But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14
In order to fulfill the things of God, we must walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. As I stated in my article Two types of man, there are only two types. No alphas, no gammas, etc. There is a carnal man, which we are when we are born. In order to attain Christ, we must be re-born in the Spirit (John 3:5). Then we become a spiritual man. The Apostle Paul goes into this in more depth in Romans 8 and in 1 Corinthians 15.
Let me emphasize that we come to Jesus, old things are passed away. We put off our old man, and become a new man in Him. This is because Jesus resides within our Temple. We cannot become a new man of our own efforts. This is carnal. While the Mosaic Law was holy, it was imperfect because it was involved performing ordinances. Jesus put away the Law for its imperfections. We are in a New Covenant. The glory of the Mosaic Law reached its end in Jesus. Paul says in Romans 8:3-4
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Hebrews 7 goes into this in more depth, that the Mosaic Law made no man perfect. That isn’t to say there are not things in the Mosaic Law that we still obey but they are included in the Law of Christ, for we know that the Law is fulfilled if we love God and love our neighbor. Agape love fulfills the whole of the Law.
Paul said “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 The spiritual man is a new creation, a new beginning. We are no longer the same person we were before our re-birth.
I said that to say this, the Red Pill “Christians” (among them Donal Graeme) believe that a woman still possesses the same nature that she had before she became a Christian, that without a husband to control her through his “godly masculinity” she cannot overcome her “base” nature, and will forsake her wedding vows. He believes that during much of history legal law kept woman’s base nature under control, but that with Feminism this is no longer possible. While I agree with them that Feminism has sought to destroy the institution of marriage, and masculinity in our society the Christian manosphere denies the power of God to transform a woman from her natural self to a spiritual woman. For indeed, what of women who have not a husband, virgins and widows? How do they avoid the temptations of the flesh? They have no godly man to adore and be attracted to (please!). They may desire a husband, but they don’t run amuck without one. They believe that the man exhibits the godly qualities to attract and hold her. Is it not then Jesus Christ who works through her in their marriage? Or is it the man?
A Christian woman certainly needs the spiritual leadership of a godly man. I am not an egalitarian, and will be the first to admit that woman does need to submit to her husband in order to protect her from following in the deception of Eve. This does not mean that women alone can be tempted or that man on his own can prevent that temptation. It takes the power of the Holy Ghost and agape love to accomplish this. Ephesians 5 is accomplished through agape love, but agape love is only possible through the workings of the Holy Ghost. Demonstration of the Spirit.
Galatians says that self-control is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23). While the head of man is Christ, it still requires the Holy Spirit working in the woman to follow her husband in godliness. Without the power of the Spirit, no amount of righteousness on his part is going to make her follow him. No amount of faith, self-control, etc, etc. is going to get her to submit to his leadership. I have seen women walk away from godly men walking in the Spirit simply because she fell away from the Spirit, and lost faith.
Woman naturally has a desire to control her husband. She can only overcome this through the power of the Spirit which will help her to submit to him. Man is required to love her as Christ loved the Church, sacrificially, providing her the spiritual leadership that she needs to insulate her from external temptations. Her husband then reinforces the power of the Spirit working in her, by teaching her, leading her. Self-control is of the Spirit, not of her attraction to her husband’s godliness. Both man and woman are tempted of Satan to forsake wedding vows if they do not maintain their marital relationship (1 Corinthians 7), not just woman, so it’s vital that in addition to following the order of marriage, that they maintain the sexual aspect of marriage. The man models Christ, but ultimately it is the Spirit that is going to accomplish these things.
Lastly, I want to emphasize that if it was only the man’s righteousness that kept a woman under control, this would negate 1 Peter 3:1 which indicates that a godly woman can win her unsaved husband through her submission to him.
The Red Pill Christians need to submit themselves to the power of the Holy Ghost so that they will understand that it is not by their power, nor their might but by demonstration of the power of the Spirit. They must learn that their righteousness is as filthy rags, and that both man and woman need the Spirit in order to attain to stable Christian marriages.
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