What does the racially motivated murders of the black American Bible study participants at the Emmanuel AME Church of Charleston, SC on June 17th and the June 26th United States Supreme Court decision making same sex marriage the law of the land have in common spiritually and morally speaking? Both expose again the failure of corrupt manmade Christianity the religion historically practiced by an influential majority of professing white Christians of all denominations that have sanctioned, even cherished the privileges of racial inequality and inequity which secular champions of political correctness and tolerance are wrong-headedly attempting to fix.
If with truly converted hearts in the power of the Holy Spirit the early colonists, founders of the nation and those going forward had stood firmly in the biblical worldview that the equality of humanity as persons was of God, the inequalities of racism even in slavery would not have been (Ephesians 6:5-9; Philemon). In the flesh though, religious men do no better than rank sinners and are actually worse since they corruptly use religion to justify their wicked ways. So, now, our nation--built on a flawed religiously constructed and supported foundation of racial inequality and inequity upheld for almost four centuries by the professing stewards of Christianity in their churches and seminaries--seeks to correct things by making everything equal and fair in its own flawed worldly view.
In a biblical worldview all apparent inequalities and inequities are not the same. God considers goodwill relations between human beings different from intimate same sex relationships since by His design we are expressly male and female for His purpose of procreation (Genesis 1:27-28). Also, while the eternally perfect God requires men to act by His standard of fairness in our transactions with each other, His standard does not apply to what He has forbidden nor in disagreement are we to invent our own (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Isaiah 29:15-16). Therefore, many talk defiantly now, but they will bow in absolute humiliation at the soon glorious appearing of the righteous Author of the Word of God and our Judge (Matthew 5:17-20; Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 1:7-8)!
In the following still relevant July 4th 2011 commentary from our Ministry’s Strong Man Of God Monthly Newsletter as this week’s blog, I appeal with Christ’s heart especially to my conservative professing Christian white brothers that are guilty to thoroughly renounce your racism still so evident in your default attitudes of racial superiority and contempt as well as deeds of exclusion and discrimination bound up in maintaining racial inequality and inequity.
Originally Published July 2011
Ever since broaching the subject of equality in my commentary entitled, Childish Arguments back in March this year (see my May 3, 2015 blog), I have been deeply desirous before the Lord to deal with the issue head on and as fully as this limited space permits. The same goes for equity or fairness. Both of these biblical and highly moral terms have been co-opted and corrupted by various individuals and groups since the founding of our nation. Consequently, it is very fitting on the occasion of America's 235th birthday to call us back as a nation to the original intent of the Author of equality and equity for He is surely judging us at this hour for our failure to live out His definitions.
How high, noble and true are the words of the Declaration of Independence that declare, "all men are created equal." The words are true not because sinful men said so, but because a holy Creator made all humanity from the one man, Adam (Acts 17:24-26). No one man is innately superior in nature to another. Though to suit His creative glory God made mankind of different physical appearance and varying abilities, we are all from the one original man and equal in standing before our Creator. There is no qualitative difference between men when God the Righteous One is doing the judging. However, when fallen, sinful men judge, now all manner of human inequality enters in.
Some contemporary white historical commentators such as David Barton and David Von Drehle in a recent Time Magazine article on the Civil War assert the "all men are created equal" statement was an attempt by the nation's founders to address the reality of human inequality involved in slavery.1, 2 In American style slavery a whole race of people were deemed inferior and suitable only for perpetual servitude. The attitude of contempt and judgment as unfit for equality held toward blacks by many whites has continued to this day even with an African-American President. Shamefully, among those whites has been and are many professing to be Christians (Galatians 3:26-28).
The moral concept of equity has come to man from the Lord as He introduced to Israel His requirement of their being just in their dealings with strangers and each other (Leviticus 19:33-37; Deuteronomy 25:13-16). The Lord Jesus came along and emphasized loving one's neighbor (whoever that human being was) as one's self as the motivation for fair dealings and then some (Mark 12:31; Luke 6:27-36, 10:25-37). The apostle Paul was later inspired by the Holy Spirit to explain the absolute reason for love as the high motive in human relations when he wrote, "Love does no harm to a neighbor," (Romans 13:10a, NKJV). Sinful humanity does not naturally possess this kind of love.
The history of slavery, Jim Crow segregation and institutional racism in America clearly demonstrates how human hearts filled with contempt for others will not treat them with equity. A devastating Civil War had to be fought to end slavery. Legal battles continue to reverse institutionalized racial inequities throughout American society. While white men chafe under the finger of responsibility for much of this ungodly legacy of American racial inequity, there is nowhere else to look historically since the Women's Suffrage Movement is evidence white women were not in control of society. This is not said to blame for blame’s sake but to call the right persons forward to lead to action.
As the Civil Rights Movement taught us, we cannot legislate our way into what the nation’s founders had in mind for us as a free and equal people. We must love our way into it. And since as fallen sinners we are not able or willing in our own strength to love each other equally and fairly, then what we are really talking about is turning back to God for help (Ephesians 3:14-21). Therefore, this is a special call to my Christian white brothers and pastors in particular as aspiring strong men of God in the image of Christ. Lead out in owning and repenting from the historic sinful attitude and willful practice of treating black and other racial minority men unequally and unfairly.
Indeed, it is because of the half-hearted effort to do this in racial reconciliation talks that have gone on since the 1960s Satan has been enabled to co-opt the righteous equality and equity quest of racial minority men for rebels against the divine order. Talking and public platitudes have yielded so very little given how pervasive this evil is in our nation and the churches. The hour grows late and time is running out to get this right. True repentance is reflected in deeds as John the Baptist chided the religious leaders of his day (Matthew 3:4-10). Therefore, let the loving begin in obedience to the Lord's command (John 13:34-35; 1 John 2:7-11, 3:10-23, 4:7-21)! The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 David Barton, Setting The Record Straight: American History In Black & White (Aledo, Texas: Wall Builders Press, 2004), 17-18.
2 David Von Drehle, “The Civil War 1861-2011, The Way We Weren’t,” Time, April 18, 2011, 40-51.
In last week’s post that was originally a 2012 Commentary, the Lord led me to write about the need for American church pastors that are guilty to be more intentional about developing the men in their churches as leaders. The absence of men in the churches today and their weakness in the pews when they are there is major evidence pastors are failing in their biblically mandated responsibility to reach men for and develop them in Christ. I also present a number of reasons for the failure of pastors in this matter, but reserved discussing an important one this and elaborating on another next week. In this week’s edited 2012 blog repost, it is the equality trap.
Originally Posted November 4, 2012
Writing about equality causes a powerful mix of emotions in me as a black American that has lived all of my life with the painful sting of racism fed inequality. I have endured being treated unequally in both the secular world where without connection to Christ it would be expected and among many white professing Christians, their churches and related entities where I have refused to accept such behavior as representative of biblical Christianity, but frankly, have also come to expect it from experience. Even so, more and more professing white Christians are following the world’s lead in not displaying some of the more openly discriminatory practices of racial inequality.
However, the evil practice of treating a man unequally because of the color of his skin is not the supposed immoral equivalent of a God honoring society treating same sex relations as wrong and forbidding its practice. My skin color was genetically programmed whereas same sex relations are a choice even if the demonically instigated and deceitful allure is over powering. All men are not to be marginalized as a group due to the racism of many white men either. Mysteriously and wickedly, God’s ancient instruction on males and females is being lumped together with racism. By divine assignment men are leaders in the home, church and wider society as it has been from creation.
The world’s clamor for equality is not moral or righteous, but hypocritically rebellious!1 The righteous demands for a more equal and fair society made historically by blacks and other racial minorities has been co-opted and used as a pretext by the mostly white “children of the sixties” to press their own immoral agenda and rebellion against God’s ancient morality for and order of human society (Psalm 2:1-3). This is not just my opinion offered from afar. I experienced the attempted brain washing that has come with this rebellion while in secular colleges in the mid-seventies and early eighties through particularly all of my social science courses.2
And now, the world’s clamor for equality has fully made its way into the churches where worldly anything is not to be tolerated as opposition to God’s program which is already perfectly equal and fair since He is the Author! Thus, the God of the Bible has never condoned or sanctioned racism or its related practices including segregated anything much less churches. This has all been done by those that are guilty in willful defiance of and disobedience to God’s Word. Similarly, those professing Christians that would think God’s male and female roles, responsibilities and order are not equal and fair are rebels and carry a worldly agenda into His house. They are of prospectively three types in their rebellion.
First, they are false disciples and impostors that have never met Jesus Christ personally (Galatians 2:1-5; 2 Timothy 3:13). Second, they are carnal, willfully weak and untaught babes in Christ who foolishly believe the church should look like the world rather than the peculiar people God called us out of it to be (1 Peter 2:9-10).3 Finally, they are self-willed and led, fearful of the world and ultimately ashamed of Christ and the Word of God (Matthew 10:24-33; Mark 8:34-38). Out of this latter group come many of the pastors today who feel pressure to make the world be fond of their churches for the sake of building them bigger and fear of persecution.
Too, their mostly female filled churches demand that women be treated equally and fairly as in the world and have positions of authority God has reserved for men. A special effort to develop men as leaders is a big no-no. Pastors who truly know and love the Lord must resist the temptation to compromise God’s Word and corrupt His program in being caught in Satan’s equality trap. In the first place, your assignment, pastor, is not to build a big congregation. It is to preach the Gospel, baptize and teach those who believe in making disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Any legitimate increase in congregation size will come from the Lord not your efforts (Acts 2:47b; 1 Corinthians 3:5-7).
Furthermore, in the example of Christ, you must teach and develop men first as leaders in the home who will then prove themselves worthy to serve as leaders in God’s house. This approach in turn will lead to spiritually healthy homes and churches that are blessed of God even if they are despised by the world.4 Who are you to please in this, brother pastor: God or the world? If you have already compromised and corrupted yourself, repent! Our God rich in mercy through Christ will forgive you. However, you are right to consider the sobering possibility of natural consequences as you attempt to undo the damage you have done. I salute and encourage all faithful pastors to stay on the battlefield--it only gets tougher from here.
1 Read the May 15, 2016 blog post, God Unfair?, under the category, God’s Creatures for more on the world’s brand of equality and fairness.
2 Recent films such as God’s Not Dead 1&2 while fictional, nevertheless, capture how brain washing has morphed into open hostility and contempt now on many campuses
toward especially a biblical worldview that challenges all of the rebellious tenets of a secular worldview including evolution to explain origins and science as the final
authority on all.
3 Read my May 22, 2016 blog post, The Peculiar People, under the category, Instruction.
4 The Leader Kit for The Strong Man Of God Men’s Group Study is a great starting place for pastors to consider using this excellent resource in their efforts to teach and de-
velop men. It is available exclusively in the Strong Man Store.
In the leadership and power of the Holy Spirit I am endeavoring to live out my life and labor in ministry with a biblical worldview toward everything since the Bible is God’s eternal Word (Isaiah 40:8)! I make this statement understanding there are many worldviews out there including those that are Christian. Indeed, knowing the confusion created by the historic division, rebellion, corruption, compromise and scholarly arrogance within the ranks of professing Christianity, I am comfortably anchored and “blessed” in a biblical worldview as the Spirit leads to enable my continued objective and consistent interpretation and application of God’s Word as it is written (Psalm 119:1-8, NKJV)!
For my critics in and outside of professing Christianity, I do know very well the world does not work the way the Bible says it ought. But the world can never out righteous or do the living God! Therefore, for the world to admit it does not operate as the Bible prescribes is to confirm God’s plainly and repeatedly stated cause for His coming wrath (Romans 1:18-32). The world in rebellion has not improved upon God’s truth in the least bit. Instead, the world in rebellion against God and His Word along with the professed Christians following after it has plunged itself into ruin and “is passing away.” “But he who does the will of God” from a biblical worldview “abides forever,” (1 John 2:17, NKJV)!
For this reason with the Psalmist “I have chosen the way of truth;” I will even “run the course of” God’s “commandments” and trusting His Word, “the word of truth,” I will “keep” it “continually, forever and ever,” (Psalm 119:29-34, 42-44, NKJV)! Truly, the Psalmist and I are far from alone in this. Every Bible writer and all of the godly characters to include Jesus Christ in it take God’s Word to heart as biblical conservatives--presenting, interpreting, applying and preserving it as it is written; living in and serving God out of a biblical worldview. And when I stumble in my quest to faithfully live out a biblical worldview through sin, like a child learning to ride a bicycle who falls off, I get back on the bicycle in accord with God’s Word (Psalm 119:57-60; 1 John 1:5-2:2).
So now, are you maintaining a biblical worldview exclusively or do you possess a hodgepodge of worldviews rooted in rejection of God’s Word as it is written as I have far too often found among professed Christians? Your answer reveals your future (Psalm 37:37-38)!
(I will be taking Sunday, September 5th off as my Labor Day rest with thanks to God. He willing, my next post will appear on September 12th. Have a safe, well and restful Labor Day.)
The Word of God is as plainly stated as it can be from Genesis to Revelation about what a man and woman are; their order, roles and responsibilities. It is equally clear there is only one divinely appointed organism on earth from the first century A.D. that God has directly charged to disseminate, live out, model and teach His Word especially to disciples of Jesus Christ: His Church (Matthew 16:13-18, 28:18-20)! However, the many professed Christians and the local churches they assemble in that are guilty have failed to remain true and obedient to God’s Word on man and womanhood as they have a multitude of other doctrines of the biblical faith such as covetousness.
Because of God’s clarity in His Word, there is absolutely no excuse for the rebellion that has taken place among guilty professed Christians and their local assemblies over the last half century in particular that now, oppose the very biblical doctrines in word and deed they are supposed to be upholding and teaching. As a result, without the heartfelt repentance He has been calling for they have brought the Lord’s judgment upon themselves; potently and undeniably displayed during this Coronavirus pestilence. Or don’t you realize that if “the gates of Hades shall not prevail against” His Church, surely, no earthly government can either unless the Lord permitted (Matthew 16:18, NKJV)!1
What kind of Christianity do you have that allows you to compromise with and stand on the same side as the world system led by Satan in rebellion against the Lord; declaring Him to be unrighteous, unjust or unfair in any possible way? It may not be said directly with words, but this is exactly what many professed Christians in their churches are saying when out of emotion in the flesh their attitudes, philosophies, conduct or works of advocacy run contrary to God’s Word and in lockstep with the world. You cannot be with the Lord and against Him at the same time (Matthew 12:30; 1 Corinthians 10:21-22)! As a result, their churches differ little spiritually from the world.
This reality is made all the more apparent when professed Christians assail those such as me for standing on God’s Word as it is written concerning man and womanhood! Having been in this warfare to cast down the demonic stronghold of feminism in the churches that with the world assaults God’s enduring order, role and responsibility assignments of mankind as long as I have, I am no longer shocked that these professed Christians exist. However, I fear for them now, more than ever since the Lord has made His opposition to the world’s and professed Christian rebellion against His will, way and Word in His Coronavirus judgment abundantly evident for those willing to see.
Indeed, the Lord’s call to self-examination and repentance within professing Christianity at this hour is very obvious (2 Corinthians 13:1-6)! As I repeatedly assert, it is of His grace, mercy and nearly exhausted forbearance (Romans 2:4-11). Therefore, know the Lord is able to and will outlast to victory this world of fallen men and angels in the unfolding, intensifying contest of wills He has prophetically foretold (Psalm 2; Isaiah 2:10-22, 14:12-15; Revelation 6:12-17, 19:11-20:3, 7-10)! But we have been called out from under Satan’s rule to the Kingdom and rule of Christ. As He charged the apostle Paul, we are supposed to be living out this reality (John 17:14-16; Acts 26:12-18).
To that end, this Ministry stands with all Christians that will be faithful and obedient to our King! We are ready to come along side of you to serve with instruction, encouragement and the Strong Man Of God Brand Resources the Lord has led us to create. My book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics stands as our foundational print resource followed by the in depth companion work group studies it has generated--The Strong Man Of God Men’s Group Study and The Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study.2 These print resources are easily integrated into a family, church or other Christian entity’s plan for teaching and equipping new and maturing disciples of Christ. For this reason, we make no apology for the group studies being in depth; requiring a time commitment.
As the Lord Jesus demonstrated with His twelve, making disciples is a process that takes time (John 14:9). Truly, another of the sins of following after the world He would have guilty churches repent from is taking His sheep through a microwave fast discipleship process. If more time was taken teaching and mentoring in the fundamentals of the faith, man and womanhood early in the process, churches would not have to spend so much of it doing this later while counseling Christian disciples struggling with personal and marital issues! Too, if folk do not want to take the time to obey Christ and be taught His Word, then, they do not really want to follow Him (Luke 9:23-26).3 The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 This being true, though God has permitted the governing authorities to shut down churches during the emergency situation created by the Coronavirus, those authorities
that have done so with anti-Christian bias and enmity in their hearts (God knows) as well as in oppression and unfairness should be warned from the experience of an-
cient Babylon when God used that nation to punish Israel (Isaiah 13:17-22, 47:1-11). For this reason again, churches should not take it into their own hands to resist
their governing authorities on reopening for meetings or aren't the other calamities of 2020 to include the fires in Western States still burning evidence enough the sover-
eign God is at work and in control? Opportunity to make a real Kingdom stand for Jesus is coming soon enough.
2 The book, published by the Publishing Division of Open Door Communication Ministries, Inc. with fresh editing in 2019 for greater clarity and updated web addresses in
the footnotes, is available as is The Women’s Group Study at major internet booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and ChristianBooks.com. These book sellers
with Apple also have the digital download of the book. Type the titles into their search engines if necessary. You can also purchase the book and all Strong Man Of God
Brand Group Study Print Resources in the Strong Man Store!
3 Membership in a local church is not the end of becoming or the same as signing on with repentance and faith in the Gospel of Christ to be His follower! This deceit has
hurt many a souls that are church members, but not disciples and churches should stop employing it. The guilty will give an account. God’s Kingdom priority is not
warm bodies to fill local church membership rolls and seats, but true disciples that go to Heaven where “the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are regis-
tered” there reside for now (Hebrews 12:18-24, NKJV)!
It is truly unfortunate, but not surprising that with all else our nation must deal with at this hour, unresolved racial issues have recently come to the surface again through the citizen and police murders of black Americans, freshly proving racism is not a past thing. The incidents and resulting explosion of initial violent rioting, looting, protest marches and rallies not just by black Americans, but Americans from every hue were sparked by the recorded video of a Minneapolis, MN police officer’s murder of black American male, George Floyd. I wrote about this incident as the Lord led June 21, 2020 in a post under the category, Black History, entitled Has Racial Justice Arrived in America?
This time, among the early voices speaking empathy and counsel into as well as engaging with the crisis are a number of especially younger conservative white Christians. Along with the manifold increase of white Americans across the political and social spectrum in general, conservative white Christians as America’s “moral majority” speaking anything but condemnation into a riotous racial crisis is recent. While there have been apologies for slavery and Jim Crow segregation and endless talking by white conservative Christians with amicable black clergy about racial reconciliation since the 1960s, as I have written in other posts, there has not been any real, widespread progress.1
Our majority white society as a once professed Christian nation propped up supposedly by morals and ethics drawn from the Bible, has far too long tolerated the abuse of its black and other citizens of color in many forms that actually run counter to it (Zechariah 7:8-12; Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-37; Romans 13:8-10). Not biblical Christianity as the order of the day since the nation’s founding, but corrupt, counterfeit manmade forms of it that even allowed for slave owners to commit adultery on their wives with their female slaves; church pastors, deacons and congregants to brutalize and terrorize blacks using burning crosses as a symbol of hate among many other evil acts.2
Such deeds were done while police, judges, educators, businesses, legislators (often as active participants) along with the larger white society through silent indifference were complicit.3 Over the past hundred years the most vocal champions of maintaining the morality of the Bible among professed Christians has been white Americans that self-identify as conservative in their religious, social and political convictions. Many are also intensely patriotic, devoted Americans who ascribe to the phrase “God and Country” as their motto though, on such issues as allowing systemic racism in their churches and other entities, God’s will in Christ has clearly been secondary (John 13:34-35).
However, at this strategic moment during God’s Coronavirus judgment when the festering sore of racial injustice has ruptured once more, younger conservative white Christians are speaking up perhaps finally perceiving, God Himself keeps bringing up the matter because those professing to know Him among their ranks have not dealt with it in accord with His written Word! After all, as I have offered in other posts, a “biblically conservative Christian” is supposed to be about objectively interpreting, applying and preserving the whole Word of God as it is written! In no place does it advocate for or tolerate hating a brother in Christ for any reason (1 John 2:7-11, 3:10-15, 4:20-21).4
Besides being and presenting the world a corrupt if not outright counterfeit form of biblical Christianity, guilty conservative white Christians (to include those calling themselves “Evangelicals”) have been hypocritical by insisting “our nation” uphold their cherry-picked morals and ethics from the Bible while they undergirded its systemic racism to this hour. This reality has been among the chief reasons many former biblically conservative black American Civil Rights activists searching for righteous allies over the years have abandoned the effort among their ostensible like-minded white brothers. Instead, those that are guilty through lack of faith in and impatience with God have to their shame taken up with rebels against Him for help (Psalm 2:1-3; Isaiah 30:1-5; Philippians 3:17-21).
The guilty among de facto apostate black Americans will give an account to God, but so will conservative white professed Christians who have been more loyal to a humanly invented religious, social and political philosophy that permits such sins as racism under the guise of Christianity than to the Lord who calls all to repent! Indeed, why but for sin am I as a black Ministry leader who has remained faithful as a biblical conservative not fully embraced and supported by conservative white professed Christians? Your sinful flesh built conservative philosophy does not welcome those of any race much less inferior black males who speak biblical truth challenging the wicked status quo; one white church elder once intimating this to me by essentially saying I needed to shut up!5
Now, though, the Lord during His Coronavirus judgment is plainly showing racism is one of the issues He is calling the guilty to repentance from among professing Christianity emptied out of its buildings. The authentic younger conservative white Christians coming forth repentant and in the power of the Holy Spirit to actually take a stand with their black brothers are representative of those I spoke of in my June 21st post.6 May the Lord bless you and all others to follow in what is very likely a last chance for conservative white Christians to get on the right side of the Bible and help forestall the eruption of greater ethnic conflict awhile longer in America; conflict ongoing in many parts of the world that fulfills another of the Lord’s foretold occurrences to precede His soon coming (Matthew 24:7a).
1 See the posts, Moral Pressure Rightly Applied, May 4, 2014, Biblical Equality And Equity, July 5, 2015 and Professing Christian Racism Is Sin Too, December 11, 2016
all under the category, Call To Repent.
2 Read the two-part post beginning August 21, 2016, Christianity The Religion Of Men, under the category, Instruction followed by Christianity The Religion American
Style (which shows how even many black religionists to this hour mimic the practice of it by their former masters so pervasive is it) posted on September 4, 2016 and
the two-part post beginning September 11, 2016, American Culture’s Religion, all under the category, Call To Repent.
3 Read the August 9, 2015 post, Silent Endorsers Of Evil, under the category, Instruction. Whether Christians or not, like the white pre-Civil War Abolitionists, it has been
heartening to see current white protest marchers for racial justice carrying signs with wording like “Silent no more” and “Not silent and complicit.”
4 See footnote #9 in the two-part post, The Racial Divide, under the category, Call To Repent, that begins July 29, 2018 to see how the Lord led me to make a distinction
between “conservative” and “biblically conservative” to avoid any confusion about the Christians faithfully obeying His whole Word as it is written! Also, read the April
19, 2015 post, On The Lord’s Side, under the category, The Cause, cited in the footnote for a discussion of why all professed Christians ought to be standing with the
Lord Jesus as Bible conservatives!
5 Get my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics to understand why aspiring strong men of God in the image of Jesus Christ from every hue must be willing to
stand and speak as He commands (Matthew 10:24-33)! 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 purchase a print copy in the Strong Man Store.
6 I invite those that are biblically conservative from all hues to stand with and support us at this like-minded Christian black American founded Ministry! The Ministry is cur-
rently engaged in a campaign to raise my 2020 full-time salary and is 63% there. Learn more at https://fundrazr.com/salarycampaign1. I am also seeking to raise the
funds necessary to license the music used in and Webcast our still relevant 1994 radio docu-drama, From Slavery To Victory: One Man’s Journey that presents a biblical
worldview of the black American experience from West Africa on our From Slavery To Victory Education Project Web Site, https://fromslaverytovictory.org.
It is with great joy that I announce the re-release of my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics this July 1st under the exclusive publishing imprint, ODCM Publishing Division a unit of Open Door Communication Ministries, Inc., I was privileged by the Lord to found in 1985. This day has come in spite of all of the resisting and hindering tactics the enemy has employed in the process--to God be the glory! Why does this book concern Satan so? Because he fears the prospective results for good among Christian men that will result from widespread encounter with the content. For this re-release, I am reposting two blogs this and next week that stress the great need and urgency for my book. I have done some minor editing in paragraph construction and content in this first repost.
Originally Posted October 13, 2013
Writing last post about males properly promoting females, the magnitude of the male and female issues we have in these latter times and challenge of overcoming them became inescapably clear to me.1 Sin in us and the active opposition of the powers of darkness throughout this world by way of feminism and other deceitful doctrines they have fostered among fallen mankind make the challenge appear impossible. Oh, but my Lord Jesus Christ has declared that though it may be impossible for men, it is not with God among those who are willing (Matthew 19:16-30)! Indeed, for Christ has overcome this world and enables any who trust in Him to also (John 16:33; 1 John 5:4-5)!
Let’s be real and sober about the challenge before us who want to do right by God. The deck is totally stacked and the odds are against us as the secular world and culture has succeeded in a few centuries to overthrow Christendom’s dominating influence after what took it many to gain. I will not insult my Lord and the biblical faith to suggest in any way that the former dominance of what was called Christianity over secular kingdoms and cultures counting our own here in America was His failure.2 No, Christianity the religion of men holds that distinction to itself since it is impossible that the biblically taught and true Kingdom of God should fail to stand and eternally so (Daniel 7:13-14)!
This points up the fact again the Lord has led me to declare that the biblical mission of Christ’s Church was never to rule over and dominate the world in this temporary epoch of grace before His return with the Kingdom, but to preach the Gospel and witness Him in all the nations (Psalm 145:8-13; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:44-49; John 20:19-23; Acts 1:4-8). The temporary nature of the mission is also the reason local churches as corporate entities do not have a biblical guarantee of perpetuity; their authentic existence predicated as it is on the active assemblage and participation of mortal members who endure mounting persecution, apostasy and God’s judgment!3
This reality makes our mission as Christ’s faithful--even every aspiring strong man and great woman of God--all the more urgent. Time and opportunity are getting away from us as escalating evil makes clear. In a fallen world now, with millennia of the destructive work of sin in it including from the ostensibly hallowed brick and mortar halls of Christianity the religion of men and reaching its foretold climax (2 Timothy 3:1-5), we must intensify our proclamation and witnessing of the biblical Gospel for the salvation of as many as possible (Jude 20-23); teaching them as our Lord requires to obey all of His commandments and instruction which also incorporates biblical man and womanhood.4
Sin in us is one of the unseen operators thwarting humans from getting along together in marriages, families, communities and the world. And why is this so? Is it not because sin always has us looking out for self--its interests and desires first? Because of sin we are also natural born rebels against whoever (God and His righteousness too) will stand in the way of us having ours! The other unseen operators are Satan and his extensive network of demons that make up his kingdom and use our sin nature against us in fomenting bitter discord; pitting us against each other leading to malice, failed marriages, broken families, lawlessness, violence, murders, unrest and wars (1 John 3:4-15).
Thanks be to God that while sin is not eliminated in this mortal life, its work is mitigated in us who are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and the supernatural transforming power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 3:10-26, 6, 8:1-13, 12:1-2)! We are also able to overcome the activity of the evil one by faith in Christ, the battle provisions God has made for and the greater power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us to help us fight (Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 John 4:1-6). Thus, not for human religious reasons do we preach the Gospel, witness and teach Christ, but the very real difference believing in Him can make now, in time and eternity for individuals and mankind in overcoming the devastating work of the unseen operators of sin in us and active opposition without by the kingdom of darkness!
If you have not already, I invite you in prayer to repent of your sins and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ: that He died on the cross for your sins, was buried and rose again on the third day as Scripture teaches so you can be forgiven (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Further, in your prayer ask the Lord to fill you with the Holy Spirit that you might be brought to spiritual birth and eternal life (John 3:1-8; Acts 2:38-40). If you do pray, begin to praise and thank the Lord for your salvation by His grace through faith! Begin also to read a Bible (I recommend a New King James Version) at the Gospel of John. Prayerfully seek out a real Christian you may know for fellowship, introduction to a Bible teaching assembly of believers and baptism by the designated male leadership (Acts 2:41-47).
1 Read the November 7, 2021 post, Properly Promoting Females, under the category, Biblical Worldview.
2 One of the books on my reading list this past summer was The Unsaved Christian by Dean Inserra, Copyright 2019, Moody Publishers, Chicago. He does an excellent job
of making a distinction between cultural Christianity and the real biblical deal. It matters and because it does, I highly recommend this book to anyone who does not know
the difference between Christianity of manmade cultural invention and what the Bible actually says it is. Such knowledge for example, will keep one from believing falsely
that the accepted American cultural view of males and females held as righteous by even many professed Christians and their churches is also that of Christ, His Kingdom
and biblical instruction. Truly, American held values and freedoms are not all the same as, superior to or cancel out those of Christ’s Kingdom! Pastor Inserra’s book follows
in similitude the prophetic word of warning the Lord gave me on the eve of this 21st century, The Gods Of Cultural Christianity available for free download as a single docu-
ment in the Strong Man Store.
3 See the August 23, 2015 post, Babylon Is Falling, under the category, Bible Prophecy along with Praise For The Lord God Almighty!, posted on September 13, 2015 under
the category, Glory To God! Also, the two-part, Revelation’s Seven Churches In Time, beginning January 5, 2020 under the category, Bible Prophecy followed January 19,
2020 with Doing God’s Will, under the category, The Cause and There Is Only One..., posted on April 26, 2020 as well as the two-part, The Churches Under Judgment be-
ginning August 23, 2020 both under the category, Instruction. The decline and eventual end of the organized brick and mortar local church in America and abroad makes it
all the more imperative that Christian men again be taught and encouraged in their responsibilities to lead their families and teach them at home. View this Ministry’s Men
Leading Family Worship At Home short YouTube video (https://youtu.be/PU93AenZnNQ) then, download the free document in the Strong Man Store.
4 Learn about the aspiring strong man and great woman of God as well as biblical man and womanhood in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics and its com-
panion works, The Strong Man Of God Men’s Group Study and Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study available at your favorite internet book seller as well as in the
Strong Man Store.
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