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The Bible’s Answer to Andrew Tate

Analyzing Andrew Tate from a Christian perspective

Introduction

It’s difficult to be a young man today.

We are in the middle of what can be described as a young men’s crisis. Not only are men lonelier than ever before, but they lack purpose and ambition. For example, many young men are unemployed and/or do not have a driver’s license.

Part of the reason for this is that young men have grown up in a society that hates them. Thanks to radical feminism and the #MeToo movement (which had some value), men are largely seen as “toxic” in today’s culture. Women are encouraged to ignore men and, instead, focus on their careers, as marriage and motherhood are seen as “boring” or “outdated.” These beliefs culminate in a culture that sees men as useless and dangerous.

Unfortunately, this seems to have created a self-fulfilling prophecy. Many young men grow up without guidance and instruction, and thus they become almost as incapable as society thinks that they are. Sadly, the church has not helped to prevent this problem. As a result, many men wander aimlessly looking for someone, anyone, who will help them.

Enter the age of online secular “gurus.” Men like Jordan Peterson, Joe Rogan, and Rollo Tomassi have gained fame online for their influence over young men. Though none of them are Christian, these teachers listen to men’s struggles during a time when no one else wants to. But by far the biggest men’s influencer is Andrew Tate. This controversial teacher is simultaneously loved by young men everywhere, and hated by women and feminists.

Who is Andrew Tate?

Emory Andrew Tate III is a kickboxer-turned-social media influencer who has taken the internet by storm. After spending his childhood poor in Indiana, Tate worked hard to amass the fame and wealth he has today. He is a four-time kickboxing champion and founder of his own online course, Hustler’s University.

In the past four or so years, Tate has made it his personal mission to help struggling young men. He encouraged his viewers to share his content all over the internet, allowing him to become popular very quickly. By 2022, Andrew Tate became one of the most searched-for people on Google.

But as Tate’s fame grew, so did his controversy. He had a bravado and uncompromising attitude toward his listeners, which rubbed many people the wrong way. Additionally, Tate became notorious for being a self-described misogynist and critic of feminism. Many women and the mainstream media despised him for his teachings and sought to take him down.

Toward the end of 2022, Andrew Tate had been removed from every major social media platform. But ironically, this only made his influence greater. He would eventually return to Twitter/X, and he is now bigger than ever.

This begs the question: why is Andrew Tate so popular? What is it about his teachings that young men across the world find so mesmerizing? To answer that question, we will need to examine Tate’s beliefs and worldview.

Is Andrew Tate Honest?

If there were ever a time to emphasize the importance of having a Biblical Christian worldview, it would be now. This is because discerning Andrew Tate’s worldview can be difficult. Tate does indeed have misogynistic beliefs, but some of his beliefs are what the world calls misogynistic. Regardless, it seems that Andrew Tate tries to be as honest and as consistent in public as possible.

Andrew Tate seems to genuinely want to help young men succeed. Not only is he aware of the controversy he creates, but he also knows his influence over struggling men and boys. Consequently, Tate tries to be as respectful as possible. To his credit, Tate is an effective teacher — he believes the things he says and puts a lot of effort into his online content.

Additionally, Tate teaches men some things that are consistent with a Biblical worldview, or are at least wise. Tate teaches young men the importance of responsibility, hard work, honesty, building physical strength, and having a supportive friend group. Tate also recognizes the damage that radical feminism has wrought upon our society. He knows that many men today are weak, and he wants to toughen them up. Finally, Tate believes that a man is head of the household, a truth that the Bible affirms (Ephesians 5:23).

So far, so good. However, a closer look at Andrew Tate’s teachings reveal’s the problem with his worldview.

Andrew Tate’s Worldview vs a Biblical Christian Worldview

First, Andrew Tate believes that men are born without any inherent value. In order to gain value, men must work hard and hustle to get what they want. In Tate’s worldview, a man’s success is based primarily on how much “stuff” he has: cars, money, women, etc. Masculinity, to Tate, is an endless struggle to be as wealthy and as “sexually valuable” as possible. By doing this, a man can escape “the matrix” of society and avoid having a “slave mind.”

This credo extends to Tate’s religious beliefs. While he grew up Christian, Tate eventually converted to Islam. This is because Tate believes that Islam is “the last true religion.” He likes how committed Muslims are to their faith. The violent, combative nature of Islam especially appeals to him. By contrast, Tate believes Christians are too passive.

This is where the problems with Andrew Tate’s worldview begin. Tate sees everything in terms of power and conflict, and he does not like feeling tied down. For example, Tate does not want to get married, fearing it would force him to settle. Rather, he encourages himself and young men to sleep with and date as many women as possible.

By contrast, the Bible encourages men to be in marriage with one woman for life:

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)

Also, Tate is correct that men must work hard in this life. However, he is incorrect in saying that men have no inherent value. Men do have inherent value, on account of being made in the image of God.

Furthermore, while money can be important, attaining wealth should not be seen as the only purpose of one’s life:

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs (1 Timothy 6:10)

Andrew Tate worships a god, but he does not worship the God of the Bible. As a result, he has created his own secular path to salvation. Unfortunately for him, however, salvation is through God and God alone.

Conclusion

At time of writing, Andrew Tate has recently been arrested in Romania, where he currently lives. This is after he had been arrested the previous year, on charges of crimes such as human trafficking and sexual assault.

Regardless of the veracity of these charges, Andrew Tate being “on the run” paints him as unreliable. Indeed, Andrew Tate’s teachings can vary wildly in quality. He can be crass and profane, sometimes talking down to the viewers. At his worst, he will call seemingly innocuous activities “effeminate.” These includes things like cooking mealssleeping, and watching Friends (Warning: these clips contain profanity).

Christians should generally avoid Tate’s teachings. At best, he is an honest yet misguided teacher. At worst, he offers a cartoony, exaggerated version of masculinity. But the Bible’s definition of masculinity is greater than what Tate can offer. Pastor Douglas Wilson defines masculinity as “the glad assumption of sacrificial responsibility.” A Biblically masculine man seeks to assist his friends and community, not just to attain material wealth.

The modern man does not need gurus — he needs God. By restoring the authority of the church, pastors can help mold young men into Biblically masculine leaders. There is nothing in this world, not even Andrew Tate, that is as rich as the instruction and reproof of the Lord:

Proverbs 3:11-12 – My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.


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Author Brandon Charles | BCWorldview.org 

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