Last week’s blog repost ended with me exhorting pastors, elders, denominational and men’s movement leaders that are guilty to repent from abandoning God’s program for restoring men as plainly recorded in the Bible and faithfully presented in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics. God’s call to repentance in His house through me has been a continuing major theme in the cause to restore men from the beginning. Obviously, if His own house is in confusion and rebellion about the definition, roles and responsibilities of a man, how can it at the same time serve as His vessel for their proper restoration? It cannot. And how can God say anything to the world? He cannot and for this reason, He has announced judgment begins at His house (1 Peter 4:16-19).
True to the popular 1970 song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong and recorded by the Temptations, the world continues to be a Ball Of Confusion; corrupt, in conflict and rapidly breaking down into total chaos and disorder. Thanks to a steadily growing cadre of egocentric, overly ambitious and compromising professing Christian and impostor pastors since the turn of the last century, the confusion of the world has come into the churches not only in terms of heretical doctrines great and small, but also a willful break from God’s order of the family and His house as is plainly taught in the Scriptures. We understand why this would be so with impostors--they don’t know God!
However, how could men who have actually met the Lord and been filled with the Holy Spirit so easily yield to the temptation to compromise? Having been tempted and failed at this point myself, I write about it in my book and briefly here. The sinfully human imposed pressure to be successful is just as great in the pastorate as it is among other professions in the world. With the pressure to succeed for the sake of status, income, personal achievement and the accolades of men also comes the additional pressure to do whatever it takes to gain success including pleasing people (who we see in the natural can make or break us with their attendance, labor and money) rather than God.
For the sake of my ambitions, I can resist the convicting of the Holy Spirit and corrupt for example, the clear, consistent instruction of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation that men are God’s chosen heads (meaning boss or else the Headship of the Father over Christ and He over men is meaningless) and leaders in the home as well as the assemblies of God that make up His house (Genesis 3:16b; Esther 1; 1 Corinthians 11:2-3; 1 Timothy 2:11-14; Revelation 2:18-20). After their compromise with no repentance, such men go to war with the faithful who remain true to God’s Word in similitude to Demetrius the silversmith who started a riot in Ephesus because his wicked idol making business was being undercut by the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 19:11-41)!
So, now, confusion abounds in God’s house as compromising pastors by their sheer numbers and that of their followers at this hour have seemingly won the day in tearing down the headship of men in the home and churches and exalting women into leadership over them. Some even see themselves as liberators and revolutionaries that have freed women from the millennia long tyranny of male dominance. Others, shepherding churches filled with women in the majority, see no alternative but to use them as leaders over men. Still others that have compromised on the issue resist repentance out of the pride of admitting they were wrong and fear of losing their hard gained success.
To be absolutely clear in the midst of this confusion, its origin is not from God, but the sinful hearts of men who willfully corrupt and deny the truth of God’s Word to have their own way and that of the lying spirits that deceive them (Acts 20:29-30; 2 Corinthians 4:2; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; James 3:13-18). “Are you saying all of these great men of God in our times, many with mega churches are wrong and you, a failed pastor and obscure preacher calling yourself a prophet of God are right?” Yes! Not because I am right in and of myself, but because I am saying only what Scripture says: the immutable God does not change (Malachi 3:6) and does not change His Word (Isaiah 40:6-8; Luke 21:33).
Scripture is unequivocal: “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints,” (1 Corinthians 14:33, NKJV). The context of the apostle’s declaration is his instruction and commandments from the Lord about the orderly conduct of the service when the local church is assembled including what he says about women therein and stands as long as there is such a thing as a local church on earth in this present age (1 Corinthians 14:26-40). Therefore, whoever sets about to corrupt, compromise or defy the “whole counsel of God” delivered through His apostles is rebelling against the Lord and under judgment without repentance (Acts 20:26-28, NKJV)!
I am a living witness that God destroys local churches that have lost their saltiness in confusion (Matthew 5:13). I was sent to warn the church I formerly shepherded to no avail and God--as He is doing in thousands of churches annually around this nation--destroyed it. Indeed, starting in 1979 until now, I have been crying out among the churches warning of God’s looming judgment and calling the willing to repentance. No doubt someone will say, “This is not the way to sell many books and gain success.” However, while I want as many as will to get my book, I was not sent to sell books and be a success, but to faithfully declare the Word and warning of God (Ezekiel 33:1-9).
God will have order in His house or He will rise up against it as it is plainly written of Israel and foretold by Christ and His apostles concerning the churches in His Word (2 Chronicles 36:15-21; Revelation 2:21-23, 17:1-18:24)! If in continuing rebellion you ignore His loving call to repentance through our strong man of God cause and message, then know for a certainty that you, pastor, elder and the church you preside over have much to fear. The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, “Who is on the Lord's side?”
I hope you and yours have had a great 4th and weekend. Because of the way the founders obtained American independence, our nation has a special reverence for what is considered the noble rebellion of persons and peoples that throw off the shackles of royal or any other type of government tyranny. This reverence for rebellion is part of the cultural DNA of the nation and is prominent in many churches that practice Christianity the religion of men. So, without any shame, many professing male and female Christians have sided with the world in all of its foretold rebellion against God and His Word in these latter days to include its definition of a man (Psalm 2:1-3).
However, in every generation of men since Eden, God has had those that remain faithful to Him in spite of the rebellion of others supposedly equally religious and even at the cost of their lives (Genesis 4:1-8; Luke 11:37-54). I take my stand among the faithful that the immutable God and Creator has not changed His definition of what a man is from the beginning of creation and that Jesus Christ is eternal Manhood in perfection! As the Lord leads, I briefly lay out my biblically drawn case in this blog repost and more fully in my just re-released book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics.
Originally Posted October 20, 2013
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