Several years ago I heard a Baptist preacher tell the story of the greatest single tragedy that ever occurred in Texas. It was an explosion that killed 300 school children & their teachers in the New London school house in 1937.
The school was dismissing for the day when a streak of lightning coming from the ground instead of from the skies, the great building was blown to ashes, and lives of teachers, boys & girls were snuffed out in a flash.
A gloom of deep, dark sorrow swept over our state & the nation.
The government sent secret service men to investigate the cause. One of the investigators was questioning a lady, the wife of a man who had worked on the construction of the building. She said:
"My husband told me before this tragedy happened that he knew there was faulty construction in the gas line under the building."
"What?" said the inspector. She repeated her statement. Then the inspector asked:
"Did your husband know that the construction of the gas line was faulty?" "Yes," she answered.
"Did he report it to anyone?"
"Then your husband is a criminal," he said.
My friend, we believers in Christ know there is a hell & that lost people are doomed to go there unless some saved person leads them to Christ. Are you picturing to them the doom that awaits them? If not, you are just as responsible for their doom as that man who knew of the faulty construction in the gas line, was for the death of those children.
- ‘Florida Baptist Witness’ (moreillustrations.com)
Eze 3:18 (GW): “Suppose I tell you that wicked people will surely die, but you don’t warn them or speak out so that they can change their wicked ways in order to save their lives. Then these wicked people will die because of their sin, but I will hold you responsible for their deaths.”