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The Duty of Man

By Watchman | May 17, 2012

Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil.–Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

And He said to them, “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that does not believe shall be damned.”  Mark 16:15-16.

    Many of us who are believers are looking forward to the soon return of the Lord and to the eternity in His presence that He promised to His followers.  We do not know when the day or the hour might be; but we have discerned the signs of the times just as He told us to, and we are looking up, knowing that our redemption draws near. (Luke 21)  So where should we be while we are looking up?  Should we be at home, so to speak, or in the fields when He comes?  Why hasn’t He come already, given the ungodly climate in which we are living?  Can we do anything to make Him come more quickly?

     Paul tells us that the Jewish people will not turn to Christ entirely until “the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” (Romans 11:25)  That means that there is a particular number of people who will accept Christ before the tribulation period is allowed to begin.  Jesus does not want even one person to be lost, and so He delays His return until every person who will turn to Him without being caught in the middle of God’s wrath during the time labeled in the Old Testament as “the time of Jacob’s trouble” does so.  We cannot make Him change His mind and come before the time appointed; however, what we CAN do is to continue in what Solomon said was our duty as people of God–to fear God and to keep His commandments, and to continue to do as Jesus told us to: to preach the gospel, baptizing unbelievers in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  I am afraid that in some cases we are so busy looking up that we’re not paying enough attention to those around us we could be reaching for Christ–and in some cases, so busy defending God that we forget that our greatest priority should be introducing unbelievers to His reality and His goodness.

     God is quite capable of defending Himself.  At the exact moment He chooses to make it so, all of the heaven and earth will bow down before Him.  Whether we argue for Him or not will not change this in the least; however, how many people will hear the truth before that moment may be dependent upon us and how willing we are to openly declare for Him and how fearlessly we may speak up  against the powers and sinfulness of this present age.  We are in constant attack mode against the powers that be in the government and in the media because we feel that we as Christians are being denigrated and marginalized.  It appears to be difficult for us to understand that we are not the main targets; we are merely collateral damage.  Christ is the ultimate target, and those who are most harmed by this onslaught of hatred against God’s laws are not believers, but those who are being kept from the presence of the Lord and His saving grace by a deliberate and evil agenda designed to condemn as many people to hell as is possible.  Satan leads these attacks through our godless leaders and our godless press because he knows he has but a short time, and he’s determined to drag as many people down as he can because he knows it hurts God’s heart to lose anyone that He has made.  Now, more than ever before in history, it is incumbent upon us who love the Lord to speak out against evil:  Not because God needs our help, and not because we are afraid our right to freedom of religion will be lost; but because if we do not, some people may lose the only chance they might ever have of hearing the word of the Lord.  If we say we love and obey Him, then we must speak–no, we must SHOUT out His commandments for all to hear!  And we must  not do so in anger or out of any self-serving agenda, but in love and out of a desire for all to obtain salvation and the healing power of Christ which can bind up every broken heart and every wounded soul.

—–We must speak out against the desire to take away the 10 Commandments (at least those that refer to God) from all public arenas.  To so tamper with God’s law is a form of blasphemy.

—–We must speak out against gay marriage and homosexual agendas.  They have been condemned by God and every kingdom that has allowed it to continue has fallen.  We cannot allow those gays and lesbians who do not know the Lord to perish without at least knowing what they are doing and the sinful nature of their lifestyle.

—–We must be honest with the world about the condemnation by God of sexual relationships that take place outside of marriages.  Living together is not the same thing as a union which has been sanctioned and blessed by God. (I care little if the government sanctions it, but a ceremony before God is a necessity.)

—–We cannot allow Mohammed or any other false prophet to be on an equal footing with our savior Jesus, nor can Allah or any other demonic false god be allowed to hold the same place in the world as God the Father.

—–We must tell as many people as we can that Jesus is the Christ and that His blood can cleanse them of all their sins if they will only repent and ask Jesus to be the Lord of their lives.

—–We must learn to fear God and keep His commandments instead of fearing what man can do or say to us if we speak out.

—–We must learn to trust God in these last days for protection and stop worrying about the possible outcome for Christians of today’s evil works.  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  (Eph. 6:12)  These powers and principalities have entered into our governments and our various media;  into our neighborhoods and even some of our churches.  Our duty is to fear only God and to shine the light of love and truth into the dark places of the hearts and minds of those with whom we come into contact.

Maranatha!

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2 Responses to “The Duty of Man”

  1. Shirley Says:
    May 17th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Amen and Amen! Thank you for reminding us on how we should regroup, refocus and march forward, no matter how battle-weary we might grow. After all, the battle is the Lord’s! We have the advantage of knowing the “end of the Book!”

  2. bashar Says:
    June 15th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Jan14Phillip Chuck,So easy to comprehend, but so hard to be sure we heard his voice. We think that we are doing what he wants us to but nntoihg seem to be going the way we think that it should be going. This is when faith in the bride groom takes on a whole new meaning. We have to hold true to the course that we feel that he has called us to and realize that in time he will realign our hearts or say well done. In the mean time we have to wait to hear his voice. Could he have been detained or is he just being quite? If he is just being quite then why? Some times I feel like a little kid always feeling like I am suppose to be given the reason why.Lord, help me to trust the path that I feel you called me to despite how things look. Help me to stay on this path until you realign my heart with yours or you say well done. Please do not be long in letting me hear from you.Regards,Phillip

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