As the Lord has led and arising from last week’s blog, I repost this edited 2012 blog to cause professing Christians to fully consider this business of accusing God of being unfair in these latter days. All of the world’s causes are not God’s causes no matter how right they may seem or emotionally appealing they may be to us (Proverbs 14:12; John 7:21-24). Standing with those as a professing Christian that are accusing God of being unfair is not the side you want to stand on in light of His ongoing judgment in the churches and fast approaching wrath.
Originally Posted May 20, 2012
I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to challenge the whole degenerate spectacle today of so many individuals and groups calling for fairness. It is not new to be sure. The ancient Israelites were so bold as to accuse God of being unfair to His face after He laid down His standard for judging the eternal destiny of souls (Ezekiel 18). Souls that sin, die. Righteous souls live. Righteous souls that backslide into sin and do not repent will die. Wicked souls that repent will live! Israel thought that this was unfair and apparently many professing Christians do today that also cannot bear the thought that God would condemn them for willfully sinning without repentance. But God stands His ground then and now (Ezekiel 18:25-32; Hebrews 10:26-39).
Save your rebuttal of protest on my citing Ezekiel 18 as a Scripture reference for Christians since it is from the Old Testament. I am fully aware that the righteousness spoken of at that time was of the law. However, to God righteousness is righteousness whether it is of the law or from faith. None of the Old Testament saints were declared righteous by keeping the law perfectly because they could not. All who have ever been declared righteous by God were--as the apostle Paul makes clear, declared so based on faith in His promises (Romans 3:9-4:25, 10:1-13). Nevertheless, the righteous of God by faith in all epochs obey His Word to include properly dealing with sin guilt or suffer the consequences. Those who do so in love find it easier to obey (Psalm 32:1-5; 1 John 1:8-2:2, 5:1-3).
Thus, living the way God expects is required of Israel in the Old Testament and Christians in the New. God is perfectly just as our Creator to demand that we live as He has commanded. We are His creatures for whom He has set down His will for our conduct presented in the Bible based on His own holy, just and righteous character (1 Peter 1:13-21)! Christians may not have to obey the letter of the law to be saved, but we have been given commandments that actually fulfill the law we are to obey in the power of the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us according to the New Covenant, to help us do that very thing (Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 13:34-35, 14:15-17; Romans 8:1-4; 2 Corinthians 3:1-6).1
Israel’s exile to Babylon for breaking His covenant and law proves God meant business then, and surely He also means it now for those of us ushered into the New Covenant by the blood of Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son (Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:14-22, 11:27-32)! In spite of this very clear warning though, among the rebels calling everything and everyone including God that stifles their desires unfair are professing Christians in no small numbers. But how can this be? Have they not read in the Bible or been taught God and the Son of God is perfectly and eternally just (Deuteronomy 32:4; Zechariah 9:9; Acts 3:14-15)? Do they not understand that they are blasphemously accusing the holy God of sin and will be condemned with the wicked without repentance because His just ones live by faith in Him (Habakkuk 2:4; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 11:6)?
Truly, what began a generation ago as the right thing to do in reversing hundreds of years of inequality and unfairness visited by whites (including a great number professing to be Christians) upon blacks and other racial minorities in our nation has now degenerated into a narcissistic feeding frenzy of souls from every walk of life clamoring for equality and fairness as they selfishly see it. Anything one does not personally agree with is childishly labeled unfair. This state of affairs has turned governments, institutions, churches and families into confused bowls of gelatin afraid to say or do anything lest someone be treated unfairly and trying desperately to be all things to all people.
As a black American, it is painful and deeply offensive to watch since racial discrimination continues as it always has and the just demand of my forefathers for its end is mocked and trampled upon by the present clamor for fairness from every quarter including some blacks with all other immoral sinners simply wanting their way. Talk about unfair; now, the very quest for the divinely displayed nobility of fairness has been hijacked by evil so that those in it are treated as and lumped together with all the other whiners that selfishly only want something for themselves. Alas, it would finally come to this in a world that has been unfair since man’s fall to sin and Satan.
Indeed, the world is not fair because we are sinners and its current ruler, Satan, is completely evil. Violently clamor, march, litigate and legislate all you want to; this fallen, sinful world will never of itself be entirely fair. In The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics as the Lord leads, I teach men how He expects us to live in an unfair world following His example (1 Peter 2:18-23). When there are egregious instances of injustice such as that suffered by my forefathers in slavery, Jim Crow segregation and the continuing “isms” that plainly violate God’s standards, we that love the Lord must rise up even at personal cost to peacefully take a stand to advocate for a righteous correction.
Nonetheless, every aspiring strong man and great woman of God in the image of Christ and peculiar to the world knows full well that the just world we seek will only arrive when the Just One comes in wrath to perfectly give the narcissistic agitators for fairness exactly what they demand, vanquish the present ruler and set up His own righteous Kingdom on this planet (Psalm 2:9, 72:1-4; Isaiah 42:1-4; Matthew 6:9-13; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-3). The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, “Who is on the Lord’s side?”
1 See the January 2014 posts, God’s New Covenant under the category, Holidays and Party Of The Second Part, Pt. 1 and 2 under the category, The Faith to learn
more about the New Covenant as the one and only covenant from God Christians have to be concerned about.
As the Lord led me to make clear in my April 8, 2018 post, "The Second Adam Rules And Judges,"1 worldly concocted feminism is not a social-political ideology that can be safely tolerated by or integrated with biblical Christianity in the churches. Its origin is demonic, strategically deceitful and destructive; viewed on High as rebellion against God! For God purposely designed and created man and woman with roles and responsibilities in an order where they cooperatively fulfill His will for them in this mortal age.2 However, the 20th century rise of feminism blatantly challenges God’s will. Along with many other associated evils, puffed up feminists have created a “battle of the sexes.”
In this now, generation long battle as enemy combatants, women have struggled against men for power and position. Under withering true and false accusations of failure, shamed men have been yielding ground in ancient places of governance such as the family. The ruinous fruit of backing men down can be everywhere seen in the breakdown of the family and gender confusion in the wider culture, for example, as well as in the churches with professed Christian women in defiance of Scripture pursuing roles of authority over men in God’s house. In this edited May 2012 Commentary, I again summarize God’s design of woman and in four posts to follow, present her value to the continuing end of pulling down feminism as a stronghold of deceit in the churches (Philippians 3:1b)!
Originally Published May 2012
One of the things you learn right away as a maturing Christian is that Satan and his kingdom do not play fair. How ironic, since one of the enemy's major allegations in these last days concerns how unfair God is in many things, but especially His design of male and female roles and responsibilities.3 So persuasive is Satan on this issue that professing Christians, churches and related entities in growing numbers are abandoning God's biblical ship to embrace his lie. With his instigation, faithful teachers of God's Word on the issue are barely tolerated any longer and considered extreme. Nevertheless, God is judging rebels on this issue of rebellion as He is all others.
The Lord leading, I have written often over the years warning professing Christians not to believe Satan’s lie that God is somehow unfair (which attacks His character) or even worse has made a mistake (which questions His perfection as deity) on the issue of male and female roles. Be reminded and warned again that the issue has only come up because Satan has been successfully using this tact of attacking God’s character and questioning His Person from Eden (Genesis 3:1-5). It worked with a perfect woman; it has worked all the more with sinful humanity since then who in our fallen state are primed to rebel against God and seek to justify it by identifying supposed flaws in Him!
Satan has once again in these last days gone to the woman as he did in the beginning to stir up women and sympathetic men over God's apparent unfairness in making the man first and the head in human families (1 Timothy 2:13-14). But even if the accusation had some basis in fact (I feel ridiculous writing this), the greater issue is the defiant act by the creature to rise up in revolt to question its Maker (Romans 9:20) and declare war on His chosen head. As it is captured in the 1946 Irvin Berlin song used in various TV commercials, "Anything you can do, I can do better." Moses' sister expressed a similar mind and was immediately, severely rebuked by God (Numbers 12).
As I write in The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, our Creator did not set out to create a rivalry between men and women when He created them.4 In His perfect design, men and women were to work in harmony to fulfill His will for them in the earth. The man was created first because he is the eternal creature, "man" in mortal form! To satisfy His plans for man to reproduce, God reached into him and made another of equal person, but with some important differences. Woman is taken out of the man as a female counterpart to be put back together with him in marriage so she might help fulfill God’s will for them to govern and fill the earth with mankind (Genesis 1:22-28, 2:18-24).
In the eyes of Adam and every aspiring strong man of God in the image of Christ, woman is an absolute wonder to behold (Genesis 2:23)! In general, woman is smaller and softer with beauty of face, longer hair and a body that by God's purposeful design excites her husband's sexual interest leading to procreation.5 She also corresponds perfectly to him in spiritual, mental and emotional make up complementing their relationship. Clearly, she is no afterthought or cast off left over from God's creation of man. But as man is the glory of God in image, she truly is his glory (1 Corinthians 11:7) to be loved, nourished and cherished as he does his own body (Ephesians 5:28-29).
To say that woman is the glory of man is not to suggest she bears nothing of the image and glory of God. Truly, God has caused woman made from man to equally radiate the divine image and glory including the impulse to lead and rule. This is shown in Eden when the serpent brings his case to the woman and she leads out in disobeying God (Genesis 3:6). In doing so, she willfully usurps her husband's prior standing as God's chosen head and is corrected (Genesis 3:16b). Later, in judging Adam, God integrates into his sin of failing to obey Him, the fact that he temporarily abandoned his role as God's chosen head to follow his wife's leadership instead (Genesis 3:17a).
God has designed woman on purpose with unalterable purpose for this present age. Every Christian woman who will live as God designed must resist embracing Satan's lie that either God or His Word are flawed on the issue. We are flawed in sin and inability to function as God designed in His ordained order, roles and responsibilities! Therefore, aspiring great women of God that would please Him and do His will joyfully submit to His will for them as a woman.6 You are granted of the highest honors to cooperate with God in being a wife and mother; fruitfully filling the earth with humanity (1 Timothy 2:15). Otherwise, as a rebel, His judgment will find you too (Hebrews 3:15-19). The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 Find it under the categories Call To Repentance and Bible Prophecy.
2 Read the related July 3, 2016 post, Man As God Designed Him, under the category, God’s Creatures.
3 See the May 15, 2016 post, God Unfair?, under the category, God’s Creatures.
4 The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics is available through all major internet booksellers, by order from your favorite brick and mortar bookstore and in the Strong Man
5 Read the May 1, 2016 post, Natural Bodies By Divine Design, under the category, God’s Creatures.
6 I devote two full chapters in my book to defining and instructing on the great woman of God from the Bible. Additionally, the Strong Man Store now has available the
newest Strong Man Of God Audio Resource, Great Woman Of God Mothers, an expository message from the Lord I was blessed to proclaim. Check it out and listen
to the sample provided.
Let it be absolutely clear as of first importance that the value of women to God is exactly the same for the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God and Man! As the Head of every man immediately under Him in God’s order of mankind and Creator, the Lord Jesus also gives full support to the divinely designed value of women to men and families (Matthew 5:27-32; Mark 10:1-16; 1 Corinthians 11:3). Truly, in condescending to become a Man conceived in His mother’s womb, birthed, nourished and nurtured by her, He has firsthand knowledge and appreciation of the experience of His creatures as well. He was raised as any other Male by Joseph and Mary in a Jewish family (Luke 2:21-24, 39-52).
During His ministry years, women were equally with men the beneficiaries of the messianic preaching, teaching and miracles of the Lord Jesus. Indeed, He modeled for all men the disposition God expects of us toward women as a leader, teacher, provider and protector (Luke 4:31-44, 7:1-17, 36-50). Women were well represented among the throngs that flocked to the Lord; becoming devoted disciples and helpers as major supporters (Luke 8:1-3, 10:38-42; John 12:1-8). However, in accord with His Father’s will in the divine order of mankind, the Lord did not appoint any women to become apostles as I explain in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics (Luke 6:12-16).1
The intense love and devotion women are historically known for showed toward Jesus even after His crucifixion resulting in them being the first recorded mortals to hear the news and see Him alive from the dead (Luke 23:50-24:10; John 20:11-18). There is no such thing as coincidence for the God I serve with my whole heart! Thus, to make this last post discussing the value of women to Jesus Christ on Pentecost is completely a God thing since I did not plan it this way. On this day nearly 2,000 years ago female followers of the now, ascended Christ, were also assembled with the apostles who by divine will had just picked the male replacement for Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:12-26).
Surely, Mary, the mother of the Lord or other faithful women who had followed Him from the beginning of His ministry would seem to have been prime candidates as well to replace Judas as an apostle. But the Lord did not give any sign whatsoever of a change in men alone being appointed apostles as was given to Peter at a later date concerning him as a Jew interacting with Gentiles (Acts 10:1-29). Nevertheless, when the Holy Spirit arrived as promised by Christ, He came upon all of the firstfruits assembly without discrimination; all spoke in ecstatic praise of the ‘“wonderful works of God’” not having learned, but using the known languages of the Roman Empire (Acts 2:1-13, NKJV)!
Of great significance about the crowd that had gathered to this miraculous occurrence, was the fact it was largely composed of men. This is because the “Feast Of Harvest” or “Weeks” also known as Pentecost was of the three solemn gatherings in the seven holy feast calendar God had expressly commanded that all the men of Israel were to be present (Exodus 23:14-17, 34:22-26; Deuteronomy 16:9-12, 16-17; Acts 2:5, NKJV). When it came time to explain what was going on and preach the Gospel to begin God’s full harvest of souls among the assembly of mostly male prospects, it was Peter that did so, though again, Spirit-filled women were present and could have too (Acts 2:14-41).
Clearly, God was continuing to be consistent with implementing His order of mankind from Adam! Men are His chosen leaders and He did not change this at the onset of the New Testament era.2 3 As a result, from this beginning point at Pentecost with the Lord’s apostles (Acts 2:42) forward in the rest of the New Testament, formally appointed leaders, elders and pastors in the churches were all men. The ministry of deacons as formal helpers to leadership was made up of men in any oversight of church run operational or ministry activities, while in no shocker, women in their role as helpers served with their husbands to help them. Married or single, some women engaged in personal service and help ministries to church members and leaders (Acts 9:36-43; Romans 16:1-2).
The Holy Spirit was not confused nor should we be walking in Him! For when He fell on that first assembly at Pentecost without discrimination to give new birth to each disciple of Christ and power to praise God, He also distributed their spiritual gifts knowing the Lord’s will for each and honoring the divine order (1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:7-16). Therefore, just as the Lord used women to prophesy in the Old Testament, none of them including Deborah ever stood before the whole congregation of Israel to do so as Moses or Jeremiah (Exodus 15:20-21; Judges 4:1-14; 2 Kings 22:14-20; Jeremiah 7:1-2; Luke 2:36-38). Neither were women priests or worship leaders. All of this carried over into this New Testament era as the Spirit imparted spiritual gifts to women (Acts 21:8-9)!
The Lord gives women the ability to prophesy, preach, teach or exercise sign gifts according to His will that is always consistent with His eternal Word and standing order of mankind. Prophesy is addressed to individuals He may send the prophetess to or that might seek her out. It might also be combined with the leadership gifts of preaching for proclaiming the Gospel and God’s message or teaching for biblically instructing women and/or children in gatherings small or large. Service gifts supernaturally enhance a woman’s natural abilities to help their husbands and/or the churches serve the Lord’s Kingdom causes. To go beyond the Lord’s will is sin (1 Corinthians 14:33-40)!4 The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics is available through all major internet booksellers, by order from your favorite brick and mortar bookstore and in the
Strong Man Store. I also discuss and elaborate on this issue as the Lord leads in the January 27-February 10, 2017 three-part blog series, Jesus, Son Of Man and in
a June 2017 series, The Value of Men To God and Jesus Christ respectively, all under the category, The Cause.
2 As the Lord leads me to contend in an Appendix of my book, all of the deceitful arguments that are presented within the churches to allow women to preach to, teach
and take authority over men within them in these latter days are all predicated on God having made a change of some kind in His attitude toward or implementation of
the divine order of mankind. This is preposterous not only because the divine order is perfect and beneficial to mankind in this present age, but also because among
other very important reasons it now includes Christ as the Second Adam and the Head of man! Read my April 8, 2018 post, The Second Adam Rules And Judges,
under the categories Call To Repent and Bible Prophecy to consider this point further. You can read my November and December 2007 two-part Commentary,
When Did God Change? to walk through the major arguments of deceit that have enabled rebellion against the divine order in God’s house.
3 Unless one is willing to call God “sexist” or “unfair” (which some feminists do, though, most are careful to attempt to cloak this blasphemy by directing their accusations
to those like me that would have the audacity to hold to God’s Word as it is written), there is no other option but to accept New Testament instruction and example as it
is. Doing so, of course, means feminism that opposes God’s order must be rejected because both approaches to human organization cannot be right at the same time
and are in fact, mutually exclusive. For more on calling God “sexist” or “unfair” read my May 8, 2016 post, God A Sexist?, followed the next week, May 15th with God
Unfair?, both under the category, God’s Creatures.
4 Since so much confusion swirls around the Word of God in these latter days due in major part to poor interpretation, our Ministry as a Christian service continues to of-
fer the free resource, Seven Principles Of Bible Interpretation the Lord led me to prepare to help those that honestly want to know how to interpret God’s Word. Distilled
from the excellent book, Knowing Scripture by Dr. R. C. Sproul that I urge you to get, our free resource is available in the Strong Man Store.
The world ruled by Satan is pushing his great deception hard in these latter days; namely, that all of the social changes upending God’s order of mankind with gender roles and responsibilities in the family are going to permanently endure. Not so, according to God Almighty who long ago announced the end of all kingdoms in the eternal triumph of His own through His Son (Isaiah 2:1-4, 9:6-7; Daniel 2:31-45, 7:13-14; Micah 4:1-3; Revelation 11:15)! Now, the world in rebellion against God and His coming Kingdom can believe the lie as it wishes, but those that profess to be Christians are not supposed to standing firm in the never changing truth that is Jesus Christ (Hebrews 13:8)!
The Lord has led me to confront the lie with the truth especially from His prophetic Word in the footnotes of recent posts. They make clear He will push back against the rebel social engineers of worldly feminism among others destroying the family as He designed it even before He returns to visibly install His Kingdom on earth.1 The reality that the ostensible positive advance of worldly feminism now, at its triumphant peak is about to be turned back forever should be deeply sobering to professed Christian males and females that have banked their souls on the hope that somehow God was in it for the good even to the extent of corrupting and setting aside His Word to make it so.
However, Satan has successfully deceived these worldly minded Christians in convincing them that good can come out of his evil (Genesis 3:1-11)! Indeed, none of the relative few legitimate grievances of feminism such as pay inequity that should be fixed have justified the evil of attacking to dismantle God’s order of mankind.2 But like the Trojan gift horse the ancient Greeks used to hide in before coming out to war against and defeat Troy, so, worldly feminism has packaged itself as advocates for the positive advance of females while destroying them, their families and communities; duping many professed Christians and related entities into supporting their cause in the process.3
Their cause is ultimately Satan’s cause which means his successful temptation to lure many professed Christians and their entities into supporting worldly feminism under the pretext of advancing females is a two for one win for him since they are also aiding and abetting him in his war against God! This is spiritually unthinkable, unconscionable and a betrayal of the Lord who’s Word guilty professed Christians so easily compromise, corrupt and twist to justify their transgression and iniquity. For the implication in their departure from God’s Word is that He and it have been wrong and unfair in the treatment of females from the beginning! What, God unrighteous (Romans 9:14)?4
Even if you say, “we reject the more extreme assertions of secular feminism such as a woman’s right to murder her unborn child, but stand for the positive and progressive advancement of females into all heretofore exclusively male instances of authority and work,” it is an affront to God and His Word since the unspoken implication is again that He has been wrong! This is as arrogantly high handed as the creature can get before its Creator and expected from the unbelieving unsaved, but not those that profusely profess to know and love Him (Romans 9:20)! This is the mind of those professed Christians who have corrupted themselves still following after the world and its ways.
By God’s express will we Christians have been called out of the world; renouncing our former allegiances, worldviews and ungodly conduct for the sake of Christ, His eternal Kingdom and biblical worldview (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 4:17-24). But many “who exchanged the truth of God for the lie” of worldly feminism and its perpetual endurance have been so effortlessly deceived and drawn away by Satan because they have not turned their backs on the world (Romans 1:25, NKJV). They still love and revere particularly its opportunities for financial gain!5 As a result, when God and the Word are falsely portrayed as unfair toward females to them--as if this were really possible for the perfectly “Just One”--it is believed (John 1:1-5, 14-18; Acts 7:51-53; 1 Timothy 6:6-10, NKJV).
Professed Christian females are seduced by their ambitions and lust for power feminism insists is righteous since males have these. Professed Christian males are seduced by fear of appearing oppressive, sexist and misogynistic in the face of feminism’s false contention that true equality demands the removal of all forms of male leadership inherit in God’s order of mankind beginning in the family.6 Like Esau who desperately sold his birthright for some food, many males in and outside of Christianity have sold their election to lead by God to females to escape their wrath not considering His wrath is exceedingly greater and eternally devastating (Genesis 25:29-34; Revelation 21:8)! All fear being labeled “extreme” like they and the world see the Amish who generally reject modernity.
1 See for examples, the fourth footnote in the September 13, 2020 post, Marginalizing Men Proves Costly During Pandemic where the Antichrist is presented as a damp-
ening foil to feminism and more recently, the eighth footnote in Fathers Help Build Excellent Wives posted on October 10, 2021 showing how God will send the prophet
Elijah to restore fathers and their children in Israel even before the Antichrist appears. Both posts were made under the category, The Cause.
2 Read the April 8, 2018 post, The Second Adam Rules And Judges, under the category, Bible Prophecy.
3 See the May 6, 2018 post, The Value Of Women To Families, under the category, God’s Creatures.
4 Take a look especially at part one of the three-part post beginning April 18, 2021, Daughters Of This Age, under the category, God’s Creatures.
5 Guilty pastors, elders, and other church leaders motivated to keep churches going and solvent have heavily fallen for the lie since females predominantly fill them as
have Christian leaders of ministries and businesses (to include Christian media concerns) motivated by financial profit because females also dominate the markets for
the purchase of Christian merchandise. This tendency to rationalize away and/or jettison God’s commandments, spiritual principles, morals and ethics in the Bible for the
sake of financial gain is an evil thread running throughout Christian history clearly seen for example, in the enslavement of my forefathers. It is soon to be done by many
when the decision to “worship” and take “the mark or the name of the beast” has to be made in the face of God’s warning (Revelation 13:11-18, 14:9-13, NKJV).
6 Read the November 8, 2020 post, Why so easily Deceived?, under the category, Instruction.
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)!
Among other things, this edited 2013 repost is a real world illustration of just one evil done by those that have practiced loveless Christianity the religion of men in America from its founding.6 That its practitioners and churches have helped to morally undergird and maintain the nation’s racial double standard is the focus of this part two. An appropriate call to repent is made to the guilty.
According to Microsoft Encarta Dictionary, a double standard occurs when a principle, rule, or expectation is applied to some people, but not others in a way that is unfair. America’s historic racial double standard where its laws, system of justice, morals and rules of social conduct were unfairly applied to blacks in favor of whites is perceived by many to remain largely, though covertly intact. So, while the American justice system is supposed to be blind, given the history and present hour realities, most honest Americans must concede that the tables being turned and a black man killed a white man, they would be shocked if he were to be found not guilty--“stand your ground law” or not.
It is a fallen world--you know I get that. However, keeping it real and straight to the point of our strong man of God cause, white men weak in the sin of racism professing to be Christians and operating out of churches claiming to represent Christianity have for centuries been the enabling moral force behind America’s racial double standard.7 Because of that fact, to this day in many predominantly white churches a white man’s word or teaching still carries more weight than a black man’s no matter how biblically sound. Too, a white man’s evil deeds will be reflexively excused or explained away, while a black man guilty of the same behavior would be more severely dealt with.
I know this because I have been part of predominantly white denominations since 1980 and am presently a member of a predominantly white church where I have experienced the racial double standard.8 Indeed, because of it, some of the white readers of this post that are guilty will automatically dismiss what I am saying in denial rather than taking it to heart and repenting! Some of my black brothers will say, “Get out of there!” But if professed white and black Christians never interact, how will we ever resolve issues like the racial double standard; as brothers, presenting to the world the commanded, superior way of Christ (John 13:34-35; Romans 15:1-7)?
Safely retreated into segregated camps apathetically retaining the racial double standard status quo is not now nor was it ever God’s solution! Truly, it is a state of sinful defeat that especially professed Christian conservative white Americans live in that tolerates all of the racial negatives including the double standard in the camp without any serious attempt to remove them.9 As I have already alluded to as a reason, many practice counterfeit Christianity the religion of men. It allows one to profess being a Christian without having to demonstrate any real “fruits” of repentance so that impostors proliferate within their ranks (Luke 3:7-14; Galatians 2:1-5; Colossians 2:16-23, NKJV).10
Corrupting Scripture to arrogantly rationalize redefining men of color as sub-human and inferior, the majority of their forefathers as professed Christians established the racial double standard; upheld to this hour if not overtly in word, covertly by deeds. Falsely believing God shared their wicked view of non-white men, they failed to realize (or care) their sin with disobedient others cast shame upon Christ’s name among its consequences (Romans 2:17-24; 1 Timothy 5:14-15, 6:1; Titus 2:1-10)! Using double standards falls biblically into the category of showing partiality which God does not do and condemns as sin (Deuteronomy 10:17; Acts 10:34; Galatians 2:6; James 2:1-9).
Therefore, let every professed Christian be warned from the sinful issue of racial double standards raised again in the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman: repent if you are guilty lest the God who shows no partiality you claim to serve deals with you personally as your sins deserve (Romans 2:1-11; Galatians 6:7-8; Colossians 3:25; 1 Peter 1:13-21). Moreover, recognize this and every effort to communicate God’s call to repentance to you rebuffed for whatever reasons including racism, serves as a witness against you “before the judgment seat of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 5:9-11, NKJV). God in wrath will also destroy your religion (Revelation 16:17-21). To the relative few faithful working to repair racism’s damages: your reward awaits you; keep working!
Nonetheless, the work of the faithful will not forestall God’s coming wrath upon this and all nations guilty of prolonged and severe oppression of subjugated peoples. For just as Judah, what God allowed as punishment for ancient sin in the case of my people and all surviving minorities from America’s colonial times was only to be for a little season. As He did to Babylon, His vengeance is about to fall on the nations “at ease” that unmercifully lengthened their pain. This will be followed by His mercy extended to Jerusalem and the lowliest of souls waiting in faith for Him (Isaiah 47:1-7; Jeremiah 25:8-33; Zechariah 1:12-17, 2:6-13; Luke 1:46-55, 6:20-23; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12, NKJV).11 The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
6 See the two-part post, Christianity The Religion Of Men beginning August 21, 2016 under the category, Instruction.
7 Read my September 4, 2016 post, Christianity The Religion American Style and those that follow that month under the category, Call To Repent.
8 Once, in a one on one meeting, the pastor had a knife under his leg that was revealed when he rose up out of his chair to leave the room briefly. Upon his return,
I asked about the knife since there was no reason to fear me. I was told it must have fallen out of his pocket and was carried only out of the norm of his cultural up-
bringing. After sharing the incident with church elders that included a police officer, it was dismissed as my misperception--an outcome most blacks are familiar with.
Perhaps so, but because of the racial double standard also practiced in many predominantly white churches, I have no doubt that had it been me with the knife, the
incident would have been seen and handled differently.
9 I make a distinction between “conservative” Christians which tend to be white and those souls from every hue like me that are “biblically conservative” in likeness to the
Lord Jesus (Matthew 5:17-20) as I discuss in an April 19, 2015 repost, On The Lord’s Side, under the category, The Cause. Though there is generally an overlap in
some shared morals, in contrast to conservative Christians who are more worldly political and patriotically intense, biblical conservatives have as our uppermost con-
cern love for Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit preserving, applying and living out the eternally transcendent truths and instruction of God’s Word as it is written!
As a result, there is no tolerance of or accommodation to the sin of racism in our ranks. Read my December 11, 2016 post, Professing Christian Racism Is Sin Too,
under the category, Call To Repent.
10 Read the July 8-22, 2018 posts that discuss biblical faith, false and real Christians as well as authentic Christianity.
11 For a summary historical examination of the rise and fall of Christianity as a manmade religion along with God’s foretold judgments on the nations, read the February
24-March 17, 2017 four-part blog series, God Of Restoration And Judgment, under the category, The Cause.
Never could I have imagined that of the chief reasons virile men are relatively few among professing Christians and absent from churches are the purposeful acts of many male pastors to oppress and marginalize those they are not exploiting for personal ambitions unless I had witnessed it for myself. If the temporary door of opportunity for the Gospel God is opening in the Donald Trump era will be bountiful to His satisfaction, men restored in accord with His Word and the image of Jesus Christ must be well represented in the fishing net of the churches. Otherwise, because of the times, the folly of continued rebellion against God will become painfully evident.
As I wrote in the October 2, 2016 blog, Gifted With A Prophet’s Heart under the category, Call To Repent, if it had not been for the timely and purposeful acts of the Holy Spirit to preserve me in my spiritual infancy, I could have easily been discouraged enough by my experiences in the churches as many men have been to give up. Not only was I not intentionally mentored in the faith by a pastor or other leader, but biblical manhood either. During the early nineties and the rise of Promise Keepers, in only one predominantly black American, Fort Worth, TX church I knew of was there even an attempt to instruct on what my then pastor, Howard Caver, titled, God’s Master Plan For The Family.
I remain grateful to Pastor Caver for teaching on male and female roles and responsibilities in the home from a biblical perspective, though with many others, he too refused to fully implement God’s order in the church as taught by Paul, the apostle to us Gentiles (Acts 26:12-18). Even Promise Keepers following the packed stadium glory days and fierce, resentful feminist push back toned down its initial fiery call for men to be restored to their biblical roles and responsibilities so women filling the churches in the majority would not be offended. In full deference to the women that buy their products in the main, Christian retailers and media have largely followed suit.1
Now, what was a burgeoning problem of missing men a decade before the close of the 20th has become severe as David Murrow documents in his 2005 book, Why Men Hate Going To Church and unnecessarily complicated in this 21st century! As I write about in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics drawing upon Murrow’s research among others, the matter is complicated by the confusion the secular culture and pandering pastors and churches following after it have created in attempting to craft male, female and family models that are politically rather than biblically correct.2 Social chaos over gender identity and roles, for example, now reaches right into the public bathroom.
While the content, methods and ministries to “disciple” men has exploded, if it will be done biblically, inevitably their roles and responsibilities in God’s house come up. In my book, I have maintained that only teaching a man he is the head of his family in his house is a sinful coming up short of biblical follow through instruction that he is actually so in God’s house and beyond too!3 But the trend set in motion by compromising male pastors early in the 20th century and later energized by the feminist movement to elevate women to positions of unbiblical authority, has exploded today into a full blown rebellion against the divinely set order of mankind.
We may never know all of the reasons pastors began to compromise and corrupt the plain directives of God in His Word. In the final chapter of my book calling the guilty to repentance, though, I am led by the Lord to charge of prime importance that they were not listening to Him, but sin, self and Satan especially through the culture as is so very apparent at this hour. Tied to and driven by this reason are many others. Foremost obviously, some have believed themselves more compassionate toward women than God who could not have intended to treat them so unfairly in His order of mankind. Such men are like earth’s first human king who listened to his wife rather than God accused by Satan of being unfair (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7, 16-25, 3:1-6, 17a).
However, can the creature ever be superior to God his Creator in any measure? Even the Lord Jesus--God the eternal Word and Son in sinless flesh--declared: “My Father is greater than I,” (John 14:28c, NKJV). Some have yielded to the desires of the sinful flesh as did the compromising kings of Judah and Israel, Solomon and Ahab (1 Kings 11:1-8; 16:29-33). And like Jeroboam, others forgot who installed them to rule and from motives of the flesh the culture approves of, have sought to govern as they please (1 Kings 12:25-33). Some like king Asa, act out of fear instead of faith in God’s proven provision. Then they end up as he even did persecuting God’s prophets and oppressing the people they are to serve in bitterness toward God after rebuke (2 Chronicles 16:1-10).
Some are like Aaron who gave heed to the people at Sinai because God had kept them waiting for Moses to return (Exodus 20:1-6, 32:1-6) Similarly, like the Pharisees in manmade religion some believe themselves lofty enough to replace God’s commandments with their own (Matthew 15:1-9). Finally, in the flesh and pride as lords rather than servants, some have not consulted the Lord for His counsel as Scripture teaches pursuing selfish ambitions and compromising God’s order of mankind for the sake of expediency (Proverbs 3:5-8, 8:12-36, 14:12; Mark 10:35-45; 1 Peter 5:1-4). The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, “Who is on the Lord's side?”
1 Read my blogs from June 29-July 27, 2014 for more elaboration on what has happened in professing Christianity and the churches on male and female roles and God’s
order of His house.
2 Read the July 20, 2014 blog in particular, Confused Men, Compromised Sons, under the category, Call To Repent.
3 Read the September 14-21, 2014 blog, Partial Obedience, Pt. 1&2, under the category Call To Repent.
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