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A watchman is someone who looks out for danger and sounds the alarm if he senses that a threat is approaching.

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When I was a small boy growing up in northwestern Pennsylvania, we didn’t have an electrical alarm system in our rural home, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t protected.  Our alarm system had a name.  It was Buster.  Buster was a large, full grown Collie, and in all his years with us, he never failed to warn us.  He once warned us of a bear roaming around in the ravine behind our home.  Buster provided security for my mother, who was a nurse when she arrived home at 11:00 at night.  He was constantly on the lookout for danger, and he never once failed to sound the alarm when a stranger approached.

Buster was a loner.  He didn’t run with the neighborhood pack.  It’s as if he knew he had a job, and he was totally committed to doing that job well.  Those whom God has called to be watchmen often find themselves as loners.  They share an unpopular message with an unreceptive people.  God wants his people to be distinguished; he wants others to recognize a difference in those who call themselves Christians.

Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.  Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you – 2 Corinthians 6:17

Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.  For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities-Revelation 18:4

We are to live in the world, but we must allow the Spirit of God to distinguish us from the world.  Many modern Christians are more interested in blending than in distinguishing.  There is a deception common among Christians that says a Christian can act just like a non-Christian; they can use the same language, they can go to the same places, and they can enjoy the same sins.

Let me share with you three lies Christians are often taught:

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a.   Christians are often taught to believe that prosperity is a fruit of the Spirit.

If you have really given your heart to Jesus, he will make you wealthy.  We are told that somewhere in the Bible, Jesus said:  “If you believe in me:

•          You will be prosperous

•          You will be healthy

•          You will get a better job

•          You will find a spouse

•          You will be spared physical illness or pain.

There is no guarantee that God will bless you with any of these things.

God never promised us a rose garden.  This “health and wealth” gospel is cotton candy theology that has replaced the real meat-and-potato gospel of Jesus Christ.  Christ never promised his disciples wealth and power.  He said,  “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)  Some ministers are more concerned about making people feel good so they will come back.  A real watchman on the wall will declare that Christ is the Messiah, he died on a cross, and he arose from the dead. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:17) He came as a lamb to the slaughter so we might be saved and have a relationship with him.  A real watchman must say that when Jesus comes again, he will not come as a lamb; he will come on white steed with sword in his hand and he will administer a fiery judgment on all of the injustice and evil that reigns in this world.

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