The church today is weak. It teaches submissive masculinity, and very few of them place emphasis on the family unit anymore. More women running homes, more men, if you can call them men, retreating into their mancaves and video games.
A new era of Christian has been born. The era of praise and worship, the era of the entitled Christian. That feel-good doctrine is everywhere, and it is destroying the church. Destroy the church, and the family falls. Destroy the family, and our society collapses. California just decriminalized pedophilia. It is now only a misdemeanor, a judicial wrist slap with no registry. See where we are at? It will only get worse.
So, before I carry on about how unbiblical and unchristian my thoughts about the treatment of pedophiles should be, let us get back on the subject. I have visited many churches and sat in many congregations, I have heard twice as many preachers preach. One thing I have come to the conclusion of is that a good preacher is hard to come by these days.
Church of Yesteryear
Once upon a time, before my conversion, before my life even, preachers were men of God. They stomped on the toes of the sinner and dragged you kicking and screaming into repentance. They did not apologize for their tone. They did not avoid hurt feelings, and they did not pander to the rest of the world’s PC culture. Not so much anymore.
Men like Leonard Ravenhill, Paul Washer, or Steve Lawson are either dead or aging. And with their deaths goes another great voice out of this world.
I’m not seeing any to come in behind them and replace them. Maybe God is preparing the world for his arrival. Seems that way at times, right? This feeling, though, is no reason to not fight the darkness. Fight like it will be another 1000 years, and your descendants need you.
I see it everywhere, men joking about checking with the boss. Men are talking about turning the other cheek. Men talking about staying meek, “there’s nothing I can do about it.” Men tell other men to make the wife happy; after all, happy wife, happy life.
God Created Men….
This is sinful and goes against what the bible actually teaches. We are providers, we are protectors, we are warriors, and we are disciples. The burdens that God places on men, as the stronger vessel, is tremendous. Not only is it our duty to observe these commandments, but it is our design from creation.
God created men first and foremost, to work. I often joke and tell people that the very first job man had was as a farmer. This is half true. In Genesis 2:15, right after God creates Adam, he places Adam in the garden to tend and keep it. After expulsion from the garden, God tells Adam he shall toil the fields all the days of his life.
God created men to be men of courage. We are to face our fears; we are to seek out new journeys. When faced with adversity or challenges, we are to step out and meet them regardless of the cost.
God created us to be strong. We are to improve ourselves. Mentally, physically, and spiritually. The strength of those three can make the difference between success and failure in all that we do.
God created us to be husbands. We are to seek out a mate to help us through life. God told Adam that he created him a helpmeet. Someone to be by his side, to cherish him, and give him strength. Proverbs tells us that he who finds a wife finds a good thing. In Genesis, God tells us that it is not good for man to be alone.
We were created to be leaders of our homes. We are to make the rules, pay the bills, make the decisions, and enforce all three of them. We are to do this through tremendous leadership, never through violence, fear, or intimidation. Great leaders create, not destroy.
God created us to be fathers. Once we find our wives, we are to create the next generation. To build our legacy. In fatherhood, we provide and teach, we engage and love. Fatherhood is both one of the most significant burdens and the most wonderful joys a man can face. It is a journey like no other.
Men were created to serve sacrificially. Rather it is to our families, Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church, or it be to God. Give all that you are too that he is. We are also in service to our tribe, to our brotherhood. The bible tells us that greater love has no man except he lay down his life for a friend.
Men are created to be compassionate. Without compassion, we can literally do nothing but evil and violence. Compassion helps the needy, compassion tamps down your rage. Compassion is required for the formal roles of masculinity.
Men are created to provide. Simply put, the bible tells us that if a man does not provide for his own family, he is worse than a heathen. This seems to be one that is slipping away from men in our society, and it’s sinful and pathetic.
Men are to be accountable. This is another one that seems to be slipping, really all of these are, but the point is, a man should have to face the consequences of his actions, and he will. Many people ask how a loving God can send people to hell no matter what they have done. My response is there are always consequences for our actions. At some point, everyone pays the piper.
God created men to love. We are to love him first and foremost, then each other. Our created nature is to love ourselves, our God, and our family. Our tribe. For without love, we men are not capable of any of our other duties.
God created men to be Honorable. My grandfather taught me that you look a man in the eye when you shake his hand. And if that shake is on a promise, you complete that promise even if it kills you. It is called being honorable. With honor comes prestige, reputation, and trustworthiness—all things a man needs.
These were all very brief explanations, and more in-depth conversation will follow in the coming weeks. To go in-depth on each topic and relate it back to the church could create a book. I will try to keep it summarized for your reading pleasure. So, stay tuned, as I take on the modern church.
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