By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Dereliction of duty focuses on those who are "silenced" from speaking the truths of God's Word. It is failure to do one's duty with the abandonment, desertion, or forsaking of 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. Despite this, he instructed Timothy to do the work of an evangelist and make full proof of his ministry (2 Timothy 4:2-5). (Comment)
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 gain acceptance of their ungodly ways that were previous unacceptable.
The state of mankind has evolved into immaturity towards God's Word. Man has allowed the appeal of the flesh to override the righteousness of God. We are seeing a growing indifference to God's Word; because, in many once godly nations, it is no longer promulgated as it once was, under the power and demonstration of God's Spirit.
A legendary evangelist of the first Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney, stated:
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.
There is a dereliction of duty in the pulpit! The harsh reality of this is driven home in the fact that we are seeing it happen. We are seeing a decay of conscience towards God's Word because of the lack of its being preached to its fullness.
Have those who have been called of God become slack in the commission originally given (Matthew 28:20), with a dereliction of duty in their calling? Have they deviated because of the unpopular stand of identifying the sinful nature of mankind in nations that are openly flaunting God's Word?
Preaching is the God-ordained means to prevent defection from the truth. Have those who are responsible to God walked away from their responsibility? Have they failed to push back the plate of acceptability by accepting the cultural changes of our day? Have they failed to stand for the truths of God's Word?
Unless a spiritual revival, a change of heart and lifestyle, comes many 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.
A man of God, who promotes the truths of God's Word, will not be popular in the day we are living in. The prophets of old were not popular in declaring God's Word! Many sounded the alarm but the people were unwilling to turn loose of their sins and lay claim to the promises of God through a repentant heart.
As many continue 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 their profession of faith without wavering (Hebrews 10:23).
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