Among the absurdities of secular humanism’s defiant, religious sounding theory, Evolution (last century’s Carl Sagan and now his protégé, Neil deGrasse Tyson both view a suddenly exploding out of nothing cosmos as now an eternal, living thing to which they impart god-like qualities and admire to the point of worship), is man’s mysterious appearance in and ascendency from primordial waters to the top of the food chain after millions of years. Since it is a matter of faith, I and every aspiring strong man of God in the image of Jesus Christ choose to believe the testimony of God in His Word that He purposely created man from the dust of the earth to rule over His creation (Genesis 1:26, 2:7)!
Truly, man was created in the image and likeness of God as a race of rulers to rule as God does (Psalm 103:19) and with the divine nature and character (Exodus 34:5-8; Deuteronomy 32:4; Isaiah 6:1-5; 1 John 4:7-8; Revelation 4). This purpose of God for His creature remained intact as man in mortal form was divided into male and female for the purpose of procreation (Genesis 1:27-28, 2:18-25, 3:20, 5:1-2) and after their sin induced by Satan since in judgment, God also announced a Deliverer (Genesis 3:1-19, 21-24). He came as foretold to save and restore the fallen race of rulers: God the King and Savior in mortal flesh (Isaiah 7:10-14; Matthew 1:18-25, 18:11)!
Save and restore the Son of God who is “the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person” did for those who believe by His sacrificial death, burial and resurrection from the dead in which after, He bodily returned and took His seat “at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:1-4, NKJV). Why all of this to-do over man? Because God loves man and would not be thwarted in the divine purpose that man should rule over the creation (Hebrews 2:5-15)! Where Adam had failed in disobedience, Jesus Christ succeeded in perfect obedience after being tempted and tested in every way possible as a Man (Hebrews 2:16-18, 4:14-16).
Jesus Christ, the unique God-Man has fully earned the right to rule under the Father both in Heaven, the heavens and earth (Matthew 28:18; Philippians 2:6-11)! He has replaced the first Adam as the federal head of mankind and is its Judge (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:24-30; 1 Corinthians 15:21-28, 45-49; Revelation 20:11-15). Those that have looked to Christ in faith for salvation have been brought into the divine family as sons (John 1:12-13; Romans 8:14-16, Ephesians 2:19-21), are destined to reign with Him (Luke 22:28-30; 2 Timothy 2:11-12) and share in His glorious, eternal inheritance guaranteed by the indwelling Holy Spirit (Romans 8:17; Ephesians 1:11-14).
Indeed, in Christ and after His image, we who belong to Him completely fulfill the original divine plan that man be king/priests--a holy race of rulers (1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10; Revelation 1:4-6)! It is our destiny to implement the righteous Kingdom rule of God with Christ beginning in the physical creation with this earth (Revelation 1:7-8, 2:25-29, 5:8-10, 20:4) and reaching into the spiritual realm since we will also judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:1-3). Therefore, Jesus Christ is called “King of kings and Lord of lords” to the glory of God the Father (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16, NKJV)! In the divine nature and character of Christ God crafts in us, our rule will and is to be now just and merciful.
Supposedly superior to the present mortal rule of men from Adam’s seed still bound by sin and satanic shackles, the rule of professing Christian men at this hour in three major areas important to God comes up short. In God’s plan to restore men, He equips His sons first to rule self (Proverbs 16:32; Galatians 5:16-25; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8), then to become outstanding husbands and fathers in the home our second rule which is also the preparation ground finally, for rule in God’s house churches are to recognize (1 Timothy 3:1-13). However, as He is shown in Psalm 82, God stands in the midst of us to judge and what does He see?
Men who profess to know and be related to Him by faith as family refusing to obey His Word. Instead, every man does what is right in his own eyes as if we had no King, (Judges 17:6). They rule unjustly and show partiality. As the authors of confusion, they are to the letter as foretold in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Therefore, be warned: the Judge of judges shows no partiality. While He has promised the destiny of eternal rule to His sons related to Him by faith at present, it will come only to those that persevere in pleasing Him out of that faith as seen in their deeds not the words of a profession long ago made (Romans 1:16-17, 2:5-11; Galatians 6:7-10; Hebrews 3; James 2:14-26). The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, “Who is on the Lord’s side?”
In watching the destructive collapse of Western civilization under the weight of rebellion against God and His Word, one of the saddest spectacles is the marginalization of men and their absolutely essential role as fathers in the family. Yes, throughout the centuries many mothers have had to step up in the absence of their husband/fathers and done well under the adverse circumstances. However, in what is to be this short-lived day of the woman and overt rebellion against the God designed family of a man, his wife and children endorsed even by many compromising churches, men as fathers are being purposely devalued leading to the destruction of the family as we have known it for millennia. The Lord led me to blog about this and to encourage aspiring strong men of God fathers in 2013. I post it again now as the rebellion continues unabated.
Originally Posted June 16, 2013
Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers reading this blog! By God’s design only human males can be fathers. As a critical partner with their wives in the preservation and expansion of mortal humanity (without conception and births, death would soon overtake and destroy mankind from the face of the earth), men as fathers are indispensable. But the indispensability of men as fathers goes well beyond biology to family and societal order, stability, direction and spiritual condition. In God the Father’s image, men are designed to lead their families as husbands and fathers. If they lead well, the family and families that make up a nation goes well.
However, if the men lead poorly, then the family and families that make up a nation suffers. The latter case is the present reality in our nation and many other Western nations that have independently decided fathers are only absolutely needed for the biological creation of children and are quite worthless otherwise. I offer a number of statistics in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics that show how our nation is being devastated by a redefining of what a man, woman and family is contrary to what God in His Word declares they are. Social engineers and legal authorities know about this devastation but most insist on trying to fix the problems of re-definition within the context of the rebellion that is causing it!
In their redefinition of a man, for example, men are being demanded to financially support the children they create (those that are not destroyed through State sanctioned abortion, that is), but leave the rearing to the State and mothers--isn’t that taxation without representation all over again? The result is that irresponsibility by men is being encouraged by the State which has for the sake of an anti-Christian secular worldview, inserted itself into the fathering role and responsibility. Thus, our problem in America in major part is not that married men are leading poorly as much as it is absent and irresponsible men are not leading at all thanks to the State--though as the Lord has led, I teach all men lead by their example whether they intend to or not.
Also, in the moral and spiritual climate of rebellion against God, His Son, Jesus Christ and Word, many well off feminists do not even care for the financial support of baby’s daddy since they purchase his sperm from a bank in total detachment. So deep is the anti-male authority influence of feminists on our 21st century culture (including the biblical worldview that fathers are the head of their daughters until marriage), in its many acts of creative license with the birth narrative of Christ, the 2006 film, The Nativity, written by Mark Rich and directed by Catherine Hardwicke has teenage Mary initially angrily questioning her father’s will for her to marry Joseph. This feminist attitudinal insertion is completely opposite of the New Testament Mary who finds favor with God expressly for the humility and submission she no doubt displays prior to and after hearing God’s will from the angel (Luke 1:26-38)!
Tragically, relieved of their duty from nearly all quarters many men are living large in a sinful male’s utopian world of irresponsibility that is destroying children, the fatherless, families and our nation in the process. God in His Word teaches why the role of fathers is so important. As God the Father showed with Adam in the beginning, a father gives visionary leadership to his children (Genesis 1:26-28). Where there is no such vision in a family or a nation from the father or leader respectively, they throw off restraint, chaos ensues and they perish--think high rates of child sexual exploitation, teen promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, delinquency, school dropouts, gang violence and deaths, suicide etc. (Proverbs 29:18).
God as a Father to Adam not only initiated his existence, but led, taught, provided for and protected him in Eden (Genesis 2:7-25). While children with godly fathers in the home may still rebel because of sin, men are to do with their children as God did with Adam so they have a leader to look up to, instruction with discipline, certain provision and security. When Adam sinned, God the Father pitied him and did not treat his sin with the instant death it deserved, but killed an animal shedding its blood instead and used its skin to cover his fallen creature against the day in love when He would provide an eternal atonement (Genesis 3:17-19, 21, 5:1-5; Psalm 103:13-14; John 3:16). So, men are needed to be firm yet merciful and gracious authorities to their children.
To the child with a natural father (or mother) that has forsaken him, God offers Himself a Father (Psalm 27:10, 68:5). As His tangible love, Christian men are to be mentors and spiritual fathers to the fatherless who allow it. In the day of rebellion as we now have, God sends forth His prophet to call men and their children to reconciliation to avoid his curse on top of all of the destructive natural consequences already doing their work (Malachi 4:5-6). Are we listening in the churches since our assemblies are suffering all of the same devastation as the world due to straying from God’s Word and the priority of teaching men their roles and responsibilities?
To the faithful godly fathers doing it God’s way with a made up mind, stay the course. Do not yield to the fathering instructions and ways of this condemned world system taught even in compromising churches. God’s example and instruction in His Word as well as your very real daily experience with Him as your heavenly Father are perfect. If you remain faithful the Father of fathers will bless and mightily reward your faithfulness here and now and with immortal glory in the Day of Christ. Such is the joyful hope and expectation of every aspiring strong man of God father!
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