A few things, fortunately only a few, are matters of life and death, such as a compass for a sea voyage or a guide for a journey across the desert. To ignore these vital things is not to gamble or take a chance; it is to commit suicide. Here it is: either be right or be dead. Our relation to Christ is such a matter of life or death, and on a much higher plane. -- A. W. Tozer
Joshua 24:14-15 (ESV) Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
The Best of A.W. Tozer, Book One, comp. Warren W. Wiersbe, (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 100.