GENERATION “W”: Much given, much required

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Let’s be honest … the truth offends people.

“When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Does this offend you?”  – John 6:61

If all the pulpits and platforms in America were turned upon the evil of our day, those wicked men who seek to destroy us would have to flee into their closets and retire of their strategies to annihilate all that is good.  Instead, most pulpits and platforms are silent, fearful, and oftentimes plagued by their own personal moral failures.

“Ministry” leaders today with thousands under their voice will receive a greater judgment than those who are simple people trying to make a difference for Christ.

“But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”  – Luke 12:48

Recent generations have been labeled “Generation X”, “Y”, and “Z“.  I propose that this generation be labelled “Generation W” not because it precedes X, Y, and Z, but as representing the “Wimp” Generation.   Most men today are incapable of speaking out. They act like little boys with their toys and no sense of responsibility for what others have given them through the sacrifice of lives, fortunes, and sacred reputations.  Instead, they can’t wait to chase the next thrill. The “W” could also stand for “Wasters” since this generation is wasting all the spiritual, economic, and historical inheritance of nearly 400 years of hard work, spiritual discipline, and rigorous checks and balances.

Today, it would appear that the larger the platform, the more the compromise as “ministries” attempt to maintain their large budgets and mega-following.  These “leaders” ignore injustice, skirt past discussions of doctrinal error, cow-tow to their followers, refuse to give the truth about history or Scripture when it hurts their financials, and remain silent on important controversial issues that are destroying society and the people of GOD.  Their non-profit status is more important to them than their duty to sound the alarm.

“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”  – Ezekiel 33:6

I do not envy these men.  Those who do make it through the pearly gates will probably suffer loss and receive the ignominious title of “yellow-bellied cowards” eternally, regardless of how many heard the Gospel through their ministry.

“My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.”  – James 3:1

saddlebackThey compromise on the holy living and commandments of GOD. They hide their heads when they see things are getting dangerous, and they do so with an “end justifies the means” mentality which is the damning sin of some of the most evil people in history.  They think if they accomplish getting the Gospel to people that it doesn’t matter if they ignore the rest of the Bible. They feel that sharing the Gospel gives them license to ignore the major issues of the day like wine, rock music, ecumenicism, doctrinal error, porn, pagan entertainment, Romanism, nakedness and fornication. Furthermore, in addition to these major issues, their judgment will be exponentially greater for them if they have failed to teach the least of GOD’s commandments on holiness, the fruits of the Spirit and other areas of obedience.

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”  – Matthew 5:17-20

Others, like the Grace Coalition pastors, feel they can make compromises with Rome by turning GOD’s grace into an earned thing which they purchase through special “grace tokens” or “means of grace“.  Grace Coalition pastors include Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Dr. Alistair Begg, D.A. Carson, Ray Ortlund, Mark Dever, Tim Keller, C.J. Mahaney, John Piper, and Andy Naselli.  If you listen to any of these men or follow their ministry, you should write to them and ask them three questions:

  1. “Do you subscribe to the means of grace” salvation statement found in point #12 of the Grace Coalition Foundation Documents website?”
  2. “If not, then why are you a member of their coalition?”
  3. “If so, then did you not understand Paul’s teaching in Galatians that salvation is by no merit of our own?”

The response will probably be very political in order to maintain funding, but you will have made your point, and if enough Christians call these men on the carpet, perhaps we can get some fire under the feet of such false teachers.  In Galatians, Paul pronounces damnation upon those who teach a false gospel of merited salvation.  Grace Coalition pastors must repent just like any layman who has added “means of grace” or “grace tokens” as a way to merit salvation.  They are not exempt from the wrath of GOD.  If they do not teach “means of grace” in their own personal ministry or support it, then they should leave the Gospel Coalition and stop supporting its doctrinal statement.  Just because a ministry has million dollar budgets and high-dollar financial supporters to please does not give it license to teach damning doctrines or compromise the truth one iota.

Many religious and governmental leaders stand upon a platform of power where thousands or even millions listen to their voices.  The erring ones will receive the greater judgment for their compromise of silence, for their ignoring injustice, and for their failure to address the disturbing social realities that are ravaging the people of GOD and the national scene such as the tyranny of the Obama administration, the menace of Rome, attacks on liberty and abortion.  These “leaders” are not playing “the man”, but the coward.  They are not doing their duty as watchmen and will receive proper recompense.

“Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seems Him good.” – 2 Samuel 10:12

john the baptistI admire John the Baptist who pointed to Herod and gave Him GOD’s Truth regarding adultery.  John the Baptist then paid for his faithfulness by having his head placed upon a platter.

“For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.”  – Mark 6:18

“And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.”  – Mark 6:24

If John had left that issue alone, wouldn’t his ministry to the world have been more lengthy? Could he not have preached the kingdom of GOD to a greater audience and pointed more to Jesus Christ?  Yet, Jesus counted John to be one of the greatest of men born of woman for standing on truth rather than on pragmatism. GOD is capable of winning every one of the elect to Himself without our help. This entire life of ours is simply a test of our love for GOD. Will men justify their actions in order to maintain their little empires and to avoid having the “silver spoon” wrested from their greedy lips?

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Saul, who believed the “end justified the means”, attempted in the Book of Samuel to do things “his way” for the “greater glory of GOD”.  As a result, he found himself without the Spirit of GOD, troubled by an evil spirit, consulting with a witch, and finally committing suicide.

Another man I admire is Hugh Latimer, who after speaking boldly against Rome and her works salvation, was to be burned at the stake.  Latimer said:

“Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.”

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