Biblical Illiteracy: A Quick Surmise On Why Christian Men Abandon Their Posts
In the Church today, most men are the antithesis of what scripture calls us to be. He lives without mission or wisdom, lacks courage and self-control, and exudes physical and mental weakness.
By J.T. Woodlee
We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. —C.S. Lewis, 1943
In the Church today, the average male is the antithesis of everything the Bible calls us to be. He lives without mission, lacks courage, and exudes both physical and mental weakness. He is unlearned, lacks self-control, and does not seek wisdom. Take a visit to the biggest church in your city. You’ll know exactly what I’m getting at here. There is a complete lack of personal gravitas. The post-modern Christian male has a presence about him that would make the fathers of our faith belly-laugh. Or cry.
MGTOW: Men Going Their own Way
What is the root of the problem?
We could point the finger at our pagan culture promoting effeminate men, and rightfully so. We could point the finger at weak fathers, rightfully so as well. These factors do heavily contribute, but they are not the root cause.
The root issue is that we do not know our Bibles.
The average evangelical man’s theology never graduates past a “Francis Chan” book. The result of not knowing Scripture is that false models are created for what constitutes a godly Christian man. The common belief is that being a “nice guy” is what we need to do. In the context in which our culture defines a “nice guy”, that definition couldn’t be further from the truth.
God wasn’t “nice” when he called Israel to destroy nations. Jesus wasn’t “nice” when he whipped money changers out of the Temple. Paul wasn’t “nice” when he tongue-lashed false teachers in the Church.
Scripture shows us that being a real man of God requires being physically able to protect your family (1 Tim. 5:8). It commands us to be courageous warriors, even in the face of a seemingly indestructible enemy (Numbers 13). It tells us to be noble and above reproach (Titus 1:6). It calls us to be shrewd and discerning (Book of Proverbs). We must be dominion-minded men.
Ultimately, Biblical Masculinity has to be deeply rooted in Scripture (Psalm 1:2–3). If we do not take the Bible seriously, then we will continue in our effeminate and ungodly ways. We will continue to be ineffective in changing our culture. Laypeople, we need to repent of our cowardly ways and turn to Christ. Pastors, true doctrine must be preached from our pulpits regarding this subject.
Through the washing of the Word (Ephesians 5:26), we will increasingly be sanctified as men who ably answer God’s charge to: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion…” (Genesis 1:28).
Here are some resources I highly suggest. They teach men how to be masculine patriarchs in a God-glorying manner.
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Soli Deo Gloria.