7 “Likewise you, human being — I have appointed you as watchman for the house of Isra’el. Therefore, when you hear the word from my mouth, warn them for me. 8 When I tell the wicked person, ‘Wicked person, you will certainly die’; and you fail to speak and warn the wicked person to leave his way; then that wicked person will die guilty; and I will hold you responsible for his death. 9 On the other hand, if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he doesn’t turn from his way; then he will still die guilty, but you will have saved your own life. Ezekiel 33:1-7 (CJB)
Marriage, One Man, One Woman
The church has struggled much on standing up for biblical truth and defending it. The scriptures tells us you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in the contest against sin. Heb. 12:4 (CJB) Jesus was hated and hung on the cross because men could not bear the truth that He spoke and because God had a plan to redeem mankind. Many times they tried to kill Him and yet until the appointed time He was able to walk through the crowd and out of harm’s way. At the appointed time He laid down His life with sacrificial love for all mankind.
Standing as a believer is something that we cannot do in our own strength. A line is being drawn in the sand where we are having to decide whose side we are on. Will we stand wholeheartedly for the Word of God amid the storms that are raising their ugly head? Issues are coming up where we are being challenged to come to a new level of faith and commitment. Will we keep silent or will we speak the truth in love, calling sin as the Word of God calls it?
In the United States we have heard of the battle over righteousness in believing that marriage is between one man and one woman. Canada’s laws have already been changed and many have chosen the path that they will follow. How did this very basic fundamental truth about marriage that is basic to our survival as a people come under such erosion by the enemy? How is it that man cannot see and know that a man and woman made in the image of God were created to marry and procreate and that no other two species except male and female can bring the fruit of the womb.
27 So God created humankind in his own image; in the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them: God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air and every living creature that crawls on the earth.” Genesis 1:27 (CJB)
Men are calling good evil and evil good. As it was in the days of Noah so it will be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man. The Lord spoke about the condition of men’s hearts then and they are the same today. He is not willing that any should perish but all should come to the truth. His love for mankind took Him to the cross where He suffered, died and rose again that we might be set free from our sin and that we might come to know Him.
One day all will give an account of how they lived there lives here on this earth. Were we holy as He is Holy? Did we walk in truth and righteousness? Did we speak the truth in love and stand as that watchman on the wall who was called to speak so that the blood of another would not be on his hands?
Have you spoken when it is uncomfortable, unpopular and would cost you something dear. Have you dared to speak the whole counsel when led of the Holy Spirit to do so? We are living in times like the days of Noah, eating, drinking, getting married and going about business as usual.
We need to take a stand now for what we believe. Daily the rights of those of precious faith are under attack. Let Christ in you arise and be fortified in His Word. We are told that the day will come when all will hate you and we do not like to think about this. One can feel the spiritual climate changing daily and we need to guard our relationship with Jesus. We are to love the sinner, pray for them, but come out from among them and be separate. It is only as you live a separated life that you will have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit of God is saying to the church.
Recently in sharing that someone was getting married, a person asked the question, “to a man or woman”, in jesting. This shows how the truth of God’s word has been rejected to suit the sin of man rather than man allowing God to move on His heart that He might follow Jesus. Taking up our cross daily and following Him is becoming increasingly difficult and unpopular. Yet there is no option for the true follower of Christ. Let us be willing to daily take up our cross and follow Jesus.
The word of Adonai came to me: 2 “Human being, speak to your people; say to them, ‘Suppose I bring the sword on a country, and the people of that country take one of their men and appoint him their watchman. 3 Now if, upon seeing the sword coming against that country, he blows the shofar and warns the people; 4 then, if the sword comes and takes away someone who heard the sound of the shofar but paid no attention to it, the responsibility for that person’s death will be his own — 5 he heard the shofar but paid no attention, so the responsibility for his death is his own; whereas if he had paid attention, he would have saved his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the shofar, so that the people are not warned; and then the sword comes and takes any one of them, that one is indeed taken away in his guilt, but I will hold the watchman responsible for his death.’