Warning Wicked People

Written by Sheila Hughes
Watering down our God’s truth
Is a practice we’re not to do,
Speak boldly in love and grace
Even if you only reach a few.

Don’t worry about being popular
It’s God who you must please,
Confront, warn, wicked people
Before God, bow down on your knees.

God will hold us all accountable
If we fail to deliver His Word,
Don’t allow fear to overcome you
Bring more sheep into God’s herd.

Love greatly and show you care
Expose your real Christian heart,
Allow the Holy Spirit to use you
So only God’s truth you’ll impart.

The same message holds true today
As it did way back in Jesus’ day,
May you have an appetite for truth
Go forth, God will tell you what to say.
Many of our churches today are not warning sinners how serious their wicked ways can be if they don’t repent of their evil ways and change. Servants of the Lord are to speak God’s Word with great boldness in order to stab sinner’s consciences so they will repent. We can do that in a gracious manner, but also a firm and loving manner. Boldness can only come from the Holy Spirit. The truth is what God wants his servants to speak. Jesus’ disciples and servants had to confront the practice of idolatry. Can you imagine how furious the people in Ephesus were at Paul when he preached against idols. Hearing God’s truth caused the people to shout, ‘Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!’ Soon the whole city was in an uproar. (Acts 19:28-29) Paul with a spirit of power, self-discipline, and love taught with boldness hoping to change and save spiritually blind people. He had their best interest at heart. Those idolators didn’t see it that way. Paul’s life was in jeopardy, yet Paul (never stopped warning) those people for three years, night and day with tears. (Acts 20:27, 31) Paul was not trying to preach what would make him popular with the people, he preached God’s truth without watering it down.

God also told Ezekiel that if wicked people needed a warning and he failed to deliver it, their blood would be on the prophet’s hands. The same holds true today for servants and ministers of God’s Word. Graciously, but firmly, we have to speak truth in love. Many changes seem to be happening in our churches today in order to please the people, but God says we are to please Him. We try to make things that are a sin, right. We need to try to bring people to the Lord on the spot, and not wait another week, month, or year to convert. The gospel is too important to put it off until later. God can make crooked ways straight when we truly want to change. God knows everything, and He tests our hearts.

Don’t be afraid to speak the truth. Proverbs 28:23 says, “He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue.” Servants, be confrontational like Jesus. Don’t lower your Christian standards when you go out to speak God’s truth just in order to be more popular.

Sheila Wells Hughes, June 22, 2021, # 1,037

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