JUDGMENT—GOD or OURS?

With the recent news regarding homosexual marriage now being legal, what I have been noticing on many posts is another problem and this with the Christian community.  We are afraid to condemn what we know is wrong—or is it? To condemn or homosexual marriages?  We know, through Scripture, any homosexuality is unlawful and we also know, through Scripture, those who continue in this lifestyle will be condemned. Therefore, there should not be any fear to stand for the right and become passive with the words, “I can’t judge them.”  We can, we should and God help you if you don’t!

The word judgment is defined in this way:  “the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.”

We make “judgments” with regards to all facets of our lives.  With food, cars, clothing, the weather and even people.  Who hasn’t crossed the street, regardless of what time of day or night, when there are certain people we might fear approaching from the other direction?  That’s judgment!  And it is a God-given ability in order to protect ourselves.  There is nothing wrong with it and if you don’t use it, you are putting yourself at risk.

However, there is a judgment I cannot make because IT IS God’s prerogative:  and this is judgment as it pertains to one’s salvation.  Now, THIS, is only something God can do.  Judgment is going on, right now, in the Heavenly Sanctuary regarding you and mine salvation.  Our record is going over and those things we have done, have said, have neglected to do is being evaluated and determined whether Christ’s sacrifice, on the cross, will be applied to our sins.  I cannot see the record, know the record nor participate in that judgment whether it is your record or mine; however, during the Millennium, we will have access to the record and we will learn why certain friends and loved ones didn’t make it into the kingdom, and this is why Christ will assist us by wiping the tears from our eyes while we are heaven.  I always wondered about this verse,

“For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Rev 7:17 (KJV)

Why would we be crying in heaven?  It is because it will take that long to experience healing,

“In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” Rev 22:2 (KJV)

Yes, that’s right, and it has often perplexed me why we would need healing in heaven, and now I know.  The Bible also states,

“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.” 1 Cor 6:2-4 (KJV)

Here the Bible makes it clear, we not ONLY “will” have the right to judge angels, but we also have the right to judge those things pertaining to THIS LIFE, and we commanded to do so TODAY, not TOMORROW, for the protection of the church!  We are also told,

“Ye shall know them by their fruits.” Matt 7:16 (KJV)

Christ said that one!  Their fruit, their acts, their decisions exhibited by their lifestyle will have us to know who they are, what they are, how they’re living, and we are to protect ourselves by making determinations, or “judgments” about them, but we are not to neglect them from our prayer life.  As long as they have breath, there is the possibility of salvation and we are to even put them out of churches, according to Paul, in order that they might come to their senses!  WE CANNOT BE AFRAID TO CALL PEOPLE ‘SINNER’ BECAUSE IF NOTHING ELSE IT DOES TAKE ONE TO KNOW ONE!

Why are we afraid to make “judgment”?  Because the devil has confused so many people regarding what we are do regarding him!  He has taken away your God-given ability to determine him and his people, for he has them, too, by your being passive, non-judgmental, so in essence you will not say what needs to be said, not do what needs to be done, and this unwillingness to stand up for truth will cause many people to be lost!  Where is your witness?  Rather, your witness is ineffective because of your unwillingness to call sin what it is.  It is not alright to be homosexual!  It is not alright to be a sinner.  Sinners will be lost.  Are we all sinners?  Yes, we are.  But not all of us will die an eternal death.  Why?  Because someone had the courage to stand up to us, pray for us, loved us enough to become vulnerable and approach us to let us know what we were doing was wrong!  I praise God for those who helped me when I was in my addiction who didn’t back down.  I thank God for those witnesses of courage who weren’t afraid to tell me my lifestyle was not right.  They didn’t judgment me regarding eternal salvation because they couldn’t but what they could tell me was this:  “If you continue in your sin, Bro. Roy, you will die!”  Judgment?  Nope.  Love!

We need to take back our faith, our strength and stop being namby-pamby with regards to sin.  We are soldiers in this war against the enemy but he would have us welcome him in by misusing and misunderstanding what judgment and sin is.  What our responsibility is.  God will never be able to “judge” me by being passive and not aggressively fighting against those who are wrong.  I’m looking at their fruit.  I’m making decisions (judgments) regarding them and seeing them regarding their “public” sin, and I will approach them “publicly” and help them, not condemn them, but help them to see their ways and bring them to the truth.

Will you?

 

June 28, 2015

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