The Church’s Job to Train Up Real Men

I think Mark Driscoll has it right on the money when he writes:

Contrary to this laissez-faire attitude, there is much we [the church] can do. We can preach the gospel, teach the Bible, and call the men to love women and children. We can compel Christian men to be godly and leave childish ways behind them. As a preventive measure, we can begin with young men, before 40 they have ruined their lives, devastated women, and aborted their children. We can encourage young men to have visions beyond merely getting a vasectomy, thinking that they can have a lifetime of sex without worrying about becoming a father. We can point them to Proverbs, by which they will become wise men who think about the joy of playing with their grandkids one day rather than being yet another dirty old man sitting in the corner of some dingy strip club by himself on Christmas Day…

To further clarify, he writes later:

Married men who have sex outside their marriage, single men who fool around rather than seeking wives, fathers who walk out on their kids, and fathers who are too lazy to work hard and pay the bills all hate children by their actions. And because God is a father to the fatherless, they have made themselves enemies of God.

As Christians, we do not emulate these men in any way. They are the world, and we are the church. In the church, things are different because Jesus and his men are our example. Repentant men who desire to walk with Jesus, love women, and love children with masculine dignity are welcome. But men who want to abuse our sisters in Christ and ignore their responsibilities are unwelcome. Simply, churches must demand that sinful men change or leave.

Strong words! He concludes with the gospel:

Our only hope is men meeting Jesus and obeying his Word. We want the men to be different kinds of men, we want them to have different kinds of marriages, and we want them to have different kinds of children because they are sons of the King of Kings and that means something. And by different we mean holy.



About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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