Monday, November 28, 2011

Where Are All God’s Watchmen and Watchwomen?

Are there still watchmen and watchwomen? Why is the destruction of the family so high? How come people are so alienated from God, addicted to technology, environmentally destructive? Can we explain the invasion of individualism and subsequent loss of community life? Why are there too many slaves to debts and consumerism? The rich ruling the masses ? How come the neglect of children and maltreatment of women and men more common nowadays? Where are the watchmen and watchwomen when the media that was the source of truth now is the corrupt box of lies? Why does this seem the age where there is total neglect of the old and sick? The watchman was to look out against danger, foreign invaders. He was to spy, observe and watch at the city. As the watchmen were never to keep silent about impending danger, those that have been called by the lord to denounce evil and bring people to Christ cannot be silent (Isaiah:62:6-7). The task of the watchman and women nowadays.

So let me ask you this as a Christian who have you warned since you became a Christian. Do you know an adulterer and yet you have stayed mum? Do you know those who are openly living in sin, but you believe that is their lifestyle or alternative lifestyle? Do you know a known drug dealer or anyone who is doing drugs but you have decided to keep quiet because it is not your business? What about the scammer you hangout with? If that person dies, God will hold you accountable. Do you know a preacher who is pilfering from the church and the rich who are stealing from the poor, yet you think it is their problem and not yours? Do you have a father or mother who is a racist, but you refuse to warn them because you think how they want to live their lives is not your business? Hear me and hear me well; God holds you responsible if you know it but do not warn them. Perhaps, this is only the Old Testament. So what does the New Testament say about it too?

There are several passages in the Bible where the Bible is commissioned to preach the gospel to every creature (Mt 28:18-20), but the reaction to the gospel and the reaction of the preachers is what I will discuss here. I will start with the commission to Ezekiel. God tells him to act as a sentinel, warn both the wicked and the righteous. If the wicked abandons his wicked ways and returns unto the Lord, he will be saved, but if he does not, when he dies, his blood will be in his own hands. However, if the sentinel (Ezekiel) does not warn him, when he dies, God will hold Ezekiel responsible. Why was he to warn the righteous too? If verse 24 establishes this “But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. ” So the assignment here is very precise. Preach and warn the wayward of their waywardness. Whatever they do with that warning is their problem and not yours; you have fulfilled your responsibility. You can hear God through the mouth of Jeremiah rebuking the Isrealites that “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein (Jeremiah:6:16 ).”

The first person to overtly repeat such a stand was Jesus. Although John The Baptist practiced it, but he did not preach it. John preached to those who wanted to listen and left those who did not. He even packed and went into the desert to live so that only those who wanted to really listen to him heard him. Simply because you warn people of their evil does not mean they will listen. However, when Jesus came, the story was different. He established three basic truths about the watchman. When you go out to preach, live with someone you know and don’t change houses. Preach to those who want to listen and those who do not , leave them alone and go your way. God will take it from there for you have fulfilled your responsibility (Mt 10:14; Mk 6:11; Lk 9:5). In addition, although the watchman in the Old Testament watch by standing and sounding the trumpet, the one in the new Testament prayed and spoke to those concerned. Jesus himself went to the desert every morning to pray before it was dawn (Mk 1:35) so he can be spiritually charged with God’s anointing to warn the Pharisees, Sadducees and Romans. He tells the people to watch and pray so that they can escape the dangers (Lk 21:36).

Jesus then made women watch women too. It is not only men who should watch over the society, but women too must watch. That is why we have watchwomen. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. The status of watchman was extended to women with his death on the Christ of Calvary because all were now baptized by one spirit into one body as we all become the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus (Gal 3:28 , I Cor 12:13, Col 3:11,Gal 3:26, Gal 5:6, 24, Philippians 1:1).

Paul was a great preacher we all know. He sums up some of the places that rejected him as a watchman but reinforces that the rejection of man is not that of God as God delivered him from them all (2 Tim 3:11). When he went to Antioch where Jesus’ followers were called Christians for the first time, he preached and many believed. But later, he was rejected, and he shook off the dust of their feet against them and went to Iconium(Acts 13:51). Take the warning to those who want to hear watchman!

Then he went to Macedonia. When they opposed him, he shook his raiment and placed their own blood unto their heads (Acts 18:6). Then he left again and went back to the same Iconium where he has been rejected the first time. This time, after preaching, a great multitude of both Jews and Greeks believed (Acts 14:1). Then when they were rejected the second time, they went to Lystrai, Iconium, and Antioch (Acts 14:1, 19, 21).

Therefore, watchmen and watchwomen must rise up and be counted. Many dress like pastors, but they are fake, actually hirelings siphoning their wealth into their bank accounts. Why have churches increased, yet sin has super increased rather than the opposite. Where are the watchmen and women to warn the victims killed daily by murderers? Where are they? God has made you a watchman and watchwoman. Are you in your post? Are you warning the sinners of the dangers of their sins? Even some watchmen and watchwomen have been taken unawares. Are you taking heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood?

Until then, are you a watchman or watchwoman?

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.
“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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