April 2, 2010
Male Dominance as the Key to Church Growth
I just listened to an online sermon that made the following claims:
- Men were created to dominate or expand, and that is a good thing. This was based on the statement in Genesis about having dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:28).
- Men are also fighters and aggressive, in a good way. They need to be able to fight in the church too. I think he mean for the cause of Christ.
- However, we live in a feminine culture that keeps men from pursing their God-designed dominance and aggressiveness.
- This is especially true of the church. Most churches are basically run by women or feminized male pastors who are no aggressive, assertive dominance oriented people.
- The songs that we use in worship are sentimental song that are basically only good for women. Men don’t like those kinds of songs. In any case, men don’t like to sing in public because it embarrasses them.
- Churches are decorated by women and for women.
- If, on the other hand, we were to get young men fired up for Jesus and in the churches, this would make all the difference. It would lead to a nation-wide revival of Christianity.
- A reminder was also made to women that this emphasis on men is a good thing. If men get it right, that will be good for women.
- The speaker’s conclusion was that if we focus on young men and give them an environment that appeals to them the church will grow.
To wrap up most of my critiques of this into one statement, I think that the text for this pastor’s sermon was his own idiosyncratic stereotypes. Neither the Bible nor reality played a very significant part.
What do you think?