Thou Wicked and Slothful Servant

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The Slothful Servant

It is my opinion that most modern-day Christians have unknowingly become the slothful and wicked servants, burying their God-given gifts and talents in the backyard, while foolishly saying to themselves, ā€œno big deal, because of grace.ā€ You’ve perverted the grace of God to give yourself permission to be lazy and uninvolved in the battle for the human soul.

“Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 25:24-30).

Lukewarm Christians and The Doctrine of Escapism

Over the years, I have openly expressed my frustration with the modern-day Church and lukewarm Christians. I wish I could say that things have improved and that a great awakening has taken place, but Christians continue to remain asleep despite the growing madness we see developing in the world.

There are many reasons for this, including decades of false teaching, specifically the idea of escapism which teaches believers to have no care for the world, our children, and our grandchildren because after all, we are all going to be teleported off this earth before anything bad could happen. Not only is this completely contrary to what Christ commanded us to do, which was to spread the gospel and make disciples of all the nations, (Matthew 28:19-20) but it’s also inconsistent with sound escatology.

We are called to occupy until the Master returns, we are to be busy about our Father’s business, working to build the kingdom of God here on earth. We are told to take our talents and multiply them and yet, (Matthew 25:14-46) this is not what I see a majority of those who claim Christ doing with their lives.

(If you’re curious where the audio clips came from, which are featured in the podcast above, please see the video below.)

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Shawn L. Ozbun is an independent podcaster, author, and commentator on many biblical topics. Shawn is a student of the scriptures, ancient writings, Dead Sea Scrolls, and biblical Hebrew language. Above all, Shawn is passionate about furthering the Kingdom of God, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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