“20 Again, When a righteous man does turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because you have not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at your hand.
21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also you have delivered your soul.” Ezekial 3:20-21
When a Believer goes into sin and refuses to repent, the Lord will lay a stumbling block before him and they will spiritually die. This is the danger of the leaven which leavens the whole lump…that leaven is not stagnant. The devil’s target is our faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life. If he can get our faith placed on a vain philosophy of man, no matter how much sense it makes to our intellect, satan knows we will lead a defeated Christian life. We will not grow in grace but will in fact perish in our dead works. Our faith is in danger of destruction. The fact of the matter is if a Brother or Sister in Christ does not want the Truth, God will see to it they are sent a strong delusion.
“10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
Many who declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified to the lost at the same time refuse to warn the righteous who turn away from their righteousness in Jesus Christ. Warning the Brethren of error is a huge responsibility for any born again Believer. The blood of the one who turned from their righteousness and died eternally lost in their sin will be required at the hand of the one who failed warn them.
Many today would rather have blood on their hands instead of offending a Brother or Sister because the professing Believer in fact does not truly believe. There is no fear of God because their god is not the God of the Bible but a god who would never send anyone to hell. Let me be clear…God does not send anyone to hell; they choose hell. Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe and break the power of sin in the life of the Believer. Knowing Who He is and what He has done, there is no question of His Resurrection. Jesus now sits at the Right Hand of God and in HIM, in Jesus Christ, the Believer has been freely given the Source of life. Jesus is the Source and the Cross His means by which life flows abundantly. IN Jesus is Life and this life is the Light of men (John 1:4)…there is no other way,
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common Salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the Saints.” Jude vs. 3
We are not responsible for their response; we’re responsible for the message. Warn them…earnestly contend for the faith.
-Donna Clark Warren