In seeing so much chaos in people’s differing opinions about many things in the Church, and their subsequent willingness to break the clear commands of God in order to follow the opinions of man, my mantra the past few years has been in the words of the reformers “sola scriptura” and even more specifically to “keep the plain things the main things” as found in Scripture. I have found that many (including myself) of my brothers and sisters are often unable to distinguish between the clear mandates of Scripture and the theologies and opinions of man, thus we are guilty of going “beyond what is written “and as such are “puffed up in favor of one against another.” (1 Corinthians 4:6)
Today as I was looking up lyrics for a song I saw this picture and I remember reading an article about people who sold everything to drive around the USA to hand out tracts with this message. Further proof for the need to focus on “the main things”.
All one has to do is read Matthew 24: 35-36 which states” 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” in the ESV. It doesn’t take a Bible scholar to figure this one out. Thus there is only one thing that the Bible guarantees about the message above: THERE’S NO WAY MAY 21, 2011 WILL BE JUDGMENT DAY.
The warning these people are giving is the wrong one. The context of the verse referenced in Ezekiel is talking about a prophet needing to warn the people to repent or be judged. We are that watchman today and we must tell the truth as found in the Gospel, not false prophecy that will only throw mud in the face of our savior.
Ezekiel 33:1-6: 1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, 3 and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand. ESV