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The rebellion of our nation’s secular atheists and many professed Christians considering themselves progressives against “the most basic of biblical instruction” on gender and family as I wrote in last week’s Independence Day post,1 is a manifest sign of their being completely removed from common sense, objective reality as well as God! In His perfect design, human gender from the beginning until now, has been unmistakably obvious and inextricably intertwined with the family. Unwilling to repent, God is giving rebels against Him over to their way with judgments that intensify in severity; leading finally to the day and full outpour of His “wrath” upon them (Romans 1:18-32, NKJV).
The Lord Jesus Christ affirms God’s gender and family design answering His inquisitors on divorce declaring, “But from the beginning of creation, God ‘made them male and female.’” “For this reason ‘a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh;’ so then they are no longer two, but one flesh,” (Genesis 1:27, 2:21-25, 5:1-2; Mark 10:6-8, NKJV). God made male and female humans distinctive in their bodies and tied to their procreative as well as family roles, responsibilities and order. Clearly, in God’s design anatomy was intended to be a very obvious indicator of human gender and has been from creation as Christ shows.
The only place in God’s design of human existence He allows for any determination of gender is in the seed of the male where depending on the chromosome when it enters the female egg, the resulting new human being will be either male or female. Otherwise, God alone in sovereignty and power determines the anatomical end of mankind in accord with His will and purposes (Genesis 2:7, 15:1-6, 18:1-15, 21:1-7; Isaiah 7:10-14; Luke 1:5-38). Thus, all that is being done today to allow even little children to pick their own gender different from their anatomy at conception or to invent gender designations of any kind is evil and rebellion in the sight of the Lord and according to His Word!
Whether rebels of the world accept God’s will, way and Word or not is on them; professed Christians supposedly having come out of the world are to accept and be faithful to these as they are written in the Holy Bible. This being the case, we understand and must teach the Lord’s will and purposes concerning gender and the family within our families and churches. To wit: a male is so anatomically to become a husband and father; a female, a wife and mother. For after He created them, God commanded the first couple in their marital oneness, “Be fruitful and multiply” and repeated this to Noah and his three sons after the flood of his day (Genesis 1:28, 9:1, NKJV).
Furthermore, with the father in the family taking the lead, Christian parents together teach God’s whole will, way and Word to their children (Genesis 18:16-19; Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:18-21; Psalm 78:1-8; Proverbs 1:8-19; Ephesians 6:4). As Genesis 18:16-19 and Psalm 78:1-8 cited in the foregoing assert, fathers too, have the responsibility from God to teach the family’s spiritual heritage.2 Children may grow up to reject what they were taught, but that is on them (Ezekiel 18). A Christian father is to proclaim the Gospel and teach God’s way of salvation to his children!3 Both parents also specifically teach on gender roles, responsibilities and God’s order by precept and example.4
The Christian father teaches and equips his sons for biblical manhood; his wife, their daughters for womanhood (Proverbs 5, 6:20-7:27; Jeremiah 9:20-21; Titus 2:3-5). Biblical manhood encompasses every aspect of aspiring to be a strong man of God in the image of Christ in eternal roles as sons, disciples and servants with heart and character as well as mortal sons to parents, future husbands and fathers. Likewise, biblical womanhood involves developing in the same eternal roles, while being equipped by their mothers to be godly daughters, future wives and mothers for this mortal life as aspiring great women of God in the image of Christ.5 Being too much like right, rebels captive to Satan and his world system hate and angrily oppose what I have just written.
It clearly counters what they want as their way in a secular atheist worldview where they falsely believe themselves to have “evolved” beyond the eternally righteous will, way and Word of God because of technological advance and sophistication. Not unlike whining babies and spoiled children wanting their selfish way, they press to have their way in overthrowing the ancient foundations of gender and family regardless of the fact it is confusing and destroying individuals, families and our nation. Ours is now, among the growing number of nations openly defying and rebelling against God who will keep rebuking them with escalating judgments6 until He meets and crushes their anger at Him with His own (Psalms 2:1-5, 11, 96; Isaiah 45:22-24; Revelation 11:15-19, 14:17-16:21)!
1 See Independence Day 2021 posted on July 4th under the category, Biblical Worldview.
2 Fathers have this responsibility not from society or the culture, but God even in times of manifest rebellion, hostility and persecution; the reality of which as a cost and cause
to suffer for He calls us to with His provision that should also be taught to our children (Luke 9:23-26, 14:25-35; 2 Timothy 3:12). Read my June 15, 2014 repost, Father-
hood In A Time Of Rebellion, under the category, God’s Creatures.
3 See the June 22, 2014 post, Rebel Children Of Godly Fathers, under the category, Instruction
4 This is as I write about in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, 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 along with its companion, The Strong Man Of God Men’s Group Study for in-person or virtual use in the
Strong Man Store.
5 The Lord led me to expand on what I wrote originally in The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics about the great woman of God through writing the recently released Great
Woman Of God Women’s Group Study as a resource help to parents and teachers in teaching females a biblical worldview of womanhood. It is available at major internet
book selling outlets and the Strong Man Store.
6 Plainly as Scripture affirms, God’s intent even with the most severe judgments upon the nations of humanity in these latter days is not to destroy them--yet--as He has done
in history, but with longsuffering grace and mercy seeks their repentance (Genesis 6:5-17; 2 Peter 3:1-9). See the July 5, 2020 post the Lord gave me, Decision At The
Crossroads, under the category, Call To Repent.
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.
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