Authentic manhood is on the decline, without a doubt. It has even given rise to a ridiculous counter movement against what toxic feminists call “Toxic Masculinity”.

Have you ever heard of “Toxic Masculinity”? Is it a real problem in American culture, or is the problem really something else? How does authentic biblical manhood fit into the issue?

Here is a quick video for you to see what it supposedly is, and then we can discuss what “Authentic Manhood” really is.

So, having watched this video on so-called “toxic masculinity”, what is authentic masculinity, and how does it relate biblical manhood?  

In a nutshell, without understanding biblical manhood, we cannot understand authentic manhood. Everything about real manhood is built on God’s design and purpose as we were all created in the image of God.

Here at Active Manhood, we make no apology for taking a biblical stand on the issue of masculinity and reject every notion of biological evolution and Darwinism as a factor in who men are and should be. So, let’s get right to it!

21 Authentic Manhood Markers

Authentic Manhood Marker #1: He knows his Creator

Psalm 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

The first chapter of the Book of Genesis is the pivotal concept of understanding who made you, and how you were made. It was God that made you, and you are created in His image.

Here is a quick video from Answers in Genesis that gives a brief explanation.

Authentic Manhood Marker #2: He knows his purpose.

Ecclesiastes 12:13–14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

From these two portions of scripture, we learn a great deal about authentic manhood and our purpose. Our purpose and duty are to fear God, keep his commandments, and bring Him pleasure.

Jesus said it this way – Matthew 22:37–38 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.”

Authentic Manhood Marker #3: He knows his strengths.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”

Authentic Manhood means that you were created for a purpose and that you have been given strength by God to do something with your life. It means understanding that as a man you are more than the just the work that you do.

Biblical men apply their strength in every area of their life. They develop their talents and abilities and use them to provide for the families and to serve the Lord in their local church.

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Authentic Manhood Marker #4: He knows his weaknesses.

Mark 14:38 “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”

The biblical man knows that he is prone to temptation because of his sin nature. This is every man’s weakness. Authentic manhood requires an understanding of this fact. Only then can he be prepared to resist the onslaught of temptation in his life.

James 1:12 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”

Authentic Manhood Marker #5: He knows his potential.

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

The potential that an authentic man has is limited only by God, and he knows that. This isn’t about the power of positive thinking, it is about the power of Christ living through a man.

The world is full of men that convince themselves they can’t be overcomers in their life. They set their own limits, accept their own excuses, and live a lesser life than God intended them to live.

The authentic man is never satisfied with less than God’s plan for his life, his marriage, and his family. While he understands his limitations he doesn’t accept false boundries that settle for less than God’s will for his life.

Authentic Manhood Marker #6: He knows his limits.

1 Corinthians 15:9–10 “For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain, but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

Paul the Apostle had a good grasp of his own limitations. He knew he was an undeserving man to be doing such an important task for God.

The biblical man knows this limits. Yet, he also understands that because of his personal limitations, he needs the grace of God to operate in his life. Only then can he serve the Lord with gladness, and be the man that the Lord has called him to be.

Authentic Manhood Marker #7: He knows his responsibilities.

Ecclesiastes 12:13–14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

This is a secondary reference to Authentic Manhood Marker #2 – He knows his purpose.

The authentic man’s responsibility is to stay on track with his purpose. This means having a plan, setting goals, keeping score, and staying accountable. Taking your purpose seriously is your responsibility and nobody else’s. 

Authentic Manhood Marker #8: He knows his passion.

Galatians 5:16–17 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other…”

Biblical men admit that their own passions can get out of control if not kept in check. Therefore he endeavors to walk in the Spirit every day and to deny the sinful lusts of the flesh.

Authentic Manhood is aware that the flesh is at war with the Spirit, and that they are contrary to each other. He cannot go both directions at the same time. He cannot be a godly man, and walk in the lust of his flesh.

Authentic Manhood Marker #9: He knows his pride.

1 John 2:16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

Every man, Christian or not, struggles with his own pride. The difference is that the godly man sees and acknowledges that struggle with his pride and desires humility. The Bible has plenty to say about pride, and none of it is good. Here are a few examples.

Proverbs 13:10 “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”

James 4:6 “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

Authentic Manhood Marker #10: He knows his profession.

1 Timothy 6:11–12 “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

This is not talking about your career, but your public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. One of the key biblical markers of authentic manhood is that he has made certain of his personal conversion and salvation, that he has truly been born again, and has made a public profession of that fact.

The profession of your faith publicly is done through baptism under the authority of your local church. 

Authentic Manhood Marker #11: He knows his promises.

1 Timothy 4:8 “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”

There is nothing more hopeful than living a life of promise. The authentic biblical man knows that his life has great promise in Christ. There are many promises given to us in the Bible, not just about eternity and Heaven, but about the hand of God upon his children.

Hope is like a soldier that lives within us and keep us marching forward for the Lord. The promises of God provide great hope if we will remember them, and keep them in our hearts and minds.

2 Corinthians 1:20 “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”

Authentic Manhood Marker #12: He knows his commitments.

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

All that we do is to be first and foremost committed to the Lord. Honoring Christ and keeping a good testimony and reputation are the commitment of authentic manhood.

Our commitment to being a great husband, father, neighbor, coworker, and friend is all done because of our commitment to Christ. It is only through His empowering grace that we are able to keep these commitments.

Authentic Manhood Marker #13: He knows his priorities.

Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

The greatest priority of the biblical man is putting God, and God’s priorities, before his own. He must seek first the kingdom of God and HIS righteousness. This rises above our own needs and wants, and should be number one on our priority list.

For the authentic man, these priorities will show up in how he spends his time, treasure, and talents.

Authentic Manhood Marker #14: He knows his friends.

Proverbs 27:6 “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”


The biblical man knows that his friends are his brothers and sisters in Christ. He is not afraid of another Christian man offering some constructive criticism, or even a rebuke, because he knows it is done in love and for his own good.

Authentic Manhood Marker #15: He knows his enemies.

James 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

The enemy of God is the enemy of the authentic man. Anything and everything that defies God is part of this fallen world. Friendship and willing cooperation with that fallen world system is an affront to God, and the biblical man understands that.

2 Corinthians 6:14–18 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

Authentic Manhood Marker #16: He knows his power.

1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

The preaching of the cross is the power of God in the life of a biblical man. Without he is powerless in his sin, and can only walk in the failure of his sinful flesh.

It is because of the cross that saved men have been given the Holy Spirit of God as our helper and guide. Our only power is through the cross.

Authentic Manhood Marker #17: He knows his vulnerabilities.

James 1:14–15 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

Lust is every man’s vulnerability, Christian men included. We have the same lusts as any other men and must recognize that vulnerability for what it is. Lust leads to temptation, temptation to sin, and sin to death.

We must guard our carnal lust and give no shelter to it.

Authentic Manhood Marker #18: He knows his prayer life.

Psalm 55:16–17 “As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”

This is probably the most neglected area in the average Christian man’s life. We have to be honest with ourselves here and constantly make course corrections in our prayer life. When we begin to wander off or lag behind in our prayer life, acknowledge that and correct it.

Authentic Manhood Marker #19: He knows his place.

John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

The authentic man’s place is a low one, as Christ is exalted in his life. Your place in life is to give glory to God. Men have always wanted glory, but the Christian man deflects all glory to God.

1 Peter 1:24–25 “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

Authentic Manhood Marker #20: He knows his impact.

Jude 22–23 “And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

Authentic biblical men desire to make an impact for Christ in this world. He has an influence on those around him, he evangelizes those that he can, and supports local outreach and global missions through his local church.

Authentic Manhood Marker #21: He knows his pace.

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

While we all know that keeping a balanced life is important, it has been said by some godly men that they would rather “burn out than rust out” for Christ.

The Christian man must keep a steady pace in his spiritual growth and leadership. He must never be satisfied to lag behind or to be satisfied with mediocrity.