"They hate the one who rebukes in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks uprightly."
The Prophet in his day is fully accepted of God and totally rejected by men.
Years back Dr. Gregaory Mantle was right when he said, "NO man can be fully accepted, until he is totally rejected." The Prophet of the Lord is aware of both of these experiences. They are his "brand name."
The group challenged by the Prophet because they are smug and comfortably insulated from a perishing world in their warm but untested theology are not likely to vote him "man of the year" when he refers to them as habituates of the "synagogue of Satan!"
Our natural need at this hour is not that the dollar recovers its strength, or that we save face over "the Watergate Affair," or that we find the answer to the ecology problem. We need a Godsent prophet!
I am bombarded with talk or letters about the coming shortages in our National life; bread, fuel, energy. I read between the lines from people not practiced in scaring folk. They feel that the "seven years of plenty" are over for us. The "seven years of famine" are ahead.
But the greatest famine of all in the nation at this given moment is a FAMINE OF THE WORD OF GOD.
Millions have been spent on evangelism in the last 25 years. Hundreds of Gospel messages streak through the air over the nation every day. Crusades have been held, healing meetings have made a vital contribution, "come-outers" have "come-out" and settled too, without a Nation-shaking revival. Organizers we have, skilled preachers abound, multi-million dollar Christian organizations straddle the Nation. BUT where, oh where, is the Prophet? Where is the incandescent man fresh from the Holy Place? Where is the Moses to plead in fasting, before the Holiness of the Lord, in our moldy morality, our political perfidy, and sour and sick spirituality?
GOD'S MEN ARE IN HIDING UNTIL THE DAY OF THEIR SHOWING FORTH. They will come.
The prophet is violated during his ministry, but he is vindicated by history.
There is a terrible vacuum in Evangelical Christianity today. The missing person in our ranks is the Prophet. The man with a terrible earnestness. The man rejected by other men, even other good men, because they consider him too austere, too severely committed, too negative and unsociable.
Let him be as plain as John the Baptist. Let him for a season be a voice crying in the wilderness of modern theology and stagnant churchianity. Let him be as selfless as Paul the Apostle. Let him, too, say and live, "This ONE thing I do." Let him reject ecclesiastical favors. Let him be self-abasing, non self-seeking, non self-projecting, non self-righteous, non self-glorying, non self-promoting. Let him say nothing that will draw men to himself, but only that which will move men to God. Let him come daily from the Throne Room of a Holy God, the place where he has received the order of the day. Let him, under God, unstop the ears of the millions who are deaf through the clatter of shekels milked from this hour of material mesmerism. Let him cry with a voice this century has not heard because he has seen a vision no man in this century has seen. God send us this Moses to lead us from the wilderness of crass materialism, where the rattlesnakes of lust bite us and where enlightened men, totally blind spiritually, lead us to an ever-nearing Armageddon.
God have mercy, send us PROPHETS!
Woe to her who is rebellious and polluted, to the oppressing city! She has not obeyed His voice, she has not received correction; she has not trusted in the LORD, she has not drawn near to her God.
Her princes in her midst are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves that leave not a bone till morning. Her prophets are insolent, treacherous people; her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.
O LORD, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? even cry out to You, "Violence!" And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.
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