Summary: God is calling the Body of Christ in 2014 and beyond to (i) Be the WATCHMEN for the DYING NATION (ii) Be the PROPHETS to the DYING GENERATION and (iii) Be the PREACHERS/MESSENGERS to the DYING WORLD.

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Opening illustration: Many of us appreciate the Robertson family’s strong commitment to biblical principles and their refusal to back down under intense media pressure over Phil Robertson’s comments in a recent interview on moral values. As the Robertson controversy winds down - at least for now - I have been amazed at how many churches have apparently “ducked” out on the issue (sin). Some were even quick to condemn Phil Robertson. By refusing to back down and sticking to the Biblical moral standards, the Robertson’s became the unofficial symbol of courage and resolve in a moral battle that the media wanted Americans to believe they'd already lost.

If we Christians banded together and took a stand, perhaps we wouldn’t be losing so much ground in what the media is calling the “cultural war.” However, it is not a cultural war - it is a religious war against Christians and the biblical truths we stand for. In fact there are a number of anti-Christian groups in our country who want to silence anyone who dares challenge the idea that homosexual behavior should be celebrated. We've seen these vicious tactics used against wedding florists, bakers, photographers, sports journalists, students, and teachers, who've been fired, hauled into court, fined, suspended, and ordered to violate their religious/faith beliefs. Sad to say, some churches have fallen into the trap of being politically correct, under the disguise of tolerance. God is not “politically correct,” and He is certainly not tolerant of sin. The Bible tells us that He is going to judge all sin one day; and anyone who is not found under the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, will face an eternity in hell separated from God.

Scripture says, “So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:49-50). But today God is willing to forgive anyone who truly repents (is willing to turn from their sin), asks for His forgiveness, and believes on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” Romans 10:13).

If you believe in Christ, say it loud and clear for the world to hear! Jesus tells us “Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows." Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. "But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:31-33) We can so easily deny Christ not only through our words but more with our actions and beliefs. Contemporary stalwarts like Phil Robertson, CEOs of Chick-fil-a and Hobby Lobby have set the standards and example for us all in being good Christian watchmen for our country. They have kept the torch burning brightly. It is a time for us to stand up for our faith in Christ and not just stand on the sidelines as passive lukewarm Christians.

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Steve Shepherd

commented on Jan 9, 2014

Brother Ajai, Excellent message about Vision 2014 and Beyond. The Lord be praised. God bless you.

Ajai Prakash

commented on Jan 9, 2014

Thank you so much for your genuine encouragement brother Steve. I can only give glory to Christ our Savior for the impact this message can have in our churches and on the contemporary generation. May God bless you.

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