The Man of God

Frontier Preacher, Christian Schussele

Contrary to popular opinion, the man of God is not confined to the pulpit, nor hidden away in some secluded place, so as not to bother those whose hatred for truth and God knows no bounds. While there are those in this world who would desire such, it will not happen.

The term ‘man of God’ may seem strange to an America which has become so diverse and pluralistic, but it is a term which is confined rightly to the Bible and to those who truly were and are spokesmen for the one and only true God. He alone gives authority. He alone expresses His will to man and does so through those who are so chosen and inspired of His Spirit to do so.

The term is first used in the Scriptures in Deuteronomy 33. The reference is made of Moses just before his death and the entry of the nation of Israel into the promised land. It is used, from that point on, in reference to the Judges, Prophets and finally, in the New Testament of those like Timothy who were chosen to reveal the will of God to the Christians and all who would listen. Timothy is called “an evangelist.”

The man of God has a responsibility from God to mankind.

It is clear from Hebrews 1:1-2 that the absolute and final spokesman for God is Jesus Christ. It is also clear, as in the case of the Apostles and their helpers, that He who is God incarnate, and Who descended out of heaven “…is the same that ascended up far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things” (Ephesians 4:10ff). He gave gifts to the Ecclesia for the perfecting of the saints. The last of those gifts, the pastor-teacher, now stands to convey the revealed will of God to man. He is not free to express anything than that which is found in the Scriptures. He is no pope speaking above the revealed, inspired Word, but is confined to that which was revealed to the men of God of the past; that which was recorded, preserved and is the final word to men until the coming of Christ.

 

The man of God who fails to speak out against individual, national or government lawlessness fails in responsibilities to both man and God.

The man of God has a responsibility from God to mankind. There is never a time in the recorded history of man that there was not a revelation of God to man. God spoke in various ways and at various times, Hebrews 1:1-2, in the Old Testament period. He now has spoken in His Son once and for all time. The purpose of this revelation is to reveal the will of God. It is to warn individuals, as nations, of impending judgment from God when they openly manifest their hatred of God and His revealed will. A great responsibility has fallen on the Ecclesia of Christ, upon their leaders, not only to declare the Gospel, the good news of victory through faith in Christ over the condemnation in Adam, but also to warn men of the impending and eternal danger of failure to heed this message. It is also the responsibility of the body of Christ, under their God-called leaders, to warn men of the consequence of lawlessness and the immediate judgment of God to nations that oppose God’s will for temporal society. Since government lawlessness is but a reflection of the lawlessness of society, the man of God has no alternative but to speak out. The man of God who fails to speak out against individual, national or government lawlessness fails in responsibilities to both man and God.

Amos, the prophet from Judah, living in the hills of Tekoa, was called of God to be His spokesman and to warn the northern kingdom of Israel of this lawlessness. He put the responsibility like this:

A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy? – Amos 3:8 (NASB)

The temporal destruction of the nation of Israel was at stake and God sent Amos to be His spokesman.

Amos, like Ezekiel in chapter 33:1-9, was under Divine compulsion to speak out and warn men. There was no alternative, save that of Jonah, which proved of no real avail. These men and the men of God today have always been under obligation to speak out to individuals and to the nation at large as opportunities present themselves. Governments at all levels do not welcome these men of God who speak for Him. They do all within their power to keep such men at bay. They pass laws, they imprison, but they have never succeeded for long in their attempts. God will always have a spokesman, a man of God, to condemn wickedness, whether of individuals or nations. It is the duty of the man of God, and of those instructed in the truth of God’s Word, to speak out against evil that bring both temporal judgment – the destruction of a nation from the stage of power and life – or that of eternal judgment of which death and hell are the end.

Contrary to popular opinion, the man of God is not confined to the pulpit, nor hidden away in some secluded place, so as not to bother those whose hatred for truth and God knows no bounds. While there are those in this world who would desire such, it will not happen. There will be those who are not afraid to speak the truth about men in high places whose actions are contrary to the revealed will of God in the Scriptures., nor of that law written on the heart of every living soul. Characters of history who are lawless cannot be excused though they may be a sacred icon to some. No ones sacred cow is exempt from truth. The history of the world is religious history, both of the true and of the false. Every event is of concern to the man of God, who is called and commissioned of God as a watchman in God’s world until Christ comes to ring down the curtains of time. Then comes the Judgment. Until that time let the nation infatuated with sin be warned. There can be no security for such. Mere religion will do nothing but aggravate the situation (see Amos 5:21-24). Israel was filled with religion as has been nations from the fall of Adam to the present day. No man can know God, who created all, save through Christ. He alone is the answer. The man of God must speak, for he is responsible to God who called him to serve the cause of truth.

May God be merciful to America and intervene to stop her long downward spiral to destruction. May her lawless leaders be replaced by those who love and obey His Word.