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A Word Of Warning To Pastors

When sin becomes trivial and the church is allowed to sink in the mire of worldliness in order to simply increase attendance, build buildings, or increase the size of the staff to meet more “felt” needs, people are deceived about their union and standing with Christ. The relationship they think they have with God does not exist. The leadership of their church has betrayed them. Mary Winslow writes on this subject:

Do not speak peace to a poor soul before God has spoken it. The murder of souls is the most dire of all murders!

Hold in memory Ezekiel 33:7-8, “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.”

I wish that every man who considers he has been called of the Holy Spirit to preach the Gospel had this whole chapter written upon his heart. In your preaching separate the precious from the vile, and be ready at a moment’s warning to give an account of your stewardship. Great is your responsibility! Oh, be faithful over a few things, that you may have a “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

I heard a clergyman in your neighborhood say, “All that we have to do is to keep the people quiet.” This man was never called of the Holy Spirit to preach Christ’s Gospel. Satan is only too pleased with such. This is just as the Deceiver would have it. He would keep the people quiet in their own sins, and say, “There is no danger; it is time enough yet, for you are good enough, and have done no evil, at any rate, you are no worse than others. Peace, peace!” (“Heaven Opened”)

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