Viewing Church as a Barracks - Raising God's Army
In 2 Timothy 2, we see those who are in Christ are likened to soldiers.
Catherine Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army, realised this when she started the Salvation Army with her husband William Booth, which is why it was called the Salvation Army. This is what Catherine had to say about how we should view our mission and purpose of the church.
“A barracks is meant to be a place where real soldiers were to be fed and equipped for war, not a place to settle down in or as a comfortable snuggery in which to enjoy ourselves. I hope that if ever they, our soldiers, do settle down God will burn their barracks over their heads!”
Are we too comfortable? Standing strong for Christ in this generation calls for some chutzpah. Chutzpah, the Yiddish word derives from the Hebrew word ḥutspâ (חֻצְפָּה), meaning “insolence”, “cheek” or “audacity”.
We need warriors for this generation. Not warriors who are concerned about saving their reputation at the cost of holding back the truth, not warriors who love their temporal life to the point of forsaking their eternal life, not warriors who are walking to the beat of their own drum, but warriors who love Christ with great zeal and at all cost, even leaving behind the comforts of this world to take up their cross and follow Jesus. Walking to the beat of His drum and being obedient to Him and His Word.
Where are the men of valour who exhibit great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle? Could there be many great men who are waiting for the trumpet to sound, to gather them all together and rise up with one voice?
This is the day. The trumpet is sounding and God is raising up an army of truth to stand for Christ today.
Our weapons are certainly different, but they are His weapons that we are to use for this spiritual battle and we are called to put on that armour and stand for the Lord.
God has placed in my heart an army of men, women and children – to gather these small voices together and unite as one voice.
These people are soldiers of action, not just talk. They serve in the King’s army, they live on the battle front, not in their comfortable barracks.
Do I hear an amen? Could this be the time to stand together? Is there a scattered people sitting in their lounge room saying, ‘I can’t make a difference, I am just one person’?
Elijah thought he was the only one that hadn’t succumbed to idolatry but God called him out of his barrack (the cave) and showed him a multitude that hadn’t worshiped Baal. God asked Him, 1 Kings 19:9, ‘“What are you doing here, Elijah?” God was calling Elijah to action. God is saying to Elijah not to worry about Jezebel and her threats, be concerned with hearing and responding to God’s call.
We hear the same encouragement from Jesus in the gospel according to Luke 12:4-7 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.’
We must respond to God’s Word with action. We must stand and speak the truth in a season of licentiousness, both in the world, and the worldly Christian church.
This is the truth. Will you respond and stand? Will you be part of the banner standing as a testimony and witness to Jesus Christ? The King will return as prophesied, ‘nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?’ Luke 18:8
— By Judah Ayling