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Becoming The Man God Intended

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The Lord does not tolerate sin…He forgives it

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  1 Corinthians 6:9,10

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.  Rom. 1:26-27

The great battle for the souls of man is heating up in America.  Our greatest privilege, freedom, is the very tool the enemy of our soul is using to destroy us.  Not much has changed since that incredible garden scene where the serpent suggested to Eve, surely God would not…

It is time for the vast majority if people in our nation, Christians and those who are not, to stand up for common sense virtue.  It has been said many times and in many ways, that freedom can only exist in a virtuous culture.  Our enemy knows that the only way to bring the bondage he desires is to divide us and it is working.

In this TargetPoint I am going to focus on just one of our points of division though there are a myriad in play right now.  What we call the LGBTQ movement or agenda, in my view, is the most disgusting and destructive force that needs to be dealt with.  The lost people behind this agenda are clever.  While claiming that people should be free to do what they wish they will not be satisfied until everyone affirms and even celebrates their perversion.  The result, children groomed and perverted and hideous diseases like AIDS and Monkeypox.

I need to pause here and make something very clear to my reader.  God loves every human being just like every parent loves all of their children.  However, not unlike a parent, He does not always approve of what His children do.  If you are a parent you understand this—how many times have our children entered into behavior that is not good for them or just wrong.  Does that negate our love for them?  Of course not—so why would we think our Heavenly Father would remove His love for us?  God is crazy about every single person caught up in this lifestyle.

People who are trapped into this lifestyle cleverly distort our concern about people violating God’s order as intolerance or hate—it is their way of forcing you into submission and even celebrating their perversion.  I will talk about Gay pride month in a minute but first let’s define LGBTQ.  Lesbian, (women attracted to women), Gay (men attracted to men), Bisexual (men and women who go both ways), Trans (people who feel like they are the opposite sex), Queer (strange or peculiar—not heterosexual), and soon you will see Pedophilia (people who are attracted to sex with children). 

If you think the sexual education of our grade school kids is happening because they care about them you are totally lost—they are being groomed

If you are not disgusted with the behavior associated with these orientations you are either caught up into one of these categories yourself or have been persuaded that it is just alternative behavior and should be tolerated.  Please let me suggest again that I am in no way suggesting that God does not love every single person caught up in this—He loves them deeply and so do I.

I am only focusing on the destructive nature of what these people “do” and not who they are.  What is being advanced here is what I call behavioral cancer and it is being used by the devil to destroy the human soul.  The vast, and I mean VAST, majority of people in our nation do not support this behavior.

Our kids are virtually being groomed and then destroyed and it is all planned and intended in order to divide us and ultimately destroy our nation.  This has happened in virtually every civilized culture in recorded history.  I do not need the Bible or my Christian beliefs to understand how destructive and perverted this is—a simple understanding of science, biology and common sense is all that is required.

It is time to wake up my friends.  The all-to-often scene of families with children on the sidelines of a Gay pride parade watching nude people riding bikes and people in leather and drag is a pathetic capitulation to a debauchery that is destroying our culture. We must speak out in love but boldly against all of this. 

Dear ones, this same capitulation is happening every time you enter a store celebrating Gay pride month with rainbow clothing and displays and continue to shop there.  The same thing happens when you hear of a sports team that sidelines a player for refusal to wear the Gay pride patch on their uniform and you continue to watch and support that team.  The same thing happens when national franchises openly say you are not welcome to shop here if you do not support LGBTQ and you go there anyway.

So, what should we do.  First we need to recognize the serious nature of this battle—and it is a spiritual one for sure.  We need to be on our knees every day in prayer, first for the precious people who are caught up in all this, and then for God to open the eyes of the blind.  We need to be voicing our objections in love.  But we must also understand that doing nothing is not an option—we MUST be engaged.

Though it will no doubt cause great inconvenience we no longer have an option to simply watch what is unfolding in our nation.  The next time you encounter a company, organization, church (sadly) or institution promoting this agenda you need to speak out and you also need to stop doing any kind of business with them.  When you see the display celebrating Gay pride month simply make a decision to never shop there again.  If you want to send an email or letter please bath it in prayer and love.

When you think about the two sides of this controversy typically, though not always, people who are opposed to this lifestyle either do not speak out or, if they do, it tends to be with love.  This is not so in my view with those who are caught up in these abhorrent behaviors.  I believe it is because God has placed in every human being a conscience that is aware deep within the heart that something is not right—the reaction then is usually tainted with anger.  This is a typical human response.

So again, please know that none of this is truly impacted if we allow our human nature to speak—it must be Jesus’ love and nature in you that people see. 

Let’s Get Back To GOD Quickly

In December of 2019 I brought a message to my church talking about entering a new year.  In that message I told my audience that 2020 was going to be one of the darkest years ever experienced in our nation.  The reaction was palpable—not sure how many took it seriously.  Now let me say up front that I am not claiming this was a prophetic message in any spiritual sense, though  perhaps it may have been.  This was my passionately held view based upon some basic cultural observations.

Before I share those observations let me throw another shot across the bow by pointing to our upcoming mid-term elections—THEY WILL NOT HAPPEN!  

Now that I have piqued your interest, let me give you my observations and you can be the judge.  Early in President Trump’s first term we heard from perhaps the most prominent leader of the one-world agenda, George Soros, that Trump had to be removed.  He openly admitted that the great reset could not happen unless Trump was taken out—America has to fall.  These people, in lockstep with our current administration, have a new world order as their end game and are deadly serious about overcoming any hurdle in their way.

Consider what they did in 2020.  Is it possible that millions of people lost their lives as a result of the deliberate release of a deadly virus?  The new world order, along with all their evil minions, see people as expendable pawns in their global chess match.  Without Covid and the attending corruption of our election process, Donald Trump might still be president and they had to make sure that would not happen—at any cost.  Do I need to mention the myriad of other destructive forces at work to deliberately destroy America?

Here are just a few:

  • The celebration of homosexuality, transgender and even moving toward pedophilia, all in an attempt to destroy the traditional family
  • Fueling the rifts between pro and anti-abortion
  • Race bating—encouraging hate
  • Destroying our kids with the 1619 project, Critical Race Theory and sexual perversion in our education system
  • Destroying our military with wokeness instead of focusing on being battle-ready
  • A deliberate invasion of our southern border in order to destroy our middle class
  • An all-out attack on our first and second amendments—questioning our entire constitution
  • Fueling hatred of America—rewriting our history

Taken individually these are simply battles in a much bigger end-game war.  Collectively they represent the real agenda—destroy our Bible (the moral code) and our Constitution (the governing code) in order to remake America.  This is their end-game. This is what they do not want you and I to see or understand.

The stakes are very high right now.  The powers in charge know full well that what is being predicted for the mid-term elections is not acceptable and therefore they can ill afford to allow them.  We may see the darkest and most evil several months ahead of us as November is looming. In my view nothing is off the table for these evil leaders—another even more deadly virus calling for severe shut-downs, riots in the streets around discontent with court decisions are all likely.  It has to be so bad that they think they have cover to call for martial law and cancel the election.

I hope I am wrong but without an intervention by our Lord all of this is possible in my view.  A question you might be asking about now is why are you sharing this?  Well, two reasons.  First, as followers of Jesus we are called to be watchmen—be mindful of what is happening around us.  Everything I have shared so far should become powerful points for prayer—not fuel for arguing.  We must be prepared for how Jesus wants us to respond.

Second, and most important, is to give you hope.  Let me do that by sharing a true story that happened many years ago:

Two men who were touring an art gallery one day. One of the men was a very famous international chess champion. As they were wandering around, the chess champion was drawn do a very famous painting that was hanging on the wall. The title of the painting was, Checkmate. It depicted two people playing chess, a man looking very dejected and his opponent was the devil himself with an arrogant smirk on his face. 

The chess champion was fixating on this painting. He was studying it intensely to the point where his friend was getting impatient and asked him if they could move on. The chess champion suggested that his friend continue on and he will join him later. After about 15 minutes his friend came back to discover the chess champion with his face pressed upon the painting, his eyes were moving, he was making gestures with his hands as he was completely into the painting. The scene produced a crowd of onlookers. His friend, embarrassed for him, grabbed his arm and suggested that they move on. The chess champion wouldn’t budge and told him that he can’t go, he must find the artist that painted the painting and that there was a deep flaw. 

They argued back-and-forth for a few minutes and finally the chess champion yelled out, there’s something wrong with the painting, it’s not right, it’s not over, then he yelled out, THE KING HAS ONE MORE MOVE!

When Jonah was in the belly of the big fish, can you imagine what he must have thought? At any moment now the gastric juices are going to flow and I’m going to become mush. But what he didn’t know, say it with me, THE KING HAS ONE MORE MOVE!

When Daniel was in the lion’s den and all the people around thought that they were going to see blood and guts and legs and limbs flying everywhere. What they didn’t know, say it with me, THE KING HAS ONE MORE MOVE!

When Jesus was hanging on that cross and all the people watching thought there’s something wrong with this picture.  The devil himself had an arrogant smirk on his face, but what he didn’t know, and aren’t you grateful for, say it with me, THE KING HAS ONE MORE MOVE!

And dear ones, please hear me. No matter the condition of our nation or the difficult circumstances you may be facing personally, we must remember, THE KING HAS ONE MORE MOVE!

There is a chess match going on right now but the person on the opposite side of the board from the devil is Jesus Himself.  Let that sink in—do not be anxious but rather draw closer to Him.  You and I are the pieces on His chess board that He will use for His ultimate victory—prepare yourself.

“The Man God Intended” 
A Journey To Biblical Manhood

 Vince D’Acchioli

 Why This Book?...Why Now?

NOTE: This TargetPoint outlines perhaps the most important project I have ever sought to deliver in over 40 years of ministry.  Your thoughts and ideas would be so appreciated.  -Vince

Why Now?

Over the past forty years I have had the privilege of knowing my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and serving in a variety of business and ministry positions.  I have witnessed life from a unique set of perspectives going from a wannabe mafia guy to a ministry leader.  After leaving the business world as a Vice President for a Fortune 500 company I have spent the last 33 years in Christian ministry.

It all began with my appointment to Executive Vice President and CEO for Every Home For Christ, a literature distribution ministry with offices in over 150 countries.  After five years serving in this position I felt led to start On Target Ministries. During all of this time I have experienced Christianity in North America from every imaginable perspective—I have spoken and conducted conferences in literally hundreds of churches representing just about every doctrine in Christian theology.

I have also served as an overseer, council and board member, and Executive Pastor for several mega-churches.  In all of this, perhaps, I am most honored in having served alongside some of the most gifted leaders in ministry to men in America.   Since the mid-nineties and continuing today, we have experienced the most intense efforts to reach and grow men in our history.  For me, all of this experience and cumulative effort begs a BIG question…what has been the result?

It saddens me to say that with all of our efforts, men are in worse condition today than when our movement began.  This is in no way a reflection upon the efforts of so many wonderful ministries so much as evidence of the power of our secular culture to steal men away faster than our ability to save them.  What happened?  What did we miss along the way?  Dear ones, if we do not answer these questions and make the necessary course adjustments we are doomed.  This is the most critical moment in the history of  the church and ministry to men in America.

I am persuaded that the reason we find ourselves in such desperate times has to do with a disproportionate focus upon evangelism at the expense of discipleship.  If you were to add up all of the people who raised their hands, stood or came forward to ask the Lord into their hearts from all of the ministries and churches throughout our nation over all of these years—they would probably number more than our population.  These numbers look good for all of our marketing and fundraising but do not put forth an accurate picture. 

We are good at evangelizing.  We like formulas and programs—it is the way our western minds and subsequent methods flow.  What we have missed is what Jesus made very clear—go and make disciples!  The people we counted were “evented”.  They came to our church service, weekend seminar or rally—but never went any further.  It reminds me of a story I recently heard:

A mom puts her little boy to bed and tucks him in and then goes downstairs to read her book.  While reading she hears a loud thud and her little boy crying.  She runs upstairs to find her little guy lying on the floor.  She asks, honey, are you ok?  He says through tears, yes mommy I’m ok.  She then asks what happened.  The little boy says, I don’t know mommy, but I think I stayed to close to where I got in.

Why This Book?

A little over twenty years ago I was flying home from conducting one of my weekend events when I asked myself an important question—what did I just do?  It haunted me as this whole idea of evangelism VS discipleship came into view.  That experience was the beginning of our establishing the On Target Institute, a division of our ministry dedicated to process-driven strategies instead of events.

It occurred to me that one of the reasons we have not focused on discipleship is because it is not easy.  I began to ask many pastors and leaders to define for me what a disciple is.  That was truly eye-opening.  I could not find a solid common theme that could lead to a strategy to produce disciples.  After over twenty years of study, curriculum development, trial and error, I have come up with something that I believe will help every man grow into The Man God Intended…a disciple of Jesus.

In this book I will unpack the three characteristics of a disciple.  First, they have an intimate relationship with God.  I want to underscore that word intimate.  Next, they have successfully answered the two most important questions in life, (1) Lord, howdid you make me uniquely? (2) Why am I here?  And finally, they are living out the vision.  They are doing what they were designed to do.

If we want to test these powerful ideas we need to look no further than Jesus Himself—He is the One we are to become like.  Jesus embodied these ideas to the max.  It is also important to understand their flow—they are in a necessary order that you cannot avoid.  Jesus knew God intimately—everything starts with this idea and sadly this is where the church in our culture has failed.  We are not helping men and leading them into an intimate relationship with God.

Just as it was so with Jesus it is so with us—you will never move on to understand how and why God made you until you have this intimacy.  That is why Jesus had no problem knowing how His Father made Him, and why.  He knew His purpose.  As a result of all this He was able to live the vision out and fulfill the purposes of His Father.

The Man God Intended is divided into three sections, Ready, Aim and Fire. In the Ready section we will talk about the power of God to transform any life, discover how to offload the baggage from our past and how to develop an intimate relationship with our Lord.  In the Aim section we will help men answer the two most important questions—how did God make them and why?  We will also unpack the challenges we need to consider moving forward.  Finally, in the Fire section we will explore how to approach our world with the love of Jesus and put in place the necessary steps to maintain our growth and accountability.

For those of you who love, follow and support our ministry I want to ask for your prayers for this project.  I am believing God is going to use this resource to lead our readers into becoming The Man God Intended.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do:
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 
-Phil 3:13-14

John 18:37-38 (NKJV) Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”  Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”  Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?...

The Greek word rendered as "truth" in English translations is "aletheia", which literally means "unconcealed" and connotes sincerity in addition to factuality and reality; whereas Jesus' use of the term appears to indicate absolute, revealed knowledge.  (Wikipedia)

Woke is now defined in this dictionary as aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues, especially issues of racial and social justice.

Unfortunately it is almost always a reference to the messaging of today’s political left which has totally gone off the rails when it comes to promoting anti-God humanistic principles. Today, with the same sarcastic sentiment that Pilate no doubt used, the world is still saying, what is truth­—however, it is no longer a question.  Rather, it is a foregone conclusion that there is no objective truth other than what I think is true. 

So here is where the battle is shaping up today.  As a lover of the one and only Truth-Giver Jesus Christ, we know where our ultimate truth comes from and can evaluate everything that we encounter in life through His lens.  Because we have real and objective Truth we are the ultimate fact-checkers.  For the anti-God folks, who sadly make up most of the public influence in our world today, this is not the case.  They proudly represent woke.

Here is a small sample of what you must believe in order to be truly woke:

  • Killing babies in the womb is a personal right
  • Man is the accidental evolution of pond scum
  • Homosexual sex is just an alternative lifestyle
  • Pedophiles are born that way
  • Feeling like you are the opposite sex makes you the opposite sex
  • Traditional family is old fashioned and not necessary
  • Kindergarten kids need sex and gender training
  • Kids are not really yours—they belong to the state
  • America is bad and needs to be taken down
  • There is systemic racism in our nation
  • Having open borders is a humanitarian necessity
  • Global warming is man-made and must be controlled
  • White nationalism is the greatest terrorist threat to America
  • Free speech should no longer be allowed

I could add so much more to this list but I think you get the idea.  As a mere human the not-so-nice side of me wants to label people who believe this stuff as morons.  As a Christian I know this is not the case—they are simply misguided.  They either have never known or heard from the actual Truth-Giver or they have been slowly brain-washed by our modern culture. 

The good news in all of this is that perhaps more than at any time in our lifetime it is easy to see the stark contrast between good and evil—the devil’s ways vs God’s ways.

I developed this pasted graph titled Governing The Cultural Evolution, about 40 years ago.  Little did I understand at that time how quickly the downward spiral indicated on the right side would take place.  Today I would include the word Truth under “God’s Way” and Woke under “Man’s Way”.

Dear ones, this is where we are today.  What does this mean for you and me?  How do I respond to all of this?  Let me say up front that God is not progressive.  His truth never changes—no matter the cultural evolution.  In addition, you and I do not lack the ability to discover what His truth is—it is revealed in His word.  So, my first challenge to all of us is—are we seekers of His Word?

We also have access to His glorious presence through worship and prayer.  Are you seeking His presence by spending time with Him?  And finally recognize that you possess the Holy Spirit when you were born again.  He is your ultimate guide.

John 14:26 (NKJV)  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

In conclusion I want to draw your attention to the Apostle Paul’s final words to Timothy where he so aptly describes the world in which we find ourselves today.  Please don’t just read these words but meditate upon them.  Break these verses down and ask yourself, what is God saying to me right now?   

2 Tim 4:1-5 (NKJV)  I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Our PURPOSE is FOR Him…our POSITION is IN Him…our POWER is FROM Him

 My friends we are in a war for the very soul of mankind.  It is a spiritual war.  The devil is alive and turning up the heat.  He works through people to lie, cheat and distract.  It is almost impossible to believe anything or anyone.  Even many of our most trusted voices in the church seem distracted and conflicted.  It is no wonder many of us are confused and feel that our joy is gone.

In order to help us recover and gain a much needed perspective, I want to wrap some powerful spiritual principles around three key words: PURPOSE, POSITION and POWER.  Used in the context of going to war, it is important to first know your PURPOSE.  Then, the proper POSITION militarily and finally we need to apply the appropriate POWER necessary to win.  This is true in a physical war, but is also true in a spiritual war.  As Christians we often say that we are in a spiritual battle, but what does that really mean?  I refer you to Ephesians 6:10-18.

Let’s begin with PURPOSE.  In a physical war it is very important to know your purpose/objective before you begin fighting.  If you have not clearly understood the end game PURPOSE, you will likely fail.  It has been said that if you do not know where you are going…any road will take you there.  As we consider our response to the spiritual war, it is critically important that we clearly understand our PURPOSE is FOR Him.  That is to know the Lord.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind
and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me
heavenward in Christ Jesus. 
Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)

I love the Apostle Paul.  He knew his PURPOSE was to reveal Jesus Christ to Jews and Gentiles, and nothing stood in the way of him “going for it”.  Dear friends, this is what we need to strive for.  Paul could not be distracted.  Why?  Because he knew his PURPOSE.  The only way we can insulate ourselves from the deceptions of our enemy is to be clear on God’s PURPOSE.  Seek Him every day and ask Him to reveal His PURPOSE for you in the midst of this war.

Next, we need to understand our POSITION.  In the physical sense, it is important to know where you need to go and how to set up for the battles to come.  This is not the case in a spiritual war.  In a spiritual war we only need to know WHO is positioning us.  Our POSITION is IN Him.  The only physical element is our humble and prostrate posture before our King.  Here, and only here, is where the victory comes, and the fruit of joy is restored.

I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;
apart from me you can do nothing. 
John 15:5 (NIV)

Finally, we look at POWER.  There again is a serious dichotomy between physical and spiritual POWER.  We all know what POWER looks like in the physical sense.  But what is spiritual POWER?

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not
the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV)

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer.  1 Peter 3:12 (NIV)

These verses unpack the first aspect of POWER.  Spiritual POWER is only possible through our obedient and righteous life, activated and trained by the Holy Spirit.

But also there is a very important second aspect of POWER, which is inner strength.  Many of us have lost our strength, our physical and emotional sense of well-being.  Loss of strength is most often the result of the loss of joy.  For me, I find I am vulnerable to this in direct proportion to my focus on the distractions (battles) instead of God’s perspective.  My strength is sapped and I become bitter and even angry at times.

It is at this point that I need to do everything I can to get His joy back into my life by focusing on Him and His purpose.  Is it easy?  No!  But it is necessary.  How can I get my joy back?  It starts by recognizing that our POWER (strength) is FROM Him.

Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.  Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)

I opened this TargetPoint by talking about how the enemy uses the world to lie, cheat and distract us.  I want to close by reminding you that nothing sucks our joy more than when we give into this strategy.  We must tune out all the information and noise we are being exposed to and remember that not much these days is really as it seems or being portrayed.  The enemy knows that if he can keep us focused on the battles, white vs black, left vs right, Democrat vs Republican and a whole host of other divisive social issues, we will lose sight of the war.

The war, the globalist end game, is what they do not want you to see and these distractions keep us from focusing on our Lord’s end game—people being redeemed and His kingdom expanded.  I am not saying that we should just ignore these issues and put our head in the sand.  On the contrary, there are times we must fight these battles but, we cannot allow them to make us bitter, angry or in a place where we forget the bigger spiritual objectives.

For me, the only way I can win this personal struggle is to be spending more time with Jesus than I do watching and listening to the cultural noise.  WHAT ABOUT YOU?

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