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  1. Here is our duty as watchmen : “Now as for you, son of man, I have [b]appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a [c]message from My mouth and give them warning from Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. 9 But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life." Ezechiel 33:7-9.

    As the prophets before, we are called to warn others about their mistakes. We are supposed to proclaim the messages of the 3 angels. Stephen was fulfilling his duty as we should towards our family, friends, coworkers, etc. The Bible clearly states this command as a duty to those who called themselves Believers. And time is coming when God will use men and women who are like Stephen, willing to die for these messages to be proclaimed. This work will be achieved with or without us.

  2. The message of warning is to be proclaimed out of love. Prayerfully Telling the truth to someone with the intend that the person makes a u-turn and escapes eternal condemnation is an act of love and will produce fruits fit for eternal life with our King. So, yes, rebuking and praying for the person are not contradictory. Moses constantly rebuked the Israelites while leading them towards the wilderness. For the same people who were the object of his rebukes, Moses pleaded with God, and asked Him to remove his name from the Book of life instead of destroying the stiffnecked and rebellious Israelites. We are not to forget that God's will is that all should be saved. For this end that He sent His only Son to die for all sinners. However, He knows that not all desire to spend eternity with Him. However, all means are used by angels to save all men. Therefore, following our Example, we should always minster to others out of a sanctified heart, with pure motives and pray for those who are the objects of endtime life saving warnings.


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