I figured I’d comment on Rollo’s losing my religion simply because it seems like a lot of Christian men are commenting over there. His post is pretty much nothing that we haven’t heard before, but since he has a larger platform of audience it reaches many more people than any of our blogs save maybe Dalrock.
Debating the veracity of Christianity with those that deride it as foolish is futile: “Religion is to control the masses,” “Religion is belief in some imaginary dude in the sky,” “Religion is a business,” “Church is for betas,” “Religions is blue pill,” etc. There’s no point in discussing such a topic with those who have already hardened their hearts.
When I analyze Red Pill principles within social contexts I always have a hard time with religion. It grates on me because I’m of the opinion that one’s religious leanings, one’s interaction with existence and life, one’s consideration of the spiritual, ought to be something personal and private if it’s in anyway genuine. As such, and for some, it can be a source of real vulnerability and exploitation which is really nothing new to anyone. It’s one thing to be even agnostic and trapped in a Blue Pill world, but it’s quite another to have been raised to adulthood in a religious context and coming to terms with having some very deep ego-investments shattered by a new Red Pill awareness.
Rollo is absolutely wrong in this sense. If Christianity is true then nothing is amoral. The heart and the motivations of the heart matter. What you do with Jesus is literally a life changing decision. There is no vacuum to with which to muse on and apply so-called ‘red pill’ principles. The Truth is indeed the Truth. Human nature is already accurately exposed to us by the Scriptures.
If you are a Christian man and see how the deck is stacked against men and especially Christian men, why would you ever want to be a Christian man?
I’ve gone over this before, but let me go over this again. I’m not a Christian because I’m in it for the benefits of marrying a Christian woman. I’m not a Christian for the community. I’m not a Christian to do good works. I’m not a Christian to help those in need. I’m not a Christian because my psyche can’t handle a world without a God. I’m a Christian because Jesus was raised from the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast [a]the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you [b]as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to [c]James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as [d]to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, [e]and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
12 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified [f]against God that He raised [g]Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.
20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in [h]Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, 24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.
29 Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them? 30 Why are we also in danger every hour? 31 I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If [i]from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. 33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 34 Become sober-minded [j]as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
Not losing sight of the veracity of Christianity is why I have a tab at the top on the Evidence of the Resurrection. If Jesus was not raised from the dead, everything all Christians do is in vain.
Paul puts it succinctly : “If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” That is how we should live if Jesus was not raised, and how all non-Christians live. If Christ is not raised, everything we do is futile. Who even cares about living according to so-called red pill principles (e.g. with the knowledge of human nature) if that is the case? We should all simply live to do whatever we want if that’s the case. There is no truth if that’s the case. If blue pill guy is happy in his blue pill world then more power to him. He could give two craps about your ‘red pill worldview’ and neither one is correct.
Moving on to the Church. As I’ve estimated before, it’s probably the case that only 10-20% of people in the Church [in the West] today are “true believers,” which means they actively attempt to obey Jesus’ commands. Most of the other people are there for reasons I mentioned. They think good works will get them to heaven. They want to do good or help people in need. They think Church is a good community. They feel guilty for what they’ve done and want to associate with ‘good people.’ Or whatever else.
The Church has struggled with infection from culture since the beginning. In regard to the feminization of the Church, it probably arose sometime in 1000-1300 AD. This is nothing new. The problem is that the vast majority of Churches and pastors allow culture and/or money to dictate what they are teaching and preaching to the congregation. Many pastors are none the wiser, and obviously most Christians that go to Church are even more ignorant. The willfully disobedient will always be the willfully disobedient, even if they are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
The thrust of this blog will continue to be about Christianity, masculinity, and rooting out heretical cultural [and feminist] ideas and practices that have seeped their way into the Church. Each Christian man is responsible for his own roles and responsibilities, whatever they may be at the moment. Single or married. Part of the leadership or a servant. Obedience to Christ.
We are to live set apart — sanctified — from the culture because we are in Christ. We are to take off the old and put on the new. We are to love how Jesus loved. We are to uphold and value the things that Jesus valued. Where else can you see a submissive, respectful wife? Where else can you see a husband who is a kind, loving, leader? Where else can you see a strong, confident single man of God who doesn’t bow to the idols of the world?
While many of us do not have influence from leadership positions, we can still lead by example within the Church.