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Reflections on eternity by Terry Ratajczyk Ezekiel 33:7-9 states: You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me. If I tell the wicked man that he shall surly die, and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked man from his way, he (the wicked man) shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death. But if you warn the wicked man, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn his way, he shall die for his guilt, but you shall save yourself. The Profit Ezekiel points out how seriousness it is when we do not warn the sinner of his sin. If we do not speak out and try to dissuade the sinner from his sinful ways, we ourselves become responsible for the sinner’s death. But if we warn the sinner, even if he does not turn away from sin, we are off the hook because “you shall shall save yourself”. This could be one of the hardest conversations of your life. I know I have tried and have failed trying to do this, even with friends and family. We are not judging a person’s soul, only God can do that. We are judging their objective behavior, and it is a great act of love when we try to help someone turn away from sin. Their eternal salvation might be at stake. The Epistle of James also states: “remember this: the person who brings a sinner back from his ways will save his soul from death and cancel a multitude of sin.