How many times do the people of God need to be encouraged before they will take the mantle of the Gospel upon their shoulders? How easy it is to encourage them to be lax in the things of the Most High God. They readily embrace social peace. But war against what is wicked is relegated to a tiny few.
As a child abhores spinach, yet craves the sweetness of sugar, so the people of God have sought peace with the wicked. And as the sugar will rot the teeth of the child, so this craving for peace has rotted the Church of God. Where is the healthy mouth?
It is ridiculous to make a call for action for the entire Church. But let those with understanding mount up for the sake of the Gospel! To prayer with all of us! To the things of God, with godly zeal, with every willing man and woman of God!
Let us open our eyes and look around. Witness the compromise! Take note of what is unholy. See how the things of the Glorious Lord Jesus have been brought to such a small affair. It is considered a trophy to attend church twice a year! It is considered holy restraint to keep your lips sealed among the wicked!
How near the end of things must it be, that the church has become so complacent? Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Valentine’s Day, and so many more, have taken the place of the crucifixion and the resurrection. And suffering for the name of Christ Jesus has become an abhorrent obsession of a few.
So many Bibles in the world, yet so very few read and understand. So much time for prayer, yet there is hardly a flake of callus on the knees of God’s people. So many opportunities to speak out against wickedness, yet you would think Christians are mute; at baptism God rips the tongue out of the man!
If now is not the time to rise up for Christ, tell me when it will come upon us. What are the signs I should look for, that I might see an explosion of zeal for the Living God’s Christ? Who, among the children of God, will rise up and embrace the things of Jesus? And do we need to wait another 7 days for this to happen? Is it necessary to wait even another 10 minutes!
Who will come and die with Christ? Who will render his life to prayer, a serious and diligent study of the Word of God, and become an ambassador to the Holy Lord Jesus in this wicked and adulterous place?
Is it true that it takes imprisonment to wake up a soul for Christ? Will you wait for a house to house search before you commit to a boldness for Christianity? What are you waiting for? Define the obstacle so that we can speak of it openly!
Look how foreign these words are among what is called civilized Christians. So very well dressed on Sunday. But so putrid against holiness throughout the week.
The debate among God’s people is not directed at how brightly we should burn. It is more the focus of what can we get away with. Where is the holy and burning fire of obedience among Christians today? Has it not been replaced by wealth, social integration, and dedicated complacency? Unholy lies dance in our streets! Children murder one another! And if one man is caught spreading the Gospel, all Christianity feels vindicated!
Decide for yourself if this is right. Why should we listen any longer to words of restraint? Who elected the cowards as our leaders? Will God not support and catch those who step out from the cowering crowd? Or has faith in Christ really become such a rare and elusive animal?
I am so tired of watching us hide. It is sickening to the stomach to see the Glorious Lord Jesus hidden like some abomination among men; as if he had been a rapist, a thief, a murderer, and every other wicked thing! Do you really think God will honor such purposeful obscurity?
By His Grace