This podcast started out hopeful, but as it progressed I felt that this discussion, while having a form of godliness, denied the power of Jesus Christ to save men’s souls. Like french fries without salt, we taste bland to the men around us who are perishing.
Today’s religion for men is not Christianity but Islam, as illustrated by the author’s Damascus story of men taking the time to validate his masculinity and role as a father. It is tragic that this story served to be a greater recruitment for Islam than for Christ. The allure of a religion that offers the earthly power of wielding a sword or an uzi, and which encourages men to subjugate women, is deceiving millions of men’s minds and souls.
The gravitas of sin is what’s missing from today’s western churches. Men don’t fear God today because American Churchianity, in particular, has been deceived into a false gospel of only love, which is no gospel at all! We Christian men have been lulled into believing that there are no consequences to sinning while under the covering of grace. We look no different than the world because our secret sins keep grieving the Holy Spirit, so that we have no power in His Name nor in our prayers.
If a man doesn’t understand the problem of his sin, then he has no reason to be interested in the mercy of Jesus. Jonathan Edwards knew this all too well, and called men to action to save their very souls:
“O sinner! Consider the fearful danger you are in: ’tis a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath, that you are held over in the hand of that God, whose wrath is provoked and incensed as much against you as against many of the damned in hell; you hang by a slender thread, with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder; and you have no interest in any mediator, and nothing to lay hold of to save yourself, nothing to keep off the flames of wrath, nothing of your own, nothing that you ever have done, nothing that you can do, to induce God to spare you one moment.”
I recommend all Christian men to read his sermon “sinners in the hands of an angry God” and then repent!
Western civilization has always needed the security of a man who fears nothing but the wrath of the infinite God. The man whose soul is at rest with the peace of eternal security is motivated with a unique courage to defend women and children against the wrath of man. As Jesus said in Luke 12: “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!”
If you want to your Christian life to be significant, manly, brave and meaningful then clean your own soul first. Then take your band of brothers out to go tell people that they need deliverance from the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of almighty God! Think of your responsibility as a Christian, your direct order by your God, to save men’s souls. Be strong and courageous, and be prepared to suffer for the cause of the gospel. Shew yourself a man and run the race such as to win the prize. Build up for yourself treasures in heaven, and you will have a fulfilled life.
Western civilization itself hangs by a thread today, and as God used the Babylonians to judge Israel for their infidelity, the Church is currently under God’s divine judgment. God chastens those He loves, and the LORD’s discipline is now quickening the hearts of faithful men and is sifting us like wheat. God’s wrath is already at our doorstep! The Western Church has become Mystery Babylon, and God is pleading with you to come out of her spiritually so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not share in her plagues.
Repent now and stop dabbling in sin! Turn 180 degrees away from those slothful distractions for which millions of men this very day chant “Death to America!” in the streets of Tehran. The men deceived by Islam mock your sloth. They mock your weakness. They mock your fear of other men’s opinions. They mock your false gods of ease and comfort. They mock the Most High God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!
In John’s Revelation he saw an angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”