Dr. Luder Whitlock


by Dr. Luder Whitlock









The Gospel redirects us from the power and allure of evil, smashing the chains of bondage to it.



     During his research on World War II, Stephen Ambrose, the well-known historian, asked a veteran why he had been willing to go to war. He replied, "I was nineteen years old. I had my life ahead of me. I knew the difference between right and wrong, and I did not want to grow up in a world in which wrong prevailed."

     I identify with that statement because of my faith in the Lord. Let me explain. The Gospel redirects us from the power and allure of evil, smashing the chains of bondage to it. Forgiven of our sins through faith in Christ, we are free to embrace the good, the true, and the beautiful, championing their ascendancy in society. Not only are we free to pursue good things, but we must do so as Christians.

     Wickedness and corruption have always lurked in the corridors of history and will continue to shadow our lives because sin is ever with us. The Bible reminds us that the devil is always looking for an opportunity (1 Peter 5:8). And, as Edmund Burke put it, the best way for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing. So we cannot be passive spectators; we must engage, charitably and firmly.

     That means spiritual warfare is inescapable (Ephesians 6:12). It is difficult - spiritual warfare always is. Unfortunately, evangelical Christianity is currently losing ground in this country and has been for some years. Yet, that need not continue because God is all-powerful. With His help we can prevail (Romans 8:37-39).

     But we will not do so merely by pointing to the evil and corruption that surrounds and threatens us, complaining about how bad it is and worrying about the calamity that it may bring upon us. Rather, in prayerful dependence on the Lord, we must commit ourselves daily to do good and resist evil, to reach out compassionately to the needy, to assure justice for all, and to draw others to God's truth and wisdom.

     RTS exists to perpetuate these and other biblical principles. In the face of opposition we have endured, experiencing God's abundant blessing. As more and more RTS alumni enter Christian ministry, we continue to pray and hope for a great spiritual renewal, a new reformation. None of us will be satisfied if we do not do everything within our power to be sure that this does not become a world in which evil prevails. What are you doing to make a difference? Together, by God's grace, we can do it.

- Dr. Luder G. Whitlock, Jr.




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