PREACHERS WHO ARE SILENT CONCERNING THE SUPREME COURT’S LEGALIZATION OF GAY MARRIAGE ARE NOTHING BUT DUMB DOGS!
“His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, THEY ARE ALL DUMB DOGS, THEY CANNOT BARK; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. 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.” [Isaiah 56:10,11]
The dog is a faithful animal which is known and valued to guard that which is entrusted to it and warn the shepherd of the prowling wolves! Likewise God expects and has commissioned His ministers to not only feed His flock but to guard them as well. And those who fail to do so he chides them as being ‘Dumb Dogs’! [Isaiah 56:9-11]
Since the Supreme Court’s ruling on Gay Marriage to legalize it, has YOUR pastor spoken out against it from his pulpit? If he hasn’t then you’re sitting under a ‘dumb dog’ who is probably amusing you and tickling your ears with his smooth talks! And why not? THAT is what the majority in the congregation call for! That’s what they pay him for! They say, “Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” [Isaiah 30:10] And he’s been well trained to do that from the Cemetery he graduated!
“Oh but he’s a Reformed Pastor and so correctly expounds on the ‘Five points’!” Beloved, there’s more to the ‘whole counsel of God’(Acts 20:27) than just expounding on the doctrines of Sovereign Grace! There’s more to ‘Sound doctrine’, than just giving a lecture on the Total Depravity of man!
Like everything else ‘sound doctrine’ has TWO sides to it, the SWEET and the BITTER. When the Word of God says that, “men will not endure sound doctrine” [II Tim. 4:3], it usually means the BITTER side of sound doctrine. Men will most eagerly welcome the doctrine of ELECTION but will not endure its opposite i.e., REPROBATION. They will eagerly welcome a doctrine which emphasizes the Lord’s blessings but will want nothing to do with one that demands the cost of discipleship. They will gladly welcome a message on loving your neighbor, but will want nothing to do with a message on warning that wicked neighbor of the Wrath to come!
Franklin Graham may be an ‘Arminian’ and in many ways a ‘chip off the old block’, but he had the guts to say – “This is outrageous — a real slap in the face to the millions of Americans who do not support same-sex marriage and whose voice is being ignored. God is the one who gave the rainbow, and it was associated with His judgment.” In another place he said, “The president is leading this nation on a sinful course, and God will judge him and us as a nation if we don’t repent.” [quoted from Charisma news]
Now compare that with an article addressing Gay marriage and transgender issues which came across the newsfeed. It stood out because the reporter quoted a response from, “a mega-church pastor, who asked not to be named.” The pastor of this mega-church did a fantastic job of clearly stating what the Bible had to say concerning marriage and gender. However he apparently felt it necessary to do so behind the cloak of anonymity. Why? [Black Christian News Network 1]
You’ll find the answer to that in John 12:42,43 –
“Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, LEST THEY SHOULD BE PUT OUT OF THE SYNAGOGUE: For they LOVED THE PRAISE OF MEN MORE THAN THE PRAISE OF GOD.”
“Last week Tony Campolo called “for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the church.” When he did, he was brave enough to sign his name to his position. He knew it wouldn’t be popular in Christian circles, but he voiced his opinion. Have you heard any high profile pastors bold enough to call out Campolo’s error and take a stand for marriage as God designed it?” [BCNN1 WP]
Our Lord said, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.” [Rev 3:15,16]
As the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer said – “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
“For a living dog is better than a dead lion”. [Ecc 9:4]. But these are all dumb dogs, that cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. [Isa 56:10].
“For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ!” [Gal 1:10]
“Dumb dogs” is the blunt term Isaiah used to describe those of his day who failed in their duty of guarding the flock of God—”dumb dogs, they cannot bark.” (Isa. 56:9-11) In this scene Isaiah pictures the helplessness of the flock when they, because of the failure of the guarding dogs, are exposed to the wild beasts of forest and field. The attacking beasts are bold because they know that no threatening bark will be uttered to frighten them or to alarm the flock into flight.
A consideration of the present perilous situation of the church brings Isaiah’s scathing rebuke to mind. For it is very apparent that the church is seriously threatened and is in real danger because of the silence of many of her preachers. Too many preachers in the pulpits are “dumb dogs”, ignoring the ominous threat of error and evil; too many in the pew are praising these “dumb dogs” for their very silence and are heaping contempt upon those who raise the alarm.
Our “adversary, the devil as a roaring lion goeth about seeking whom he may devour.” Sobriety and vigilance are required of every Christian. Let no one be deceived; the enemy will avail himself of every opportunity afforded by the silence of the watchman. To fail to give warning when danger appears is simply criminal.” [Robert H. Farish]
“To tell us, as others do, that pastors ought never to handle controversial subjects, and never to warn their people against erroneous views, is senseless and unreasonable. If we did this then we would have to ignore most of the New Testament. Surely the dumb dog and the sleeping shepherd are the best allies of the wolf, the thief, and the robber. It is not for nothing that Paul says, “If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 4:6). – J.C. Ryle