David Lee Brown
By definition a Biblical Masculinist is a man that bases his masculinity on Biblical scripture. This would preclude all types of non-Biblical forms of stereotypical masculine behavior based on Humanism or Naturalism. It would also preclude effeminate behavior or dress.
“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” Genesis 3:16 KJV
First, please understand that the above verse does not describe God’s ideal marriage relationship. This is the relationship that followed humanity’s fall from grace. Adam and Eve sinned against God and the result was that the woman would not only have pain and difficulty in child birth, but to spite the pain she would still desire her husband, and the man would rule over his wife. Again this is not God’s ideal relationship. He originally designed a marriage of equals that was led by the man as the family’s spiritual and directional leader. Unfortunately, their sin led to women trying to lead men requiring men to rule over their wives. The Geneva Bible says it this way, “…and thy desire shall be subject to thine husband, and he shall rule over thee.” The Wycliffe version says, “…and thou shalt be under (the) power of thine husband, and he shall be lord of thee.” This implies that women attempt to lead, but become subject to or under the power of their husbands, so when these behaviors occur, we should not be surprised. It’s all part of the fall of humanity from grace. The Voice Bible version says, “…You will desire your husband; but rather than a companion, He will be the dominant partner.” We were meant to be equal companions and the man was not to rule over his wife, but lovingly and respectfully lead his wife and family.
There are many verses in the Bible that teach men how to be the men God intended them to be. Through the study of God’s Word men can glean the information and wisdom they need to become the loving respectful leaders that God intended them to be. Unfortunately, we still live in a fallen world, so men will not be able to perfectly comply with the wisdom of scripture. We will fail, but the men that strive to try again and continue to grow as Christian men are the true Biblical Masculine examples that are so desperately needed in today’s society.
So, just to provide a few verses that demonstrate true Biblical Masculinity, see: 1 Peter 3:7, 1 Corinthians 13:11, Ephesians 5:25-31, 1 Timothy 5:8, 2 Timothy 2:15. A synopsis of what they say and many other verses of scripture say all lead to one conclusion. We are to be men of the Word, knowing how we are to act and react in any given situation, because we know what God intended us to do in accordance with scripture. We are to love our wives and respect our wives as joint heirs of God’s grace and God’s kingdom. We are to love our wives with a sacrificial love, willing to defend, protect and financially support our wives. We are to be the loving spiritual and administrative leaders of our homes, in accordance with God’s will and always to His glory, not our own. We need to earnestly pursue the idyllic marriage relationship that preceded the rebellion of Adam and Eve, and the subsequent fall from grace of the entire universe. We need to be Biblical Men.
This system that God put in place after the fall doesn’t work unless the wife is a Biblical Feminist, living her life as God intended according to his Holy Word. That’s one of the reasons God implied in scripture that Christians should not marry non-Christians. Both people must be pulling in the same direction, in accordance with scripture and to the glory of God. Neither spouse should feel more important or less important, because both are equal, but have specific and distinct rolls in God’s grand design.
Lord, please help me to always strive to be the man you intended me to be, in accordance with your precious Word and to your glory. Please help me to be the husband that my wife needs me to be – a Biblical husband seeking your will – a Biblical Masculinist. In Jesus name, Amen!