Permeating the churches in these latter days is the false teaching born of feminism’s demand for worldly defined equality that God has changed His mind about the responsibility He has assigned men to lead in their homes and in His house. Contrary to this falsehood, leading precedes only teaching, providing1 and protecting as responsibilities the immutable God has assigned men in His image and likeness. That churches supposedly of Jesus Christ would follow the world in rebellion against God in anything is unconscionable! Yet, among other things, it is happening with gender roles and responsibilities! As I have written in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics2 and many prior posts,3 Christian men are being marginalized as a negative consequence.
Besides taking authority over men from the pulpit, in administration and instruction, women are leading worship in God’s house despite the extremely plain “whole counsel of God” showing this to be sin (Acts 20:26-27; 1 Corinthians 14:33-37, NKJV).4 It is not as if there are no men to lead worship in the full assembly of God’s house (and even if there were not, obedience dictates that it would fall to the male pastor or worship does not proceed), capable men are purposely ignored! Even churches that claim they faithfully honor God’s Word are compromised on this as though their hypocrisy is masked or isn’t doctrine and practice supposed to agree (Matthew 15:1-9)? Woe to the guilty as the Lord leads me to warn in this edited 2012 Commentary as a first of those that followed!5
Originally Published July 2012
Worship of God in motivation and form on earth is supposed to mirror that which takes place in Heaven. In these last days, however, many professed Christians and church leaders have given themselves permission in their assemblies to offer God whatever forms of worship moves them. While for some in ignorance this flesh driven effort at religious devotion is well intended, if God the object is not pleased with it, then it is worthless. So, it goes in many American churches today that what passes for worship of God, is really a matter of what pleases human desires and is rejected by Him. His heretofore, forbearance to judge is also sinfully misconstrued as acceptance (Psalm 50:16-23).
According to Webster’s Dictionary, to worship anyone or anything (deity or a religious object) is to give reverence (a feeling of awe toward and profound respect). Such worship also includes the prescribed form it is to be expressed and is typically accompanied by intense devotion, esteem, love and admiration for the person or thing worshipped. When God gave man the ability in the divine image and likeness to love, exclusive worship of and foremost love for his Creator was intended to flow from his heart and be demonstrated by the action of obedience (Genesis 1:26a; Deuteronomy 4:15-19, 5:7-10; 6:4-5; John 14:15)! God also taught man how to approach Him after falling into sin (Genesis 3:21, 4:4, 8:20-22; Exodus 29:38-46).
In God's covenant relationship with Israel, only the men of the tribe of Levi would serve as priests and attendants leading the worship in the place of assembly (Numbers 3:1-13). God put to death Aaron's two sons as priests that did not worship Him as He prescribed (Leviticus 10:1-3). Later, He killed a non-Levite man who though well intended, touched the ark of God in the midst of king David's sponsored celebration of its return to Israel (1 Chronicles 13). Next time, David got it right (1 Chronicles 15:1-15). After this, the Lord revealed to David that his son would build a Temple (house) for Him (Deuteronomy 12:1-14; 1 Chronicles 17:1-15, 28:1-21; 2 Chronicles 6:12-7:3).
Jesus Christ, the Son of God and David came in the 1st century AD and emphasized the worship of God in His prescribed way. As it concerned the Temple, He rebuked the religious establishment for their failure to treat God as holy (Jeremiah 7:1-11; Luke 19:45-46). He also revealed what would become the worship reality in the New Covenant inaugurated in the aftermath of His death, burial and resurrection (John 4:19-22). He taught the woman at the well, “true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him," (John 4:23, NKJV). The Lord further explains this is absolutely necessary because "God is Spirit" (John 4:24, NKJV).
To worship God in spirit is to do so out of the deepest aspect of our inner existence given to us by Him: spirit to Spirit (Genesis 2:7; Zechariah 12:1). Worshipping God in truth has to do with inner authenticity and conformity with His Word (John 17:17). Spiritually dead in our sins, this is all impossible to us as sinners since God does not accept polluted worship (Isaiah 1:10-17, 59:1-2; Malachi 1:6-14; Acts 5:1-11). But the Lord Jesus by His sacrifice has made it possible for our sins to be forgiven and washed through His blood so that in the Spirit and faith we are able to draw near to worship God the Father as He prescribes (Ephesians 2:11-18; Philippians 3:3; Hebrews 8-10:22).
The Lord Jesus shows us by His own life what Spirit energized worship looks like in Luke 10:21. Out of His spirit spontaneously burst forth thanks to the Father. There was no choir, praise team or building; just the Son worshipping the Father in the temple of His body (John 2:19-22)! Even so, when we that are true worshippers as Christians assemble together there is worship of God in word and song as seen in the example of Israel and 1st century AD Christians (2 Chronicles 5:2-6:2; Acts 2:44-47, 16:25-26). There is also to be order, for individually and corporately we are God's house and worship Him as He prescribes (1 Corinthians 11:2-14:40; Ephesians 2:19-22, 5:17-21; 1 Peter 2:1-10).6
The worship of God is not about us; it is about Him! It does not matter whether we enjoy it or not--though in the Spirit we will. What matters is did we please God by worshipping Him as He prescribes? Therefore, let every guilty pastor repent from flesh contrived services called "worship" that feature entertainment to please people and the performing of hymns and songs led by known willful sinners. Let the Holy Spirit lead! Too, let professed Christian women that will be true worshippers of God in spirit and truth repent and voluntarily relinquish authority as a worship or any leader over men in His house (1 Timothy 2:11-14). Near is His judgment (Numbers 16:1-40)!7 The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 See the July 14, 2019 post, A Man’s Responsibility To Provide, under the categories, Biblical Worldview and God’s Creatures.
2 Get a print copy or digital download of the book at major internet booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBooks.com and Apple (digital only). You can
also get a print copy of the book on sale in the Strong Man Store.
3 A sampling of posts to read would include the July 13, 2014 post, House Of Confusion, July 20, 2014, Confused Men, Compromised Sons, October 12, 2014, Whose
House? and the two-part, Feminism’s Entry Into The Churches, posted May 27 and June 3, 2018 all under the category, Call To Repent.
4 It is a full on lie to attempt to disarm the perpetual standing of the apostle Paul’s teaching in this passage by claiming it was only for this one church and of his histori-
cal-cultural thinking of the time since in vs. 33, he asserts the truth stated is “as in all the churches of the saints” and declares what he has written “are the command-
ments of the Lord” in vs. 37, (NKJV). Therefore, I’ll say it yet again: God’s assignment of men to lead does not end at the church house steps! They are all willful re-
bels who defy and disobey the clear apostolic instruction on women in God’s house and should repent.
5 Read the January 2015 three-part 2013 repost, Worshipping God Without God and the epilogue, Final Considerations On Worshipping God, all under the category,
Call To Repent.
6 Read the July 27, 2014 post, God Of Order, under the category, Instruction.
7 Those in the churches with spiritual eyes to see, see God’s judgment in His house is in progress as warned. Guilty men considering themselves fair-minded and pro-
gresssive have much to fear as a result since rather than the good of liberating women from God’s unfair and unequal restrictions by championing their rebellion, you
are instead putting yourself and them in harm’s way of His judgment (Mark 9:42-48; Hebrews 10:26-31)!
Watching some of the many nature programs on television these days that idolatrously exalt non-sentient “mother nature” as the source cause of behavior programming in things that live on earth, I have come to appreciate and glorify the living God as a faithful Christian all the more for “His handiwork” in all of His creation (Psalm 19:1, NKJV)! That handiwork includes His programming right down into the DNA of most living things on earth. God’s will expressed from the beginning is that every living thing reproduce itself (Genesis 1:11-13, 20-31). It is so. God also programmed His reproducing creatures to act instinctively out of observable and definable roles and responsibilities.
So, for example, science has observed that certain penguins mate for life with the male and female each carrying out their separate duties while both go to get food for their offspring. How did the penguin parents know to do this and who told them they had to? Nobody; it is programmed in their genetic make up to provide food for their offspring! Human beings also have parental instincts programmed in us by God, but the difference between us and the animals is we have been given the freewill to override His genetic programming in sin and willfully rebel against His express commandments and instructions to our detriment as write I in this edited 2011 Commentary.
Originally Published October 2011
Who said it is the man and husband of the family that is responsible to provide for them? God, the Creator of man has modeled and taught so in His Word! But now, near the end of this world as we know it, many are rebelling against the instructions of God for the order of the family including a rising number of professed Christians. They treat the Bible as dated, but the declarations of worldly government officials and science worshipping professionals as sacred. They are more concerned about the world's approval than God's. As a result, their homes are as confused as those of the ungodly. Meanwhile, the wrath of the Bible's God looms on the horizon to destroy our nation and world.
In my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics,1 I am led of the Lord to address the 21st century confusion on male and female roles and their responsibilities in the family. It is not a pretty picture and statistics in the book bear this out. In arrogance, sinful humanity moved by various motivations, but primarily secular humanism, feminism and sexual perversion, have sought to re-define men, women and the family. It is of pure arrogance because in anybody’s worldview, how can you improve upon perfection? God's design presented in His Word is perfect because He is the Perfect One! But these unjust gods would usurp the Almighty and create their own world (Psalm 82).
Let every professed Christian be reminded it is not the roles and responsibilities of men and women that are flawed as God designed, it is we ourselves as sinners. God has already given a helpful fix for our problem in the cross of His Son, Jesus Christ, and new birth through the Holy Spirit. Even in this we are not yet perfected on this side of Heaven. So, in great zeal to please God and do His will we intentionally labor daily in the strength He supplies to live out the roles He has assigned us. The outcome should be that every Christian man, woman and family renders a far superior portrait of God's perfect design than any of the world to His glory (Matthew 5:14-16)!2
In God's design a man is the lead provider in the family because he is so in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26a). God as the Head and Father of Adam initiated his existence and immediately provided for his needs (Genesis 2:7-10). He provided a comfortable environment and shelter, food, beauty, water as well as His up close and personal presence for relationship. Though everything grew of itself, God still made Adam Eden’s caretaker providing Him with responsible work (Genesis 2:15). After Adam fell in sin, God ordained that He should continue to work, but now, it would be harder as he would have to toil to make the earth yield its bounty (Genesis 3:17-19).
In the image and likeness of God a man as the head and father of his family works to provide for them. From Adam, men have worked to provide for their families whether it was building shelter, digging wells, farming, fishing, hunting etc. and then returned home to provide themselves. God also designed men to in general be bigger and stronger than women in order to help fulfill their historically demanding physical assignment as a provider. Indeed, the apostle Paul writes the command, "If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat," (2 Thessalonians 3:10, NKJV). Able-bodied men that sit at home idle while their wives work sin against the Lord despising His order and assignment.
The transition from an economy that was agrarian and agriculture based to one that is city, industrial and now technology driven over the past 200 hundred years has certainly been influential in giving men and women a greater diversity of work opportunities. However, God's design of their roles remains the same. Men have the lead responsibility to provide for their families. God will not be mocked nor will He allow His Word to be discarded without more than natural consequences to those who defiantly insist on destroying His design of male and female roles and their responsibilities.
Truly, the state of our economy and lack of work today is another of the many warning judgments from the Lord intended to be remedial and cause our nation to turn back to Him.3 All of our leaders in and outside of the churches need to consider the nation's greatness to this point was never a matter of so-called “exceptionalism” procured by our own wisdom and might. No, but as the song says, "God shed His grace on thee."4 Therefore, the word of the Lord to our nation is repent lest He pour out on the land the wrath that is deserved even before the time (Jeremiah 25:29-33; Luke 12:47-48)! The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 Get a print copy or digital download of the book at major internet booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBooks.com and Apple (digital only). You can
also get a print copy of the book on sale in the Strong Man Store.
2 Assembled together as God’s house in local churches (Hebrews 3:1-6), the portrait of His perfect design of the family is supposed to be affirmed, not obliterated as is
taking place in clear rebellion with the world against God among many churches. Don’t these folks understand the immutable God never has and never will reward un-
faithfulness considering it blasphemy or rebellion (Ezekiel 20:27; Hebrews 3:7-19)?
3 This was originally written during the economic downturn that had begun in 2008. All such downturns should serve not only as reminders of how precarious human
economies are at any given moment, but for us to also realize it is not a sound idea to purposely offend God upon whom upturns and sustained prosperity depend
4 Words are from the patriotic song, America The Beautiful, written first as a poem by Katharine Lee Bates in 1895 according to Wikipedia.
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