Judgment

  • The determination of who enters heaven or burns in hell is Godís - Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 2:16; I Corinthians 5:13; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; II Timothy 4:8; Jude 1:9, 14-15
  • God has told us, in advance, the standard of his judgment - John 12:48; Romans 2:16; II Thessalonians 1:8; James 2:11-13
  • Christians will be involved in that final judgment - I Corinthians 6:2-3
  • Christians are commanded to make judgment, not based on their own beliefs, but on the inspired revelation of Godís Holy Word - Matthew 7:5; John 7:24; Acts 17:11; Romans 12:1-2; I Corinthians 5:7, 12; 14:29; II Corinthians 13:15; I Thessalonians 5:21-22; I John 4:1; Revelation 2:2
  • Paul left an example of making such judgment - I Corinthians 5:3; Galatians 2:11
  • This judgment does not send a person to heaven, nor condemns a person to hell. It is a recognition of a personís current obedience to God and is used to determine our association with that person - Matthew 7:15Ė20; Romans 16:17; I Corinthians 5:2-6, 9-13
  • If a person teaches a different gospel, he is accursed - Galatians 1:6-9
  • When a person is judged to be in error, we recognize that Godís word states he is condemned. It the person in the wrong, and not the judge, who has condemned himself by his actions - Galatians 2:11-14; Titus 3:10-11; II Peter 2:1

Standards in Judgement

  • In making judgments, we must be impartial - I Timothy 5:19-21; James 2:1,9
  • In making judgement, we cannot favor ourselves over others - Matthew 7:1-5; Romans 2:1-6
  • In making judgment, we cannot make laws that God has not made - Romans 14:3-4, 7-12; James 4:11-12

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