A question not answered properly or at all, does not go away. Author Unknown
Last week we were contacted by a lovely lady who expressed some concern about the tone of some of our more recent Watchman Reports. Acknowledging the lady's concern and appreciating her point of view we thought it appropriate and timely to prepare the following by way of explanation as to why we write what we do, and the manner in which such reports are expressed, for the benefit of others who may also have had similar concerns and perhaps may have felt reticent to contact us about them.
From time to time we are charged with being... umm.. how shall I put it?... 'too much in people's faces'... shall we say. Ok, I can wear that, given certain parameters. Of course, such an indictment is predicated on one's own theological allegiance and definition of propriety which is not necessarily a bad thing and is fully understood. I can also endure the charge of sometimes being ... negative, pessimistic, sarcastic, impolite, curt, insulting, rude, ungracious and a myriad of other 'behavioral violations' when exposing the antics of the veritable legion of imposters, liars, frauds, cheats, extortionists, exploiters, incompetents, heretics, hucksters, fleecers, con artists, money merchants, spin doctors, opportunists, false prophets, deceivers, anti Christ's and the otherwise emboldened, brazen braggarts we deal with who are perpetually in our cross-hairs - so to speak.
The way I see it is quite simple. If folk don't want to be shot at they need to get out of the enemy's range because that is who we are aiming at - ain't no friendly fire in this war friend. 'No fraternise with the enemy - no get shot at'. It's really that simple folks ... stand for Christ... SAFE... stand for Satan, dabble with his deceptions or sit on the fence... expect an Exocet!
I don't mean to be rude, but quite frankly folks, I am a soldier in a war not a politician in a popularity contest.
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world's rulers, of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places". (Ephesian 6:12)
"The one who is not with Me is against Me, and the one who does not gather with Me scatters". Matthew 12:30
It's black and white - in red letters. I can understand however, why some folk might consider us (me in particular, seeing that I put my name to these reports) somewhat... ok... intolerably judgmental... *grimace*. I can see how, on the surface, and without too much Scripture searching or discernment on one's part, that one who is, shall we say, impassioned with an ideal without first having weighed that ideal against the Word of God, or one who does not fully understand the concept of biblical scrutiny in matters of The Faith, might take issue with what I, or the rest of the Moriah team might have to say - I really can! And for the benefit of those who might be tempted to entertain the delusion that I am opposed to biblical correction - think again! I most certainly am not. However any such correction must come directly from the Word. I am much less persuaded by an 'offended' person whose opinion is based on secular sensibilities, though I will engage them in conversation with a view to resolution as is my Scriptural duty. (Matthew 5:23-24)
And please don't get me started on the cowardly and arrogant 'talk to the handers' who apparently deem themselves above any kind of scrutiny', and who foolishly entertain the notion that by simply ignoring a charge it will *poof* go away. Such individuals could not be more wrong!
On the very rare occasions when criticisms do arise, the problem appears not to be the message but the mode of its delivery. While most readers appreciate our forthrightness there are understandably those who do not and we acknowledge that. There are those within the household of faith who consider any kind of criticism unbiblical. Folks, I can assure you that kind of thinking is dangerously unbiblical. Then there are those who believe that Christians should be only ever genteel, non confrontational, passive and subservient to all in sundry, as if butter would not melt in their mouth. This kind of thinking is also unbiblical.
To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heavens: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pull up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
There is a time for grace and a time for judgement. When Christ ejected those profiteering from sin guilt in the outer court of the temple in what manner did He do so? Did He politely ask them to leave? Did He attempt to cajole them with tender words and gracious smiles? NO! He ousted them with great force impassioned by great fury at what they were doing. There are people in the professing household of faith who apparently would have taken issue with His mode of delivery in that instance, and no doubt also when He referred to the Pharisees and Sadducees of the day as sons of Satan, broods of snakes, white washed tombs, twice dead hypocrites and so on. I admit there are times when my passion overshadows my civility as I expressed to our recent enquirer, however, we will continue to do what we have been called to do with all we have, withholding nothing until the Lord addresses us accordingly.
But save others with fear, snatching them out of the fire; hating even the garment having been stained from the flesh. (Jude 1:23)
You see, my benchmark folks is the Word of God - period. It is not the compromising, touchy-feely, let's all get along for the sake of 'ecumenical unity in diversity' dribble I could really hear a whole lot less of. All too often diplomacy equates to compromise and I simply cannot abide with that. Thefinal authority on all matters pertaining to life and even death is the Word of God. Fightin' Fundie? You betcha citizen! I would much prefer that than living as a limp wristed, lay down Laodicean destined to become a pile of tepid vomit! (Revelation 3:16)
Ladies and gentlemen. This is not a game. This is A WAR! And sadly sometimes in war civility is a casualty. Concerning this very subject, a sage of some wit once said "the stakes are too high to be playing tea and biscuits in the garden with Mrs. Nesbit".Yes, wherever possible we should try to live in harmony. Yes, wherever possible we should try to extend grace, charity and mercy - no argument. But folks, there are times, whether we like it or not, when we cannot.There are times when we deal with an entity so evil, so utterly wicked, that love demands that we point at it through the crowd, get in its face and let it know in no uncertain terms that we hate it and will do all we can to oppose it, even at the cost of our own lives. Times when blunt forthrightness not 'unifying civility' is the only course of action that can be taken. And in all situations, love for the Lord must supercede love for man.
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. (Mat 10:37-38)
And because our God is a God of order there must be balance. The seeking of such which proves time and again the communicators Achilles heel - The battle royale, the getting of that balance between the loving and the loathing and conforming it to an acceptable standard before passing it on. And all without stripping it of its truth and passion in the process. Thankfully we are all works in progress.
We live in such a pathetically sick, effeminate generation where 'unity at all costs' takes precedence overtruth, and where 'peace at all costs' takes precedence overrighteousness. This is a generation of pleasure seekers and pursuers of glad tidings alone. This is a generation headed straight for the pit led by clueless, politically correct, people pleasing 'pastors' and their entourage of adoring androids.
As the 'nay saying' prophet Isaiah duly noted of his day and ours...
Now come, write it before them on a tablet, and note it on a book, so that it may be for the latter day, until forever; that this is a rebellious people, lying sons; sons who are not willing to hear the Law of Yahweh; who say to the seers, Do not see; and to visioners, Do not have a vision for right things to us; speak smooth things to us; have a vision of trifles. Turn aside from the way; stretch from the path; cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. For this reason, so says the Holy One of Israel, Because of your rejection of this Word, and your trust in oppression and perversity, even resting on it; So this iniquity shall be to you as a broken section falling, like the bulging out of a high wall, the breaking of which comes suddenly, in an instant. And its smashing is as the smashing of a potter's vessel; when broken in pieces, he has no pity; for in its breaking there is not found a shard to carry fire from the hearth, nor to skim water from a well. For so says the Lord Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, In returning and rest you shall be saved; and in quietness and hope shall be your strength. But you would have none of that. (Isa 30:8-15)
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil. Cling to that which is good. (Romans 12:9)
To what degree do youabhorevil friend? And at what point will it challenge your civility? I, along with many others, belong neither to this 'generation' nor to this world with its perverted, humanistic ideals, many of which have been embraced by the professing Church.. Call me what they will, I care not. I serve the Father not man. I am not ensnared in the fear of man so as to capitulate to this world's collective insanity masquerading as wisdom. I stand accountable ultimately to the One who created me and to Him through His Word alone. Have an issue with me? No problem - I am teachable. Challenge me from the court of His counsel friend and you will find in me the most willing participant in debate you may ever encounter.
That, ladies and gentlemen... is me.
I freely admit to not always being demure, elegant or even cultured, but then I am not called to be - nor are you friend. I am however rightly humble and uninfluential and prefer to be so. I am much like Gideon looking at his dwindling army and gazing heavenward whispering almost confidently... 'I'm still trusting Lord'. I am much like David, armed with the Rock, staring down an already defeated Goliath, knowing that the God I serve is still in charge. I am much like Uriah, not comfortable with palaces and deck chairs on the balcony, but rather longing to serve my King in a battle for His honour. I am much like John the Baptist in my forthrightness (though not diet *smiles*). I admit to sharing Peter's sometimes tempestuousness, Paul's relentless passion for truth, Thomas's questioning in his search for the same and Simon's fearlessness when facing certain death. Considering what is at stake how could I (or you for that matter) be otherwise? This world is not my home, nor are its trinkets and treasures mine, despite the insistence to the contrary of today's money changers peddling their perpetual prosperity nonsense in what used to be the temple of the Lord Sunday after Sunday - and I see no sense in attempting to make them so. For those who wish to make perfume out of manure so as to get them through the long lonely night, well... what can I say? You are welcome to this place. My heart is not here and neither is what I treasure.
Unlike some it would appear, I fully understand the concept of lost souls and what faces them after death, which is why I am so vehement about what I write and how I write it. While I do not in any sense consider myself on par with the Prophets of old, I do intimately understand their passion. I do not profess to be a prophet, but rather a lowly servant willing to surrender my life for THE truth. And as such, I categorically refuse to capitulate the truth I know for the popular lie de jour so that I may live in peace and acceptance with a world that hates the God I love. Furthermore, I hold in absolute contempt those who claim to serve the Lord of Hosts while accumulating vulgar amounts of earthly riches in direct violation to His Word. And I categorically refuse to go silently into the night turning a blind eye to their accumulating evils.
All of that said, I concede that some of our reports appear more aggressive than others. It may well be that there is a degree at frustration involved, especially where the wicked are obviously waxing worse in both secular society and in the professing Church. Should that be the case there would be an issue of self control on my part that needs to be addressed. Even so, please do not make the mistake of allowing the flaws in the earthen vessel to detract from the central message being delivered.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support, we sincerely appreciate them.