Tuesday, June 20, 2006

God Uses Bold Men

Why do we always have to apologize for being a man?

There are few things I enjoy seeing more than a man whose number one desire is to acquire his strength from the power of the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ.

He will be bold, not a wimp. He will fear God rather than being afraid to offend other effeminate men or dominate women. He will stand up and proclaim God's truths (all of them) without cowering into this little harmless passive kitten. Men who find their strength on their knees, alone with God.

This is how all christian men should behave. This is how every man who is a pastor of the true saving gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ should be.

Check out THIS criteria for a pastor and for a christian man:

"The gospel of Christ does not move by popular waves. It has no self-propagating power. It moves as the men who have charge of it move. The preacher must impersonate the gospel. Its divine, most distinctive features must be embodied in him. The constraining power of love must be in the preacher as a projecting, eccentric, an all-commanding, self-oblivious force. The energy of self-denial must be his being, his heart and blood and bones. He must go forth as a man among men, clothed with humility, abiding in meekness, wise as a serpent, harmless as a dove; the bonds of a servant with the spirit of a king, a king in high, royal, in dependent bearing, with the simplicity and sweetness of a child. The preacher must throw himself, with all the abandon of a perfect, self-emptying faith and a self-consuming zeal, into his work for the salvation of men. Hearty, heroic, compassionate, fearless martyrs must the men be who take hold of and shape a generation for God. If they be timid time servers, place seekers, if they be men pleasers or men fearers, if their faith has a weak hold on God or his Word, if their denial be broken by any phase of self or the world, they cannot take hold of the Church nor the world for God."

--E.M. Bounds (1835-1913), Power Through Prayer


Blogger Henry (Rick) Frueh said...

Those were the days...sadly.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Kennyo said...

hey ptl Rick,

Thanks for your comments. I guess we can look back at how these things used to be so but we ought to believe some things still can be applied to today's culture, like men of God standing for truth. I believe it is still a realistic expectation, although very rare.

11:39 PM  

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