South Korea sex change doc: I correct 'God's mistakes'
Mankind is reaching the limits of God's forbearance. Soon God will reveal Himself and punish the inhabitants of this world. We are living in the days of Noah, and in the days of Lot. We are sinking lower everyday to new levels of immorality. Truly, Jesus is coming soon. -Advent Messenger Commentary
Associated Press | April 1, 2014
As Dr. Kim Seok-Kwun begins surgery to create a functioning penis for a Buddhist monk who was born female, he is well aware of the unease his work creates in this deeply conservative country. The devout Protestant known as the ‘‘father of South Korean transgender people’’ once wrestled with similar feelings.
‘‘I've decided to defy God’s will,’’ Kim, 61, said in an interview before the monk’s recent successful surgery to become a man. ‘‘At first, I agonized over whether I should do these operations because I wondered if I was defying God. I was overcome with a sense of shame. But my patients desperately wanted these surgeries. Without them, they'd kill themselves.’’
When Kim first started doing the surgeries in the 1980s, his pastor objected. Friends and fellow doctors joked that he was going to hell if he didn’t stop. He now feels a great sense of achievement for helping people who feel trapped in the wrong body. He believes he’s correcting what he calls God’s mistakes.