Of Judgment

Of Judgment

RiverWalk Church of Christ Wichita Ks  Minister

I often listen to KLOVE radio in the morning as I’m getting dressed and ready for the day. I’ve noticed that pretty much all of the songs on the radio nowadays are songs that talk of the love, mercy, and grace of God. And I’m good with that as far as the radio is concerned. But I have a concern that for those whose only (or perhaps primary) contact with spiritual things is the radio. I have to think that the fullness of God is not displayed in many of the songs. One of the attributes that I fear is being lost is the fact that God is righteous and will judge the world.
The Bible clearly teaches that God is holy, just, and sovereign. And it teaches that because of those attributes, there will come a time when God will make things right in righteous judgment. Those who are in Christ need not fear the coming Judgment, as the blood of the Savior will cleanse all sin. But for those outside of the grace of the Lord, there will be a time of reckoning.
I don’t wish to go back to a fear-based evangelism. But I think it is important to know just who God is and what the Bible teaches regarding His righteousness and holiness. James Montgomery Boice, in his book, “Fou0ndations of the Christian Faith,” says this about the holiness and judgment of God.
There is a reluctance today to talk about judgment. Judgment is thought to be ignoble. We can talk about God’s love, grace, mercy, care, compassion, strength. We can say he is the answer to whatever problem we have, and that he is adequate for every emergency. But to talk about God as a God of judgment and of Jesus Christ as a judge is so offensive to our culture that many let this doctrine pass.
How can we possibly overlook the fact that the great and holy God of the universe will one day judge sin? If it were not true that God will judge sin, it would be a blot on the name of God. We could not talk about a holy God, a just God, a sovereign God, if he were to let sin go on unchecked indefinitely.

We would do well to heed the comments of Boice. There is inherent in the gospel of Jesus Christ the certainty of judgment for those who have not accepted the offer of salvation through faith in the once-for-all offering of the Son of God. To preach any other gospel is to preach a half-truth. To preach any other gospel is to leave out a critical piece of the plan of salvation. To preach any other gospel is to water down the righteousness, purity, and holiness of God. To preach any other gospel is to make God into just another grandfatherly figure who loves everyone (which is true), condemns no one, and in blissful ignorance overlooks the stench and filth of evil.
We dare not change the message of the Good News concerning Jesus Christ into something that is more palatable to our sensibilities and our culture. It is what it is, and we need to man up, see ourselves and the world for what we and it are, and throw ourselves at the foot of the cross. As the song says well, Nothing in my hands I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling; Naked, come to Thee for dress, Helpless, look to Thee for grace: Foul, I to the fountain fly, Wash me, Savior, or I die

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