Silent Watchmen

 

“Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”
-Ezekiel 33:1-6

As the sharp sword of God’s holy judgment bears down on our godless culture, the would-be watchmen are conspicuously silent. In the church of the big, the plenty, the carefree, and the over-confident, all is business as usual. Of course, by their own admission, everyone is sinning and sinning a lot. They sin every day and in numerous and varied ways. But, hey, according to their “cracker-jack-box” theology, that’s the best a Christian can expect from the blood of Jesus, right? Ironically, many are tattooed, others are pierced, but few are blushing (Phil. 3:19). All that really matters is “we’re forgiven and we’re on our way to heaven,” so why all the fuss over a little law-breaking? No need to worry: the numbers are up, the crowds are still coming, the coffers are full, life is grand, and surely, God couldn’t be more pleased.

Why put a damper on all the positive, upbeat ambiance with a fun-spoiling, offering-killing message of doom-and-gloom? Above all, don’t wax critical and, God forbid, eschew judgment at any cost. The trick is to stay cool, hip, and optimistic. You may rap, rock, and roll, but avoid repentance, it’s too negative. Make sure to put on your best smile, but clothes are not necessary. No need to worry about sin, God understands, that’s why He sent Jesus, so be jolly.

“Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.”
-Proverbs 28:5

As the spiritual horizon grows more and more ominous and as God’s judgment becomes more apparent, no doubt, the time-tested and most effective homilies of the false pulpit will continue to be essential in calming the condemned hearts of the deluded masses. Old favorites like…

“…ye shall not surely die…” Genesis 3:4

“…we are delivered to do all these abominations?” Jeremiah 7:10

“…peace, peace” Jeremiah 8:11

“…ye shall have peace, no evil shall come upon you.” Jeremiah 23:17

“…where is the God of judgment?” Malachi 2:17

“Judge not…” Matthew 7:1

Multitudes in the half-naked, sin-drunken professing church are perishing. Unfortunately, most will burn forever in hell-fire. But their blood, God will require at the watchman’s hand. There will be weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.

“His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.”
-Isaiah 56:10-11

-B.W.

"But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand." -Ezekiel 33:6“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” -Ezekiel 33:6