In response to the feminization of churches a new men’s movement has been gaining brawn. The GodMen have had two conferences thus far that have attracted hundreds of men. Founder Brad Stine explains that a goal of GodMen is to produce “a man who believes in honesty and integrity and strength and leadership and the knight in shinning armor.”[i] Their website describes the event as a place where men can discuss real issues such as passivity, isolation, and pornography “in a safe environment.”[ii] The events, which include worship, have powerful sound systems and huge video screens showing he-man videos like martial arts displays and car chases.[iii] GodMen definitely aims for more muscle rippling than Promise Keepers, but they haven’t completely distanced themselves from the older and well establish organization.
As a link on the GodMen website indicates, they have aligned themselves with Promise Keepers for the time being. This may be a good idea for reaching likeminded men who have already expressed a desire to assemble with other Christian men, but it would be a bad idea not to disassociate themselves from Promise Keepers as soon as they are established. There are peculiarities to the Promise Keepers organization that act to exacerbate the problems that are emasculating the church.
In the name of unity, Promise Keepers emphasizes the breaking down of denominational walls of separation, and this fosters the spirit of Ecumenism. The result of this leveling action actually elevates those denominations that hold compromised doctrines; and which include the complete capitulation of men, or the acceptance of homosexuality as God’s design. Additionally, the Ecumenists themselves are opposed to developing strong male leadership because the spread of Ecumenism is contingent upon spiritually weak followers living compromised lives in want of religious approval.
What the future holds for GodMen depends on what Christian doctrines they hold, and how close they hold them. For now, there appears to be an overwhelming reliance on testosterone. The lineup of tunes for GodMen events includes: “Testosterone High,” and “Grow a Pair!”[iv] Stine claims that men “get to be real and raw” at these events,[v] but his exclamation at a 2006 conference seems a little too raw: “Thank God for our Testosterone!”[vi] Is this what the feminization of churches has driven men to?
Endnotes (at rest of entry):
The Christian Post. March 20, 2007.
http://www.godmen.org/about.htm (accessed March 21, 2007).
A new Christian movement lets guys be guys,
Newsweek, Web Exclusive. October 30, 2006.
[iv] Finan, “Real Men Talk About God”.
[v] Kwon, “Christian Men Seek Lost Masculinity”.