God and MGTOW

Late last week I found a post on the page ‘A Voice for Men’ that I responded to. The post was regarding the shaming of men who view adult content and the grief and problems it causes in the forms of overwhelming guilt and depression. I’ve made it pretty clear on my blog how I feel about adult content and what the bible has to say about the issues of lust, so I won’t go into that in this post (feel free to ask about it in the comments or find my other post on this blog).

One of the responses to my response, however, was from a guy who is, apparently, part of the MGTOW movement. If your not familiar, the “Men Going Their Own Way’ is a movement of guys who have basically decided that marriage and women in general are a no win situation. Many of them have vowed to never marry (though they still try to get sex whenever they can) while others have determined to drop any and all sexual interaction with women – period.

The response from the person was pretty clear: “God understands MGTOW.”

So, let’s look. Does God understand MGTOW? Or, rather, does He approve of the MGTOW mindset of avoiding and ‘giving up’ on women altogether?

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Fellowship of the ???

My father asked me a week or two ago about where I was in finding a new church. I informed him that I had given it some thought, but hadn’t gone out to investigate any of the local churches, but I have been reading my bible on my own and listening to some bible study podcasts.

Now, I didn’t tell him that I really have a feeling that I am not going to find a church that isn’t a)complementarian and b)compromised by feminist-lite Christians. This fact makes me feel like it would be a huge waste of time and effort, and possibly lead to unneeded conflict with people I don’t know.

Like a good father and Christian, however, he reminded me that I needed fellowship with other Christians in order to grow. That got me to wondering: Does attending a modern Western church really even count as ‘fellowship’?

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Non Sympatico

One of the problems with women teaching scripture to other women (as opposed to sharing scripture) is that many women will find an exposition of scripture that makes her feel comfortable, though it may be wrong. This can put her at odds with her husband, whom she is made to believe she knows better than. Consequently this is more prevalent in women who have been Christian for a long time as opposed to women who are young Christians. One of the reasons is the ongoing concept pushed by Western churches that women are spiritually superior to men.

  • Do you go to bible study every Wednesday while your husband sits at home and relaxes after a day at work?
  • Do you have a strict bible reading schedule and rarely, if ever, miss your reading time while your husband is hit and miss?
  • Do you read all the latest books on having a deeper relationship with Jesus?
  • Do you ONLY listen to Christian music and avoid secular music?
  • Do you attend no less than three women’s retreats a year while your husband hasn’t been to one in the last two years?
  • Do you sing all the hymns and praise songs at the top of your lungs while your husband seemingly mumbles most tunes?
  • Is your husband giving less than 10% of his income to the church and you have to constantly remind him that 10% is biblical?

Congratulations, you are more spiritually qualified than your husband to read and understand the Word of God! Well, at least in the eyes of the people inside the building you call church. God, on the other hand, thinks quite a bit differently:

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VBS: Good or Pointless?

So the vacation bible school season around my part of town recently ended. If you go to any mainstream church then you know what I’m talking about because it happens every year. Churches everywhere invite kids, who have been languishing at home, bored, to come to the church and enjoy a week or so of bible school.

Now back in the day, when I was a much younger lad, I also attended VBS during the summer, but boy howdy was it a much different beast than it is now. In fact, I would say that back in my day VBS wasn’t a beast at all. I remember having to memorize bible verses, snack time, worship and some arts and crafts, but these are nothing compared to the monstrosity that VBS is now.

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Its’ how they’ve been trained.

So if you have read over any of my previous blog posts you know that not that long ago I left the church I was attending over how they were changing the meaning of scripture to accommodate modern culture, and that despite my leaving, my wife decided she would still be attending, against my wishes, of course. Something pertaining to the subject has been sitting in my mind for a while so yesterday I spoke to her again about her going against my wishes, which is sin, as she is commanded by the bible to be obedient to me, her husband, and submit to my will.

Now, this is done to protect her, as being at a church that is willing to change the meaning of scripture because it makes them uncomfortable is dangerous to believers, even if that change is there because its generally how most churches think, but that’s not how my wife sees it. She sees it as me trying to control her simply because I “think I’m right”. It doesn’t matter to her that she is supposed to be submitting to my authority, according to the God she follows. All that matters is that I am telling her what to do, with authority, and that doesn’t jive.

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