Many admire Christ’s reformers after they are dead. Martin Luther reminds us what a reformer’s anointing is like. “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ however boldly I may be professing Christ, ——- Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefields besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”
Reformers carry a different spirit. That spirit challenges the wickedness of the day. It never shrinks back but ever so boldly confronts the hearts of man. A new generation of reformers is in preparation for the great spiritual battles of this generation. Lyman Beecher, leader of the Second Great Awakening said, “I was made for action.”
Christ has an expectation of His disciples, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). “Preach” is the Greek word kerux. The Imperial Kerux was the Emperor’s herald sent to cities to announce the will of the Emperor. Kerux is a governing term given to God’s governing people. Philip went down to Samaria and preached. He was a Kerux for Christ to that city. He preached two reforming truths: 1.) The Kingdom of God (Christ’ rule) and 2.) The name of Jesus Christ.
You, too, are called to reform. Like Caleb and Joshua, carry that reforming spirit proudly. These were examples to us of people that knew their God and said, “Let us go up at once and possess it for we are well able.” Luther said, “Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved.”
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