The Cost of Not Warning

The one who warns another of impending injury or death is not always appreciated. There are many examples of people rescuing others from certain death by fire or drowning and they are often decorated as heroes, however there are situations when people do not want to be rescued from their dangerous activities. Often those practicing activities that are harmful and lead to death do not want intervention, in fact, in the case of a drug addict, that person wants resources to enable them to continue their practice “safely” even if there is no possibility of a positive outcome.

The one who warns another may be accused of being judgmental. “Who are you to tell me that what I’m doing is wrong or dangerous?” This is especially true if the one who warns is also practicing a sinful lifestyle.

The Church has warned many people that if they continue in sin and disobedience to God, they will be judged and are in real danger of eternal damnation. Of course the Church is composed of redeemed sinners who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and obeying Christ sets them on a different path, not to hell but to heaven. It seems that the voice of warning from the Church is being increasingly muffled or modified to make it less judgmental. As a result, we now see practices in some local churches that are forbidden as sin.

In spite of the backlash against those who warn, we all have a responsibility to warn others of danger. Take the case of Ezekiel who received this word from the Lord:

Ezekiel 3: 17b whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me. 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet if you have warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself. 20 Again, when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I place an obstacle before him, he will die; since you have not warned him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 However, if you have warned the righteous man that the righteous should not sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; and you have delivered yourself.”

When God speaks a warning to us for others and we do not share the warning, we share in the responsibility of the iniquity. The cost of not warning others is very high. When you see someone living an ungodly lifestyle, practicing sin and disregard for God, are you able to warn them?

The disregard for God is all around us. Some want to believe that everything evolved rather than believe in the existence of a Creator God who designed everything we see. The belief that life evolved on earth fuels the frantic search through the universe looking for some evidence that life evolved elsewhere else so as to prove that God did not create life on earth.

If you believe that there is no God then the Ten Commandments have no force except as guidelines that can be modified by our wisdom and desires. “Thou shalt not kill” no longer is an absolute. Abortion has become a right for women who want to deal with the consequences of sexual relations outside marriage. The talk of euthanasia becomes acceptable because it gives an individual the right to determine when they want to die, a right that is completely detached from God’s commandments. God is aware of our suffering and is able to carry us through with the promise that the suffering will never exceed His ability to care for us. Yet for those who don’t believe God exists, there is no hope that there will be a limit to their suffering.

There are many other ways in which people act like there is no God. Sexual relationships between a man and women in marriage are a picture of God’s relationship with the Church. The Bible describes the Church as the Bride of Christ. It is a picture of the pure and perfect caring relationship God has with the Church. However, sexual sins and perversions damage our understanding of the illustration. Who warns our society that God is very displeased and will bring judgment for these sins?

May those of you who know the Truth have the courage to forward God’s warnings as He leads.

One thought on “The Cost of Not Warning

  1. Lorraine

    Someone who has the gift of exhortation will find this easier to carry out, those with the gift of mercy will be very challenged. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit enables us to be obedient. Thanks for the challenge.

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