Thursday, March 18, 2010

Phil Johnson on being 'sissified'

Phil makes an excellent point in the following video, though leave it to Phil to say a needed truth in the most offensive way possible (I do sometimes tire of the needless offense he brings, but there is a truth in his message that should not be missed)

Pulpit Highlights - Phil Johnson from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Disclaimer: There are certainly elements to his message that I would strongly disagree with.  I didn't like the fact that he equated "womanly" with "weak" (I've witnessed my wife give birth three times--nothing weak about that). Furthermore, it troubled me to see an entire auditorium of pastors laugh when Phil sarcastically said "but we are hurting".  While it is no good to constantly dwell on our hurt (which seems to have been Phil's point), there is something seriously wrong when the idea of pain and emotional hurt is funny to men that call themselves shepherds of Christ's flock.  If this is masculinity, many bible-believing Christians  (I among them) would prefer the 'womanly' version of Christianity Phil depises. I don't like what the Evangelical church has become, but I don't like Phil's version either.  Let's keep searching for something in the middle.


  1. I used to love the combative nature of Pyromaniacs and such but I just am weary of it now. I like what John Piper had to say about Biblical manhood "lionhearted and lamblike". Our model for manliness is Jesus Christ not George Patton.

  2. I agree with your comment in the disclaimer Josh. As for "making a point the most offensive way possible" - I believe it was Paul who said that we should give offence to no man - save that of the Gospel. John Piper (at least what I have read) seems to have the balance a little more like Christ.

    Not that I have ever done a great deal of thinking of what it is to be manly - I am just myself; a follower of Jesus Christ. Not knowing much about General Patton I guess that puts me in the same camp as Arthur - that suits me ok as well :)