When I was pursuing my law degree in the mid-1990s, fresh from publishing my first book The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party with Orthodox Jewish researcher Kevin E. Abrams, I was hired by Rabbi Samuel Dresner to re-write and update his unpublished manuscript The Case Against Homosexuality: A Jewish View. This is the same Rabbi Dresner who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King at Selma, and who served throughout his life as a Torah-faithful counterpoint to the Jewish media moguls of Hollywood whom he described as ‘despoilers of morality and corrupters of culture.’ It was a great honor to be recruited for this task.
Rabbi Dresner unfortunately died of cancer before we could finish the project, and the pro-family movement was thus deprived not only of this fearless champion of family values, but of a potentially game-changing resource for fighting the culture war. Catholic writer E. Michael Jones of Culture Wars magazine wrote an excellent article about Rabbi Dresner and his work here: http://www.culturewars.com/2003/rabbidresner.html.
However, my collaboration with him was not in vain as I benefited immeasurably by studying under this great man for the year or so of our work together, and learned many things about the Old Testament foundations of Christianity that most Bible-believing Christians never encounter. Indeed, I count my brief time with Rabbi Dresner as the beginning of my path away from the increasingly New Testament myopia of nearly every denomination in the modern church and toward what I call Whole-Bible Christianity.
For example, it was Rabbi Dresner who taught me the meaning of the following Mosaic commands:
“You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together” (Leviticus 19:19).
“Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled. Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together. Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together” (Deuteronomy 22:9-11).
As a 25-year veteran of the LGBT war on civilization, I can tell you that mockery of these statutes have been a potent weapon against defenders of Biblical family values. After all, how can people defend the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality and transgenderism based on Mosaic statutes that sit side-by-side with such apparent silliness about seeds and fabrics. The typical response of Christians is throw God’s law “under the bus” so-to-speak and retreat to the New Testament.
However, these statutes and many others like them are not indefensible human rules motivated by superstition or un-scientific presumptions. On the contrary, these are God’s laws whose purpose is cultural training, through the day-to-day rituals of life, in support of a fundamental principle of both Creation and Civilization: the principle of categorization by order. They are designed to teach the importance of not blurring the lines between things created to be distinct. Distinction preserves order, disregarding order produces chaos. It’s just that simple. And to make the point even clearer, the following statute is placed in the same context:
“A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 22:5).
So, in truth, the very statutes invoked by LGBT activists and their surrogates to attempt to neutralize the authority of the Mosaic law through mockery, actually bolster the authority of God’s law against LGBT conduct. These are not dead-letter ordinances of an ancient and irrelevant society, they are the pronouncements of the Living Word of God, whose Divine Author proclaimed them with these very present-day blasphemers in mind. He sits outside of time watching and interacting with us all this very moment: speaking through His timeless Bible, and through His created order, and through His Holy Spirit, who literally dwells in each person who has received Christ as Savior.
Importantly, the very lesson He attempted to teach the ancient Hebrews with these instructions is MORE relevant today than it was in their time, just as many of the utterances of the prophets were intended primarily for the latter days. Never in the history of the world have humans reached such potential for breaking the social and even physical order of Creation. With each passing day they test the limits of their potential — and God’s long-suffering patience.
Torah-Faithful Rabbi Dresner was something of a modern-day prophet on these issues. He tried his best to discourage his fellow Jews in Hollywood and other high seats of influence from breaking down the social order through the promotion of secularism and sexual licentiousness. He worked to unify Bible-centered Jews and Christians on common ground:
“The founding fathers of America, taking the biblical record as their model, knew that political democracy could only flourish if established on the dual foundations of faith and family. Our contemporary malaise is the consequence of abandoning that ideal in favor of a society that is largely secular, hedonistic and atomistic. Judaism, by advocating a God-centered family-based society, established by the covenant and governed by the Torah can play a key role in recalling America to its origins” (Can Families Survive in Pagan America? 1995, p. 77).
He correctly identified the Founders’ Puritan model of government as the most Old-Testament oriented of the Christian countries of the world.
It is not mere coincidence that the collapse of the social order in the west has tracked both the decline of respect for the Bible (especially the Old Testament) and the rise of the LGBT movement. And it is not merely coincidental that the order of this unfolding chaos saw the normalization of homosexuality first before moving on to transgenderism (and soon trans-humanism). Like the difference on the Richter Scale of 8 to 9, the “T” in LGBT represents a destructive threat to civilization one magnitude greater than the “L” “G” & “B.”
In my view, that is why the Mosaic Code employs the deterrence of strict punishment for homosexuality but imposes an extensive, perpetual system of ritual in the most fundamental and mundane aspects of day-to-day life to deter transgenderism. Obeying those statutes on sorting seeds, fabrics, types of animals, etc, for no other apparent reason than that God told them to, meant being continuously reminded that separation by order was His highest priority in social matters, including sexuality and gender.
The spirit, if not the letter, of that body of law remains binding even on Christians, which fact explains in part why our failure to defend its validity only contributes to the social collapse.