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Watchmen on the Wall

Pastors Equipping Christians for their Civil Duties

Pastors Equipping Christians for their Civil Duties



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Watchmen on the Walls is obviously germane to the times in which we live, when social action involving Christians is a subject which is disputed, and distorted, almost daily in the media. The tragic extremes regularly cast a cloud of confusion in the minds of Christians and non-Christians over the whole area of the civic duties of true believers, but I find your discussion of the Christian’s civic responsibility to be cogent, pertinent, interesting, and convincing....Allow me to commend you for the splendid material.”--D. James Kennedy, Senior Minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church “The [colonial] clergy. . . feared for the welfare of the government. They believed it their peculiar business to be 'watchmen on the tower', to scent out and warn against danger and to set men right as to the principles upon which they were to act and the views they were to hold.”--Historian Alice M. Baldwin Are ministers today being “watchmen of the walls” and warning against the dangers facing society and government? Are they equipping the church in biblical principles of government and public affairs so as to act and think in a manner that produces liberty?Rev. John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and President of Princeton College, preached in a 1776 sermon that “your duty to God, to your country, to your families, and to yourselves is the same.” Since most Americans today consider the church irrelevant in addressing everyday social and political concerns, there must be many ministers and churches who are not teaching all the duties of the Christian. This book is written to help correct this neglect. The responsibilities of pastors include equipping Christians to fulfill their Godly civil duties. This book examines what those duties are and how the church can effectively prepare its members to be salt in the public arena in a manner that transcends parties and personalities.

About the Author:

Stephen McDowell is co-founder of the Providence Foundation and President of its Biblical Worldview University. In 28 years of full time work with the Foundation, Stephen has trained people from 100 countries to apply Biblical truth in all spheres of life. He has traveled to 35 nations in six continents where he has consulted with government officials, assisted in writing political documents, advised political parties, and started Christian schools and Biblical worldview training centers. He has authored and co-authored over 20 books, videos, and training courses including Liberating the Nations and America’s Providential History. McDowell holds a master’s degree in geophysics, served for several years as a pastor, and has been an adjunct professor at Regent University. Stephen and his wife Beth live in Charlottesville, Virginia, and have four children and two grandchildren.

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