1 Corinthians 16:22
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.
How great is the sin of not loving your Lord and your Saviour! "Oh! but you see, sir, that is a mere negative thing. It is what we do that we are accountable for to God; it is our positive actions that we must render an account for at the last." Is that so? Is there no sin in not doing what you ought to do? If your neighbour's house were in flames to-night, and you saw them belching out of the windows, would it be no sin for you to sit calmly in your own dwelling, and not go at midnight to raise the family from their fatal sleep? Would you think so if to-morrow morning you looked at their skeletons amid the charred and blackened ruins? Suppose there is some man in this chapel to-night, who lives in a comfortable and luxurious mansion, but his own mother is in an almshouse, I say to him, "Where is your old mother?" He says, "In the poorhouse." "Do you know, sir, that you are practising a diabolical cruelty?" "Oh! but I am doing nothing to my mother." "It is your not doing; it is your living in luxury, and she lying there on that hard bed of poverty and neglect that stamps you, sir, with that most damnable sin of breaking God's fifth commandment. It is what you do not do that stamps you as an ingrate to her that bore you." Oh! my friends, yet out of Christ, it is the sin of not loving Christ that makes you guilty before God. Not loving Him is pronounced in all cases a positive and fatal sin.
(T. L. Cuyler.)
Parallel VersesKJV: If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.