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Love Warns the Wicked

Posted by israeliteindeed on November 28, 2009

The follower of Jesus is known by his love—love for God and love for his neighbor.

However, in this day and age, we need to be careful not to define “love” by the devil’s dictionary. This world, which is under the control of the “god of this world”—satan—would have us believe that love tolerates and keeps silent in the face of wickedness. Nothing could be further from the truth.

As Christians, we are called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. If you want to know why the earth has not been preserved, and why wickedness has gotten the upper hand, look no further than the professing church. She has become a silent accomplice to the spread of wickedness, and often harbors wicked men within her very gates. When she preaches at all, she often preaches an effeminate Jesus and an easy “salvation” that allows men to serve two masters—God and their sin. She is afraid to tell sinners the truth because someone might think her unloving. So she lets the sinners remain under the wrath of God rather than risk offending them. What she thinks is love is really an inexcusable hatred. It is spiritual mass murder.

From the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely. They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ When there is no peace. (Jer. 6:13-14) “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.” (Isa. 48:22) In short, when we treat the wicked as if they can have peace with God while they are still in their sins, we are giving them a false hope to cling to as they perish. Not very loving, is it?

True disciples of Christ preserve righteousness with their salt, and expose with their light what is hidden in darkness. Our testimony makes men angry, for men often love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil (John 3:19-20). In this way, we are like our Master, Jesus, who said the world hated Him because He testified of it that its works were evil (John 7:7). Are we more loving than Jesus Christ? Do we dare to think we have a better way to “love” the world than He did? Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends (John 15:13). Too many professing Christians are preserving their own lives by refusing to tell the whole truth, rather than preserving the lives of those they profess to love.

The one who loves God obeys God’s Word (I John 2:5). The one who does this will also love his neighbor as himself—by obeying God’s command to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) But it isn’t enough to go out and preach a message—Jesus said it was possible to be zealous missionaries that make other men “twice as much a son of hell” as we are! (Matt. 23:15) There is probably no more zealous group of missionaries in the world than the “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” However, their zeal is not according to knowledge (Romans 10:2); thus they are the blind leading the blind, and both the missionary and the convert will fall into the ditch (Matt. 15:14). Going into all the world preaching is not enough—we need to make sure we are giving the correct message that leads people to eternal life. A false plan of salvation will not save.

The disciple who loves God and keeps His Word will be eager to share with others the “good news” that Jesus came to “save His people from their sins.”

This gospel message will include:

1. The necessity of godly sorrow for and repentance from all known sin. (Matt. 9:13, 11:20-41; Mark 1:4,15; 6:12; Luke 13:3-5, 15:7, 24:47; Acts 3:19, 11:18, 17:30, 20:21; 2 Cor. 7:10; 2 Peter 3:9; James 1:21)

2. The necessity of obedient faith in Jesus Christ—crucified, buried, risen and coming again. (Matt. 11:28-30; Mark 16:16; Romans 10:9; I John 3:6-10; 1 Cor. 15:1-4)

3. The necessity of abiding in Christ, and through Him producing good fruits, practical righteousness and holiness. (Matt. 3:8, 13:23; John 15; Heb. 12:14, 1 John 3:7-10, James 2:14-26)

4. The necessity of enduring to the end in right relationship with God. (Matt. 10:22; Gal. 6:8-9; Heb. 3: 14).

All of these elements are present in the New Testament in connection with salvation, thus to leave out any part is to hinder a person from being set free by knowing the whole Truth.

It is fundamentally important that every sinning soul be told that “the soul who sins shall die” (Eze. 18:4), and “your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” (Isa. 59:2) The one who is still dead in sins can expect no good thing from God, for “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” (Rom. 1:18) God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day (Psa. 7:11). We do the wicked no favors when we hold back this awful truth!

God has revealed what He thinks of—and how He will respond to—those who claim to be His witnesses, yet do not warn the wicked to repent.

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.” (Eze. 3:17-19)

Notice, the watchman is to “warn the wicked from his wicked way.” It is not enough to get a man to acknowledge he is a sinner; almost anybody will acknowledge this. The wicked man must be warned that his wicked way will KILL him (spiritually), and he must turn from it or perish. If the watchman does not warn him, and he dies because of his sin, GOD WILL REQUIRE HIS BLOOD AT THE WATCHMAN’S HAND. God counts this as spiritual murder. Furthermore, if the watchman is faithful to give the proper warning, THEN his own soul will be delivered. Friends, this is deadly serious. The watchman, approved of God and knowing the Word of God—his very own soul stands in jeopardy, depending on whether or not he is faithful to deliver God’s warning to the wicked. (See also Eze. 33:8-11, 14-16)

How about when a righteous man turns to sin? What should we tell him? Should we tell him to just look back to his past moment of faith and rest in that? NO!

“When a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.” (Eze. 3: 20-21; see also Eze. 33:12-13)

Notice that this righteous man who turns back to sin must also be warned that his sin will kill him. It doesn’t matter if he “asked Jesus into his heart as a child.” He must repent of his sins or they will kill him. “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Rom. 6:16)

The wages of sin is still death (Rom. 6:23; Gal. 6:7-9; James 1:15). For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God (1 John 3:7-9). A previously righteous man needs to be warned to repent of his sins, because “sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.” (1 John 3:4-5) Because this man is not abiding in Christ, he is “cast out as a branch and withered,” and is now in danger of being thrown into the fire and burned (John 15: 1-8). A proper warning can lead him to life if he takes heed and repents, but if the watchman fails to warn him, the watchman is accountable for his blood. To deliver his own soul, the watchman MUST give warning to the wicked!

God spoke thus through the prophet Isaiah, “Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” (Isa. 58:1) Why? Because if we don’t warn them, they will perish in their sins, and God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (Acts 17:30, 2 Peter 3:9)

Paul said, “Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…” (2 Cor. 5:11) Do we also know the terror of the Lord? Are we also persuading men? Are we giving them the whole truth, so as to give them every opportunity to inherit the kingdom of God? Are we convincing, rebuking, and exhorting “with all longsuffering and teaching”? Are we—through the Holy Ghost—convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment? (John 16:8) “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Tim. 4:2-4)

God is love, and God warns the wicked. Thus, love warns the wicked. Love wants no man to die. The man filled with God’s love would rather sacrifice himself than watch the wicked perish unwarned.

‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die?’ (Eze. 33:11)

If we refuse to warn the wicked to turn from his wicked way, we dare not claim to be God’s, for we are ashamed of His Words (Luke 9:26), and we prove by our self-serving silence that we do not love our neighbor as ourselves.

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3 Responses to “Love Warns the Wicked”

  1. smilesback said

    Again –wow, what a wonderful message! And so timely for me. I am not ashamed of Christ’s words (as all who know me know since I proclaim them whenever I can), but I hesitate to warn preachers and church groups because they claim such a person is trying to stir up trouble, cause division, or appear “holier than thou.” I have been praying about a situation, and I believe this is truly a confirmation. Many of the verses you quoted are ones I just read even this morning!
    Thank you again! Thank you for your faithfulness to proclaim the whole Truth!
    Rachel

    • Rachel, thank you so much for stopping by.

      I just read your article entitled, “The Evil Theologian, John Calvin.”

      http://smilesback.wordpress.com/sermons/the-evil-theologian-john-calvin/

      THANK YOU for posting the truth about this evil man! I agree with you 100%. This man’s false teaching has probably caused more spiritual casualties in the church than any other.

      I have also witnessed the way this evil teaching grips the minds of its adherents, causing them to deny and twist the simplest and most beautiful Scriptures. I hope to defend the true gospel against that heresy myself, with God’s help.

      Thank you for your service to God and others. Jesus bless you.

  2. smilesback said

    Thank you for going to my site. I wrote several other messages against Calvinism if you want to scroll through November and especially October. I think the titles are quite telling. Such as, “He Who Creates That He May Torture”. Yes, Calvinists slander our wonderful, gracious God as they actually glorify a demon-god.

    Thank you for your articles. I hope to continue to read your posts.

    Rachel

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