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Men and Banners

Posted on 7 March, 2016 by David Stanfield

For many years, the Western church has seen movement and banners as ‘feminine’ or for ‘women only’.

While I believe women have an important role to play in the use of banners in worship, warfare and ministry - it breaks my heart to see so few men participate. When we look at the Bible and even our culture, we see men using banners with enthusiasm. Why should it be any different in the church?

Most of the Bible references to banners imply that men were the leaders when banners were used. In Scripture, if there is a gender associated with the banner holder, the gender is male. The first direct reference to banners in Numbers 1:52 refers to “…each man …under his own standard”. I’m certain women helped in making the first banners in the Bible, but it was the men with whom banners were most often associated.

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In Western culture, we also see men freely using banners. One of the most common places is at the football. Or in the Armed Forces. At yard lots or car sales. At sporting events such as the Olympics. Men marching proud and free, waving banners and flags.

In my opinion, it is the men in our Christian society who have suffered most from lack of freedom in worship. Cultural pressure in western societies - to be restrained and live up to standards of ‘normal’ - seem to impact men the most. And it has also been my experience that those who receive the greatest release and sense of freedom from using banners are men.

The biblical precedent is set - men and banners are powerfully and inextricably linked. Extracted from “Wielding Banners for Worship and Warfare” available as an ebook or paperback›

Posted on 7 March, 2016 by David Stanfield

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Banners in the Bible

Isaiah 31:9
'Their stronghold will fall because of terror; at sight of the battle standard their commanders will panic,' declares the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, whose furnace is in Jerusalem.

Song of Solomon 6:4,10
O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners!… Who is she who looks forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, awesome as an army with banners? (NKJV)

Psalms 20:3-5
May He remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.

Jeremiah 51:27
Lift up a banner in the land! Blow the trumpet among the nations! Prepare the nations for battle against her; summon against her these kingdoms: Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz. Appoint a commander against her; send up horses like a swarm of locusts.

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