THE WARNING NEGLECTED

Ezekiel 33:1-5

 

I.Intro.

A.in worldly things, men are always enough awake to understand their own interests

1.there is scarcely a person who reads the paper, who does not read it with a view to his own personal concerns

2.men always look out for themselves; personal and home interests will usually occupy the major part of their thoughts

B.in religion it is quit different; in religion men love to believe abstract doctrines, and to talk of general truths, rather than the searching truths that examine their own personal interest

1.many men admire the preacher who deals in generalities, but when he presses home a searching question, they are offended

2.if a preacher declares general facts, such as the universal sin nature of mankind, or the need of a Saviour, they will probably go away delighted with the discourse, because it did not affected them

3.how often will people gnash their teeth, and go away in a rage, because they perceive that the preacher spoke of them

4.this is foolishness; if in other things we look out for our own interest, how much more should we do so in religion

a)every man must give an account for himself, at the day of judgment

b)if every man must stand in his own person before God, to be tried for his own acts, let us each look to our own selves, so that we be not deceived, and that we find not ourselves miserably cast away

II.A WARNING IS ALL THAT CAN BE DESIRED

A.if an army is attacked in the night and destroyed because they were unaware of the attack, though they had diligently placed a sentinel, who was destroyed, we would weep and blame no one

1.if the sentinel was wide awake and gave the sleeping soldiers every warning that could be desired; we cannot pity them, if they were foolish enough to sleep when they had been warned

a)if they had sufficient and timely notice of the approach of their enemy, then we cannot pity them in their dying: their blood must rest upon their own heads

2.so it is in the spiritual realm, if a man perishes under an unfaithful minister, and has not been sufficiently warned to escape from the wrath to come, we may pity them

a)even when they stand before God, though the lack of warning will not fully excuse them, yet it will diminish their eternal miseries, which would have fallen upon their heads - Matthew 11:21-24

b)it will be more tolerable for the unwarned in the day of judgment, than it will be for any city or nation that has had the Gospel proclaimed in its ears

(1)our damnation will be unpitied, if our conscience has been aroused, and if we have been constantly and earnestly warned of the wrath to come

(2)if we have despised the voice of God, if we have turned a deaf ear to earnest exhortations; we will perish, we will die warned, and our blood will fall upon out own heads

B.the warnings are those that have been heard [He heard the sound of the trumpet]

1.in far off lands, the trumpet sound of warning is not heard

a)there are many who have never been warned by God's ambassadors, who know not that God’s wrath abides on them, and who do not yet understand the only way of salvation

2.for everyone here today, the case is very different; no one here will be able to say that they never heard the Word of God preached or that they had never been warned, when you stand before God

a)not a man or a woman within this place will be able to plead ignorance

b)though some have been here many times, they are not an inch closer to heaven, but have sealed their damnation doubly sure, unless they repent

c)many have heard the Gospel, and have rejected the counsel of God against themselves

d)these shall die pitied by their friends, but at the same time their blood will be on their own heads

C.the trumpet was not only heard, its warning was understood

1.when the man in the text, heard the trumpet, he understood that the enemy was at hand, and yet he did not heed the warning

2.anyone who has ever heard warnings that could be understand, so much the more guilty they are

3.anyone living in rejection of these warnings, there is no hope of salvation for them

D.the trumpet sound was startling; when the trumpet sounds, it quickly gains our attention

1.the trumpet's sound will be used on resurrection morning, to startle the multitude of sleepers, and make them rise from their tombs

2.many have been startled when they heard the Gospel preached, but if they do not believe it, they must be damned, and their blood will be upon their own head

E.for many, the warning has been very frequent

1.how many people have only heard the trumpet sound once

2.faithful parents sound the trumpet for there children, faithful ministers sound the warnings from their pulpits, faithful friends also sound the trumpet

3.terrible sicknesses, and the death-bell tolling for a friend, has aroused the conscience of many

4.if a man should only hear the gospel once, his blood would be upon his own head for rejecting it; but how much sorer will the punishment be for those who have heard it many times

a)how many times has the trumpet sounded in our ears, and yet many continue to neglect their eternal interests, and pursue the pleasures and the concerns of this world

b)how mad is this

c)what shall be done unto him who is often rebuked, and still hardens his heart

d)shall he not be suddenly destroyed, and that without remedy; and shall it not then be said, "His blood is on his own head"

III.MEN MAKE EXCUSES FOR NOT HEEDING TO THE GOSPEL WARNING, BUT THESE EXCUSES ARE ALL FRIVOLOUS AND WICKED

A.some say, " I did not heed the warning because I did not believe there was any necessity for it"

1.they were told that after death there was a judgment, and they did not believe there was any necessity that they should be prepared for that judgment

2.they were told that by the works of the law there shall no flesh be justified, and that only through Christ can sinners be saved; and they did not think there was any necessity for Christ

3.deep down in their inner consciousness they knew there was a necessity

4.this excuse is profane and wicked, and everlasting torment will be their lot

B.others say, "I did not like the trumpet, I did not like the Gospel that was preached"

1.they say the minister preached too harsh a doctrine sometimes, and they did not agree with the Gospel

2.they thought the Gospel should have been altered, and not to have been just what it was

3.they did not like the trumpet, but it was God who made the trumpet, God made the Gospel; and since they did not like what God made, it is a profane and wicked excuse

C.some say, "I did not like the way the person blew the trumpet"

1.would we find fault with the way a man speaks, if we were in a house that was on fire

2.would we not think someone a fool, who would lie in his bed, to be burned, because he did not like the way a man cried, "Fire"

3.this is a is a profane and wicked excuse

D.others says, "I do not like the minister who blew the trumpet, so I will take no notice of the warning”

1.what would be thought of a man who fell overboard and was drowning, if he did not take the rope thrown to him because he did not like the man throwing it to him

2.that would be a foolish and absurd reason, when it was a matter of life and death

3.many are so busy criticizing the minister, and his style, and his doctrine, that their own soul perishes

4.one may get into hell by criticism, but none will never criticize their soul out of hell

5.all our dislikings will not get one drop of water to cool our burning tongue, nor unalleviated the torments of that world of agony

E.many people say, "the trumpet sound should to be blown for everybody else, but not for me"

F.another says, "I only want sow my wild oats as well as anybody else"

1.the best place for pleasure is where a Christian lives; the finest happiness in all the world is the happiness of a child of God

2.the world offers many pleasures, but the Christian has doubled and triple the pleasures in Christ

3.we do not have the things that worldlings call pleasures, but we have some that are a thousand times better

G.these are all pitiful excuses, when our own soul is at stake; if we take not warning, whatever our excuse, our blood will be upon our own head

IV.the consequences of not heeding the warning must be terrible, because IT SAYS THIS man's “blood SHALL be UPon his own head”

A.he shall perish; he shall perish certainly; he shall perish In an unpardonable manner

B.there is no human mind, no matter how large, that can ever guess the thought of a soul eternally cast away from God

1.the wrath to come is as inexpressible as the glory that shall be revealed hereafter to the Christian

2.Jesus labored for words with which to express the horrors of the future state of the ungodly

3.He talked of worms that die not, and fires that are never quenched, of a pit without a bottom, of weeping, and wailing and gnashing of teeth in the outer darkness

C.no preacher has ever been so loving as Christ, but no man ever spoke so horribly about hell as Christ did

1.we may have heard the shrieks of men and women when suffering in pain, but none of us know how much the body is capable of suffering

2.for those that do not heed the trumpet warning, the body will have to suffer forever

3.except we repent, except we cry for mercy to Him that is able to save, we must perish

D.the things that are taught in Scripture, are matters of solemn certainty

1.there is another world to come, it is as certain as the world in which we live

2.if we die impenitent, that world will be one of misery

3.there is no chance of escape; die without Christ, and there is no gate out of which anyone can escape

a)forever lost, and not one hope of mercy

b)cast away, and not one outlet for escape, not one solitary chance of ransom

E.the sinner will perish; he will perish certainly, but he will also perish without excuse; “his blood shall be on his own head”

1.to neglect the trumpet warnings is to commit soul suicide

2.if a man perishes after having heard the Gospel, he will be his own murderer

3.if a man despises the Gospel, they are preparing fuel for their own bed of flames

F.this is the gospel we are told to preach to every creature—"He that believeth, shall be saved, he that believeth not shall be damned"