Judgement for Christians?
Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:02 AM
Dr. David Jeremiah, a very good pastor, says the judgement for Christians is only about receiving rewards. I respect him as a pastor and think what he says is right.
Any input? Thanks!
Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:27 PM
Maybe this verse is helpful?
John 5:24 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." (KJV)
Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:38 PM
In addition to my last post, I wanted to point out that true belief in Jesus and true salvation will result in a person being willingly (but not perfect as no one is perfect) obedience to God.
Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:38 PM
When we are told "be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect"…..I have read and have been taught that the perfect in that verse means "be complete". It doesn't mean sinless perfection...none of us can achieve that.
Anyone else feel free to add your thoughts.
Posted 22 August 2017 - 05:11 PM
I've studied that verse also, Deb and came to the same conclusion that it means complete. I just looked it up again and looked at a lexicon for that word that is translated "perfect". Here's the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance definition for it:
KJV Lexicon (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance):
teleios tel'-i-os: complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.);
Posted 22 August 2017 - 08:04 PM
We all need to take care not to fall into legalism. Legalism can hinder or even turn people away from the wonderful life that is in Christ. And sometimes a legalistic person might not even know the Lord.
I heard a young seminary student preach and he preached on the importance of kindness. He was raised legalistically...so when he taught Sunday School, he was that way with the younger kids and he was sorry for how he was with them.
He gave an example of what he was raised under: When he and some other boys were just fooling around a bit, a man from the church put them in a room in the basement of the church, he told them to get down on their knees and repent. Then this man turned the lights out, left, locked them in that dark room....and left them there for 30 minutes alone!!!
I was in disbelief that a leader in this young man's life could have been so cruel. I will say that the unkind man and the young boys are from another country, and I guess the man was treated that way...with severe discipline, rather than being lovingly corrected.
A lesson for all of us in how to best minister to others...
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