The prophet in his day is fully accepted of God and totally rejected
Years back, Dr. Gregory Mantle was right when he said, "No man can be fully accepted
until he is totally rejected." The prophet of the Lord is aware of both these experiences. They are his
The group, challenged by the prophet because they are smug and
comfortably insulated from a perishing world in their warm but untested
theology, is not likely to vote him "Man of the year" when he refers to
them as habituates of the synagogue of Satan!
The prophet comes to set up that which is upset. His work is to call
into line those who are out of line! He is unpopular because he opposes
the popular in morality and spirituality. In a day of faceless
politicians and voiceless preachers, there is not a more urgent national
need than that we cry to God for a prophet! The function of the prophet,
as Austin-Sparks once said, "has almost always been that of recovery."
The prophet is God's detective seeking for a lost treasure. The degree
of his effectiveness is determined by his measure of unpopularity.
Compromise is not known to him.
He has no price tags.
He is totally "otherworldly."
He is unquestionably controversial and unpardonably hostile.
He marches to another drummer!
He breathes the rarefied air of inspiration.
He is a "seer" who comes to lead the blind.
He lives in the heights of God and comes into the valley with a "thus
He shares some of the foreknowledge of God and so is aware of
He lives in "splendid isolation."
He is forthright and outright, but he claims no birthright.
His message is "repent, be reconciled to God or else...!"
His prophecies are parried.
His truth brings torment, but his voice is never void.
He is the villain of today and the hero of tomorrow.
He is excommunicated while alive and exalted when dead!
He is dishonored with epithets when breathing and honored with
epitaphs when dead.
He is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, but few "make the grade"
in his class.
He is friendless while living and famous when dead.
He is against the establishment in ministry; then he is established as
He eats daily the bread of affliction while he ministers, but he feeds
the Bread of
Life to those who listen.
He walks before men for days but has walked before God for years.
He is a scourge to the nation before he is scourged by the nation.
He announces, pronounces, and denounces!
He has a heart like a volcano and his words are as fire.
He talks to men about God.
He carries the lamp of truth amongst heretics while he is lampooned by
He faces God before he faces men, but he is self-effacing.
He hides with God in the secret place, but he has nothing to hide in
He is naturally sensitive but supernaturally spiritual.
He has passion, purpose and pugnacity.
He is ordained of God but disdained by men.
Our national need at this hour is not that the dollar recover its
strength, or that we save face over the Watergate affair, or that we
find the answer to the ecology problem. We need a God-sent prophet!
I am bombarded with talk or letters about the coming shortages in our
national life: bread, fuel, energy. I read between the lines from people
not practiced in scaring folk. They feel that the "seven years of
plenty" are over for us. The "seven years of famine" are ahead. But the
greatest famine of all in this nation at this given moment is a FAMINE
OF THE HEARING OF THE WORDS OF GOD (Amos 8:11).
Millions have been spent on evangelism in the last twenty-five years.
Hundreds of gospel messages streak through the air over the nation every
day. Crusades have been held; healing meetings have made a vital
contribution. "Come-outers" have "come out" and settled, too, without a
nation-shaking revival. Organizers we have. Skilled preachers abound.
Multi-million dollar Christian organizations straddle the nation. BUT
where, oh where, is the prophet? Where are the incandescent men fresh
from the holy place? Where is the Moses to plead in fasting before the
holiness of the Lord for our moldy morality, our political perfidy, and
sour and sick spirituality?
GOD'S MEN ARE IN HIDING UNTIL THE DAY OF THEIR SHOWING FORTH. They
will come. The prophet is violated during his ministry, but he is
vindicated by history.
There is a terrible vacuum in evangelical Christianity today. The
missing person in our ranks is the prophet. The man with a terrible
earnestness. The man totally otherworldly. The man rejected by other
men, even other good men, because they consider him too austere, too
severely committed, too negative and unsociable.
Let him be as plain as John the Baptist.
Let him for a season be a voice crying in the wilderness of modern
Let him be as selfless as Paul the apostle.
Let him, too, say and live, "This ONE thing I do."
Let him reject ecclesiastical favors.
Let him be self-abasing, nonself-seeking, nonself-projecting, nonself-
Let him say nothing that will draw men to himself but only that which
men to God.
Let him come daily from the throne room of a holy God, the place where
received the order of the day.
Let him, under God, unstop the ears of the millions who are deaf
clatter of shekels milked from this hour of material
Let him cry with a voice this century has not heard because he has
seen a vision
no man in this century has seen. God send us this Moses to
lead us from the
wilderness of crass materialism, where the rattlesnakes
of lust bite us and where
enlightened men, totally blind spiritually,
lead us to an ever-nearing Armageddon.
God have mercy! Send us PROPHETS!
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