when I say unto the wicked, You shall surely die; and you give him not warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand (Ezek. 3:18).
The Lord, in effect, has made every single Preacher of the Gospel a “watchman.” We are to watch for people’s souls. We are to watch for false doctrine—especially for false doctrine.
If the Preacher sees wrong direction being followed, it is incumbent upon him to point out that wrong direction, and, if necessary, to the ones who are leading the false way. The Scripture is abundantly clear on the subject.
If the person or people aren’t warned, they will still die lost, because ignorance is not Salvation; however, their blood will be required at the hands of Preachers who were silent when they should have spoken up. That’s the sin of the modern Ministry, i.e., “Don’t rock the boat!”
Let me also say this:
If it is any message other than the Cross, then it’s false doctrine. The Apostle Paul said so (Gal. 1:8–9).
The Whole Bible
Read Jeremiah 40:1 through 42:22; 2 Timothy 3:1–17
From infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15).
The apostle Paul wrote these words to a young minister that he mentored and loved as a son. Timothy’s mother was a Jew, and apparently she made sure her son was given a firm foundation through exposure to the Law and the Prophets, our Old Testament.
The New Testament we have today was not yet recognized as Scripture or even complete when Paul wrote to Timothy. The Scriptures that could make one “wise for salvation” that Paul was referring to was the Old Testament.
Sometimes Christians bypass Old Testament books as though they have little importance for today. However, these books point to Christ and His salvation. Having a solid Old Testament foundation paves the way for a better understanding of the New.
How is your knowledge of the Old Testament? Do you know what it has to say about Christ? Have you searched the prophets in order to apply their wisdom and truths to your walk with God?
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to study all of Your Word in a balanced way.
--Quicklook: 2 Timothy 3:10–16 --
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