Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Good Soldier Of The Cross

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. (2 Timothy 2: 3-4)
During World War 2 there was a general in the British army by the name of Sir Bernard Montgomery, who was a born again Christian, and he was asked this question: "How do you interpret the Great Commission." His answer was this: "You do not interpret the Great commission, You just go do it!" That statement is so true and yet in this day and time there must be, in our churches, a vote for everything that we do. The church is not a democracy where the majority vote wins, The church is militant organization and its leader is Jesus Christ. He has given the church its marching orders and there is no room for discussion. Men listen to what they cannot control, but there is nothing that will stop a church that walks with the Lord. The footsteps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. We have marching orders and it is not open for a discussion or a vote. We are to go into all the world and preach the gospel. What do people not understand about that? We are on the battlefield for The Lord. We are soldiers for Christ. We are to put on the whole armour of God, not just part of it.
What the church needs today is some militant preachers. Preachers that are not afraid to be aggressive and confront sin. Just as a good soldier must live up to a certain standard so must our preachers and their sheep live up to the rules and commandments that are found in the Bible. A good soldier must be equipped for the battle and so does the preacher and his congregation. We must remember we are on the battle field for the Lord. A soldier has one thing on his mind and that is to do his duty. The Christian should have the same motive. We are soldiers for the Lord. The military comparison was one of Paul's favorite ways to give comparison to the Christian. There are demands that are placed on the soldier. His body must be strengthened so his strength will be equal to the demands made upon it. The Christian should be like the soldier. The idea here is not some type of Spartan way of life, but rather that we should be disciplined in our service for the Lord, just like the soldier does for his country. As Christians there are things we do not do. Just as a soldier of this country is not his own, a Christian is not his own. If a soldier ever found his self like some preachers, in our churches today, he would be court-martialed. The Christian Church, just like the army, is as strong as its weakest link.
This country does not need bigger bombs, more airplanes, tanks, rockets, or war ships. What we need is more militant preachers who will give marching orders to the church and the church obeys. Paul said: "Be yea followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.!" As long as the preacher follows Christ, then if we want to be in that church, follow him. We need militant preachers who will not compromise the gospel in any way. We have rock singers and country singers that sing in our church on Sunday and then sing in Hollywood, Nashville, and every other hell hole in this country throughout the week. How can you proclaim the gospel of Jesus christ and let this happen? Then we wonder why homosexuals openly parade down our streets, openly stand in our pulpits, why there are so many murders, why there was over 1 ½ million unborn babies killed last year, and why the divorce rate in this country is close to 60%., The nation that forgets God will be turned into hell, this is why our schools are hell, why our streets are hell, why some of our homes are hell. We have turned our back on God. We have compromised His Word and His laws. Some of the church world will tell you that the world is just misunderstood, but the truth is the world is our enemy and we cannot love the things of this world and God. We have to Choose this day who we will serve.
When the United States went to war, they went all out to win and win they did. A complete victory. But since the time of the Korean War and all wars after that the United States has compromised with their enemy and this has caused this country to lose strength and position in the world. The same is with the church. The church at the turn of the century was a militant church, but now it is compromising with the world. The world is in the church and the church is in the world. The is nothing that can stop a church that will not compromise the Word of God and is on fire for the Lord. We are soldiers for Christ and we must not forget that. There is a real enemy out there. We need preachers that are not afraid to stand up and proclaim the gospel. When a church stands up to the world, the world will listen. There is nothing that can stop a church that walks with God. There is no excuse what so ever for the millions of church members that leave all the work of taking The Great Commission to just a few who will obey.

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