

Isn’t that the ultimate moral condition?  Happiness?

[26] Posted by James Manley on 11-3-2012 at 10:06 AM · [top]

#26 I just posted a sequel.  “The beast” gives breath to deception, and it masquerades as God’s work while mocking it.

You’re so right - “Happiness is the ultimate moral condition” is just the kind of thing a faux Christ would teach to deceive the world.  And has.  And is.

[27] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 11-3-2012 at 10:14 AM · [top]

I’ve been wrestling with this, trying to understand. This AM, while walking naked through the locker room at the gym, I finally “got it.” Or at least part of it. This guy is the full incarnation of LGBTQMXYZPTLK, sent as a messenger to a humanity with minds to small to understand fully.

L - When he has extramarital sex with a woman, his therapist affirms that he’s a female homosexual.

G- When he has extramarital sex with a guy, he says it’s heterosexual, but know down deep in his heart that it’s male homosexual.

B- It seems that he identifies as someone who has extramarital sex both ways.

T- I’m not sure about this. He comes across to me as a dude who badly needs his psych meds, and who should find a competent therapist. But, I’ll give him the benefit of a doubt and acknowledge this one.

Q- There’s no questioning that this is a queer situation.

[28] Posted by Ralph on 11-3-2012 at 10:16 AM · [top]

Heh thanks, Ralph.  And to think I wasted all this bandwidth when you nailed it with such economy of words!

[29] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 11-3-2012 at 10:59 AM · [top]

My lovely wife (of nearly 50 years) says that someone may indeed enter her Ladies’ Room with external reproductive tackle swinging about, but is quite likely to be leaving the room somewhat precipitately, and now without aforementioned equipment.  grrr

Chris Baker - Durham UK

[30] Posted by chorale on 11-3-2012 at 01:16 PM · [top]

Thank you, Chris & wife!  We needed a global Anglican perspective on this.  Glad to read of a decisive statement coming out of the UK - a few timely ones like this from Lambeth might have spared us all much trouble!

[31] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 11-3-2012 at 01:21 PM · [top]

Maybe Lambeth wd haul TEc on the carpet and tell them to be real, to affirm what it meant/means to create “male and female”?

[32] Posted by maineiac on 11-3-2012 at 02:21 PM · [top]

“The issue here is that she has a penis.”

The issue here is that very, self-contradicting statement; and since God is not the author of confusion, can you guess who is?

[33] Posted by GSP98 on 11-5-2012 at 03:23 PM · [top]

Timothy Fountain, well done on this article.  In reading the piece, a light went off and I did some googling.  Seems that baphoment, a central figure to satanic worship would seem also to be transsexual.

[34] Posted by aterry on 11-11-2012 at 03:53 PM · [top]

Hmmm!  The conga line in the accompanying photo looks like four radical progressives followed by a diehard institutionalist who’s struggling awfully hard to keep up with them.

Bless her heart, they aren’t about to slow down for her either!

[35] Posted by episcopalienated on 11-13-2012 at 06:24 PM · [top]

It’s not that I think you are blowing things out of proportion, well, fine, I think that you are blowing things out of proportion.  If this is the worst that has happened on this planet so far (and the world hasn’t ended yet so far as I can see), then you live in Disneyland.

Listening to a series of lectures on the history of the papacy, I was gobsmacked to hear the professor try to justify a period when the then popes were stealing, cheating, and generally grabbing everyone’s property to raise money.  They needed the money, it seemed, to pay for the hired assassins they felt they needed.  Because, gee, said the professor, hired assassins are expensive.  So what’s a pope to do?

Want to complain about the immorality of the Episcopal Church because they champion wrongly-gendered people?  Then, I would suggest that you get some real perspective.

[36] Posted by JuliaMarks on 11-26-2012 at 01:29 AM · [top]

“then you live in Disneyland.”  This argument gets trotted out every so often.  South Dakota is not Disneyland.  The stereotype that most of the world outside of TEC is stupid, uninformed, inexperienced in life and such just doesn’t fly.

btw I grew up in L.A. and lived there for 40 yrs, around all kinds of people.

I am raising a special needs child, leading a parish and working a second job to provide health care for my family because TEC has structured its insurance premiums to favor old men with “partners” over families.  So no, not Disneyland ‘round here.

No idea what any of this has to do with papal shenanigans so I’ll just pass over that.

As I said in the post, transgender and other such fads are not “the end of the world,” but the whole range of human experiences give us insight into and practice of what “last things” might be like.  They force us to consider being Christian without capitulation, even when that casts us as the “bad people” in the eyes of a culture that styles itself the zenith of human enlightenment and achievement, unable to see its own foibles.

[37] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 11-26-2012 at 07:28 AM · [top]

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