When I hear otherwise solid Bible teachers make an extra special effort to forcefully and corruptly insert women into Scripture passages clearly directed to men, I know the demonic deceit of feminism in these latter days is at work. Nowhere in the Bible does God make any apology for directing His Word to men as a first audience nor will the Son of God do so upon His glorious return! This is because God is purposeful in addressing Himself to His chosen leaders from among the progeny of the first man and federal head of his kind, Adam (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7-25, 4:1-2, 5:1-4).
As the Lord leads, I write to follow-up the July 21, 2019 post, Worship In God’s House under the category, Call To Repent. My aim is to attempt to help those that will be helped to grasp something of the magnitude of the blasphemy and sin professed Christians and their churches that are guilty are engaged in by brazenly refusing to honor the roles, rank and responsibilities God has assigned men and women in the human family and His house. Repentance is God’s only accepted way out of the severe judgment His holiness demands for this egregious iniquity of His people acting in concert with the world led by Satan in rebellion to profane Him (Ezekiel 22:23-31; Hebrews 10:26-31)!
Roles, rank and corresponding responsibilities are of eternal origin and fully bound up in organization and its related order. Every kind of organization of God and His creation feature roles, rank and corresponding responsibilities within a set order. When the heavens and the earth were created, for example, in relation to and for the benefit of a formless earth beneath waters and in darkness, the triune God set about the business of bringing order to the creation on the very first day by speaking physical light into existence (Genesis 1:1-5). The sun (with other stars) as a “greater” and the moon as a “lesser light” in rank were made on the fourth day (Genesis 1:14-19, NKJV).
As revealed in the Bible’s book of Genesis and science is beginning to understand, the physical creation is an organizational whole with a set order. Though incredulous science naysayers are unwilling to go as far as God’s Word does in making the earth the central object of the vast physical creation, it is so with purpose! As seen in the organizational whole of physical creation, there are assigned roles, rank and responsibilities within a divine designed order among inanimate matter and elements as well as all living things including God’s highest creature, man, whom He created on the earth and holds accountable to govern it (Psalm 8)!
Roles, rank and responsibilities for the proper functioning and order of an organization originate with God not only as something He designed for His creation, but as that which is the natural operation of the divine Family. Indeed, before there was ever any created thing, God--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--as I wrote in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics1 and a previous post.2 Though equally God, the Father ranks highest in the divine triunity as the Son of God asserted in His submission and declared as a matter of fact during His mortal sojourn on the earth, while the Holy Spirit waits to do the Father and Son’s will (John 1:1-18, 5:16-23, 14:28, 15:26-27, 16:5-15).
The greater the rank, the greater the responsibility! In the divine Family, the Father is over and responsible for all (Ephesians 3:14-19, 4:4-6; James 1:16-18). The angelic creatures God created are organized in rank and order to serve the divine Kingdom (Isaiah 6:1-4, 37:15-16; Daniel 10:13). Fallen angel, Lucifer, patterned his rebel kingdom of darkness after God’s with himself as the “father” head followed by “principalities,” “powers,” “rulers of the darkness” and “spiritual hosts of wickedness” in rank and order (Isaiah 14:12-15; John 8:44; Ephesians 6:12, NKJV). Mankind too, was purposely organized by God with roles, rank and responsibilities within a set order beginning in the family.3
Man the male is God’s appointed head as seen in him being created first followed by his female companion and helper wife that was taken out of him for him (1 Corinthians 11:8-9; 1 Timothy 2:13). When Adam’s wife usurped him and led them into sin, God voiced His perfect will in correction of her and all her daughters to follow for all time in this present age: ‘“And he shall rule over you,’” (Genesis 3:16c, NKJV). This commanded role of men by God is seen to be honored by women with few exceptions throughout the Old Testament across many cultures and is affirmed in the first century New Testament churches filled with Gentiles by Paul, the Jewish apostle to the Gentiles personally ordained by Jesus Christ (Acts 26:12-18; 1 Corinthians 14:33-40; 1 Timothy 2:11-15).4
Paul plainly lays out Heaven’s order of rank: God the Father, Christ, man, woman (1 Corinthians 11:3). Lost today due to the rebellion of feminism and apostasy (but no less required by God)5 is how the apostle lays out the visible respect of rank men are to give Christ our Head and women their husbands as their immediate heads in fulfilling all of the roles and responsibilities of God’s set order of the family that carries over into His house (1 Corinthians 11:4-16; Ephesians 5:22-6:4; Titus 2:1-8). The apostle Peter confirms Paul’s instruction (1 Peter 3:1-7).6 Therefore, professed Christians in rebellion with the world against God’s will ought to repent now! 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 Read the July 27, 2014 post, God Of Order, under the category, Instruction.
3 Roles, rank and responsibilities in a set order exist in every kind of organization of mankind beyond the family to include governments, militaries and corporations. Only
the most extremely deluded of rebels resist the reality of this truth!
4 The usually cynically and wickedly asked question invariable arises here: “So, what can women do in the church” as if being seen taking authority over and leading men
is the only worthwhile way to serve God in His house. Neither men nor women should be seeking to do anything in God’s house to be seen which is of the flesh. But
God has intentionally organized and ordered His house to operate through the agency of the Holy Spirit who equips each member with spiritual gifts to serve the divine
will. And while there are gifts, callings and ministries that are more visible than others, every gifted person has their important part in the Body of Christ as the apostle
Paul also taught (1 Corinthians 12:1-26). Thus, there is no Heaven ordained reason, for example, to purposely put women up to say anything during a full assembly of
the church just so they are included. Men do this for whatever reasons out of the sinful flesh and demonic deceit of religion (Mark 7:5-13). Also, the Holy Spirit is not
confused. He does not gift and call women to disobediently rule over men in God’s house. See the May 20, 2018 post, The Value Of Women To Jesus Christ, under
the category, God’s Creatures.
5 Just because His people refuse to obey His will and God chooses not to severely jump on the disobedience with judgment right away, does not invalidate His will as king
Josiah realized when the lost “Book of the Law” was brought and read to him (2 Kings 22:8-13, NKJV).
6 In my book, I reference the excellent book by P.B. Wilson, Liberated Through Submission, (Eugene: Harvest House, 1990), where she comes to be amazed at just how
much responsibility men have under Christ in their family roles as husbands and fathers. As a result, she urges her Christian sisters to embrace voluntary submission
to their husbands as God’s will rather than in line with the demonically inspired rebellion of feminism, seeking to usurp them in disobedience. Being the head is not just a
title of authority, but a major responsibility God has given men He holds accountable to carry out in His image and likeness. Again, the greater the rank, the greater the
responsibility! For those that wickedly assert God’s will in this is taking people and churches backwards, shame on you! Our blessings come from God through obedi-
ence, not rebellion (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 5:8-9)!
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)!
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