by Scottish pastor, Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
Thy way, not mine, O Lord, however dark it be;
Lead me by Thine own hand, choose out the path for me.
“…if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’ … I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.” Ezekiel 33:6-7
“Some one, then, must undertake the ungracious task of probing and laying bare the evils of the age; for men must not be allowed to congratulate themselves that all is well. If others will not, he will.
If others shrink from the obloquy of such a work, he will not…. He loves his fellow-men too well. They may upbraid him; they may call him a misanthropist, or a prophet of evil; they may ascribe his warnings to the worst of motives, such as pride, or arrogance, or self-esteem, or malice, or envy; but he will give no heed to these unjust insinuations.
He will prefer being thus misunderstood and maligned, to allowing men to precipitate themselves upon a ruin which they see not. Rather than that they should perish, he will allow his own good name to be spoken against. He will risk every thing, even the hatred of brethren, rather than withhold the warning. If they give no heed to it, he has, at least, saved his own soul. If they do, he has saved both his own soul and theirs.
He would rather take up the glad tidings of peace, and tell men of Him who came the first time for shame and death, and who is coming the second time for glory and dominion; but he feels as one who has a special and personal message to deliver, which cannot be postponed.
He must remember that he is a watchman; and, having seen danger pressing on, he must not hesitate to make it known. He must speak his message of forewarning and rebuke, sparing no arrows, and neither smoothing down nor hiding any form of sin, but laying his finger upon every sore, and beseeching men to turn from their ungodliness. The evils around him press upon him sadly; the coming evils are foreshadowed upon his spirit, and, therefore, he lifts up his voice like a trumpet.
Satan has many snares which need to be detected; the world has many spells and lures which must be disenchanted; religion has many guises which must be unmasked, many devious paths of inconsistency which must be pointed out, many cherished errors which must be condemned, many carnal taints which must be abhorred and shunned. All these he must protest against without fear or favour.”
Smooth let it be or rough,
It will be still the best;
Winding or straight, it leads
Right onward to Thy rest.
I dare not choose my lot;
I would not, if I might;
Choose Thou for me, my God,
So I shall walk aright.
Real Nazarenes Part 3
I am a third generation Nazarene taken to church at two weeks old. Both of my grandmothers helped to start a Nazarene Church in Jerome and Johnstown, PA. Two of my uncles and aunts pastored Nazarene churches. My family and I sang in Nazarene churches as the “Singing Carrico Family” for many years. I traveled and sang in an Iowa Youth Tour in 1967 with Dr. Jim Diehl and District Superintendent, Dr. Gene Phillips. My heart is broken over the apostasy that has come into our denomination. The emergent/new age teachings have been taught in our colleges and seminary and now we are having to deal with pastors, district superintendents, lay people and perhaps general superintendents deceiving our people. God help us! We need a Holy Ghost revival of true repentance and turning back to the Lord Jesus Christ from the very top officials right down to those who sit in the pews. When it is time for me to pull my letter out of the Church of the Nazarene, I will do so. With what I see going on right now, I don’t think it will be much longer.
Well, I am a real Nazarene. I hold credentials in the Nazarene church as a District Licensed minister. I do support the COTN both in polity and in the Manual. However, we would be fools to realize that the church is not in trouble. We are. We are facing the worst form of an attack and that is from the inside. Those forces who malign us for being concerned Nazarenes, do not understand the fight or just how far this has gone. We must earnestly contend for the faith, once delivered to the saints.
When we compromise that Bible we end up condoning sin. We must not give into the world. We have allowed the world to infiltrate the church. If we fail to realize this, we are fools. We must draw a line in the sand and boldly say no more!
If we do not stand for truth in these trying days, then we will not stand when we need to. We are Nazarenes and should be above this emergent thought and stick to the word of the Lord for our answers.
We must pray and seek the Lords face and be bold enough to take a stand. If we cannot do this, our fate is sealed. If we give in to the world’s ways, compromising on sin and the only way to God is through Christ, we are lying to ourselves and those around us.
There is an opportunity here to stop the loss of people leaving the denomination and once again make the Nazarene church a beacon of light in a lost and dying world. Return to the ways not of the Catholic church, but of the Bible. In its words we find the answer to the problems of the world and of sin. When we love the sinner and the sin, we have crossed the line. May the Lord forgive us.