This come from the new YouTube video that I’m working on.The working title is, “Impotent Believers”
“But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.” — God (Ezekiel 33:6 NIV)
There are people who profess to be a Christian for 30, 40, 50 years and have never shared Jesus with someone or won one person to Lord. They could be Sunday School teachers, elders or deacons and even pastors. Jesus said, “The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Luke 3:9 NIV) He said in Matthew 7:19, “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (NIV)
The Greek word for fire in these two verses can mean fire or trials. In Scripture, fire is often used figuratively – like with the “fire of God” which transforms all it touches into light and likeness with itself. God’s Spirit, like a holy fire, enlightens and purifies believers.
What happens when a tree is cut down? It looses connection with the life-giving earth and water. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NIV) Literally in the original Greek Jesus is saying “If you maintain a living communion with me you will bear much fruit.” If you’re not doing this, then, don’t be surprised if you become like so many church members—dead, indifferent and out of touch with God.
Again Jesus said, “By their fruit you will know them” and in this case, you will know them because of their lack of fruit. Quite frankly, the chances of these dedicated pew warmers actually being members of God’s Kingdom is slim to none. And for those who are unproductive born again member of the Church, get ready for the purifying fire of God.
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” (Hebrews 12:5-6 NIV)