“…‘You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies
waste and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us
build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a
“Hallowed Be Thy Name”
In February 1991, Africa Christian Action (ACA) was launched. Its
first campaigns were against the blasphemous Jesus Christ
Superstar play at Nico Malan Theatre (now the Artscape).
. "You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the
world… in the same way let your light shine before men, that
they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in
Heaven." Matthew 5:13-16
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.
and…You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Mark 12:30-31
"I have set watchmen on your walls,
O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace,
day or night, you who make mention of the Lord,
do not keep silent." Isaiah 62:6
"Your watchmen shall lift up their voices…" Isaiah 52:8
Lift Up Your Voices
"Thus says the Lord:
'Stand in the ways and see,
and ask for the old paths,
where the good way is
and walk in it;
then you will find rest,
for your souls…
of the Trumpet
also I set watchmen over you, saying
'listen to the sound of the trumpet!'"
“When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall
surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked
from his way, that wicked man shall die in his
iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his
way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die
in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.”
The watchmen were key figures in ancient Israel. Large watchtowers
were placed overlooking the fields of agriculture and men would stand
watch, guarding the fields which contained the community's basic food
The Watchmen of Israel
The watchmen needed to be alert to any threats,
whether from animals, thieves or from fire.
The watchman also had to be alert for any sign of invasion.
The watchmen on the walls of a fortified town were to monitor all the
approaches and at the sign of any threat would sound the warning so
that the town could shut its gates and prepare to defend
against any attack.
The vigilant watchmen would observe the daily life of the community.
He could see much of the activity in the streets, and in the markets. He
would know the people, their work, their habits and their lifestyles.
Vigilant and Alert
If his tower was near the city gates,
he could also observe the business of the city conducted by its officials.
God uses this role of the watchman to illustrate the responsibilities
of a minister to both comment on the conduct of society,
and to deliver messages of warning and instruction.
The Responsibilities of a Minister of God
The Word of God declares that we who have received the Word of God
must give warning to the wicked.
The danger of God's judgement upon wickedness is a far more
serious danger than that of an invading army threatening a
city. One may be able to defend a city against a foreign
The Greatest Threat
However, no one can escape the scrutiny of an all all-knowing,
everywhere-present, all-wise God! Nor can anyone escape
judgement from an omnipresent Judge!
Neither can anyone have
any hope of victory
in a war
against Almighty God!
The prophets of God had a solemn duty to deliver a most sober and
serious message. Unless the citizens of Israel acknowledged their sins,
turned away from sin, repented and resolutely obeyed the Word of God,
they would die in their sins.
A Solemn and Serious Responsibility
However, regardless of how individuals respond
to the warning, if they hear the message, the prophet has
fulfilled his duty and is no longer responsible.
Duty is Ours
– The Results are in God’s Hands
Duty is ours.
The results are
in God's hands.
if the messenger failed
to deliver the warning,
their blood would be
required at his hand.
"Again, when I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' if he turns from
his sin and does what is lawful and right, if the wicked restores the
pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life
without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die.
Restitution Brings Restoration
When the righteous turns from his righteousness and
commits iniquity, he shall die because of it. But when
the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what
is lawful and right, he shall live because of it.
• Many government schools are promoting secular
evolution, situation ethics, humanism, sex education
programmes, the interfaith movement, gender
confusion, the gay agenda, witchcraft and even
• Yet the response of all too many is to “just preach
the Gospel” (a convenient excuse for
disobedience and doing nothing.)
Q. Do we really believe that Jesus would have us stand
passively by while God-hating pagans exploit women made in
the image of God, degrade that which God has made to be
holy, make public what God has meant to be private, make
common what God has meant to be special, corrupting young
minds and morals and ruining marriages?
• “Just preach the Gospel” is an excuse
to justify laziness or cowardice.
Q. Would God have us stand idly by while a
murderer rips the arms and legs off a baby and crushes
Q. Which servant of God in the Bible limited
himself to “just preaching the Gospel?”
Q. Was Elijah wrong to confront, and expose the
pornographic, child-sacrificing prophets of Baal?
(1 Kings 18)
Q. Was John the Baptist wrong to have publicly
confronted the immorality of King Herod
Q. Could our Lord have been in error when he
confronted the corruption in the temple - overturning
the tables and driving out the money changers?
(Mark 1 1 : 15-16)
• The parable of the Good Samaritan with its “Go and do
likewise” (Luke 10:26-37), the coming Day of Judgement
when Jesus warns us that we will be judged on the basis of
what we did to care for the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the
naked, visit the prisoners and welcome strangers
• (Matthew 25 :31-46).
• And the Biblical definition of true religion
before God, “to look after orphans and widows in
their distress and to keep oneself from being
polluted by· the world” James1:27
We are called to be “the salt of the earth”
Matthew 5: 13. We have been taught to pray “ Our Father in
Heaven, hallowed be Your Name, Your Kingdom come, Your
will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” Matthew 6:9-10.
“Who will rise up for Me
against the evildoers?
Who will stand up for
Me against the workers
“And have no fellowship
with the unfruitful works
but rather expose them.”
Ephesians 5: 11
"Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts
… let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never failing stream!" Amos 5:15, 24
“Jesus said: ‘If anyone loves Me,
he will obey My teaching’ ...” John 14:23
“Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will
raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called
Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with
Dwellings.” Isaiah 58:12
“Beware lest anyone cheat you
through philosophy and empty
deceit, according to the
traditions of men, according to
the basic principles of the world,
and not according to Christ.”
30 years of Biblical Worldview Summits
“And do not be conformed to this
world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that you
may prove what is that good and
acceptable and perfect will of God.”
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our
Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be
steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the
Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 15:57-58
“Be very careful, then, how you live -not as
unwise but as wise, making the most of every
opportunity, because the days are evil.”
Ephesians 5: 15-16
“For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery and iniquity.” Isaiah 61:8
“Does not wisdom cry out and understanding
lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the
top of the high hill, beside the way, where the
paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the
entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors.”
“If My people who are called by My Name
will humble themselves,
and pray and seek My face,
and turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from Heaven,
and will forgive their sin
and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
“See, I have set
before you today life
destruction ... love
the Lord your God,
to walk in His ways,
and to keep His
and laws; then you
will live and
increase, and the
Lord your God will
bless you in the land
...” Deuteronomy 30: 15-16
"And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that
not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord
your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for
you; not one word of them has failed." Joshua 23:14