God’s Word tells us in Isaiah 56: 10-11: “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” What a terrific indictment! Who are God’s “watchmen”? Every pastor, every Christian worker, every denominational leader, every missionary, etc.-and in a special sense, all Fundamentalist leaders, heads of Bible institutes, heads of seminaries, heads of Fundamentalist publications, Bible teachers, evangelists and others.
What Are God’s Watchmen “Dumb” About? Many things doubtless, but chiefly about the great and grievous sin of those who believe the Word of God supporting those who deny the Word of God. How do they support these unbelievers? By contributing to denominational budgets that support the propagation of “Modernism,” which is simply present-day infidelity! With scarcely an exception, the denominations have adopted the “inclusive policy,” which is Satan’s masterpiece, and whereby “Modernist” missionaries are sent out to spread deadly spiritual poison.
Modernism has won the conflict in practically all the denominations. The fight to oust Modernism is over! The number of Modernists and ” indifferentists” is growing all the time. Indifferentists are embryo Modernists. They care less and less whether things are true to the Word of God or not. In the Methodist church, there is no struggle now because Modernism is solidly enthroned. Their type of organization makes this possible. The Presbyterian General Assembly has ordered the “modernizing” of their last stronghold of orthodoxy, Princeton Seminary. And no longer is a Fundamentalist candidate for Moderator even nominated! The Northern Baptist Convention has repeatedly routed the Fundamentalists, and the Fundamentalists have given up trying to put the Modernists out, lest they themselves be thrown out! The Southern Baptists are in the same fix. The head of the foreign mission society is a confessed Modernist. Their leaders have betrayed them!
In view of all these facts, the only effective protest that can be made is to withhold all financial support from these budgets, for finances are “the sinews of war.” And to give no financial food to these corrupted budgets is the positive duty of all who want to be true to God and His Word in this day of crisis and compromise. Those who help to feed them are bidding them Godspeed in a most substantial way, and God’s Word declares, “He that biddeth [an unbeliever] God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” (II John 11).
There is no justification before God for any of His watchmen being parties to the colossal conspiracy of silence about this all-important issue, but that Fundamentalist leaders, who claim to be uncompromising champions of the whole Word of God, should join this cowardly conspiracy of silence is a sight to make angels weep. A few of them are not silent, thank God, but the vast majority of them are “dumb dogs!”
Why Are God’s Watchmen “Dumb”? Every watchman knows what may occur if he ceased to be “dumb”. 1. Pastors and other denominational workers would quickly lose their jobs, and “doors” into other positions of similar nature would be closed to them. 2. Heads of Bible institutes and seminaries would lose the financial support of many friends whose first loyalty is to their ecclesiastical organizations now corrupted by Modernism. Fewer students would come from churches tied up with these systems. 3. Heads and other representatives of Faith Missionary Societies would lose friends, “open doors” and financial help if they warned God’s children not to support Modernism by contributing to their denominational budgets and instead invited them to support missions that are faithful to the Word of God. 4. Editors of Christian publications would lose what some of them seem to prize above the will of God namely, subscribers! 5. Bible teachers would find many “doors” into churches shut to them; they would lose popularity and that sine qua non, financial support, if they faithfully warned God’s people about these matters.
Paul’s lament was, “All seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s” (Phil. 2: 21). Can it be that earthly considerations under the guise of spiritual advantages explain this diabolical dumbness? Let us remember that Satan never tempts us to keep silence when we ought to speak out without offering us some seeming “good” to be gained or preserved. Is God so limited that His work could not prosper if His watchmen obeyed His Word and cried out against this deeply entrenched and well-protected evil? Our Lord Jesus came “to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound” (Isa. 61: 1). Many of God’s children today are “captives ” to a false idea of loyalty. They feel that they ought to support their buddies.
What Are the Consequences of “Dumb’ Watchmen? Isaiah 9:16 tells us, “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.” Who does God say is responsible? “The leaders!” What fearful havoc results from unfaithful leadership! The Word says God’s people are “destroyed!” just before God declared that His watchmen had become “dumb dogs,” and because of that sad fact, the beasts of the field and of the forest were called to “come to devour” (Isa. 56:9)! Why? Because the unfaithful watchmen had left the door open for them to come in o ravage the flock of Christ!
What do we see all about us? God Commands His Watchmen to “Cry Aloud!” and Not Be “Dumb” Brethren, let us hear and heed the Word of the Lord. Are we “blind, ” “ignorant,” “dumb” watchmen? Are we “shepherds that cannot understand”? Through Jeremiah, God said, “The whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart” (Jer. 12:11). We think someone ought to do something about it but not me! Let us quit “the Pilate act” of trying to wash our hands of responsibility in this matter. Shall we not heed the voice of God through His prophet Isaiah, speaking to each of us now: “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isa. 58: 1)?
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