6 Good Bible Verses About Accountability

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Everyone is called to be accountable in some way. Husbands and wives are accountable to be faithful to each other. Children are called to be accountable in their obedience to parents. Employees are called to be accountable to their employers and students are called to be accountable to their teachers.

Why is it necessary to be accountable? Most likely, if we didn’t have to be accountable to someone—many of us would live lesser lives. We wouldn’t work too hard because it wouldn’t matter as much. Having a relationship with the Lord doesn’t insulate us from needing accountability. We can deceive ourselves because of the weakness of our flesh and we can be deceived by our enemy, Satan. Every believer needs at least one person in their life who pulls no punches when it comes to speaking the truth in love. The following 8 Bible verses gives insight into the importance of accountability:

We are accountable to warn unbelievers

“When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood” (Ezekiel 33:8)

God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for the sins of the whole world and masses of people never hear the gospel because we are afraid or timid to share it with them. By doing so, we contribute to their fate of eternal death because we withheld the truth from them. The Lord will hold us accountable for sharing the Good News with those who live or work around us every day.

6 Good Bible Verses About Accountability

We are accountable for every word we speak

“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37).

There are so many words spoken in a day that we hardly think about what we say. Yet the Lord doesn’t forget our meaningless words and we will have to give an account for each one. We know that we are to be “slow to speak” (James 1:19)—to help us carefully consider what and how we speak to those around us.

We are accountable for how we live our lives

So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God” (Romans 14:12).

Our everyday decisions matter to God and to those we live with at home, school, or work. We set the example of how believers reflect Jesus in good and bad times. Our attitudes and actions speak much louder than our words. We must live under the direction of the Holy Spirit being accountable to live righteous lives.

Leaders are accountable for those who serve under them

“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you” (Hebrews 13:17).

Every leader will give an account to God for those who followed them in their lifetime. A leader must be sure that they’ve said and done everything as directed by the Lord so that people will stay on the right track. Followers will give an account as well in how they demonstrated patience and submission to those the Lord put over them.

Teachers are accountable for their students

“Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” (James 3:1).

Many lives are touched (both positively and negatively) by those who teach the Word of God. Teachers are given a gift from God that enables them to take the deeper truths of His word and make it easier for understanding and application by their students. This accountability comes with a greater judgment so that not many people should consider teaching unless they are called to do so.

Unbelievers are accountable for rejecting truth

“But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead” (1 Peter 4:5).

The Lord makes the truth known in every place on the earth. People only have to look at the sky, trees, or rivers and they will know that God exists. However because of the hardness of their hearts, many will reject God and instead choose to live by their own rules. They will stand before God and give an account of rejecting His precious Son, Jesus Christ.

Accountability is Necessary…

We find in Jeremiah 17:9 that “the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Because of our ability to deceive ourselves into believing lies—we must remain accountable not only to God, but to others in the body of Christ especially those who are wise. Accountability is a gift from God to help us stay on the right path and live spiritually successful lives.

More about accountability: 10 Questions for Your Christian Accountability Partner

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DocReits December 12, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Good for you Crystal in calling me to accountability! It is a brave topic, as no one wants to hear, “…and I will hold you accountable for their blood” (Ezekiel 33:8)”

Often the Christian hearing that warning thinks that they are ultimately “responsible” for the fate of the heathen. Apparently you are also of that persuasion, for you say,

“…we are afraid or timid to share it(Gospel) with them. By doing so, WE CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR FATE of eternal death because we withheld the truth from them”(emphasis mine).

I think we will be held accountable for having shared or not shared the Gospel with the unsaved…absolutely. I do not think that we will in anyways be held “responsible” in “contributing”(your word) to their fate.

Do not misunderstand. We are “called” to support missions, share the Gospel, feed the poor, etc, “because” we are commanded to do so by the Lord(Mt 28:19,20). We will be held accountable for doing the work of a servant, which is our reasonable service(Rom 12:1).

Salvation is the Holy Spirit’s job, though, and “IF” we do not share the Gospel with “whomever”…even though God is whispering for us to do so, that will not “seal” their fate. God will raise up another. Ultimately, our lack of sharing will not alter another’s eternal destiny. To believe otherwise, is to deny God’s sovereignty.

You always make me think Crystal, and I thank you for that.




Crystal McDowell December 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Dear Docreits,

I agree with your assessment. I don’t believe that we cause unbelievers to go to eternal death because of our refusal to share the gospel. However, we are accountable to share the Good News especially when the Holy Spirit compels our hearts to share. Being saved or lost–we have a responsibility to respond to the Lord’s beckoning. Thanks again for your astute observations. Have a blessed day.


Kristy Perry March 17, 2019 at 8:57 pm

Ezekiel 33:7:8:9~33:7 So i have made you a watchmen, for the house of Israel. When I speak give them warning from Me.33:8 When I say O wicked man you will surely die; if you don’t speak up and warm them to turn from their wicked ways, that wicked man shall die, in his iniquity: but his blood will be on thine hand. (You will be held accountable, for his blood) 33:9 Nevertheless, if you warn the wicked of his ways and to turn from them, and he doesn’t turn away, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thou soul (he still died in his skin, but you are saved)


Diann Banks August 11, 2015 at 6:06 am

Where in the bible does it point to God holding us responsible for not knowing his Word?


Brya September 20, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Hosea 4:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.


Jack Wellman September 20, 2019 at 5:26 pm

Excellent response Brya. Well said. Thank you so much.


Wisdom Attah Elorm May 22, 2016 at 11:35 am

Let everyone, whether a Christian or not, be mindful about the truth that God will judge all of us and we shall give account of how we use whatever he has given to us here on earth. It may be your wife, children, your spiritual gift, your profession, money, or any other property you are in possession of. For this reason we must all be careful how we use everything that we have.


Anna May 27, 2019 at 4:28 am

“and I will hold you accountable for their blood”
Is that mean lose salvation, go to hell? Or I will enter the Heaven but I will lose a prise?
Of course I want to that everyody will be saved, but it’s better to know what will happen if we neglect our duties


Jack Wellman May 27, 2019 at 10:13 am

Hello Anna. I believe that means that God will hold a person accountable if the refuse to share the gospel, but it does not mean we will lose our salvation if we don’t. I think many read it this way, bu tthat’s not what is being said. I hope I have helped. Many will have few or no rewards because they’ve done nothing for Christ (Matt 25:40) of the things commanded (Matt 25:35-36).


Lance Potter December 28, 2019 at 9:02 am

Byra, “rejecting” is not the same as “not knowing”. Hosea 4:6 King James Version (KJV) refers to those who have heard the word of God, but not accepted it. It does not make a case regarding those who have simply not heard the word of God.


Barney Barnard February 9, 2020 at 5:25 am

What does the Bible tell us about electing leaders who support abortion ?


Jack Wellman February 9, 2020 at 12:49 pm

Whoever supports abortion cannot be a true believer. God is pro-life and so should we, so if leaders are pro-abortion, I would not vote for them.


Toni April 26, 2020 at 7:11 pm

I agree. We are convicted by His Word. I will not vote for someone who believes in abortion. I have to ultimately answer to God and I will not be shaken. I stand for the voices of the unborn.


Jack Wellman April 26, 2020 at 7:14 pm

Well said Toni. Thank you for your stand for the unborn and speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves.


Ola June 4, 2020 at 3:17 pm

What about people who kill grown men or do not put systems in place to ensure that innocent black men are not killed? Or who blaspheme, lie and cheat? Are these type of people Godly and worthy of our votes?

pR . BALAAM May 14, 2021 at 3:40 am

well done for work of God. I want more about God.


Jack Wellman June 4, 2020 at 4:53 pm

No, they are not worthy of our votes, whoever you are talking about. These “systems” have already been in place…and sadly, since African-Americans have been enslaved.


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