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In the book of Ezekiel (2:3-
In a real sense there must be watchmen over spiritual Israel today. These must be men who heed the word of Jehovah (from His inspired Word) and sound the warning to an apostate church! But are we assuming that the church of Christ is apostate today–that each congregation is, or that each member is apostate? Certainly not! As a matter of fact, many of Israel in Ezekiel’s day were not apostate-
Where are the watchmen? Who is sounding the warning trumpet? Ezekiel was told that a failure to sound the warning would result in the blood of all guilty ones being upon the hands of the watchman. Where are the preachers that are willing to be so "opinionated", "narrow", and "dogmatic" that they will stand and "preach the word" with the reproof, rebuking, and exhortation that will make the difference today? (II Timothy 4:1-
Many are the preachers and the elders of the Lord's church today who, when asked what they are doing related to many important matters of faith and doctrine which are being compromised or directly violated in many areas, will respond that they "do not know about such things" and they "do not care" about them since, as they perceive it, such does not affect them and their congregation. This indifference causes the watchmen to not watch, and the trumpeters not to sound the alarm!
There is now a generation that does not know the Word of God. Many have made arguments "for the use of instrumental music in worship" which by their admission resulted from not knowing too much about the Bible. Some defend fraternal orders as being proper for Christian participation and thus demonstrate the drought of knowledge they have of God’s Word. Some seem to think that they can fellowship anyone who says he believes in Christ and work with that person even though he does not bring (teach, or practice) the doctrine of Christ. These demonstrate their shortage of Bible knowledge (II John 9-
Beside all this there are multitudes in the church who not only do not know the Word, but they do not even respect the Word (portions of it) that they do "know". When social drinking, dancing, immodesty in dress, indecency of speech, etc. is a common thing among "professing Christians" and there is not a voice (trumpet) raised against such-
The consequences of materialism are seen in each of the above situations-
As unpleasant as it may seem to some, the charge to preach the word must be obeyed or the watchman will forfeit his right to God's blessing and will receive the punishment of hell instead! How can the soldiers of Christ attack with any success the enemies of the church on the outside if they are unwilling to attack and clean out the cup from within?
Where are the watchmen? Have you heard the trumpet?
Glenn B. Ramsey, Living Oracles, 1990