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Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth him that sent me, hath eternal life, and cometh not into judgment, but hath passed out of death into life.
— John 5:24

Judgement.  What comes to mind when you hear that word?  Today tolerance is trumpeted from the highest peaks.  We are told that the world needs more tolerance, acceptance, and unity.  History is being rewritten.  Good is now evil, evil is now good.  Truth is now relevant.  Honesty and integrity is now optional.  The Bible is antiquated.

When I hear the word judgement, I instantly think in biblical terms.  I almost always think of this verse in John chapter 5.  Jesus being the author and perfecter of faith is the supreme authority on the matter.  In one verse he shows us mans position before faith, judged and spiritualy dead.  Born with the Adamic nature and curse, we are all born judged.  We are all sinners in need of a savior.  If we hear His words, and believe in Him, we can pass from death to life.  

In doctrinal terms, we are justified.  Declared innocent in the eyes of God. Sanctified, cleansed and continually being cleansed as we trust in Jesus and His words. Upon death, we are to be glorified, given new bodies, and spend eternity with God in heaven.  Sin looses it's power over us, and death looses it's sting.  We are born again.

How can one come to faith, and experience forgiveness, and have eternal life if they feel they have no need for a savior?  The devil long ago set into motion a plan to fool the world into thinking they have no need for a savior.  With tolerance, there is no need to fear judgement.  With acceptance, there is no need for correction.  With unity, there is only compromise.  We are all the same.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves: for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due. And even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up unto a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, hateful to God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, unmerciful: who, knowing the ordinance of God, that they that practise such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also consent with them that practise them.
— (Romans 1:22-32)

"not only do the same, but consent with them that practice them."  Jesus wants us to change the world, but many of us allow the world to change us.  When we allow that to happen, then we loose our effectiveness to lead people to Christ and salvation.  Meditate on this.  Someones life depends on it.

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