I wrote to guilty pastors, elders and churches in a January 27, 2019 post footnote, “How can you seriously expect the world to hear you from God’s Word and you do not even obey it?”1 The fact of the matter is blatant disobedience to God’s Word has characterized many professed Christians, their churches and other ecclesiastical bodies reaching back to the apostles (Romans 16:17-18; 1 Corinthians 5:1-2; Galatians 3:1-4). During the past 500 years, breakaway European Protestants protested the disobedience and corruptions of Catholicism only to find themselves in independence doing all of the same things as their mother (Revelation 17:1-6).
Both groups wickedly gave religious undergirding to the bigoted, violent and dehumanizing form of slavery my forefathers endured while passing down to them their manmade forms of Christianity the religion corruptly drawn from the Bible.2 Thanks to the continuing support of its many powerless manmade forms extant like yeast throughout American Christianity, racial bigotry and discrimination also remains a foil to the realization of a widespread display of biblically commanded, Holy Spirit fired love and brotherhood.3 This is to the glee of Satan who along with racial bigotry has initiated all of the deceitful strongholds of sin among the many harlot churches today God in His wrath will destroy (Amos 5:16-27; Revelation 16:17-19, 17:15-18:8)!4
Like our nation at this moment, American Christianity in the main is a racially divided house about to fall as I write in this edited 2013 Commentary.
Originally Published February 2013
The now deceased Rodney King's appeal, "Can we all get along" was moving, but not realistic for worldly men. His appeal came in the face of rioting after a 1992 trial acquitting white Los Angeles police officers of beating him that was captured on video and seen globally. For professed Christian American men, getting along in racial harmony is supposedly not to be the problem it is for worldly men since we have God resident in us. However, the nearly four centuries Christianity has been in America tragically presents contrary evidence. Aspiring strong men of God in the image of Christ celebrate diversity in His Body; fostering unity, harmony and where needed, healing.5
It is Black History Month again. The occasion may seem to be a purposeful discomfiting reminder to white Americans of the racism that once ran so deep among their forefathers, an attempt was made to destroy black contributions from American history. However, to prevent the loss of our history, help build appreciation in blacks and willing others, black educator and historian Carter G. Woodson created the special emphasis last century that now spans all of February. Nevertheless, as the uproar in Rodney King’s beating twenty years ago and subsequent events such as last year’s killing of black teenager, Trayvon Martin, show, racial tensions remain skin deep.6
Tensions are apparent too in churches that are racially homogeneous and wish to remain so. How could racial segregation as initiated by whites during slavery and continued by many of their descendants along with reciprocating black and other minorities professing to be Christians remain to this hour? Why can’t we come together in our racial diversity as Christians? As the Lord led, I explored this issue through a booklet I wrote in 2005 entitled, The Scourge Of Racism.7 In it, I conclude racism in the churches is a failure by professed Christians to obey the Lord's command to love one another (John 13:34-35).
I also write about the failure to love one another in a number of blog posts.8 This failure is tied to America's brand of Christianity the religion where impostors devoid of the Holy Spirit and weak believers quenching His fire in willful sin, practice all manner of evil including racism. America's Christian house is divided in defiance of the Lord all claim to follow and His teaching that "a house divided against a house falls," (Luke 11:17; NKJV). If the guilty do not repent from the toleration of racism and other sins that divide, the Lord's teaching will soon be fulfilled since it can be no other way (Luke 11:23, 21:33)!
As I assert in The Scourge Of Racism, God our Creator from the one man, Adam, has made us all different by purposeful design that mankind in all of their diversity might with common heart seek Him (Acts 17:24-28)! Our diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, body size, abilities etc. is all to the glory of God in this present age and to be celebrated.9 This, the aspiring strong man and great woman of God in the image of Christ do! For we all in Christ have been brought together in our diversity as sons by God through Christ, the blood He shed to save us on Calvary's cross and the new birth by the Holy Spirit. In Him, men are God's household and forever family held together in divine love (Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 2:11-22, 3:14-21)!
This is biblical Christianity that will only continue to seem as high idealism and deluded wishful thinking to professed Christians in divided churches until authentic repentance and revival sweeps through. In repentance, professed Christian white men must cease assuming they are superior to their brothers of color; that every way they see things or idea they propose is right because of their self-appointed standing as superior. They must also give up the notion that men of color should despise themselves and embrace every white value to gain acceptance. Truly, all are to be like Christ and obey His command to love each other as He has loved us (1 John 3:10-24, 4:20-5:3).
Professed Christian black and other men of color in repentance must let go of legitimate anger not just for past, but God knows about the ongoing racial injustices we suffer among many of our white, ostensibly Christian brothers. Bitter victimization is appealing, but is not God's way of love that forgives rather than keeps records of wrongs suffered (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). Also, stop looking for sinful men to fully vindicate your suffering. As aspiring strong men of God in the image of Christ we are waiting for divine vindication that will occur when Christ soon returns--unless you scoff at His coming (2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; 1 Peter 2:19-23; 2 Peter 3:1-9)?10 The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 The quote is found in the eighth footnote of the post, Contending For God’s Design Of Masculinity In Men, under the category, The Cause.
2 Read the two-part, August 2016 post, Christianity The Religion Of Men, under the category, Instruction.
3 See Christianity The Religion American Style posted September 4, 2016 under the category, Call To Repent.
4 Much of Western Christianity (my fellow black Americans well represented) continues to want to idolatrously recast God away from His eternal holiness, righteousness,
justice and enduring commands for this mortal age with ear scratching preaching (2 Timothy 4:1-4) and emotion charged, supposedly loving, female led so-called wor-
ship in sin. The worshipper may have “enjoyed” what was taking place, but the issue is did God? The God of the Bible’s ancient rebuke stands as declared by the pro-
phet Amos in the Scripture listed to which this footnote refers. He does not accept nor is He pleased with worship no matter how sincere or emotional that is mixed with
sin! Truly, before Amos, the prophet Samuel proclaimed, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice…” and the Lord Jesus: “If you love Me, keep my commandments,”
(1 Samuel 15:22-23; John 14:15, NKJV). Read the three-part series of posts beginning January 4, 2015, Worshipping God Without God, under the category, Call To
Repent. The Lord’s judgment of the unrepentant is just!
5 Learn more about the aspiring strong man and great woman of God in the image of Jesus Christ from my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics and compan-
ion instructional resource, The Strong Man Of God Men’s Group Study. They are available in the Strong Man Store.
6 Read the two-part post beginning on July 29, 2018, The Racial Double Standard, under the category, Call To Repent.
7 The booklet is available on the Resources Page of our companion Web Site, https://fromslaverytovictory.org.
8 Read the four March 1-22, 2015 posts on love as an inescapable requirement of biblical Christianity under the category, Instruction.
9 See the December 6, 2015 post, Celebrating God’s Racial Diversity Initiative, under the category, Call To Repent.
10 Read When The Glory Comes, posted on November 29, 2015 under the category, Glory To God!
If ever preoccupied professed Christians should be able to plainly see the increasingly brazen, open rebellion of the world from every societal quarter against our God, His Anointed and Word at this hour (Psalm 2:1-3), it is in the guidelines for physicians that work with males by the American Psychological Association (APA) released this month according to a Christian news service article.1 Also this month, Gillette Razor unveiled a commercial calling out male behavior it wants to see changed. Both entities challenged what the APA termed “traditional” and Gillette, “toxic masculinity” from a secular humanistic worldview while ignoring God’s gender design and man’s fallen condition.2
The APA speaks authoritatively to the world as a branch of science engaged in the ongoing study of the human mind and behavior in developing and presenting its new guidelines. It contends that the traditional (ancient) view of masculinity that allows ‘“anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk and violence’” along with ‘“stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression’” are ‘“harmful.’” The APA is concerned that males socialized this way are not likely to behave in healthy ways and are at a higher risk of committing suicide. They also declare gender should no longer be seen as just male-female.
The foregoing declaration is an obvious assent to the social trends of popular culture as is the conclusion in the guidelines that “traditional masculinity is viewed as a negative thing because men could feel forced to suppress ‘“gender-nonconforming’” feelings which can lead to increased hostility toward LGBT men.” The article sums up the objective of the new guidelines is to help medical professionals support ‘“men in breaking free of masculinity rules that don’t help them’” and in the process, strangely, move them into a ‘“positive masculinity’” that is exemplified by ‘“courage and leadership.’” What? Isn’t courage and leadership also the intended display of historic manhood?
It must be understood here that what the APA and the politically correct, tolerant secular culture today considers “anti-femininity” is any suggestion from any source that females be denied the opportunity to do anything that has been historically considered for males only. In fairness, the APA is also rightly incorporating into its definition as Gillette does in its commercial what wrongly involves male entitlement to oppressive and sexually abusive behavior toward females. However, this is not a masculinity issue, but what the Bible calls sin! This is because as the same Bible teaches mankind is fallen; males and females are born sinners by nature (Psalms 51:5, 58:3-5; Romans 3:10-20)!
As the Lord has led me to write in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics3 and many blog posts,4 masculinity as it originates with God is perfect as was His design of it in man (Genesis 1:26-27, 31). God designed and created mortal man and woman to act out of divine eternal masculinity in an order (Genesis 2:7, 15-25) and their respective gender role assignments and responsibilities. But the original act of usurping rebellion against God by the first woman not imputed to the race until its head followed her lead, irreparably corrupted human nature with no hope apart from what God could do and did to deliver us (Genesis 3; Romans 3:21-31, 7:12-8:6)!
In their elect assignment to lead in the divine image and likeness, men are purposely designed by God bodily to have vision and with ambition, risk, seek adventure, be strong, build, aggressively compete, conquer, achieve and govern with authority; rejecting behaving as a female and same sex attraction since these run counter to their design.5 As such historically, men have built civilizations, advanced technology, walked on the moon and filled the earth with progeny born of females! And this is all harmful? No, but what has been harmful is sin in men that has marred their gloriously designed mortal masculinity leading to all manner of wicked and perverted behavior!
Indeed, the APA, Gillette and this Ministry share in common an understanding that something is wrong with men.6 But in the wisdom of God, the cause of this Ministry is to righteously restore men through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and renewing of the Holy Spirit that deals with our sin problem and actually transforms us from the inside out as I am a witness (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:17-24)! Surely, the APA will truthfully say to me, “many professing to know your Savior are just as messed up still as those who have made no such profession.”7 There are many reasons for this including impostors, a lack of knowledge of and growth in the faith, but also, the hypocrisy of many of our church leaders who have sided with the world against God in dismantling biblical manhood!8
Representing fallen mankind now moving toward the apex of their rebellion against their Creator, the APA guidelines appear to give legitimacy to the rebellion with its arrogantly authoritative, misinformed attempt to revise masculinity. Scripture declares any man or group of men that believes they are wiser than God whom they reject is over the top arrogant, deceived and makes themselves fools (Job 28:20-28; Psalms 10:4, 14:1; Isaiah 19:11-15, 45:9-10; Jeremiah 8:8-9; 1 Corinthians 3:18-20). In your worldly wisdom taught by demons, O proud man, you are tearing down God’s ancient order of mankind and design of gender roles and responsibilities only to the end of destroying the world and bringing wrath upon yourselves (Isaiah 2:10-22, 24:1-13, 17-23; Romans 1:18-32)!
1 American Psychological Association Deems ‘Traditional Masculinity Harmful.’ Kayla Koslosky, Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com, January 14, 2019. All quotes attributed
to the APA in the post are from this article.
2 “Toxic Masculinity” is the title Gillette has given to its commercial. Google “Gillette Commercial” to verify this.
3 My book and the companion instructional resource, The Strong Man Of God Men’s Group Study are both available in the Strong Man Store.
4 Read the June 19, 2016 post, Eternal Sons Of God, under the category, Instruction. Also read the following multi-part posts, Jesus, Son Of Man, January 29-February
12, 2017 and The Value Of Men, June 4-25, 2017 all under the category, The Cause.
5 Only a generation ago most mental health professions also believed men acting as women or engaged in homosexual relationships were not behaving normal.
6 Learn about the work of Strong Man Ministries at https://thestrongmanofGod.org/About-Us.
7 The same charge could be accurately made about many of the male mental health clients and associated professionals that are instructed in the multitude of constantly
changing “expert” declarations as well as given drugs and therapies that do not regenerate their minds or souls! Male re-education attempts through the media such
as what Gillette and other “socially conscious” corporations are doing in Ad campaigns may successfully raise awareness and even inspire new social taboos along
with related criminalization. However, in the end, these secular efforts end up putting more guilt and shame on men powerless to do the reformation of their sinful nature
necessary to comply. And aren’t our jails and prisons filled with enough men? Only God through the Gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ, has the remedy for fallen men!
8 Siding with the world in allowing women to preach to, teach and take authority over men in God’s house as an outcome of revising the gender role assignments He has
commanded (1 Corinthians 11:3, 14:34-37) has been and is an act of defiant rebellion and betrayal enabling the world to mock on the part of guilty pastors, elders and
churches. How can you seriously expect the world to hear you from God’s Word and you do not even obey it? Hypocrites! For your sakes and the men caused to be
confused, led astray and marginalized, I implore you to repent at this decisive moment in the world. For if you continue to harden your heart in unbelief fed stubborn re-
sistance to obeying God’s Word now (Acts 7:51-53), there may be no way back sooner than you think since the foretold judgment in His house is already underway
(1 Timothy 4:1-2; Hebrews 3:7-19; 1 Peter 4:17-18)! Read Now Is The Day Of Salvation, posted December 4, 2016, under the category, Call To Repent.
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