This edited 2013 Commentary originally published in the print version of this Ministry’s Strong Man Of God Newsletter, was written to incarcerated men throughout Northwest prisons as a first audience. However, in the aftermath of my February 17, 2019 testimony elaboration, “Surrendering All To Jesus,” under the category, Glory To God!, this Commentary has been edited to speak to the man in the pew. From my testimony you see I do know something about being a weak and defeated babe in Christ! I also know all about being one maturing that must daily confess and repent from sin. These truths do not invalidate God’s will that His sons mature in the faith or this exhortation to you!
God has a solution to spiritual immaturity and stagnation--daily die to self and sin and be filled by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:17-24, 5:18)! From the Holy Spirit will come the fire and power to serve God and His purposes. Living this way is why over forty years later I am still on fire for the Lord and refuse to allow spiritually deadbeat Christians and deceitfully sin hardened religionists to turn me around! It is also why in obedience to the Lord and empathy I do not cease prodding professed Christian men to get with God’s program. And you do not have to wait on church leadership to help you (this is the Lord’s perfect will, but so many now, are shamefully disobedient-Matthew 28:19-20).
Originally Published October 2013
In a shocking display of divine authority and holy offense, the Lord Jesus Christ cleared the Temple grounds at Jerusalem of all doing business there (John 2:13-16). His disciples were caught off guard and stood there in amazement at the physically aggressive and loud display of their up to this point, lowly and mild mannered Teacher. “Then His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up,”’ (Psalm 69:9a; John 2:17, NKJV). Zeal for God and the things of God is a character trait of Jesus Christ, the Strong Man of God and supposedly His disciples! As a general rule, all men are passionate about things that are important to them.
Alicia Keys may have been speaking of an otherwise lonely woman perpetrating an exciting life in her song, This Girl Is On Fire, but this man is on fire as should be all other truly born again Christian men through the fiery indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit (Jeremiah 20:9; Joel 2:28-29; Acts 2:1-4; Revelation 4:5)! Yet, why do I in my zeal for the Lord among pastors and professed Christian men seem to be a freak of Christianity; strange and weird since the Lord’s fire supposedly blazes in all of us?1 Indeed, Holy Ghost fired zeal for the Lord who saved a wretch like me, made me His son and gave my life purpose through putting me into His service burns intensely in and drives me!
It is never far from my memory what a stinker I once was as an unsaved sinner nor is there a day that I fail to see just how very far yet my journey to perfection in Christ is. Still, with a heart like the apostle Paul who I hold up in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, as a most excellent example of zeal for the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:8-10),2 this man too has been on fire for the Lord since fully surrendering to Him in February of 1979 amid seven days of fasting to this moment!3 The great apostle humbly considered himself to be “chief” among and as a result the “first” that the Lord in “mercy” would “save” and put on display as a “pattern” of His “longsuffering” toward “sinners,” (1 Timothy 1:12-17, NKJV). To God’s glory, many including me have come after Paul!
Paul is also an example of persevering, difficult service to God. Thanks to the many impostors and willfully disobedient men and women of manmade Christianity the religion, I have tasted something of the suffering that comes with a zeal filled, sold out devotion to serving the purposes of God on earth in this present age (2 Corinthians 4; 2 Timothy 3:10-12).4 In that service through a previous Commentary, the Lord led me to strongly rebuke pastors and churches for their lack of spiritually fathering Christian men.5 But now, speaking also to the Christian man in the pew, you are not off of the hook; it is high time for you to get your zeal on for Jesus and press into maturity anyhow!
God will surely deal with those pastors and churches that dropped the ball with you if He has not already. However, you must understand that their failures (or anyone else’s for that matter) do not entitle you to fall back into the flesh and your old ways of handling your business so that you end up incarcerated for example, and bringing shame on the Lord’s name. You need to press hard into Christ, the Strong Man of God; the way of zeal and holy fire to live on purpose in dependence on Him, obeying and pleasing Him in everything (Philippians 2:5-8, 3:1-16)! Your spiritually impotent life and that of many of our professed Christian brothers in and outside of prisons prove that neither you nor they have diligently done this! Is Christ not important to you?
Therefore, repent of your half-hearted commitment and obedience to Christ that retards your spiritual growth into maturity. For while I have been blessed to have had many godly men speak timely words into my life and one spiritual father, Rev. Percy N. Manuel, Sr., who has gone on to glory for seven out of thirty-six years of my journey, God has been my Father, Christ Jesus my Teacher and the Holy Spirit my Companion par excellence continually (Psalm 119:97-104; John 14:15-26, 16:12-15)! If you have no spiritual father or mentor, God alone is more than adequate to raise you up as a faithful son, disciple and servant that is on fire for Him--if you are willing (1 Timothy 4:12-16).
1 Read the October 2, 2016 post, Gifted With A Prophet’s Heart, under the category, Call To Repent.
2 The book is available at all major internet booksellers, by order at your favorite brick and mortar bookstore or in the Strong Man Store. In it I not only write about zeal
as Christian character, but also why many professed Christian men lack it in not aspiring to be strong men of God in the image of Christ!
3 Read the post cited in the introductory paragraph.
4 See the July 22, 2018 post, Religion No Substitute For The Holy Spirit!, under the category, Glory To God! Also, The Peril Of Religious Men posted December 9,
2018, under the category, Instruction.
5 See the March 3, 2019 post, The Need For Spiritual Fathering, under the category The Cause.
My sisters in Christ that are guilty: you cannot believe God is perfect in knowledge and wisdom and at the same time made a mistake with His design of man as male and female, their order of rank, roles and responsibilities. Unsaved rebels may think this way, but you should not indwelt as you are (if you are) by the Holy Spirit and taught by Him in truth (John 14:15-17, 26, 16:12-15).12 God does not make mistakes and you thinking so, foolishly contend with your Creator (Isaiah 29:16, 45:9)! Also, if you say God has cast aside what is written in His holy Word and doing something new, you lie according to the instruction of Christ, the living Word of God (Matthew 5:17-20, 24:35; John 1:1-2)!
Bona fide Christians do not practice lying as a work of the flesh God “hates,” condemns and which is supposedly behind us in Christ (Proverbs 6:16-19, 12:22; Ephesians 4:25; Colossians 3:9-11; Revelation 21:8, NKJV).13 Yet, the lie that God has changed His mind from what is written in His Word to accommodate the sinful ambitions of feminists has permeated professing Western Christianity and its media like yeast in bread.14 This has occurred through the well known process of repeating the lie often and long enough so, it eventually supplants the truth especially when at the same time folk no longer obey God’s Word as it is written or honor it as the faith’s final authority!15
Time is an issue in all of this. Many feminists like others of the world falsely believe they have plenty of it to accomplish their aims since in their evolution delusion, billions of years have gone by and life on planet earth will continue billions more. Not! 16 The eternal God, Maker of the heavens and earth has already foretold they have an expiration date He has set and are coming to their end (Psalm 102:25-27)! Before this though, all of the so-called progressive improvements of the world including feminism effected through rebellion against God will not endure and be completely destroyed at Christ’s Second Coming (Psalm 2:4-12; Isaiah 13:6-13, 24:1-20; Acts 17:22-31).
The spirit of rebel feminism during this present age embodied in Jezebel specifically named prophetically, identified in her brazen, usurping conduct, heretical teaching in His house and given time to repent, but refuses is the object of Christ’s obliterating judgment and will be no more again forever! For this reason, I implore every professed Christian female that is also claiming to be a feminist or acting out of any unbiblical aspect of feminism to choose this day whom you will serve: Christ or demons and their doctrine of feminism because you cannot serve both (Deuteronomy 30:11-20; Joshua 24:14-15; 1 Corinthians 10:14-22; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Revelation 2:24-29).
Indeed, for those with eyes to see, already in His Coronavirus judgment God has checked the unbridled ambitions of feminists by sending women home in large numbers from career aspirations to their children!17 Many of these ladies lament this and the media with them. But God is sending a message He is not pleased with the status quo that is eternally destroying many of them and tearing up families. During much of the short time that is left, the Lord is going to continue disrupting the wicked status quo of this world in rebellion against Him through sending increasingly severe warning judgments science will not be able to prevent, cope with or resolve after they occur (Revelation 8-9).
Knowing these things, faithful daughters of this age are reminded from God’s prophetic Word that the rule of not just women, but children over His people He purposely brings signifies judgment! Seven hundred years before Christ, the prophet Isaiah was called by God to deliver His prophetic Word to Judah and Jerusalem that included His judgment upon them near and to come in these latter days (Isaiah 1-2). The Lord is very specific about the ways He would punish the nation and city, announcing He “takes away” their provisions and the men they relied on as leaders declaring: ‘“I will give children to be their princes and babes shall rule over them,’” (Isaiah 3:1-4, NKJV).
The results are oppression, insolence and desperation for capable male leadership because their sinful words and actions were against God to His face, while in their faces was the obstinacy and shamelessness of “Sodom.” It would go well for the faithful righteous, but the wicked brought His judgment upon themselves as “children are their oppressors and women rule over them,” (Isaiah 3:5-12, NKJV). Whether figurative or literal, God’s point is (men as or) women or children out of His order of mankind as rulers lead into error and are a sign not of favor, but judgment (Isaiah 3:13-15)! The literal “daughters of Zion” God says “are haughty” receive attention in judgment for their wicked ways that impacts their femininity and in the end, ability to fulfill their marital roles (Isaiah 3:16-4:1, NKJV).
Therefore, daughters of this age hear the Word of the Lord Jesus as He also spoke to the “Daughters of Jerusalem” weeping for Him on the way to the cross. He instructed them not to weep for Him, but themselves and their children. For as it happened in 70AD, days did come upon them where those women without children were considered “Blessed” because they had none to lose in the display of God’s wrath upon Jerusalem. Such days are drawing near again! Referring to prophecy, the Lord warns they will “say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’” This is all because of the wicked rejection of Christ and His Word then, and now, as apostasy spreads like wildfire (Isaiah 2:10, 19-21; Hosea 10:8c; Luke 21:20-24, 23:26-31; Revelation 6:12-17, NKJV).18
12 Read the April 11, 2021 post, The Joy Of Salvation, under the categories, The Cause and The faith for a summary of the Holy Spirit’s beneficial presence and work in
those that are truly saved!
13 Faithful daughters of this age as aspiring and developing great women of God in the image Christ are to be women of character as I have already written of Esther in the
part one footnote of this post. See and also consider the October 11, 2020 post, The Great Woman Of God’s Character, under the category, The Cause. Too, the audio
resource, The Character Of The Great Woman Of God is available in the Strong Man Store. Finally, see my afore cited April 11, 2021 post, The Joy Of Salvation, where
the Lord leads me to write about His forgiveness and mercy for professed Christians that will confess their sins; warning of the assured unpleasant consequences to
those stubbornly not willing to do so!
14 Here is where the moral cherry pickers in evangelicalism get into a hypocritical fix since while many allow place for rebel feminism that tramples upon God’s set order of
mankind so as not to offend females or shrink their donations among their chief motives, they condemn the contention by those practicing homosexuality God accepts
them in it because the Bible says it is wrong. See the November 8, 2020 post, Why So Easily Deceived?, under the category, Instruction.
15 The apostle Paul speaks of “the lie” in the context of worshipping false gods and ultimately, the Antichrist warning, “Let no one deceive you by any means,” (Romans 1:
24-25; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, 9-12, NKJV). If you cannot discern and renounce the lie of feminism that advocates for abortion for whatever excuses you give yourself
as a captive, you are well set up to accept the lie of the Antichrist which is what all satanic deception in this world is finally leading to!
16 Apparently, some in the world agree out of fear of catastrophe from global warming among other calamities and refusing to repent before God, are attempting to fast track
their many forms of rebellion masked as progressivism!
17 The Lord in His Coronavirus judgment has similarly exposed and “checked” churches as feminist strongholds. See the September 13, 2020 post, Marginalizing Men
Proves Costly During Pandemic, under the category, The Cause.
18 Read the September 27, 2020 post, What Will It Profit A Woman?, under the category, The Cause and that of March 28, 2021, The Righteous Wrath Of God, under the
categories, Bible Prophecy and The Cause.
Beyond the instances of royalty or more widely business ownership in the Bible, contemporary feminism’s vision for females is unfettered access to authority and power wherever it is to be found as well as to do whatever males do! A number consider all prior restrictions to this ambition from Eve until now, oppression. So now, besides assigning females to a second class status in His order of mankind, God is also blasphemously accused of being an oppressor since His role assignments that call for them to be companions and helpers to their husbands in the work of governance and procreation stifles any personal ambition to independently strike out to do anything else.6
Certainly, no professed Christian woman I am aware of has verbalized the accusation God is an oppressor of females, but cleverly only attribute this to men. Nevertheless, whether they realize it or not, the accusation is against God too, since He created man and put His order in place! And as for saying men installed the oppression of women into the Bible as its writers, you again accuse God since it is written, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” and “is right;” the apostle Peter adding, “for prophecy (with application to all Scripture) never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit,” (Psalm 33:4-9; 2 Timothy 3:16a; 2 Peter 1:21, NKJV).
The sovereign God did not create man male or female to operate independent of Him, but in accord with His will or else, why are we under judgment of Adam’s disobedience (Romans 5:12-14)? Setting down His will for the creatures created is the prerogative of God as Creator is it not? Of course, this is the reason many feminists are also atheists and evolutionists so, in their darkened understanding they might be free from the rule of God (they falsely think), who has left the breadcrumbs of His existence and power in and all around mankind. Even so, they still invent and bow to many false gods as demons, worship the creation and are objects of His wrath (Romans 1:18-32)!
Disastrously, through sharing in the disgruntled mindset of worldly rebel feminists and with the murderous, autocratic, pushiness of Jezebel and Athaliah, guilty professed Christian females are corrupting God’s Word to bring it into line with the deceitful instruction of demons in these “latter times,” (1 Timothy 4:1, NKJV). After guilt tripping and emotionally manipulating them, they coerce men with them to craft new Bibles that remove God’s election of male leadership and accountability at all levels of human society beginning in the family right down to the use of masculine pronouns that offend their view of equality.7 Still, without this, allies to their evil cause in Christendom is expansive.
Count among them every professed Christian scholar, missionary, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher that has torn down God’s order of mankind presented from Genesis to Revelation by wickedly relegating its assertion to only the cultural and social customs of those times that are now, passé as they seek to please feminists, not Him.8 They also cite notable Christian patriarchs and figures of history who may have advocated for greater female involvement in church leadership; the experiences of those females now, claiming a call from God to take authority over men in His house as pastors, leaders and teachers to justify as well as avoid confessing and repenting from their error.
Despite the use of the educationally credentialed, ecclesiastical authorities and media star power to push the feminist agenda within professing Christianity, outside of God’s Word, none of what they say is finally authoritative as the guilty know and impresses no one except fellow rebels and those that do not obey their Bibles anyway! Because of the foregoing and advocacy of all but those considered the most obnoxious of biblically conservative Christians such as myself in the midst, professing Western Christianity is seen by the world to be an ally wickedly endorsing the feminist quest to obliterate God’s design of females, their roles, responsibilities and rank in His order of mankind.9 The Lord Jesus is unequivocal: you cannot be both for and against Him (Luke 11:23)!
Meanwhile, contrary to the deceitful feminist propaganda this rebellion and the rise of females to power is improving society, marginalized men are confused, conflicted about and abdicating their roles and responsibilities as husbands and fathers.10 Their sexual immorality, lawless violence, mass murders and of each other along with suicide increase. Their mistreatment, abuse and murder of women continue unabated. The marriages of professed and non-Christians are regularly crumbling in divorce and many families are in dysfunctional disarray. If this is supposed to be the feminist utopia in the making, it is actually a dystopia growing worse by the day!11 It cannot and never will be that the rebellion of any of His creatures leads to something better than what God had or has in mind!
6 Read the October 4, 2020 post, The Great Woman Of God, under the category, The Cause. Also, in part two of the two-part Willful Ignorance Destroys, that begins
February 21, 2021 under the category, Black History, read how liberal professed Christians make the charge that both women and gay men have been oppressed by
biblically conservative Christians giving faithful regard and obedience to the commandments and instruction of God’s Word written about them.
7 This is a great evil and the guilty will not go unpunished by God (2 Peter 3:14-17)! Read through the most recent editions of the New International Version of the Bible
(NIV) among others that are following this path to placate feminists in the manner of Aaron toward Israel when he crafted the golden calf idol knowing better and “the
angel of the church in Thyatira” rebuked by Christ (warning us) about Jezebel by type (Exodus 19:16-20:6, 32:1-24; Revelation 2:18-23, NKJV).
8 The hand washing “tradition of the elders” enforced by the Pharisees and “kiss” of the apostles (still practiced in the East) are plain examples of cultural and social cus-
tom in the New Testament (Mark 7:1-13; Romans 16:16; 1 Peter 5:14, NKJV). These and similar cultural and social customs of men are not equivalent to God’s endur-
ing order of mankind ordained at creation and basic to marital organization as well as essential continuing human social cohesion and stability.
9 See the November 14, 2014 post, Christian Women And Restoring Men, under the category, Instruction and on July 28, 2019, Roles, Rank And Responsibilities under
the category, God’s Creatures. Among the many consequences of professed Christians in the feminist rebellion against God’s order of mankind is their responsibility
for and inability without glaring hypocrisy to say anything against outcomes such as gender confusion. God’s judgment of all the guilty is just!
10 I write about this reality and provide statistical support in The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics.
11 For information on violence against women check out a recent feminist report. View statistics on our nation’s divorce rate at the CDC Web Site. While statistics vary,
I was able to read various opinion and scholarly prepared pieces on America’s dysfunctional families and recommend a review of the 2015 broader Pew Research
Report, The American Family that gives statistics on the rise of single parent households.
I am intrigued and staggered every time I read in God’s Word how all of what we have as history, taking place today and foretold for the future is the manifest unfolding of His sovereign purposes and plans prepared before such a thing as time--His purposeful construct for this present age and creation (Genesis 1:14-19; Joshua 10:12-15; Isaiah 38:4-8; Ephesians 1:3-14, 3:1-13; 2 Timothy 1:8-12; Titus 1:1-3). This continuum of purposes and plans originating with God the Father from eternity is all about His will to have sons after the image of God the eternal Son (Daniel 3:24-25; Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1-5, 14-18, 34, 8:54-58; Romans 8:28-29; Colossians 1:13-17)!
Sent to us from Heaven by the Father with His message, God the eternal Son and Word is Himself “the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person;” “upholding all things by the word of His power,” (Hebrews 1:1-3a, NKJV). The Father’s message to mankind through His Son, Jesus Christ, is His love, grace and mercy motivated Good News of sin remission through forgiveness for all who will repent, believe in Him and His finished work of salvation on the cross (Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:46-47; John 3:16-18; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Hebrews 1:3b). He, as also the firstborn Son of the sons of God from among mankind stands greater than angels (Hebrews 1:4-12).
Though the holy angels were once titled sons of God for their devotion and loyalty to God (Job 1:6, 2:1), they were not created for this purpose. They were created to be servants of God in all of the divine will including ministering to His only begotten and “for those who will inherit salvation,” (Psalms 103:20-21, 104:4; Matthew 4:8-11; Luke 22:43; Acts 5:17-23, 27:22-25; Hebrews 1:13-14, NKJV). It is solely the inheritors of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God from eternity and Son of Man by incarnation that receive adoption and relationship with God the Father as eternal sons (John 1:10-13, 3:1-8, 14:6; Romans 8:14-15; Galatians 4:4-6).1
Indeed, from the dust God formed and gave life to Adam created in the divine image and likeness to be the first man and eternal “son of God” in mortal form to whom the Lord Jesus as a Man in the natural flesh is related (Genesis 1:26a, 2:7; Luke 3:23-38, NKJV). From Adam through his seed all to follow were intended to be eternal sons of God, but he sinned incurring God’s promised consequence of physical and spiritual death along with alienation from the Father upon himself and his progeny (Genesis 2:15-17, 3:6-11, 17-4:10). Now, sin was unleashed and permanently resided in mortal man’s nature. Only those with a heart for God called upon His name (Genesis 4:16-26).
This is how it was for millennia until at His perfect pre-planned moment God sent His eternal Son, Jesus Christ, into the world a second Adam to save the willing from among fallen mankind. And why? Again, is it not because of His intent in love from the beginning that man from the dust should be exalted to the glory of eternal sons of God? Yes and so, Christ came to suffer and die on the cross to atone for man’s sins and reconcile us back to God (Romans 5:6-21; 2 Corinthians 5:17-6:2). After His resurrection He brings “many sons to glory” from among those who believe to share in His (Hebrews 2:5-10, NKJV) and with Him receive God’s inheritance (Romans 8:16-17; Galatians 4:7)!
Only born again male followers of Jesus Christ have the experience of being both mortal and eternal sons of God in the image of the first Adam and Him, the second during this present age by His purposeful design.2 As I have repeatedly written, this does not make males better than our female counterparts, but all the more accountable to God for fulfilling His assigned roles and responsibilities as sons of this age. Males in the image of God the Father are His elect leaders and are to govern accordingly. This is no easy task when you are a sinner by nature and come up woefully short of His glory in character. In fact, without God’s help it would be impossible to do His will and please Him!
For this reason, I praise Him as a redeemed fallen son and aspiring strong man of God in the image of Christ I write about in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics;3 who among His tasks during His first coming was to show males how to be men and sons in His eternal image as the Son as well as help us (John 5:16-20, 8:25-30, 13:12-17, 14:12-26, 15:1-8; Ephesians 4:17-24; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 2:11-18, 4:14-16). In my journey since 1977 I have needed and repeatedly called upon the risen Lord Jesus in weakness, sin and failure for His help to be the man and carry out the roles and responsibilities our Father has assigned both for this mortal age and the endless eternal ages to come. If you profess to know Him, sir, I urge you to also do the same!
1 Read the three-part post beginning January 29, 2017, Jesus, Son Of Man, under the category, The Cause.
2 See the July 3, 2016 post, Man As God Designed Him, under the category, God’s Creatures.
3 The book is published by Open Door Communication Ministries, Inc. and available in print or digital formats at major internet booksellers. You can also purchase a print
copy in the Strong Man Store.
It is one thing for unsaved women to balk at and reject God’s design of females and rank in His established order of mankind during this present age; it is quite another thing when the females that profess to be saved Christians knowingly reject God’s design for themselves in rebellion against their Lord also. An all out rebellion against God’s design of females, their roles, responsibilities and rank in His order of mankind is a recent phenomenon of history that is worsening in its negative outcomes and now, at its peak in these latter days, nearing its end as I have written in other posts.1
Among the blasphemous planks rebel female and male feminists have in their platform of all out rebellion against God, His Word and Christ is that females are wrongly and unfairly assigned an inferior second class status in His order of mankind (Psalm 2:1-3). So seductively persuasive is this deceit and false accusation of Satan on par with his masterstroke with Eve in the garden (Genesis 3:1-5), many professed Christian females, males and pastors across social ideologies have bought into it over the past century and intensely so since the mid-1960s.2 On the surface apart from a faith enabled, intimate knowledge of God in a biblical worldview, it would seem the rebels have something.
However, those who by faith continuously fellowship with God and know His Word realize His perfect character and purposes for man would never allow Him to treat the creature of His love with such contempt (Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 31:30-32:4; Psalm 8:3-8). For man the creature made in God’s image is both male and female from the beginning as Christ affirms (Genesis 1:27, 5:1-2; Matthew 19:1-6; Mark 10:1-9). Though the female was created second after, out of and for the male, God did this to indisputably establish His order of mankind, accountability and purpose of procreation (Genesis 1:28, 2:7, 15-25, 3:6-24, 5:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:2-12, 14:34-40; 1 Timothy 2:11-15).
Now, let me pause here to ensure that though in love He cares for your salvation, I am not writing these things yet again as the Lord leads to convince the unsaved hardened in rebellion. I write to the daughters of this age who profess faith in Him and are faithful because He cares that you be encouraged in the truth; that those who vacillate in or have already capitulated to rebel feminism might come to their spiritual senses and repent (2 Timothy 2:24-26)! Females are not second class to God because you do not have the same roles, responsibilities and rank in His order as males! Those professed Christian women thinking this way diminish their own value as God designed you.3
You are also proving yourselves influenced by or fully captive to the thinking of the world culture under Satan’s dominion no matter how much you attempt to falsely justify the thinking by re-interpreting the Bible to read feminism into it or onto the godly females presented therein. Since feminism as rebellion against God and His order of mankind originates from the instigation of demons that do not die, there are a few feminists in Bible history beginning with Eve in her ignorance and followed by Jezebel, Athaliah and Vashti as examples who all suffered the consequences (Genesis 3:12-13, 16a; 1 Kings 16:29-33, 18:1-4, 19:1-3, 21:1-26; 2 Kings 9:30-37, 11:1-16; Esther 1).
In contrast to the many more godly women in the Bible (including Deborah who did not lead out Israel’s army to battle or usurp God’s chosen male commander, but accompanied him at his insistence as a comforting “mother”--Judges 4:4-10, 5:7, NKJV), the foregoing named feminist rebels starting with Eve all acted in independent self-will to lead out in their actions and defiance of God’s order and/or Word (Genesis 3:17a).4 Jezebel and Athaliah typify the aggressive feminism of our day in their ambitious grab for and use of authority. Knowing the divine order of mankind and all of the cultural expectations of her as queen, wife of her husband the king, Vashti knowingly disrespected him before the whole kingdom in her defiance of his marital and royal headship (James 4:17).
Godly and humble Esther on the other hand, who had not ambitiously sought to be queen and replaced Vashti, showed her husband, the king, great respect and earned his trusting favor (Esther 2:1-18).5 Not by usurping the king, wicked scheming or the manipulative wielding of authority behind the scenes did the Jewish queen Esther prevail to save her people from genocide, but through faith in God, fasting, prayer and courage to do as the Lord providentially led her (Esther 4:1-16, 5:1-8, 7-8)! Please note that while in God’s order of mankind the man, Mordecai, who served as Esther’s father outranked her, after giving her wise and challenging counsel he submitted to her conferred authority as queen in this unique context to do as she “commanded him,” (Esther 4:17, NKJV).
1 See for example the April 8, 2018 post, The Second Adam Rules And Judges, under the categories, Bible Prophecy and Call To Repent as well as the post that followed
on April 15th, Woman As God Designed Her, under the category, God’s Creatures.
2 Read the two-part post beginning May 27, 2018, Feminism’s Entry Into The Churches, under the categories, Call To Repent and God’s Creatures.
3 This does not mean many sinful men in ignorance throughout history have not thought of and treated females as second class. Thinking of and treating females as in-
ferior is one of the many tragic consequential works of sin in mankind that only God can righteously and finally correct beginning with salvation! Carefully read the series
of four posts that begin April 22, 2018 where the Lord leads me to write about the value of women from a biblical worldview all under the category, God’s Creatures.
4 Genesis 3:17a does not mean there is never a time a man should give heed to the counsel of his wife. However, if that counsel is to disobey or defy God or the laws of
man, then, a husband must do what is right in the sight of God! All the more reason for a Christian man to marry an authentic Christian woman (and you, sister, be one)
so, he might receive godly counsel from his wife as did David from Abigail before he married her (1 Samuel 25:14-39).
5 Esther is one of twelve women that exemplify a character trait of the great woman of God in the image of Christ I write about in two chapters of my book, The Strong
Man Of God: Back To Basics and The Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study drawn from it released in October 2020. The book and group study are available
for purchase in the Strong Man Store or by order through your favorite book seller.
Hollywood loves turning loose out of place in time gigantic dinosaurs and other beasts into the cities and suburbs of the modern world to wreak havoc and destruction as terrified humanity runs for their lives to escape. And while God Almighty in no way compares to any beast of the earth past, present or of fallen man’s imagination, humanity in the 21st century world is just as unprepared for His unveiling in judgment as those of fiction are to the sudden appearance of out of place and time giant beasts. Nevertheless, Bible prophecy is very clear this world hostile to and in rebellion against God is near to experiencing His completely unexpected display of severe warning judgments and wrath!
Sadly, among those that are not prepared for God Almighty to again show His superior power in the earth are many that profess to be Christians. Ignoring the most significant sign God has given yet of what is coming, many still want to put the Day of the Lord off for possible thousands of years away or hide behind “that day and hour no one knows” which refers to specificity, not general times or why would the Lord command us to watch for signs He Himself gave (Mark 13:28-37, NKJV)? It is righteous to avoid confusion from way out speculation about the end times. But it seems many avoid the issue because it interferes with their carefully laid plans and preoccupation with this world!1
Can you speak thunder? The Lord Jesus can and whomever He enables among His servants (Revelation 10:1-4)! During the week leading up to Passover and His crucifixion, “certain Greeks” among the Jewish throngs sought to have an audience with the Lord. Though He did not meet with them, He plainly took their desire for an audience to be prophetically significant as it concerned His glory, fruit of His crucifixion and perpetual requirements to be His disciple as He spoke to Andrew and Philip who were attempting to arrange the meeting (John 12:20-26, NKJV). Squaring up with His crucifixion again, the Lord then speaks of it as His disturbing, but unavoidable approaching reality and concludes it was for that experience He had come to the moment (John 12:27).
Honoring His Father who had assigned Him the cross, the Lord Jesus exclaimed, ‘“Father, glorify Your name.’” Immediately the Father replied, ‘“I have both glorified it and will glorify it again,’” (John 12:28, NKJV). The people standing by heard the Father and “said it had thundered;” some thought the thunder was an angel speaking to him. Jesus said the voice (and very importantly, the words) of His Father was not for His sake, but the people present (John 12:29-30, NKJV). And why? The Lord says, ‘“Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself,’” (John 12:31-32, NKJV).
The Father would be glorified a second time in the earth by the atoning death of His Son, Jesus Christ, for the sins of the world (John 1:29-34). While delivering all (Jew and Gentile) that look to His sacrifice for salvation through faith, it also certifies the judgment of the rejecting remainder (John 3:14-21). Also, finally, in the aftermath of Christ’s triumphant sacrifice Satan, the ruler of this world, will be deposed and eternally banished (Colossians 2:13-15; 1 John 5:19; Revelation 20:7-10). Now, if all of this from Christ’s sacrifice constitutes a second time the Father is glorified, then, when was the first time? Wasn’t it His mighty deliverance of Israel from slavery in Egypt?2
God Almighty came down from Heaven to deliver Israel from bondage to Egypt about the midpoint of the 15th century B.C. (Exodus 3-14). With the rod of Moses the Lord strong and mighty suddenly visited and brought plagues upon Egypt representing the modern world of its time because Pharaoh, their ruler, would not let God’s people He came to deliver go. By the time the Lord was finished Egypt was destroyed; Pharaoh who claimed to be a god and all of the rest of Egypt’s gods (demons) were humiliated in defeat (Exodus 7:3-5, 10:7, 14:1-9, 21-30). The fame of the Lord went throughout the earth from that day and remains among all mankind that have heard of what He did to Egypt on behalf of Israel; to deliver them from bondage with mighty signs and wonders in judgment.
So, now, Israel is back in her land after nearly 1,900 years of dispersion throughout the earth by divine decree as foretold by the prophets beginning with Moses (Deuteronomy 28:15-68, 31:14-29; Hosea 3, 5:8-15). Many are returning to the land as God’s preparation for both His final punishment and deliverance of the Jewish people. Indeed, as foretold by the Lord through His prophets, as Judah returned from exile and rebuilt the Temple and Jerusalem beginning in the 6th century B.C., so, those presently in the land are doing the same, but in reverse order. Opposition exponentially greater (involving global hostilities) to what was faced by Jews building the second Temple faces those that would build a third (Ezra 1, 3-4:24). Yet, they have to and will--the Temple is part of their identification with God.3
In the days leading up to and during building the Temple according to the Lord’s specifications (Ezekiel 40-43:12), He will begin to finish bringing glory to Himself again in the cause of delivering Israel this time in the sight of this whole 21st century earth. After sealing His chosen Jewish remnant (Revelation 7:1-8), God will suddenly display His unmistakable wonders in mighty warning judgments (Revelation 8-9). After this will come Satan’s last stand before Christ returns, God’s final exam, Israel’s travail and “great tribulation” that spreads to the whole world (Mark 13:14-23; Revelation 11:1-14, 12:1-14:13, NKJV). Then, following as foretold, God will unleash His full wrath inaugurating the Day of the Lord that also features the Second Coming of Christ to lead the charge.
This unique Day of the Lord delivers remnant Jews and Christians, judges this world and overcomes all kingdoms including Satan’s (Isaiah 13:6-13; Zechariah 12:1-9, 14:1-7, 12-15; Mark 13:24-27; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-10; Revelation 11:15-19, 16, 19:11-20:3). Just as He brought Israel out of Egypt, God Almighty will triumphantly bring all of the chosen, surviving remnant of His people back to the land in that Day from all over the earth to see Him in glory. They will turn to Christ as foretold (Isaiah 10:20-23, 11:11-16; Jeremiah 30:1-9, 31:1-9; Ezekiel 39:21-29; Hosea 6:1-3; Zechariah 12:10-13:1; Romans 11:1-29).4 This present world will never be the same again. The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 Faithful and true disciples of Jesus Christ live in this world to please Him and do His will which is the heart of every aspiring strong man and great woman of God in
His image (Mark 8:31-38; Luke 9:57-62; 1 John 2:15-17). Learn more in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics available in print or digital download for-
mats 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 ver-
sions of the book in the Strong Man Store.
2 Read the July 30-Sept 3, 2017 six-part series and especially part five, Restoring Men In The Two Minute Drill, under the category, Bible Prophecy as additional back-
ground information for this post.
3 This is another reason putting end time events off for even hundreds of years from now is not sound. Truly, the Jews mournfully commemorate the exact day both the
first and second Temples were respectively destroyed (which amazingly are the same--only God!) by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. and the Romans in 70 A.D. on an
occasion called Tisha B’Av--The Fast Of The Fifth Month (see The Feasts of the Lord, Kevin Howard and Marvin Rosenthal, Thomas Nelson Inc., Nashville 1997,
151-157). The devout not only grieve the loss and lack of a Temple, but most assuredly will not let the 2,000 year anniversary of the second Temple’s destruction
looming ahead this century pass without notice as many make preparation for a third to be built (Ezra 5-6; https://www.templeinstitute.org/main.htm). This should not
surprise faithful Christians since as He did with the second Temple, the Lord stirs up the hearts of the people nearing 100 years back in the land also this century
(Haggai 1:1-2:9)! Thus too, as it was with Pharaoh who God demanded to let His people go forth to worship Him, so, with Satan through his human vessels among
the Gentile nations and finally, the one who becomes Antichrist, God will demand through Jewish leaders what He similarly spoke to me writing in a former post: “Let
My people worship Me in the house I have commanded them to build Me,” (see footnote 2).
4 See the June 12, 2016 post, The Day Of Israel’s Comfort, under the category, Bible Prophecy.
I took my stand at the outset of 2017 as commanded by the Lord and empowered by the Holy Spirit to “wage war against and pull down strongholds of deceit” in arguments raised up to redefine and marginalize men.1 After this, I held up Jesus, Son of Man and declared the value of men.2 Continuing now in steadfast resistance to deceitful, worldly feminism and compromising churches attempting to placate and accommodate it, I again hold up Jesus Christ and show the value of men at this moment in 2018. Beginning with this edited 2011 Commentary and posts to follow leading up to Resurrection Sunday, I declare with clueless Pilate: ‘“Behold, the Man,”’ (John 19:5, NKJV)!
None of this is about marginalizing women as some mistakenly surmise. But in the face of a world defying and many in the churches corrupting and even wickedly rewriting Scripture to sustain deceitful feminism, God Almighty seeks to fully portray the truth of His salvation and restoration that is both corporate for His creature “man” as well as individual among mankind that are willing to embrace them through faith in Jesus, Son of Man! Because of what man the creature by divine design is embodied in the first and second Adams, delightfully known to Satan, but unforeseen to human rebels are the many ruinous consequences of marginalizing men in the wrap up to this present age.
Originally Published November 2011
The rebellious attempt by radical feminist besieged Western cultures to eradicate gender distinctives in mankind is leading to a severe, unintended consequence. Short of this severe consequence is the unfolding lack of employment for men in jobs that capitalize on their divine design to envision and boldly embark on the risky venture to construct or accomplish what they saw in their minds. Such men sit on the sidelines while what jobs are available in the service sector, for example, go to women in the name of a twisted, worldly brand of equality. Without a change of some kind soon, distraught unemployed family men that understand their responsibility to provide will revolt.
The phrase in Genesis 1:26a is brief, but thoroughly pregnant with instruction: "Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness,'" (NKJV). God, Creator of the heavens, earth and all they contain, on purpose made only one creature specifically named to be man in the image and likeness of God. Among the many transmittable attributes of deity man was to enjoy from the stated intent of God is the visionary leadership of his Creator. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a visionary is one marked by foresight and has visions. His visions are of fantasy and dreams; existing only in the imagination and not very practical or I might add, always doable.
How do we know God is a visionary leader? From cover to cover the Bible declares the visionary leadership of God! For example, Isaiah the prophet writes, "For thus says the Lord Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: 'I am the Lord, and there is no other,'" (Isaiah 45:18, NKJV). When and where did God envision His creation along with His purposes for it? From eternity where He dwells and in His own mind which He has gladly revealed to His sons in Christ (Psalm 90:2, 93:2; Isaiah 57:15a, 64:4; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16).
Genesis 1:1 is the declarative statement of God acting to bring His creative vision to fulfillment. For while men may have many great visions and dream fantastic dreams, only God can and has brought all of His to pass. Even so, God has willed to impart His visionary leadership ability to man and particularly in this age, men. As I write in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, men and women are different by divine design with men made to prominently display God’s ruling function.3 Men are wired in every part of their existence right down to hormones to fulfill this function. This important ruling function in the image and likeness of God includes visionary leadership.
The history of mankind cannot be revised on this score. It is the visionary leadership of men from Adam to this hour that has conquered lands, built civilizations, dared to walk on the moon and pushes the boundaries of cyberspace. This historical reality is so in spite of the presence of sin in men. Rather than limiting a man's desire to dream and bring to reality, sin with the help of Satan has only corrupted and deceitfully influenced his imagination. As a result, God has stepped in at times to judge the vision inspired works of men and redirect their efforts such as at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9).
The point is that while in general women by divine design are excellent managers of what exists, men have been the historical practitioners of visionary leadership that dreams and brings what does not exist into reality. Properly informed by the Holy Spirit an aspiring strong man of God in the image of Christ exercises his visionary leadership first in the home, then the local church and beyond. What is the "Great Commission" of Jesus Christ first given to 1st century men but the continuing fulfillment of God's vision to finally have saved mankind dwell with Him forever (Matthew 28:16-20; Revelation 21:1-8)? Truly, wired for visionary leadership mostly men from that time until now have bought into and risked their lives to fulfill God's vision to the ends of the earth!4
Certainly to unemployed men the truth of God given visionary leadership should inspire a turning to Him for an entrepreneurial vision that will enable you to support your family. But soberly, this truth is also a warning to our rebelling nation: stop the evil experiment of redefining men and women! Not only is this leading to an eventual revolt by beleaguered men, but the severe, unintended consequence of our nation's economic ruin in the shadow of God's coming wrath (Proverbs 29:18; Isaiah 3:12, 24:1-13; Revelation 6:5-6). Professed Christians and their churches that have supported this feminist led rebellion against God will not escape (1 Peter 4:17-18). The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 See the January 22, 2017 Blog, In God’s Revival Men Are Restored, Pt. 3, under the category, The Cause.
2 Read these series of posts under The Cause category January 29-February 12, 2017 and June 4-25, 2017 respectively.
3 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
4 Such a man in modern times was Dr. Billy Graham who departed home to the Lord this past February 21, 2018. Read my November 4, 2016 post honoring him.
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