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.
In spite of demonically hateful feminist ideology that despises her; the Bible’s woman, the aspiring great woman of God in the image of Jesus Christ alone enjoys His full favor and blessing now, as well as promise of eternal glory! Who is she? Why is she called “great?” What is her purpose and assignments from God in this present age? What is her reward besides being called “great?” I rejoice the Lord blessed me to answer those questions in two chapters of my previously published book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics.1 Now, from and expanding on those chapters, The Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study will be released this October 8, 2020.2
As I wrote in this year’s Mother’s Day post,3 “in my book...and The Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study I endeavor as the Lord leads to restore the biblical worldview of womanhood for Christians and churches that have lost their way in the feminist rebellion underway near the end of this present mortal age (Psalm 2:1-3). The Lord Jesus has led me to call women that in His image passionately seek to please God and do His will great! For just as man is no freak accident of the cosmos, neither is woman; purposely, tenderly built by God from a rib He ‘had taken from man’ and brought to him in the first marriage (Genesis 2:21-25, NKJV).”
From the Bible as the Lord leads, I define Christian males that would be strong men of God in the image of Jesus Christ as those who live to please Him and do His will. As the perfect counterpart, this is also the definition of Christian females that would be great women of God in the Lord’s image! Strong and great as terms do not replace defining what a Christian is in basic form as one that has repented of their sins and believed on Christ for salvation and eternal life. The terms speak to what God in His Word repeatedly lays out as His will for the kind of person in nature, character and demeanor after the image of Christ He desires to be displayed and constructs in man (Romans 8:29).
Though they start split apart like a wishbone on two ends of the same bone (called man) by purposeful divine design of gender (Genesis 1:27, 2:21-23, 5:1-2), spiritually, God has the Christian male and female coming together at the point on the other end that is the image of Christ! Thus, for Christian males to aspire to be strong is Christ; for Christian females to aspire to be great is Christ as each respectively arrives at the end of God’s purposeful regeneration and character building work (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 1:3-6; Hebrews 12:3-11). Each though, must be willing to voluntarily submit to God’s purposeful work in them which not all professed Christians are.
Joyful willingness to submit to God’s purpose for her as a female in pleasing and obeying Him in all of the related assignments to do His will during this mortal life as Christ, is the heart of the Christian female aspiring to be great in His sight (Philippians 2:5-8).4 Indeed, woman as female was created by God for the express purpose of being a lifelong companion in marriage to and helper of man as her male husband. Her foremost help to him in obedience to God is procreation (Genesis 1:28, 2:18-20, 24, 3:20). God uniquely designed female bodies to produce seed, receive male seed, conceive, carry in a womb, bear and nourish offspring. There is no denying these female body facts.
Moreover, God wired females naturally as mothers to nurture their children and as excellent multi-tasking managers of the home. In God’s order of mankind, the male husband is the head of the family and his wife submits to his leadership. In that context, they both have assigned responsibilities the Bible spells out.5 Interestingly, educated feminist icon, Betty Friedan, understood all of this. However, in the pride of her education, she found being a wife and mother alone dissatisfying and wanted something more; something more that men (white male in predominance) seemed to have in meaningful career choices and opportunities that also gave them the rewards of recognition, success and status. Her quest for liberation from barriers to these was born of her dissatisfaction and envy.6
Conversely, the aspiring great woman of God in the image of Christ like her examples in the Bible, is able to live in this fallen world with satisfaction because she does not derive it from the world, but God with whom she enjoys relationship (1 Samuel 1-2:11; John 20:1-18). He issues the invitation to come to Him “everyone who thirsts” from lack of satisfaction with the things of this world to include careers and rewards as many men and women have painfully experienced over the past generation (Isaiah 55:1-3; John 7:37-39, NKJV).7 Truly, Jesus Christ Himself is His follower’s “exceedingly great reward,” (Genesis 15:1; Luke 10:38-42, NKJV)! There is no need to envy if one is already content inwardly as the aspiring great woman of God is (Proverbs 23:17-18; Isaiah 26:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:6-8).
The Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study arrives during a time of tremendous social upheaval, turmoil, disorder and contention in the world. New Christians especially need to be properly introduced to the faith and along with Christian females reaching puberty, purposely taught the biblical worldview of womanhood to live out God’s design, purposes and assignments for them. Maturing female believers need sound, biblical instruction to challenge the worldly feminist notions of womanhood that have entered many churches over the past generation. This group study the Lord has led me to write is perfect for fathers as the family teacher, mothers their daughter’s first spiritual mother-mentor, pastors, women’s ministry leaders and teachers in the churches during these times.
1 A print copy or digital download of 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 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.
2 Learn more about this new Strong Man Of God Brand Resource here.
3 See the May 10, 2020 post, Great In The Image Of Christ, under the category, The Cause.
4 Great In The Image Of Christ.
5 The Lord leads me in my book along with the men’s and women’s group studies to recover, present and explain their roles and responsibilities from His Word.
6 This is not to say women do not have righteous ground to stand on insisting that employment opportunities not exclusively ordained for men should be denied them.
Neither should they be paid less than a man when hired to do the same job. However, women working, competing against and displacing men just because they should
be able to out of a newly constructed definition of equality or boredom for example, has not only challenged God’s ancient instructions on human social order and organi-
zation in the Bible, but predictably brought forth the unforeseen consequences of family and societal dysfunction and fracture. Also, Friedan’s rebellion a generation later
has seen what is deemed “reproductive freedom” in the murder of their unborn added to the agenda of the Women’s Rights Movement. Rebel allies have also been
spawned in related movements such as those advocating for gay, lesbian and transgender rights. This is precisely why feminism in rebellion against and at war with God
is completely incompatible with biblical Christianity. No professed Christian should be part of, supporting or endorsing it in any measure lest they also impossibly at the
same time as claiming to love the Lord, be found fighting in rebellion against Him (Matthew 6:24; 1 Corinthians 10:14-22)!
7 While more men than women commit suicide and it is true many factors go into why anyone does so, life and career satisfaction are prominently among them as the re-
cent suicides of some high profile successful personalities would seem to indicate. See the January 2020 CDC Report and be sure to examine the two tables that display
the suicide rates by occupational groupings and gender.
First it was the humiliation of missionaries coming from the former imperial possessions of Western nations including America in recent years to evangelize them. Now, in a stunning and decisive stand, United Methodist Christians from largely African nations recently stood against the formerly dominant Western denomination’s insistence on sanctioning the ordination and same sex marriage of LGBTQ persons within its ranks.1 Such is the intense spiritual warfare of these latter days as those that would be faithful to God and His Word as it is written not only must stand against a secular world in rebellion, but those that have infiltrated and would foment it in God’s house!
As a Christian descendant of African slaves in America, I am pleased in the Lord to have founded this Ministry and to be leading its Kingdom cause to restore men, families and communities also standing firmly on God’s Word!2 Surely, it was ‘“for such a time as this’” (Esther 4:13-16, NKJV) in the Body of Christ that God has touched many hearts among those once considered of no account and inferior by their former masters to stand with the faithful of all hues against the “madness” of rebellion and apostasy now underway in the West and a large number of its churches as I write of my own labor in the Preface of my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics; with joy replacing a “dumb donkey” for Christ’s sake (1 Corinthians 1:27-29; 2 Peter 2:12-16, NKJV).3
Prior to the book’s first publication in 2011, the Lord led me to write this edited 2010 Commentary contending for lifelong marriage as He designed it.
Originally Published March 2010
As an institution, marriage is under attack as never before as humanity in rebellion seeks to loose itself from all of God's program laid out in His Word (Psalm 2:1-3). Not only is marriage on the decline due to abandoned moral standards that permit temporary relationships of casual sex and living together, but it is being outright corrupted by those who want to legitimatize their same sex relationships. Destroying marriage as the Bible knows it too is the incredible divorce rate both in and outside of the churches. These divorces occur for many reasons beyond what the Lord Jesus Christ has permitted.
Marriage as God designed it is foundational to human existence and the oldest of all forms of human relationship. Indeed, before God introduced marriage, mankind was bottled up in the seed of the first man. The Bible does not glamorize God's purpose in creating the female version of man; it was to facilitate His will that the earth be filled with humanity through procreation (Genesis 1:27-28a). However, as a blessing to humanity and to sweeten the means to His end, the Lord gave us the gift of marital relationship. Thus, marital relationship exclusively between a man and a woman is of the purposeful construction of God, not society or the State since neither yet existed.
In the presence of Adam God declares, "'It is not good that man should be alone,'" (Genesis 2:18a, NKJV). God already knew that He was going to create a female for the man, but Adam had to know that being alone was not good. Adam also had to appreciate the value of relationship with another creature like him. If relationship for its own sake had been His sole purpose, then God was more than enough! However, procreation as He designed it would require Adam to have a suitably created, committed companion and helper with whom he could relate to for life.
God proclaims, "'I will make him a helper comparable to him,'" (Genesis 2:18b, NKJV). This helper God has in mind would not be an exact duplicate of Adam, but correspond to him as no other creature on earth (Genesis 2:19-20). After putting him to sleep and removing one of his ribs, the Lord God purposefully fashioned a woman and presented her to Adam. As evidenced by his joyful words, this woman corresponded to Adam in every way human--spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically (Genesis 2:21-23). They were equal in their humanity, but had different roles and responsibilities as plainly seen in their order of creation and the unique construction of their bodies.
Adam and his wife had a basic and functional relationship built upon their correspondence that would be mutually satisfying and endure for a lifetime apart from the romanticized notions of love we have today in which an estimated 40-50% of marriages fail in divorce.4 This does not mean they would not enjoy romance. However, this was only a small part of a total relationship that would be sustained in the main by a committed love for each other in unity and their Creator whose purposes they gladly sought to fulfill.
The Lord Jesus Christ, our Creator in the flesh declares, "'What God has joined together, let not man separate,'" (Matthew 19:4-6, NKJV). In God's design of marriage, it is permanent! While because of men's sin hardened hearts He allowed the concept of divorce to enter human experience, the Lord makes it clear before sin "'from the beginning it was not so.'" He permits divorce only after sexual immorality, which is already a break in the marital covenant (Matthew 19:7-9, NKJV). The Lord's apostle, Paul, later addresses the de facto divorce that occurs when an unbelieving spouse permanently deserts the marriage (1 Corinthians 7:10-16).
Aspiring strong men of God in the image of Jesus Christ living to please Him and do His will, must labor vigorously to restore marriage as our God designed it. This means that we have to first be sure we are honoring His marital design.5 Then we must lock arms with our pastors that are faithfully holding the line on marriage as God designed it. Unless God's design of marriage is restored, we can count on seeing the rapid fracturing and decay of our society along with its descent into social chaos continue to the point there is “no remedy”6 and in the end, “wrath” (2 Chronicles 36:15-16, NKJV).
1 View the short news story produced by CBN News on its Christian World News program starting 13 minutes and 40 seconds in that interviews a Liberian leader in the
2 See the April 26, 2015 repost, Obeying God’s Word On His Side, under the category, The Cause and many others among my blogs using the search word, “marriage.”
3 The book is available at all major internet booksellers, by order at your favorite brick and mortar bookstore or in the Strong Man Store.
4 Google “2018 divorce rate.” Some social scientists actually see a downward trend in divorces driven by millennials for such reasons as marrying later in life (which still
does not conform to God’s will) according to a Bloomberg article.
5 As I discuss in my book, this means among other things marrying “only in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 7:39, NKJV), loving his wife in the sacrificial, constructive and es-
teeming care displayed by Christ for the Church (Ephesians 5:25-33a) and honoring the vow of marriage as God intends for men to honor all of our vows (Numbers 30:
1-2; Matthew 5:33-37). Christian women too, must marry only in the Lord and honor the wedding vow as well as love their husbands as Christ loves the Father and the
Church, Him, in all submission and respect (John 6:38, 8:48-49; Ephesians 5:22-24, 33b).
6 A point which since I wrote this in 2010, the Lord led me to proclaim has arrived! Read the first mention of a “point of no return” in the July 15, 2015 part one 2012 re-
post, Powerlessness Of Being The Minority, under the category, Encouragement. A second mention follows in the October 22, 2017 part two 2013 repost, Mocking The
Rainbow, under the category, Biblical Worldview.
Once more in 2019 the Lord would have me uphold marriage as He designed it as a first priority to professed Christians who are supposed to be showing the world how it works to His glory (Matthew 5:14-16)!1 But as the world knows all too well, professing Christianity as a “pot” cannot call “the kettle black” on the issue of marriage and divorce. Attempting to obscure the naked reality of the tarnish to Christianity with smooth sounding psychological and sociological explanations that undermine biblical instruction as well as the truth of divine grace in forgiveness does not remove it. Total repentance from the sin of mocking marriage is required throughout professing Christianity!
Oh, or am I now by voicing God’s displeasure as all of His preachers are supposed to do, actually only attempting to destroy someone’s reputation that is guilty? Or is sin still sin as the Bible plainly lays it out no matter who is guilty? Or did Christ come only to die for sin in vain? Or is anyone in the Body of Christ above His Word; possessing a complete pass from guilt just because of who they are and it might make them look bad? Repent those that think so; God shows no partiality and all will reap what they sow no matter who they are (Romans 2:4-11; Galatians 6:7-8)! Let every aspiring strong man and great woman of God who reads this edited 2011 repost answer the Lord’s charge to honor and uphold marriage as He designed it.
Originally Posted November 6, 2011
Not only the strong man, but the great woman of God has a responsibility to uphold the dignity of marriage as an institution from Him. In a day when marriages are ripped apart on the slightest pretext, God’s original design even among many professed Christians is a fading landmark in the rearview mirror of our world’s ever accelerating press toward its own dark, design. Not the so-called stars of entertainment and sports as authorities on the subject, but Jesus Christ the Star of David who is God’s appointed Judge! He has affirmed that marriage is not only of divine origin, but sacred and precious to God until it shall be no more in His plan (Matthew 19:1-6; Luke 20:27-36, 21:33).
Quickie marriages and divorces therefore, are an affront to God and mock marriage as He designed it to be a lifelong relational commitment between a man and woman exclusively. Learn more about the mutual responsibility the aspiring strong man and great woman of God share to honor and treat marriage as holy in living to please the Holy One in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics.2
1 Read the March 17-31, 2019 reposts dealing with marriage under the category, The Cause and the April 7, 2019 post, The Glory Of Marital Oneness, under the category,
Glory To God!
2 The book is available in print or digital download formats at major internet booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBooks.com and Apple (digital only).
You can also get the Hard or Soft Cover print versions of the book in the Strong Man Store.
As the Lord led me to write in last week’s post, the aspiring great woman of God in the image of Jesus Christ is possible only because she is first a Christian--His follower!1 A bona fide Christian is one that has repented of all their biblically defined sins, believed the Gospel that Christ died on the cross for those sins, was buried and rose again on the third day after (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). If this is true of such a one, then, they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and born again; that is, brought to divine eternal, spiritual life by His indwelling (John 3:1-8, 14:16-17). The Bible gives no exceptions to this sequence of spiritual events that is typically followed by water baptism (Acts 2:36-39, 19:1-7).2
The Bible gives no exception either to the Lord’s will that newly minted disciples of Christ be taught His commanded instruction directly spoken in the Gospels and relayed by His eyewitness apostles and epistle writers in the rest of the New Testament (Matthew 28:19-20). Experiencing God’s love, the disciples by faith endure even tribulation submitting to the Father’s work to accomplish His predetermined will for them in nature, character and demeanor to be “conformed to the image of His Son” and no longer to the world system they just came out of; being transformed by the renewing of their minds through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:1-5, 8:29, 12:1-2, NKJV)!
From the foregoing alone the Lord would have me stress neither I nor any other authentic preacher of His is in the business of attempting to change the world. This present world system ruled by Satan is a lost cause and cannot be changed for the better long-term because that goes against his purpose to destroy mankind (John 10:10, 14:30; 1 John 5:19). Only the Holy Spirit has restrained him until now (2 Thessalonians 2:3-7)! But we preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that souls in darkness as well as under divine condemnation and wrath like we once were, might be saved out of this world already “passing away” as foretold (John 3:16-21, 36; Titus 3:3-7; 1 John 2:15-17, NLKV).3
For this reason too, not the world's sake, but those being and already saved does this Ministry teach to restore men, their families and communities that even for a season before the end comes, they might enjoy God’s regenerating work for the good and triumphant joy of living in accord with His will, way and Word as it is written! Thus, worldly feminism as a demonic stronghold manifested in many churches over the past generation is not settled social policy for us. With the authority of Christ we war against it in the truth of God’s Word and Holy Spirit’s power to liberate willing captives in His Body and cast it down (John 8:31-32; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6)!4
In the truth of God’s Word as He leads, I teach His will for females in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics and now, the just released Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study.5 Beyond salvation, the order of mankind, roles and responsibilities, His will includes the nature, character and demeanor of Christ the aspiring great woman of God is to develop in and display. The nature of Christ is divine and plainly not of this world! The character and demeanor of Christ are a combination of His eternal divine Person and that which He learned as a Man during His mortal sojourn (Hebrews 5:7-9). Though He is strong as a Lion, He is also gentle as a Lamb!
God constructs the character of His Son equally in both Christian men and women. However, as our awesome Designer-Creator, God emphasizes certain of Christ’s character traits in each respectively to enable effectiveness in their gender roles and responsibilities as well as relational complement and harmony in marriage for this mortal life. For example, among the character traits God accentuates in His aspiring great women is submission, empathy, consoling and generosity. These character traits of Christ and more are readily seen in the aspiring great woman of God presented as a “virtuous wife” in Proverbs 31:10-31 (NKJV).6 When God is finished conforming Christians to the image of Christ, they will eternally possess all of His character traits in fullness!
Developing in the biblically taught character of Christ precludes rebelling against Him at the same time. Professed Christian females that possess the rebellious character of worldly feminism while still mouthing faith in Christ are deceived by Satan. The Lord calls the guilty to repentance since He will not be mocked (2 Corinthians 5:9-11; Galatians 6:7-8)!7 Indeed, it is sad, but fitting that among the last death spasms of its existence and things never to occur again, the world under Satan marching to Armageddon should again have women rebelling against God (Genesis 3:6; Psalm 2:1-5; Joel 3:9-16; Matthew 24:15-21; 1 Timothy 2:14; Revelation 16:12-21, 19:11-21). But his end is foretold and certain; Christ has already won the victory (John 12:31-32; Revelation 12:7-10, 20:7-10)!
1 See the October 4, 2020 post, The Great Woman Of God, under the category, The Cause.
2 Water baptism is a testimonial act of obedience that is commanded for one that is physically able to comply. Otherwise, the Lord Himself first gave the exception He
permits for being saved, but not baptized when He declared the thief dying on a cross next to His would join Him in “Paradise” (Luke 23:39-43, NKJV).
3 Preaching the Gospel among the nations has been from the beginning a rescue mission of God’s grace and mercy and will be to the end (Matthew 24:14)!
4 Read the three-part post, In God’s Revival Men Are Restored, under the category, The Cause that begins on January 8, 2017.
5 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!
6 This does not mean Christian men or non-Christians of either gender are not capable of displaying these traits. It only means God is at work on purpose forming these
character traits of Christ in His willing and teachable aspiring great women as a matter of His will.
7 Read the April 8, 2018 post, The Second Adam Rules And Judges, under the categories Call To Repent and Bible Prophecy. As well, read What Will It Profit A Woman?
It posted on September 27, 2020 under the category, The Cause.
This edited 2010 Commentary followed immediately after one I wrote as the Lord led challenging men as fathers to step up and accept the divine assigned responsibility to protect our children starting as they are unborn in the womb.1 Transparently owning my own shameful failure to do so as an unsaved teenager, I also urged fellow aspiring strong men of God in the image of Jesus Christ to stand up for and defend the right of the unborn to live.2 Continuing in that vein, this post puts the failure of men guilty of not protecting our children in its proper spiritual context as part of the ongoing rebellion against God, His design and order of the family. It also warns about the unfolding consequences that will continue to intensify and calls professed Christian men to the cause and work of restoring men.3
Originally Published February 2010
A man's responsibility to protect his children from conception to the age of majority is bound up in God's design of the human family. We do the mothers of our children no favors to remain with them--it is God's will that we do so! He holds us accountable to walk in His design and fulfill the purposes of our creation plainly spelled out in His Book of beginnings. There, it is written: "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it…,'" (Genesis 1:27-28a, NKJV).4
Man and woman as husband and wife in the lifetime bond of marriage is God's original and enduring context for the bringing forth of children. Formal marriage of the first couple took place after God created the woman and brought her to the man (Genesis 2:18-23). He then presented His will through Moses: "Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh," (Genesis 2:24, NKJV). Any doubts about whether the first couple was truly married or not is dispelled in the next verse, "And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed," (Genesis 2:25, Emphasis mine, NKJV).
In the rebellion against God and His Anointed that has intensely gripped our world over the last generation, living together without formal marriage has become so common we have considered it normal. But man's rebellion does not alter God's original design. Therefore, every man and woman living together without the benefit of formal marriage is sinning against the Lord. Every man and woman having sex outside of marriage is also sinning against the Lord. This is so, whether they consider themselves Christians or not!5 Since God will never let sinful men mock Him, the harvest of consequences from the seeds of rebellion have long been showing themselves in our nation and world.
Never before heard of sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS sprang up in the latter third of the 20th century in the heat of the so-called "sexual revolution." The trail of broken relationships and shattered lives through break up and abandonment circles the globe at this hour. Irresponsible men now, even brag about the number of children they have by different mothers. Meanwhile, fatherless children bear more fatherless children that are deeply bitter, hate-filled and ready to make everybody feel their pain! And this is all good? I don't think so! We are killing ourselves doing things our way and it is time to admit failure.
To reverse the present course of self-destruction we are on, mankind must turn back to God, our Creator and Judge--His will, way and Word while there is still time (Acts 17:24-31; 2 Peter 3:7-9)! This, of course, includes restoring marriage and family as He designed them. Whatever God does in the original is "very good" by His own testimony (Genesis 1:31). What we have done in one generation rebelling against God's very good way of marriage and family is not good at all. In fact, it is plain evil! Leading out in this turn back to God must be every man that calls himself a Christian and that aspires to be a strong man of God in the image of Jesus Christ (Titus 2:11-15).
Indeed, if you are like me, you had your time in the rebellion, contributed to the folly of today by fathering children out of wedlock and are filled with deep regret over the burgeoning consequences. I began to turn away from my participation in the rebellion when I became a Christian on Easter 1977 (Romans 6:21; Titus 3:3-8). Now, it's time we Christian men man up and lead the repentance charge back to God in all understanding that unless we do, our children may well be the generation that experiences the full outpouring of His foretold wrath on those in rebellion against Him (Psalm 2:1-5; Isaiah 13:11-13; Romans 1:18-32; Revelation 6:12-17). I am doing my part through this Ministry in seeking to restore men and their families as God designed. I challenge you to join me!
1 See the January 21, 2018 repost, Protecting Our Children, under the category, Biblical Worldview.
2 Learn about the strong man of God in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics. It is available at all major internet booksellers, by order at your favorite brick
and mortar bookstore or in the Strong Man Store.
3 Read the July 27, 2014 post, God Of Order and November 16, 2014, Christian Women And Restoring Men, both under the category, Instruction.
4 God’s purposeful design of male and female bodies to procreate is incontrovertible evidence of procreation being a part of mankind’s purpose shared in common with all
of the other creatures of this physical creation after their kind. See the May 1, 2016 post, Natural Bodies By Divine Design, under the category, God’s Creatures.
5 Read the two-part repost beginning February 11, 2018, Christian Singles Having Sex, under the category, Black History.
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
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)!
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