A part of the “manosphere” community, which promotes masculinity and strongly opposes the feminist movement, Andrew Tate shot to fame in 2022 thanks to his controversial brand of male-targeted ‘self-help”. His content, considered by many to be sexist and misogynistic, regularly garners millions of views on YouTube and TikTok. Additionally, he made some heated remarks about Christianity when comparing it to the “superior” religion of Islam. Because of his controversial remarks, he was recently banned from almost every social media platform.
So, what exactly has this guy said that has sparked such moral outrage? Well, he’s said a lot. Most of it’s garbage and some of it is garbage-lite. But every now and then he hits the nail right on the head only to say something ridiculous or contradict himself moments later. His remarks make a few things abundantly clear though: Andrew Tate does not understand masculinity, women, or Christianity. Let’s dive in.
Andrew Tate Does Not Understand Masculinity
The Alpha male vs Beta male/Soy boy culture is full-tilt right now and Andrew Tate is one of many who are capitalizing off of impressionable young men. And while Tate likes to style his message as being complex and in-depth, it’s actually quite rudimentary:
- “Real” men (Alpha males) sleep with women. Lots of women. You’re not a man until you’ve conquered a woman sexually. Women are commodities to be used and then discarded when you tire of them or find a better commodity.
- “Real” men also have money. Lots of money. If you don’t have money you’re not a high-value man and high-value women won’t want to sleep with you.
- Real men are free–free to do whatever they want whenever they want. If someone is telling you what to do, you aren’t free and you’re not a real man.
“First thing, you need freedom ‘cus you ain’t a man if you’re not free. If you’re working your a** off, you’re a slave.”
“I have everything every man has ever dreamed of. I got a big mansion, I’ve got super cars, I can live anywhere I want, I got unlimited women, I go where I want…I do anything I want all the time. So, I’m an amazing role model.”Andrew Tate
As Christians, it’s easy to see the problem with Tate’s definition of a “real” man: it gives men a pass to indulge in their most base, fallen sexual natures. Instead of abstaining from sex until marriage as God commands both men and women, Tate tells men to sleep with as many women as possible, as often as possible.
Instead of finding your worth in God (Jeremiah 17:7) and in noble things such as marrying, raising children, and serving your fellow brothers and sisters (Acts 20:35; Phil 2:4), Tate says a man’s worth is in his wallet. Instead of being subject to rulers and authorities (Titus 3:1-3) and living humbly and quietly as Christ commands, Tate says you’re not a man unless you’re free–free from being told what to do.
If Tate wants to know what a real man looks like, he needs to look to Christ. No, not the feminized, long-haired, hippie Jesus hanging over every Catholic grandmother’s fireplace, but Christ, the all powerful son of God who shook the world at his coming and will shake it again at his return.
Christ is the epitome of masculinity, the exemplar of human maleness, the only true Alpha male that has ever walked the planet, and an example every man should strive to emulate. On Earth He served his Bride, He defended his Bride, and He died for his Bride. Now he stands at the Father’s right hand and advocates for his Bride.
How easy it would have been for Christ to give in to temptation in the desert and rule the world as a King, as Satan promised him (Luke 4:5-7). But instead He chose the path of a lowly servant. How easy it would have been for Christ to call down a host of angels to free him from the cross. But instead He chose to suffer for our sake.
It takes no strength or willpower to be a Tate Man. It’s harder to control your sexual desires until the proper time. It’s harder to obey than to disobey; to be subject to an authority than to be “free”. So, in reality, Tate is the very thing he preaches against–a beta male–a slave to sin and his master the devil.
Andrew Tate Does Not Understand Women
Tate’s views on women is where he gets the most pushback from our ultra-feminist society, but it’s this area where he gets the most things right. Unfortunately, he gets a lot wrong too and tends to contradict himself on most points. Here is where he’s spot on:
- Women are physically weaker than men and should be protected
- Women should be mothers
- Women should be modest and not let themselves be taken advantage of by men
- Women are precious and should be cherished and honored
Yes, yes, and yes again! Whether Andrew Tate realizes it or not, he’s hit upon the hallmarks of biblical femininity. In 1 Peter 3:7, Paul talks about women being the weaker vessel and tells men to honor their wives or their prayers will be hindered (Yikes!). In 1 Timothy 5:14, Paul gives instructions to the church and speaks about how young widows should get married and bear children. Furthermore, God’s first command to Adam and Eve was to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28).
Continuing in 1 Timothy, Paul encourages women to adorn themselves in respectable (modest) apparel, and to let their worth be internal and not external (1 Timothy 2-9-10; 1 Peter 3:3-4). And last, but certainly not least, Paul tells husbands to love and cherish their wives as they love and cherish their own bodies (Ephesians 5:25-30).
Sadly, Andrew Tate has proven himself to be a hypocrite. His actions prove that he does not value, cherish, or respect women, often referring to them as b*****s and calling “cheating” exercise. Tate says real women are modest but brags about having “big booty cuties with their name tattooed on them” and is regularly seen with an entourage of scantily clad women.
Worse still, Tate says women should not let themselves be taken advantage of by men, but regularly takes advantage of them by using their bodies to make money on OnlyFans.
People think I’m running around with these h*es because I like sex. […] I got these b*****s just so everyone knows who the don is.
I go out and [have sex] and I come back to her [his girlfriend] and I don’t care about her [the other woman] and I only love my girl. That’s not cheating, that’s exercise.
How can I use these women to make me money […]? So, I text all my girlfriends […] all five and said ‘you’re all coming here to live with me and work with me’ […]. We’re going to start a webcam business […]. We’re gonna get rich and we’re gonna be a team…Andrew Tate
The truth is, the high-value woman Tate describes as being worth pursuing (essentially the Proverbs woman), would not be attracted to him. A real woman would not sell her body online for profit. A real woman would not be okay with her husband being promiscuous while she remained monogamous (another wild idea that Tate holds). She would expect and demand fidelity. A real woman would not dress promiscuously and would not allow a man to demean her by calling her a b****.
As such, the only women Tate can get–the only women his male acolytes can get if they follow his advice–are worldly women who lack virtue–“low value women” who are the antithesis to everything he preaches.
Andrew Tate Does Not Understand Christianity
Andrew Tate’s religious beliefs are just as much of a mixed bag as his beliefs about men and women. On one hand he considers himself to be an Orthodox Christian and lives in, and financially supports, an Orthodox Christian community in Romania. On the other hand, he believes that Islam is superior to Christianity and fervently lays out a few reasons why:
- Islam fixes a lot of the problems that men are currently facing.
- The Christian community is tolerant of a lot of things that go against their faith.
- Muslims are the only people who will defend their religion–they refuse to be mocked and insulted.
I can walk through London with a t-shirt that says ‘Jesus is Gay’ and nothing would happen to me. If I did the same thing with the Islamic prophet, I’d be dead before I got to the end of the street.
[In Muslim countries] Every woman is married. Every woman obeys her husband and has four or five, six kids–big families. All the things we’re talking about, all the things we face here, they have none of that […] because of Islam.
Christianity is a dead religion which is confined to the history books. It’s dying out. Your own Pope goes up there and talks LGBTQ s**t. You don’t stand for anything, you don’t believe in anything. You are walked on, you are mocked. The whole thing is a joke.Andrew Tate – Christian Kickboxing Champion Praises Islam
Whew! Tate certainly holds nothing back in his critique of Christianity. And while there’s a lot wrong with his analysis, he does get one thing right: American evangelical Christianity has become a joke. We’ve let so much filth and godlessness enter the church, that it looks everything like the world and nothing like the Christ-centered churches in the Bible. But this does not make Christianity weak.
Firstly, the validity of a religion should not rest solely on its so-called representatives. The Bible condemns the very things Tate condemns and there are countless Christians here in the U.S. who are faithful, bold, and unwavering in their proclamation of the truth–men and women who call out sin within the church, false teachers like the Pope, and wicked government officials with aplomb. Not to mention the zealous Christian men and women around the world who are dying for their faith daily to advance the Gospel. Christianity is not dead. It’s vibrant and spreading like wildfire around the globe.
Secondly, not everyone who claims to be a Christian is a Christian. The Bible says that we will know false prophets (fake Christians) by the fruit they bear (Matthew 7:15-20) and that a real believer would not continue walking in a pattern of sin.
The person who practices sin belongs to the evil one, because the Devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason that the Son of God was revealed was to destroy what the Devil has been doing. No one who has been born from God practices sin, because God’s seed abides in him. Indeed, he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born from God. This is how God’s children and the Devil’s children are distinguished. No person who fails to practice righteousness and to love his brother is from God.1 John 3:8-10
Now, let’s look at Tate’s admiration of Islam. Tate says that Islam fixes a lot of the issues facing men. What are these issues? In a word, women. Tate says Muslim wives obey their husbands and have a lot of babies while American women are unruly and don’t pursue motherhood. We as Christians would readily agree that wives should submit to their husbands and be fruitful and multiply. The difference between Christianity and Islam is that Islam often achieves this through brute force and tyranny.
God tells women to submit to their husbands (Ephesians 5:22-33). He does not tell husbands to submit their wives. The Bible reveres women. As a matter of fact, it is revolutionary in its treatment of women. The Koran, on the other hand, condones the mistreatment and dehumanization of women (for even further proof texts, click here).
Tate also admires Islam because they refuse to be mocked and insulted–conflating defending one’s faith with retaliation. On the surface this may seem like a good thing, but it’s actually a sign of immaturity and weakness. In no other situation would we look at a guy or gal who goes into a fit of rage every time they were insulted as someone worthy of respect. Yes, we would likely avoid saying anything that would offend or insult them, but not out of respect, but because they’re volatile, unpredictable, and dangerous. Islam is known for being reactionary–for retaliating against the “infidels” who dare speak a word against Allah, with deadly results. And while so-called Christians have committed atrocities in the name of God, the Bible condemns those acts and those who perpetrate them. Even if many adherents of Islam live peacefully, Islam is a religion that sanctions force, if necessary.
Christianity on the other hand is characterized by humility and meekness (Luke 22:26). Christ was the prime example of this. He told his disciples that they would be mocked and persecuted (John 15:20), but he didn’t call them to arms. He told them to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:38-39). He told them to love those who hated them (Luke 6:35-36).
When Christ was arrested and stood before Pontius Pilate to give a defense, he was largely silent. When he was mocked, beaten, spit upon, stripped naked, and nailed to a cross, he remained silent. He even asked God to forgive his beaters and mockers (Luke 23:34). THAT is strength. THAT is power. THAT is worthy of respect and honor.
God isn’t some insecure tyrant who needs his people to come running to his defense every time someone says a mean word about him. God isn’t afraid or confused or depressed about the opposition of man. He laughs at it.
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
Psalm 2:1-4 (emphasis mine)
When juxtaposed against his beliefs on men and women, it’s not hard to see why Tate gravitates towards Islam. It feeds directly into his desire for power, control, and tyrannical dominion over women.
When speaking about celebrities, we often forget that they’re human beings with eternal souls who will one day stand before the throne of God, as we all will. As such, I genuinely pray that Andrew Tate recognizes his need for a savior, repents, and follows Christ.
In the tons of interviews I watched to prepare for this post, he’s willing to engage with people who ardently oppose his views, and does so with surprising tact. I pray God uses that willingness to turn Tate to Himself, as Tate holds massive influence over our culture right now, and is sadly leading many men, and even women, down a seductively dangerous path.
Until next time, salutations and selah.