As the Lord led me to make clear in my April 8, 2018 post, "The Second Adam Rules And Judges,"1 worldly concocted feminism is not a social-political ideology that can be safely tolerated by or integrated with biblical Christianity in the churches. Its origin is demonic, strategically deceitful and destructive; viewed on High as rebellion against God! For God purposely designed and created man and woman with roles and responsibilities in an order where they cooperatively fulfill His will for them in this mortal age.2 However, the 20th century rise of feminism blatantly challenges God’s will. Along with many other associated evils, puffed up feminists have created a “battle of the sexes.”
In this now, generation long battle as enemy combatants, women have struggled against men for power and position. Under withering true and false accusations of failure, shamed men have been yielding ground in ancient places of governance such as the family. The ruinous fruit of backing men down can be everywhere seen in the breakdown of the family and gender confusion in the wider culture, for example, as well as in the churches with professed Christian women in defiance of Scripture pursuing roles of authority over men in God’s house. In this edited May 2012 Commentary, I again summarize God’s design of woman and in four posts to follow, present her value to the continuing end of pulling down feminism as a stronghold of deceit in the churches (Philippians 3:1b)!
Originally Published May 2012
One of the things you learn right away as a maturing Christian is that Satan and his kingdom do not play fair. How ironic, since one of the enemy's major allegations in these last days concerns how unfair God is in many things, but especially His design of male and female roles and responsibilities.3 So persuasive is Satan on this issue that professing Christians, churches and related entities in growing numbers are abandoning God's biblical ship to embrace his lie. With his instigation, faithful teachers of God's Word on the issue are barely tolerated any longer and considered extreme. Nevertheless, God is judging rebels on this issue of rebellion as He is all others.
The Lord leading, I have written often over the years warning professing Christians not to believe Satan’s lie that God is somehow unfair (which attacks His character) or even worse has made a mistake (which questions His perfection as deity) on the issue of male and female roles. Be reminded and warned again that the issue has only come up because Satan has been successfully using this tact of attacking God’s character and questioning His Person from Eden (Genesis 3:1-5). It worked with a perfect woman; it has worked all the more with sinful humanity since then who in our fallen state are primed to rebel against God and seek to justify it by identifying supposed flaws in Him!
Satan has once again in these last days gone to the woman as he did in the beginning to stir up women and sympathetic men over God's apparent unfairness in making the man first and the head in human families (1 Timothy 2:13-14). But even if the accusation had some basis in fact (I feel ridiculous writing this), the greater issue is the defiant act by the creature to rise up in revolt to question its Maker (Romans 9:20) and declare war on His chosen head. As it is captured in the 1946 Irvin Berlin song used in various TV commercials, "Anything you can do, I can do better." Moses' sister expressed a similar mind and was immediately, severely rebuked by God (Numbers 12).
As I write in The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, our Creator did not set out to create a rivalry between men and women when He created them.4 In His perfect design, men and women were to work in harmony to fulfill His will for them in the earth. The man was created first because he is the eternal creature, "man" in mortal form! To satisfy His plans for man to reproduce, God reached into him and made another of equal person, but with some important differences. Woman is taken out of the man as a female counterpart to be put back together with him in marriage so she might help fulfill God’s will for them to govern and fill the earth with mankind (Genesis 1:22-28, 2:18-24).
In the eyes of Adam and every aspiring strong man of God in the image of Christ, woman is an absolute wonder to behold (Genesis 2:23)! In general, woman is smaller and softer with beauty of face, longer hair and a body that by God's purposeful design excites her husband's sexual interest leading to procreation.5 She also corresponds perfectly to him in spiritual, mental and emotional make up complementing their relationship. Clearly, she is no afterthought or cast off left over from God's creation of man. But as man is the glory of God in image, she truly is his glory (1 Corinthians 11:7) to be loved, nourished and cherished as he does his own body (Ephesians 5:28-29).
To say that woman is the glory of man is not to suggest she bears nothing of the image and glory of God. Truly, God has caused woman made from man to equally radiate the divine image and glory including the impulse to lead and rule. This is shown in Eden when the serpent brings his case to the woman and she leads out in disobeying God (Genesis 3:6). In doing so, she willfully usurps her husband's prior standing as God's chosen head and is corrected (Genesis 3:16b). Later, in judging Adam, God integrates into his sin of failing to obey Him, the fact that he temporarily abandoned his role as God's chosen head to follow his wife's leadership instead (Genesis 3:17a).
God has designed woman on purpose with unalterable purpose for this present age. Every Christian woman who will live as God designed must resist embracing Satan's lie that either God or His Word are flawed on the issue. We are flawed in sin and inability to function as God designed in His ordained order, roles and responsibilities! Therefore, aspiring great women of God that would please Him and do His will joyfully submit to His will for them as a woman.6 You are granted of the highest honors to cooperate with God in being a wife and mother; fruitfully filling the earth with humanity (1 Timothy 2:15). Otherwise, as a rebel, His judgment will find you too (Hebrews 3:15-19). The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 Find it under the categories Call To Repentance and Bible Prophecy.
2 Read the related July 3, 2016 post, Man As God Designed Him, under the category, God’s Creatures.
3 See the May 15, 2016 post, God Unfair?, under the category, God’s Creatures.
4 The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics is available through all major internet booksellers, by order from your favorite brick and mortar bookstore and in the Strong Man
5 Read the May 1, 2016 post, Natural Bodies By Divine Design, under the category, God’s Creatures.
6 I devote two full chapters in my book to defining and instructing on the great woman of God from the Bible. Additionally, the Strong Man Store now has available the
newest Strong Man Of God Audio Resource, Great Woman Of God Mothers, an expository message from the Lord I was blessed to proclaim. Check it out and listen
to the sample provided.
In the opening chapter of my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, the Holy Spirit leads me to present the second Person of the triune God, Jesus Christ, as the second Adam come to earth to rescue the fallen first Adam’s descendants (1 Corinthians 15:45-47; 1 Timothy 2:1-6)!1 As was biblically laid out in the March 2018 Blog Series, Behold The Man!, the Lord Jesus as the second Adam gave a perfect display of God’s vision and design of man made in the divine image and likeness.2 For as Man, He perfectly modeled the nature, visionary leadership, ambition, authority and strength of God with many other character traits and demeanor that fully pleased His Father.3
The Father did not send a second woman, but Adam--why? While women also display the masculine attributes of God, Christ came as the second Adam because the first Adam in completeness is the original, eternal creature (Genesis 2:7)!4 Adam stood by himself before God as the fullness of man the creature made in “the image and glory of God,” but woman is his glory deriving her existence from him (1 Corinthians 11:7-8, NKJV). God did not return to the dust to create a separate, independent creature and rival to man. To be his corresponding companion and helper, “Woman” was taken out of Adam, as this descriptive first name he gives her indicates and the apostle Paul plainly affirms (Genesis 2:18-24; 1 Corinthians 11:9, NKJV).
Even so, mortal woman is not less than, but equal to the man in person though, in authority, he stands ahead of her before God.5 Perfectly consistent with this, as the responsible federal head of mankind, God held Adam accountable for passing on sin to every soul that comes forth from his body (Romans 5:12). Thus, as James Brown rightly asserts in his famous song, this is a man’s world in terms of rank and responsibility, but since God created the earth to be inhabited, without a woman, it would be empty of mankind and nothing (Genesis 1:27-28, 3:20, 4:1-2, 25-5:5; Psalm 115:16; Isaiah 45:18; 1 Corinthians 11:11-12).6 This gives mortal woman immeasurable value to God and man!
However, since the second half of the 20th century, women declaring themselves feminists are among many other rebels that have decided to throw off what they consider the yoke of God and the instruction of His Word found in the Bible (Psalm 2:1-3). They reject any subordinate place under the first Adam through such deceit as “Evolution” and demand a form of equality that makes them so independent, they can murder their unborn without consequence. So, now, at this precise moment in the 21st century they stand at the pinnacle of their power and influence as represented by the Time’s Up Movement and pointedly articulated by Oprah Winfrey on a recent 2018 televised awards show.
Mixed in with its righteous call for an end to sexual harassment and pay inequality in the workplace, Time’s Up in its rhetoric seems to also be militantly threatening an overthrow end to the rule of men and replacement by women in presumed superiority.7 Here is where the evil hand and ruinous end game of Satan in the feminist movement clearly shows itself as I also wrote in a 2016 Mother’s Day post (Isaiah 14:12-15).8 For truly, according to God who wrote the script in His Word for how this all ends, these women are right that time is up; His wrath is near to be revealed at the Second Coming of His Son, Christ the second Adam He has appointed to rule and crush this world’s rebellion led then by two evil immortal men (Psalm 2:4-9; Ezekiel 7; Revelation 13, 19:11-20:3)!
This being so, since sinful, usurping women are not any better rulers than men, they should repent now and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ because His wrath is going to fall equally on all sinners (Psalm 2:10-12)! Indeed, Christ as the second Adam now stands before His Father as the first glorified immortal Man and federal Head of mankind. Like the mortal first Adam, He would have stood alone forever if there were to be no others like Him to come. But now, lined up behind Him by demonstrated faith and faithfulness are souls like Him in great number (1 Corinthians 15:48-49). Saved from wrath, they will be resurrected or translated and metamorphosed to immortal glory at His coming and command; reigning with Him on this earth and forever (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 2:25-29, 20:4-6)!
Also, because the second Adam is Lord and Judge, after His wrath, the end for all unrepentant human rebels is resurrection to immortality, judgment based on their works and eternal separation from God in the lake of fire with Satan and the two evil immortals who deceived them (Revelation 20:7-15). This is another of the urgent reasons I continue appealing to professed Christians in their churches to repent from embracing feminism that redefines and marginalizes men. Not only does this stronghold of deceit come from the evil genius of Satan to bind up prospective strong men of God in the image of Christ and plunder their spheres of governance and influence in this life (Matthew 12:29-30; 1 Timothy 4:1-2),9 but also to carry all of his captives away with him to eternal destruction!
So, then, the only ultimate beneficiary of feminism as a stronghold of deceit entrenched in many of the churches is Satan (Proverbs 14:12, 16:25). For while Christians are saved from wrath and Hell by faith in Christ going into salvation, is rebellion against God ever treated as an acceptable continuing work of faith anywhere in the Bible? The saved are those who persevere in their faith validated by its works of love motivated obedience and faithfulness to the end (Mark 13:13; John 14:15; Hebrews 3:7-19; James 2:14-26)! You cannot be a rebel feminist in any measure holding to its deceitful ideology in defiant disobedience to God’s Word and a faithful Christian simultaneously.10 The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics is available through all major internet booksellers, by order from your favorite brick and mortar bookstore and in the Strong Man
2 See the four blogs posted in March 2018 under the category, The Cause.
3 Read the July 6, 2014 post, Christ: Model Of Perfect Manhood!, under the category, Instruction and the three part Blog Series beginning January 29, 2017, Jesus, Son
Of Man under the category, The Cause.
4 A point of the biblical doctrine of man I have repeatedly made beginning in my book.
5 The apostle Paul’s teaching on men in general as God’s chosen leaders and fathers and husbands to women in particular, gives rise to his discussion of head cover-
ings for them as the “symbol of authority” respecting their respective heads when they pray or prophesy other than in private (1 Corinthians 11:2-16, NKJV).
6 The world in its rebellion can try to evade God’s use of “mankind” recognizing Adam as the first and patriarchal head of his kind by purposely using “humankind,” but
inescapably right in the middle of this term “man” is still present!
8 See the May 8, 2016 post, God A Sexist?, under the category, God’s Creatures.
9 Blogs that present the urgent need to restore men are posted July-September 2017.
10 Read all four of my September 2014 posts on the topic of obedience. It is nearly 2,000 years after the birth of the Church built up by sound, apostolic doctrine (1
Thessalonians 2:1-13). There is no excuse for any departure from the truth of God’s Word, but especially for that which is embodied in the clear deceit and in
God’s face willful rebellion of feminism against it, Him as the Author and the Man He has anointed to rule over mankind according to its eternal precepts. In the
Church’s infancy and before the canonization of New Testament Scripture, God may have been longsuffering with such sin (Hebrews 5:12-14). But not only are
professed Christians today as practicing feminists compromised and corrupted, they and their churches are no longer credible witnesses for Christ since their
rebellion against Him in step with the world is evident. It is also indefensible to God. Without repentance, therefore, their judgment as foretold apostates is just
(Philippians 3:17-19; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12; Titus 1:10-16; Hebrews 10:26-31)!
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