Repentance and ‘informed consent’





The recent video series responding to David Wilber and JK McKee‘s wrong understanding of marriage and their false position of egalitarianism has prompted a number of great conversations through my blog and email. Interestingly, of those who have reached out, there are many, many people, some teachers and pastors, who understand and agree with the validity of patriarchy and even polygyny. In one such conversation, a contact stated the following in our extended discussion,

I swear I’m really not dogging on polygyny or patriarchy. I just also believe in informed consent.

~anonymous, quoted with permission

My response was,

Scripture, rightly taught, is informed consent.  The ‘fly in the ointment’, the emotional hangup we have as individuals and as a culture is directly connected with acceptance of and negotiation with the falsehoods of monogamy-only, feminism, and egalitarianism imported from Greco-Roman law.

Pete Rambo

While the author’s concern was a changing, or potentially changing/renegotiated, ‘playing field’ in an established marriage, which is a truly valid concern, it tipped off in me a far greater issue.

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Comparing Servant Leadership to Biblical Lordship

I’ve heard of servant leadership and have tried to practice it in my family. Somehow it didn’t work all that well. In the last couple of years I’ve been learning and implementing Biblical patriarchy in my family and “servant leadership” fell off my radar.

Then, this morning I came across a blog post titled “Servant Leadership Transforms Leadership into Subservience” and the topic popped back up onto my radar. What the author says makes sense based on my own personal experience.

This quote really had me metaphorically seeing the arrow hit the bull’s eye.

Thus, whereas a biblical ruler is charged with making people holier by reordering their lives, a servant leader is charged with making people happier by reordering his.

It’s Good to be a Man

Now, as it happens, a couple of Sabbaths ago, I taught on Kings Abijah and Asa of Judah in my congregation. The entire chapter of II Chronicles 15 records the prophetic encouragement given to Asa by the prophet Azariah son of Oded. Let’s break down this chapter and study its sections.

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Tearing Down the Asherim – Tangent #3

After reading Pete Rambo’s article “Tearing Down the Asherim“, several tangents came to mind. This is the third tangent which goes off of Tangent #2.

Jezebel who teaches immorality and idolatry

Consider Revelation 2:20.

But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.

Revelation 2:20
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Tearing Down the Asherim – Tangent #2

Elijah kills the prophets of Baal

This is the second of three tangents that I thought of after reading Pete Rambo’s post “Tearing Down the Asherim“.

There is an interesting aspect that has long confused me about the confrontation between Elijah and Baal that is recorded in I Kings 18. But I think I perhaps now understand. Here we go, starting with verses 17-19.

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Tearing Down the Asherim – Tangent #1

Gideon tearing down the altar

A word jumped out at me when I was reading Pete’s article about the “Tearing Down the Asherim” and what follows is my investigation of the word “stronghold”.

25 Now on the same night the Lord said to him, “Take your father’s bull and a second bull seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal which belongs to your father, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it; 26 and build an altar to the Lord your God on the top of this stronghold in an orderly way, and take a second bull and offer a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah which you shall cut down.” Judges 6:25-26

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Community video series, NEW!

We are introducing a new series centered around ‘comnunity’ and how to build/develop it. Because family is the primary building block of community, we will continue our series dealing family structure, however our goal is the restoration of kol Israel, therefore, clans and community!

Join us for this journey. Share and grow with us!

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Tearing down the Asherim

In recent weeks, I have been researching the connections between Asherah, the Canaanite fertility goddess, and the ‘Queen of Heaven.’ Asherah, or some derivative (Asherim, Asheroth), is used about 40 times in the Tanak while the ‘Queen of Heaven‘ is only used by Jeremiah in 7:18 and 44:17, 18, 19, and 25 however ancient writings connect the two quite clearly. What is more interesting is that the ‘Queen of Heaven,’ the female consort of the regional deity, stretches from Semiramis, wife of Nimrod, to the Catholic Mother Mary.

Intermediate stops of this vindictive, controlling, jealous, fertility goddess include Isis in Egypt, Astarte, Ishtar, and Asherah in Canaan. Later steps in the constant morphing of this pagan bitc... er, witch, were the Greek and Roman deities of marriage and monogamy, Hera and Juno!

Modern pagans look back unabashedly to her as the ‘mother God’ who was unseated by patriarchal men who sought to control the superior feminine attributes. This thought process and ‘feminine theology’ was lionized by Merlin Stone in her 1976 title, When God Was a Woman. She is unapologetic in her claim that the authors of the Torah and actions of ancient Israel to destroy the Asherim were, in her estimation, an open attempt to destroy the greater feminine goddess and advance masculinity.

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Exposing the fallacy of ‘Monogamy is a Creation Ideal’

This week I found a terrific short paper by Tom Shipley that sticks a dagger in the ‘Monogamy is a Creation Ideal’ doctrine. While I, and many others, have demonstrated multiple errors and fallacies with the ‘Creation Ideal’ doctrine, few are so succinct as this salient quote from the above linked two page paper.

2) Secondly, but equally important, the moral and ethical validity of polygyny, multiple wives, is derived immediately and directly from the creation narrative in Genesis. In establishing patriarchy, the headship of the man, the moral and ethical validity of polygyny is thereby also established. Consider
what St. Augustine had to say about this:

For by a secret law of nature, things that stand chief love to be singular; but things that are subject are set under, not only one under one, but…even several under one…For neither has one slave…several masters, in the way that several slaves have one master. Thus we read not that any of the holy women served two or more living husbands; but we read that many females served one husband…for neither is it contrary to the nature of marriage. For several females can conceive from one man: but one female cannot from several men (such is the power of things principal) as many souls are rightly made subject to one God.” —from “A Selected Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church,” Ed. by Philip Schaff, Vol. III, pg. 407-408

All hierarchical structures have this one vs. many characteristic. In a corporation, there is one CEO but many subordinates, and all of the sub-departments of the corporation have the same structure…

Creation = Patriarchy = Polygyny

Simply, by definition, patriarchy, a major theme of all of Scripture, demands the option of polygyny, a man having more than one wife. Scripture supports and satisfies this demand with regulatory laws and commands while giving zero condemnation of it or any practitioner thereof. ZERO! Anyone who says otherwise is a liar and a charlatan.

Selah!

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‘Compromised Clergy’ who love not the truth!

Increasingly, I am finding men of steel who understand the seriousness of the battle in which we are engaged. Men who speak truth to power. Men who call into account those who claim to be shepherding the flock… Here are a couple such men and links to their material.

Tom Shipley, author of Man and Woman in Biblical Law, has a number of additional excellent pieces, one of which is titled The Compromised Clergy. Weighing in at a scant three pages, it is nuclear material for 99.9% of all Bible and Torah teachers exposing their love of position, title, and paycheck. Further, in the same few pages, he says,

For those of you who have not thought through all of the implications of biblical patriarchy, this paradigm of biblical truth has the power to topple the tyranny of modern Secular Humanism over Western civilization, with which Humanism most of contemporary Christianity is compromised. The strength and dominance of modern Secular Humanism in the West is derived, not from its own strength, but from the vitality of its subservient Christian component. And that is why there is so much Satanic resistance to this doctrine.

Tom Shipley in The Compromised Clergy
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Words and imported meaning… (video)

How often do we import non-Biblical meaning into the text when we use words that have cultural baggage or accepted external meaning? How might this alter our understanding of roles and relationships between men and women?

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Second interview on 2730 Years and Counting…

The journey continues with Gene Porter on 2730 Years and Counting… as we continue the discussion about what Scripture says about marriage. In this episode, I deal with common objections against polygyny as well as solid reasons why God allowed and, in cases, requires polygyny.

Buckle up for another dose of truth as historic false doctrines are exposed and demonstrated to be connected to Greco-Roman law and paganism.

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Some thoughts on modesty with Jeremy

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I need a new highlighter

With many thanks to Pastor Daniel Eshun and his excellent book, How Did Polygamy Become a Sin?, I need a new highlighter!

As my journey of research and discovery continues, I am finding more and more articulate voices crying from the wilderness pleading for any who claim the Bible as their guide for faith and practice to reevaluate the Western Greco-Roman influenced understanding of marriage. Daniel Eshun, lecturer and pastor in Ghana, Africa, is one such exceptionally articulate voice.

Eshun’s research of the topic of polygamy (technically, polygyny, a man with more than one woman) began because if his desire to understand the reasons why Western Christian missionaries to Africa demanded that polygynous men cast out all but their first wives in order to be baptized when Scripture praised multiple polygynous patriarchs.

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Interview with Boaz Yahoseph

Friend, Boaz Yahoseoh, has started an interesting series of interviews of men to discuss masculinity. He is asking each man the same set of questions with the goal of giving other men encouragement and insight.

Enjoy this and other interviews that are upcoming on Boaz’s YouTube channel.

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11 Biggest Lies Feminists Tell About Patriarchy

While I had a Eric Conn podcast featured yesterday, I have to share his latest excellent article!

11 Lies Feminists Tell About Patriarchy

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