Written By Monty Mulkey (Digital Download)
The Lord gave the message of the Bitter Man to the church for a three-fold purpose:
To expose a major source of marital discord and disunity.
To convince men that they must deal with the bitterness in their hearts for the sake of their families and their churches.
To help young people--young women in particular--know what to look for in a potential spouse, so they can avoid many of the problems that plague marriages today.
Colossians 3:19 says, "Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them." Notice Paul commands the men not to be bitter towards their wives, yet nowhere does he say, "Wives be not bitter against your husbands." Most women will be free of bitterness if their husbands love them tenderly and unconditionally. Moreover, most women are generally less prone to bitterness because they are naturally more tenderhearted. Yes, women are capable of bitterness, but this is mainly a problem that men have to deal with.
Hand in hand with Paul's ban on bitterness is his command: "Husbands, love your wives." Love is an action; likewise, bitterness is an action. If you have a root of bitterness growing up in you, you will act bitter. The bitterness will manifest itself in your walk and in your conversation.
Paul has addressed the men especially not to be bitter, be-cause bitterness stifles and hinders real love. To show love and to be bitter at the same time is almost impossible. You are not going to love your wife if you are a bitter man. Again, you can not have agape love for your spouse or others and at the same time be bitter. I see this pattern over and over in many marriages. I don't know how many women have come up to me crying, hurting, despairing. They have successive marriage problems because they have married bitter men.
If you have this problem--and I believe it is common with men, don't despair. You can recognize the fruit in your life, identify the root causes, and gain the victory over it.
About Monty Mulkey
In 1989 Pastor Monty Mulkey founded the West Coast Church of Deliverance in Thousand Oaks , CA. In addition to pastoring WCCD, he is also Senior Pastor of the International Association of Deliverance Churches Inc. and travels extensively between the member churches overseeing, training, and establishing the churches with a deliverance ministry.
Pastor Mulkey was ordained by the Late Rev. Win Worley. (Pioneer of the deliverance Ministry) In addition to his ordination, he has an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degreefrom World Christianship Ministries, and has been selected as an Honored member of the International Who's Who of Entrepreneurs for his international work. Pastor Mulkey has authored and reasearched books in many languages on variousdeliverance topics.
WCCD, an established ministry, also hosts international seminars throughout the year to further train and to oversee the traing of future missionaries to further the spread of the deliverance ministry. The workshops have been attended by visitors around the world and have established a reputation for the serious deliverance worker.