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.
"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.
TO BE CONTINUED