By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). Evangelist Walters Asah delivered a provocative homily on the final day of the Men of Honor’s Conference when he made a concerted effort to distinguish between a male and a man in Biblical terms on Saturday, July 22.
Preaching under the theme “Showing Yourself to be a Man” found in 1 King 2:2, Evangelist Walters began by noting that a prayerless man is a powerless man to accentuate the importance of prayer in the lives of Christian men.
In an audacious attempt to distinguish between a male and a man, Evangelist Walters observed, ”Being a male does not make you a man. A man is a male if he passes the buck anytime there is a situation in his family. He accuses everybody but himself. He blames his wife and children instead of analyzing the situation and finding solutions to the problem,” said Evangelist Walters.
To accentuate, he said, anytime the problem arises, even if it was perpetrated by the wife or children, they did it because the man was not bold enough to play his role as such in the house. He said the lack of exercising responsibility in the house makes him the primary suspect in every situation.
Evangelist Walters then went to the beginning of time and used Adam as an example of the alpha man who reneged on his responsibility as the head and when problem arose, he quickly shifted the blame on his wife, Eve. Adam was with Eve when the devil came and convinced her to eat of the fruit that she also gave to Adam to eat, but he said nothing.
Genesis 3: 6 says, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband WITH HER; and he did it.”
Adam was complicit in Eve’s eating of the fruit first because he was silent and allowed the serpent to deceive his wife, yet when God came inquiring, he quickly passed the buck: “The woman that thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat,” (Gen. 3: 12).
The man of God said, “Men always blame their wives when there is a problem. When God created Eve for Adam, he boasted that she was the bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh, but as soon trouble came, he forgot that Eve was his wife and addressed her in the third person. Adam could simply have manned up and repented of their disobedience, and probably we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
He continued: “Had Adam accepted the errors he committed, maybe their situation would have been different. Because of the man’s mistake, the wife suffered. Many women and children are suffering today because of the inability and incompetence of husbands and fathers to man up and accept their responsibilities in the home.”
Evangelist Walters then cited Job 1: 1 in support of his assertions for men to have a sense of integrity and fear God. “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God and eschewed evil.”
He added that every man has a territory, so if a man decides to behave like a male by not being responsible, he would lose his territory. “If you decide to be a male, the devil would take over. Job was rich because he shunned evil. He was an excellent man because he said “No” to evil. Every successful man must learn to reject certain things, no matter how rich he is,“ stated Evangelist Walters.
The man of God then shifted his focus on to prayers and why our Father God defers some prayers to the future. “God postpones answering some prayers to the future because answering them immediately could create problems for you; it could even result in your demise. God supplies your needs, not your wants,” noted Evangelist Walters.
He emphasized that sometimes when one gets whatever he or she asks for, it could end in disaster for them. “If you are raising a daughter and you give her everything she asks for, when she comes of age and she marries, she would be involved in matrimonial holy war with her husband if he is not able to supply her with everything she asks for.
“A male will give whatever is asked of him, but a man will ponder over the situation by weighing its advantages and disadvantages and if he realizes that the outcome will be more disadvantageous, he would refuse it. In other words, a man analyzes before approval,” said Evangelist Walters.
Ezekiel 22: 29-30 reads, “The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and the needy, yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me in the land that I should not destroy it; but I found none.”
“They oppressed the poor and wrought injustice on the needy. They treated the stranger with contempt and wickedness, so God said he was looking for just one man of righteousness among the people to bring restoration back to the land, but they all had the stain of impurity of sin on them. Be a man like Job, upright and in good standing with God so that when He comes looking for one man with a sense of integrity, you can walk to Him and say, use me, Lord,” stated Evangelist Walters.
Evangelist Walters also cited James 4 and 1 Tim 5: 8 and said: “Examine your ways and turn back to the Lord. Are you a male or a man? Males are symbolic figures and have no sense of direction. Men are principled; they think before they answer. For the Church to grow, it would take the men to be responsible and spiritually inclined because a spiritually stricken man is physically handicapped.
“It takes a man to provoke and invoke the spirit into action. After examining yourself, if you are able to graduate from a male to a man, you would handle things in your family without any stress. A man wakes up to pray for the family when everyone else is sleeping,” concluded the man of God.
In his response to Evangelist Walters delivery, Pastor Georges-William Ntemi praised the evangelist for a potent delivery that had something in it for everybody, be it the youth, adults, senior citizens, women and men.
Pastor Georges lamented: “We need the message because we are not taking the Lord seriously enough. The men, stop sitting and stand up to fill the gap. We need our families to be led by real men who can take the kingdom by force, who can stand up against the devil and pray for him to flee. We need real men.”