Biblical Masculinity

What it means to be masculine has been bastardized to the point of becoming impossible for a consensus to be reached within the culture.

Sadly, the situation within the Christian church today isn’t much better, as many of its men are relegated to navigating life without a firm grasp of what biblical masculinity entails. They’re completely ignorant of the litany of imperatives in scripture implicitly imploring them to live it out their masculinity.

The emasculation of Christian men is much more an indictment on the collective Biblical illiteracy plaguing the Christian church today than it is scripture failing to teach men what it is to be masculine. Indeed, the Biblical texts are replete with examples of the masculine qualities men have been uniquely endowed with by their Creator. This includes the example set by the quintessential masculine man: Jesus Christ.

If there’s one man we can look at to exemplify authentic masculinity it’s the one who is fully God and fully man; the one that created mankind with clear and deliberate delineations between the qualities included within the designs of men and women.

Many outside of the faith make the mistake of assuming Christianity to be a crutch for weak and emasculated men.

While I admit it’s understandable how they might draw this conclusion by observing certain men within the Church today, the masculinity God created men to possess – and calls them to exhibit in obedience to His purposes for them – is so formidable a challenge that it requires the very power of God in order to live it out.

God calls us to be the leaders in the family and in society. He calls us to resist the many temptations to elevate ourselves at the expense of others. He commands us to stand for truth and justice, no matter the personal cost of doing so.

Biblical masculinity requires the continual development of conviction, courage, and character.

My guest on today’s podcast joins me to discuss why Christian men are missing the mark in these areas today and what it will require of them to reclaim the masculinity they’ve been given in order that they might use it for their benefit, the benefit of their families, and the benefit of society.

Jarrett Samuels

Christian Masculinity - Jarrett SamuelsJarrett Samuels is a Pastor who’s committed his life to pursuing biblical manliness, while also encouraging other men to rise to the standard of masculinity communicated in God’s word.

He does this primarily through his blog at ThePursuitofManliness.com and his podcast that bears the same name.

Jarrett will be the first to admit that he doesn’t have it all figured out. Nevertheless, he’s a man that has a heart for God, one that he wears on his sleeve as he strives for masculine excellence.

Jarrett is a refreshing masculine presence within a subculture that’s littered with false bravado and alpha male caricatures. He writes and speaks with a level of genuine honesty and boldness of conviction I believe to be sorely missing among modern men.

Listen in to our discussion as Jarrett explains what it is that brought him to the point of deciding to take his masculine nature seriously and what he’s discovered through his own reclamation of biblical masculinity.

Show Highlights

  • How Jesus Christ is the perfect model of masculinity
  • What we can learn about being a man from the life of Christ
  • How other inspirational men in the Bible model what it means to be masculine
  • The biggest shortcoming in the lives of Christian men today
  • Why authentic Christianity is anything but a crutch for weak, emasculated men
  • The ongoing battle men face against taking right action
  • How to use the “First 5 and Last 5” strategy to be a better father and husband
  • How to be sure you’re taking actions that are consistent with your life’s goals
  • Why every man needs accountability to thrive (and how to find it)

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Connect With Jarrett Samuels

Jarrett’s Blog: ThePursuitofManliness.com
On Twitter: @pursuemanliness
The Pursuit of Manliness Facebook Group
On Instagram: @PursueManliness

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  1. Steve Boyer on November 10, 2017

    Great podcast gentlemen. Thanks for sharing. I plan on passing it on to the leaders of our men’s group.

    • Craig James Author on November 11, 2017

      That’s great to hear, Steve. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing!

  2. Neil M White on November 14, 2017

    “The masculinity God created men to possess – and calls them to exhibit in obedience to His purposes for them – is so formidable a challenge that it requires the very power of God in order to live it out.”

    Yes, yes and yes. The Bible is the ultimate starting point for what it means to be a masculine man – father, leader, protector. And even martyr. How the modern church has managed to translate this into the effeminite, cucked image of a male Christian is anybody’s guess.

    I’m privileged to go to a church that values traditional male and female roles, based on Bible teaching. The closer we Christian men can get back to these fundamentals, the better for us and for the church.

    • Craig James Author on November 20, 2017

      Excellent comment, Neil. Sadly, the modern church has abandoned the clear teachings of scripture regarding the roles men have been created to fill within the church, home and society at large. Coincidentally, I was speaking to my pastor’s wife earlier today and she made a comment that they are looking at places in our church that may have a dominant feminine influence, keeping men from being involved and leading. I feel that my church is also traditional in terms of the Biblical roles of men and women. For instance, women are not permitted to teach men. They can only teach in groups that are comprised of exclusively women or children younger than middle school age. Still, I’m encouraged that our relatively new pastor is aware of this issue and is taking steps to keep the congregation masculine led and welcoming to masculine men.

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