Where have all the watchmen gone?


Where have all the watchmen gone?

The watchtower is empty and in disrepair.

Who will stand on the wall and be a watchman?

I appointed watchmen over you and said, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But you said, ‘We will not listen.’ Jeremiah 6:17

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4 thoughts on “Where have all the watchmen gone?

  1. A watchtower is traditionally used for spying dangers outside the community – you are staining to see dangers within, not unlike a prison. I have read some of your earlier posts and it seems clear to me that your only option aside from compromise is that of beginning an ana-anabaptist denomination where you may strictly square off “I AM WHO I AM” to fit nicely and tightly into your historical framework. This may sound crazy, but what if God was leading his church into contemplative prayer? What if the MB Herald writers and editor are seeking to faithfully and boldly go where the Spirit of God is leading them? From my reading of your work, you are like a magpie in a thicket – your noise comes from the confidence of being hidden. Clearly you have an opinion as to how things should be – excellent! Get on a national or regional board and make a difference.

  2. “What if God was leading his church into contemplative prayer? What if the MB Herald writers and editor are seeking to faithfully and boldly go where the Spirit of God is leading them?”

    Why stop there with the hypotheticals?

    What if God was leading all Mennonite Brethren to become full-bore Roman Catholics and completely overturn the entire reformation altogether?

    How can you answer that kind of hypothetical question Mark?

    • I agree with you, Mennoknight.

      Here is my (delayed) response to Mark:

      “A watchtower is traditionally used for spying dangers outside the community – you are staining to see dangers within, not unlike a prison.”

      On the contrary – the dangers ARE in the process of entering in FROM the outside – as the robbers and hirelings with their false teachings are climbing into the sheepfold over the walls because the shepherds are not watching over their flock. John 10

      “I have read some of your earlier posts and it seems clear to me that your only option aside from compromise is that of beginning an ana-anabaptist denomination where you may strictly square off “I AM WHO I AM” to fit nicely and tightly into your historical framework.”

      My option? No – a watchman’s job is to warn and nothing more. What the people do with the warning is up to them.

      “This may sound crazy, but what if God was leading his church into contemplative prayer? What if the MB Herald writers and editor are seeking to faithfully and boldly go where the Spirit of God is leading them?”

      Yes, that does sound crazy. Completely. That’s like saying that God was leading Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron to offer strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them (Leviticus 10), or that God was leading his chosen people to go after the nations surrounding them to practice what they were doing after He had commanded them not to (2 Kings 17). Or that God was leading Menno Simons back to the Roman Catholic church, as Mennoknight mentioned. Mark, you obviously did not research the contemplative prayer movement before you typed out your comment.

      “From my reading of your work, you are like a magpie in a thicket – your noise comes from the confidence of being hidden.”

      My confidence is not in being hidden, but in the Lord, before Whom there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do (Hebrews 4:13). The Magpie is actually a very social, confident and conspicuous bird. He is quite bold, but is always wary and ready to drive off predators. Taking shelter in a thicket of God’s provision does not indicate cowardice.

      Typically, there will always be those who perceive the watchman’s warning call as just “noise.” He who has an ear, let him hear…

      “Clearly you have an opinion as to how things should be – excellent!”

      Please don’t overlook the fact that this “opinion” is shared by many discerning Christians who stand on the Word of God.

      “Get on a national or regional board and make a difference.”

      And who would listen to a self appointed person on such a board? That would be comparable to walking the plank to the sharks.

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