DERELICTION OF DUTY

INTRODUCTION

Dereliction of duty is focuses on those who are "silenced" from speaking the truths of God's Word.  It is failure to do one's duty with an abandonment, desertion, or forsaking and defection from a given responsibility.

The apostle Paul told Timothy, a young evangelist:  "Preach the word: reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine."  He warned of a time that people will not endure sound doctrine and shall turn away their ears from the truth.  He further instructed Timothy to do the work of an evangelist, and make full proof of his ministry (2 Timothy 4:2-5).

DERELICTION OF DUTY
LIVING IN DEVIOUS TIMES

We are living in devious times in which man is pursuing a course that is contrary to the Word of God.  Man is homing in on the judgmental side of God with increasing intensity.  Now is the time for the man of God to "Sound the Alarm," with more intensity than ever before; for the ungodly have surfaced to seduce this nation into acceptance of the previous unacceptable.

The state of mankind has evolved into immaturity towards God's Word.  He is allowing the appeal of the flesh to override the righteous of God.  We are seeing a growing indifference to God's Word; because it is no longer promulgated as it once was.

THE PULPIT IS RESPONSIBLE

A legendary evangelist of the first Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney said:  "Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits.  If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours to a great degree.  If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it." 

If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.  Let us not ignore this fact; but let us lay it to heart, and awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation."

If these things happen; there is a dereliction of duty in the pulpit.  The harsh reality of this is driven home in the fact that we are seeing such happen in America, and in many Western nations.  We are seeing a decay of conscience towards God's Word because of the lack of being preached to its fullness.

PREACHING OF GOD'S WORD

Has those who have been called of God, to promulgate His Word, become slack in the commission originally given, or shown a dereliction of duty in their calling?  Have they deviated because of the unpopular stand of identifying the sinful nature of mankind in a nation that is openly flaunting God's Word? 

Preaching is the God-ordained means to prevent defection from the truth.  Have those who are responsible to God for such walked away from that responsibility?  Has one failed to push back the plate of acceptability; to accept the cultural changes of our day?  Has one failed  to stand for the truths of God's Word?

Unless revival, a change of heart and lifestyle, comes to America, and other once godly nations, they will continue on the slippery slope of unrighteousness.  Unless there are those who will take a stand, and sound the alarm, many will fall into the clutches of filth and degradation. 

SOUNDING THE ALARM

A man of God, who promotes the truths of God's Word, will not be a popular person in the day and age we are living in.  The prophets of old were not popular in declaring the Word of God.  Many sounded the alarm but the people were unwilling to turn loose of their sins and lay claim to the promises of God towards a repentant heart. 

As America, and other once godly nations,  continue their acceptance of  ungodliness; it will take the hand of the Almighty God, to anoint His servants to fully declare what "Thus saith the Lord."  It will take a "withdrawing" from the things of this world and walking in accordance with the Word of God.   Warding off dereliction of duty requires one too hold fast the profession of faith without wavering (Hebrews 10:13).

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