The scripture is filled with warnings and admonitions, which if followed, would hide a multitude of sins. Yet, way too often, man rarely takes heeds to the warnings of God.
Old Testament Warnings
In 1 Cor. 10, Paul reviews with the Corinthians some grievous mistakes that had been made by the children of Israel hundreds of years before. “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Cor. 10:11). If we will look to the Old Testament Scriptures and study them, we can learn many things to help keep us from falling. “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Rom. 15:4).
Admonish One another
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. And I myself am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another” (Rom. 15:13-14). If we as Christians would admonish one another as we should, it would help us a great deal in fighting off temptations that cause us to fall. It is our responsibility to admonish one another as we strive for that eternal home. To the Christians at Colossae, Paul wrote, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly with all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Col. 3:16).
Elders, Preachers, and Teachers Admonish
It is the responsibility of these men to admonish the local church. “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you” (1 Thess. 5:12). Elders should employ admonishment as they exercise oversight of a local congregation of God’s people. Teachers should admonish their students in Bible classes-. Gospel preaching should be in such fashion as to admonish Christians to be faithful, and to be careful of the world and its lusts. Too many times there is not enough good, strong teaching and preaching going on in a congregation, to properly admonish the members to greater zeal and faithfulness.
Christians Warned and Admonished
Paul had much to say in his two letters to the church at Thessalonica, concerning church discipline of those who walk disorderly. He concluded, “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother” (2 Thess. 3:14-15). Christians who continue not in the doctrine of Christ have not God (2 Jn 9). All who change the gospel shall be accursed (Gal 1:6-9). All who change God’s Word shall have their name removed from the Lamb’s book of life (Rev 22:18,19)
Paul wrote Titus, “A man that is an heretic (false teacher) after the first and second admonition reject; knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sins, being condemned of himself” (Tit. 3:10-11). We are to admonish and warn false teachers to cease their divisive teachings. If they do not take heed to the first admonition, then we are to admonish them a second time. If he still continues to propagate false doctrine, then we are to reject him, which means to avoid association with him.
Jesus warned that if anyone didn’t believe he was the Christ that they shall die in their sins (Jn 8:24). If anyone didn’t confess he was the Christ, he would deny them before his Father (mt 10:32,33). If anyone didn’t repent, they will perish (Lk 13:3). Every confessed believer who had repented of their sins was commanded to be baptized (Mk 16:16 ff; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16). All who obey not the gospel of Christ come the day of judgment shall be punished with hell and damnation (2 Thess 1:8-9)