As always, it seems there is a latest fad that goes around Churchian circles. The current one seems to be a movie named Kingdom Men Rising, and since I got the opportunity to view it, a review seems to be in order.
Foundationally, this movie is a documentary that purports to explore what it is to be a real man in a world where there is confusion about masculinity. Tony Evans appears predominantly in this film along with others such as Kirk Franklin, Jon Kitna, Tony Dungy, and others. They discuss their lives, bringing out a lot of the typical issues directed towards men such as pornography, sexual unfaithfulness, and other issues. As well, there are many admonishments directed towards men in order to push them towards “biblical manhood” as opposed to the definitions of manhood as given by the culture.
Functionally, the movie had some decent messages in and of themselves. In its messages, it pushes men towards taking responsibility for their own actions and for following the dictates of God. It pushes a definition and call to discipleship, and shows a message of pushing away from past faults into a message of grace.
However, it threads the same old pathetic well-worn path most of the Churchians pull, the sins common to Churchianity and to traditional feminism. It showcases the prideful nature (Phariseeism) that many of the pastors and other speakers have in churches today. They head worldly organizations which pander towards the world and encourage men into worldly vocations and interest. The segment where one of them talks about “those people that are just plain weird” was rather shocking, as Scripture itself will delineate that those of Christ will be called out and separate from the world. Christians very much should be different from the world (holy) because Christ is holy.
Then in the stress for discipleship, the proper focus of that discipleship was definitely questionable. In the talk about discipleship, the target wasn’t Christ, but Tony Evans or the others that talked about being “leaders of men”. Too often, people are discipleshiped into the man-made church, or to certain leaders instead of Christ. Fallible men are not worthy of being followed, nor are the works of their hands, but only the one that lived a perfect life on this earth and died on the cross. May His Name be praised!
As to be expected, the traditional expectation of men to be the chattel servants of women are accentuated. While Evans correctly states the focus of men in this interview: “All of them should be shifted to God’s definition of man, which means a male who is consistently operating under the rule of God over every area of his life,” the problem is the worship of women is imputed as Godliness. By absence of calling out women for their very active roles in the decline of marriage and family by pushing away their children’s fathers via his-fault divorce, not calling out men for enabling the will of women over God (repeating the sin of Adam) and imputing the ills of this society onto men alone (because after all feminism just isn’t working because weak men just aren’t manning up and playing along) this film supports well the tenets of traditional feminism.
Ultimately, a man’s lord becomes his wife and his children, following in the sin of Adam, as illustrated by the wicked works of his daughter. And while many rationalize a definition of masculinity from Scripture, Scripture only lays upon men to love God and keep his commandments. Ultimately, masculinity is defined by women to service them and it is this definition that Evans upholds in this film. As Evans illustrates:
The culture, Evans said, has stripped men of their “divine responsibility” to be provider, protector and leader of the family.
“At the same time, men have made it easy for that to be stripped from them by how men have dishonored women, abused women,” Evans said. “So we have facilitated it, but that means it’s time for change.”
Note that “provider”, “protector”, and “leader” are traditional feminist sex roles imputed onto the men by women.
Overall, this movie is just another chapter in the long droning clanging noise that Churchian traditional feminists make in order to enforce the continuation of woman worship over God worship. They say, as this film does, that society isn’t working because men just won’t man-up or step-up (repeatedly said in the movie to the point I lost count). In the end, all this film turned out to be was an hour thirty long man-up rant, that unfortunately sought to slam men for being men, exalt women in their sin by comparison for the topic being completely absent, and debase the image of God that man put into Creation.
Hopefully men like Evans and all the others in Churchianity will repent of this idolatry for which we are being judged for in this society, but I’m not holding my breath. Sadly, most all of the men applauded this film at its showing. Which tells us the obscenely wicked nature of man. (Isaiah 5:20) It seems we will go down to judgment before the Lord to thunderous applause.
Rating: 3 out of 10.