When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.
19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
One of the devil’s biggest lies that the world believes, and is even preached in churches, is that God loves and accepts everyone. That’s true ~ partially. The rest of the story is we have to REPENT, ASK FORGIVENESS, and FOLLOW JESUS. If we stay in our sinful lifestyle without doing that, we will not be afforded the gift of Jesus Christ, the gift of salvation, and our consequences will be eternal death or the raging fire.
26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
How is this our concern? As long as we’re straight with our Savior, we’re good, right? Wrong. In Ezekiel 3:18, God clearly tells us to WARN or SPEAK OUT to people to dissuade them or turn them from their wicked ways to save their lives. If we choose not to WARN them, their blood is on our hands. In other words, GOD WILL HOLD US ACCOUNTABLE. If we do warn people about sin, God knows we have done our job.
Does this mean we should go around pointing fingers, throwing “guilt darts” at people, and condemning people? Absolutely not. We can share God’s Word in love and compassion along with the plan of salvation without being judgmental. These are, after all, God’s words.
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
Some things are sins for some people but not for others. I used to walk into church 5 minutes late, sit down, and read the bulletin. That doesn’t sound very sinful, does it? One day, God showed me that by doing that, I was taking away from worshiping Him. It was also distracting for me and those around me. I needed to stop this behavior because, for me, it was sinful. There is nowhere in the Bible that says “Thou shalt not read the bulletin during worship!” But in asking God to show me my sins and listening to Him speak, I can see what my personal sins are. We all have personal sins. We need to ask God to show us and then listen so we can ask forgiveness and turn from our sins.
However, there are clearly specific sins that God addresses in the Bible and how he feels about people who engage in these sins. Please understand that I am not, in any way, pointing fingers, condemning, or casting stones at anyone. I am a sinner. I have given in to the devil’s temptations and I want to repent and ask forgiveness. Sometimes I struggle with that and need God’s help in getting to that repentance place in my heart. He will help us if we ask! Some people, and even churches, preach that as long as you love someone with a “pure heart”, it doesn’t matter if it’s the same sex. God wants you to be happy and have love in your life. He wouldn’t send you to hell for that, would He? How sweet. That sounds like something God would say, doesn’t it? 💞 NO!!
You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. (bold print added)
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (bold print added)
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (bold print added)
Yes, I put Hebrews 10:26-27 in here twice because it’s that important.
I was having a conversation with a mother of a homosexual teen on a social media site (forgive me if you’ve heard this before) and she was believing the devil’s lie. She insisted she would not tell her young daughter that God would send her to hell for loving who she loved. I gave her these verses and told her that she could tell her daughter that God doesn’t mean what He says and He doesn’t do what he promises. We KNOW He does! God never fails! But that goes for the consequences, too. He doesn’t want to send anyone to hell but He can not allow sin into heaven. (2 Peter 3:9)
So in our efforts not to offend people we allow them to continue in their sinful lifestyles without warning them of God’s consequences. Basically, we’re telling our friends and acquaintances that we would rather not offend them or make them feel bad and allow them to go to hell than to tell them lovingly that God has a life for them that’s filled with joy and peace but they must give up their sins. It doesn’t have to be a harsh message. It can be given with love and compassion and if they’re not interested, we let it go and continue to pray for them. It’s that simple. It might change their life. It might change their eternity.
There are so many other issues addressed in the Bible ~ turning away from God, dis-honoring your parents (which is a major issue these days), transgenderism, idol worship, the list goes on and on. Then there are the personal sins like reading the bulletin during worship. The fact is, the road to hell is a highway and many, many people are on it, even if they think they’re not. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. (Matthew 19:24) Rich doesn’t just pertain to money. There are many ways to be rich.
We need to be in constant prayer and communication with God. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) We need to repent from our sins daily. (2 Peter 3:9) We need to follow Jesus. (John 10:27)