Crossdressing is a sin

It must be, it says it right there in Deuteronomy 22:5

A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.

That seems pretty clear to me. Not only is it a sin, but a detestable sin. At least that’s what my pastor was kind enough to remind me when I went to him for advice. He was quick to point out that while God welcomed all children to His flock – even the hurt and broken – He did not intend for them to stay that way. I asked him for resources and support to help me overcome this and he pointed me to Randall’s website.

Now as you know I’ve previously written about being a Christian crossdresser, and I firmly believe that God can do more than we could ever hope for or imagine – He even has the power to cure crossdressing (if you think about it for a second, this is probably quite easy compared with healing the sick and raising the dead).

But if crossdressing were such a detestable sin, surely the Bible would be overflowing with admonishments against crossdressing. At least a mention in the New Testament, or a reaffirmation by another prophet in the Old Testament. What we have though is Deuteronomy 22:5. Which happens to be only six verses away from Deuteronomy 22:11

Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together

And Deuteronomy 22:12

Make tassels on the four corners of the cloak you wear

Now I’m sure that every good Bible believing Christian checks to ensure their clothes aren’t made from different materials, and is diligent about making tassels for their coats. Surely being just six verses away would make these commandments as important and worthy of fervor? Not so it seems. The inconvenient laws from the Old Testament ‘no longer apply to modern society’. It seems somewhat hypocritical to me that Christians would use this verse to damn the transgendered as sinners and heretics. Joanna does this line of reasoning full justice when she discusses Crossdressing and Christianity

Randall constructs a compelling argument that crossdressing is not Christian. It is worth reading, he begins:

While searching for an answer to the question of cross-dressing being a sin, I realized that I was looking for a black and white literal answer in the Word that was not there. My reasoning was that if the prohibition was not there, it was OK to cross-dress. Later, I realized that was the same attitude the Pharisees had in Jesus’ day – they would strain at observing all of the “must dos,” but they would create all kinds of ways to follow the law literally while breaking it in spirit. It occurred to me that on this issue, I had become a legalist! (more)

Clearly crossdressing is not a sin, any more than eating pork or wearing clothes made of different fabrics. Given this we should should not be willing to accept the condemnation of others, especially not Christians. As Paul says in Romans 2:1

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same things.

And in rejecting the condemnation of others, we should realize that Jesus Christ does not condemn us.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. – John 3:17-18

So we have accepted that crossdressing is not a sin, but what of the other lines of reasoning Randall puts forth? I’ll discuss those in more detail in a future post. In ending this post I want to again urge you.

Don’t let anyone else tell you that crossdressing is ‘right’ any more than you let anyone tell you that crossdressing is a sin. Your true purpose in life is known to God, and revealed to you through your relationship with Him. He may want to cure you, change your heart, or use you to bring comfort and blessing to others. Be open to His plan for your life.

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  1. Allie says:

    The above is a clip from a television series called the ‘West Wing’. It basically is a logical argument following all of the above, and it kinda owns Pharisee-like people today. =3

  2. Frank says:


    I am a Christian who enjoys wearing women’s clothing in the house and very rarely outdoors, but I do not wear a wig or makeup. I don’t find where the NT calls CDing a sin, but what I do find, and in many verses, is that lying is a sin. When a man dresses as a woman, wears makeup and a wig, and changes his name IN ORDER TO make others believe that he is a woman, he is lying. This is a sin. When a CDer dresses to entice lust, this is a sin.

    I don’t believe God cares whether the garment I’m wearing has two leg openings or just one; or whether I’m wearing a flower-printed shirt or a Harley-Davidson shirt. But what he does care about is clearly defined in the Bible’s New Testament; Jesus did away with the OT laws, which is good for us, but we are under grace and grace still has rules to follow. Lying is deceiving others by intentionally presenting false information. Pretending to be a female when you’re a male falls into this category.

  3. angela says:

    Cross dressing is not a sin because cross dressing was for a pagan pratice to prayer to gods so that why it’s only to prayer to gods that are to christ or our lord.

  4. Thorin25 says:

    I am a pastor, and a past crossdresser, and I think crossdressing is sinful and harmful for a number of reasons. You can read some of my thoughts at these links. I don’t want to clog up your site with humungous comments :) I also have written extensively on Deuteronomy 22:5. I have a really long post on it but if you have the patience I think you’ll find it helpful. Thanks for letting me comment!

  5. Alex says:

    I love wearing womens clothing, from tight pants to mini skirts. i do it because it feels right to me, and i love the way it feels.. mens clothing are baggy, and loose..I believe in God and i Pray to him. i dont know if gods mad at me but i pray not..

  6. thorin25 says:

    For a New Testament Passage against crossdressing, see 1 Corinthians 11.

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