I am very grateful to God for blessing me with the gift of being able to speak words of encouragement to others, however as a Christian I also realize that we have a responsibility to warn those who choose not to accept the gift of salvation, of the serious consequences of their decision.
We hear many people speak of Judgment Day, where everyone will stand before Jesus Christ to be rewarded or punished for their actions. What many people may not know is there are actually two separate judgments;
1. The Judgment of the Just is for all born again Christians, who’s entrance into Heaven is secured, however Jesus will judge and reward them based upon how they used their gifts and talents in sharing the Gospel and helping others. (I discuss this more in depth in the post, entitled Awards Day
2. The White Throne Judgment is where all men and women, who have willfully chosen to reject a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, will stand before the King of Kings to give an account for their sins, and this is what we must now discuss.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Now some people ask the question how could a loving and merciful God send anyone to Hell? Yes, God does love every person unconditionally, and extends a great deal of mercy to people who seem to go about their lives with no regard for their Creator, however our Creator is also a God of justice. Because He is full of righteousness and justice, God cannot allow sin to go unpunished.
Sin is defined as the willful transgression of God’s law. During the Old Testament, god supplied man with the Ten Commandments as the “measuring stick” of living up to God’s standards.
The situation we face, as human beings, is that all of us were born with the sin nature within us, and have sinned against God(Psalm 51:5, Romans 3:23)
The Old Testament priests offered burnt offerings and animal sacrifices to atone for the sins of the people, however this was a continual thing, because of the continual sin of the people. The four Gospels of the New Testament record the; prophesied earthly birth, ministry, death on the cross, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Son of God came, and died on the cross, to be the once and for all sacrifice for mankind’s sin.
John 5:22, 27
22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
WHAT ARE THE CHARGES?
Though it may sound good to hear people say that they are a “self made” man or woman, or that they pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps, the fact is that all of us have a very destructive sin nature that dwells within us. Whether we sin openly(committing murder, lying to others, stealing, etc…), or secretly(lusting after people in our hearts, looking at pornography, secretly bribing public officials, etc…), we are hurting other people and ourselves in a negative manner.
We may be able to successfully deceive other people, by keeping up a good public image, while committing wrongful acts in secret, however our Creator knows the innermost parts of our true intentions.(Psalm 139:1-4, Jeremiah 17:10)
No matter how much the sinful pride within them may cause a person to want to justify their sinful deeds, these actions come with heavy consequences.
• Indulging in heavy drinking can led to auto: accident deaths or violence against one’s loved ones
• Corporate greed can lead to a person stealing from the company which could result in prison time. It can also lead to problems at home, as a result of a person neglecting their spouse and children.
• Adultery can lead to destroyed marriages and the resentment by one’s children.
• Harboring hate in one’s heart leads to violence in our streets, broken relationships, murder, and war.
People give various reasons for choosing not to accept the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Some people are deceived into New Age doctrines that preach that there are many paths to Heaven. Others profess themselves, as Atheists, and choose not to believe in God at all, choosing rather to place their faith in science and their own abilities. There are others who acknowledge God’s existence, but choose only to call on Him in times of great need.
As we read Revelation 20:11-15, we learn that there will come a day when all who have chosen to reject God’s love, in favor of enjoying the pleasures of sin will stand before Jesus Christ. This passage goes on to tell us that books are being kept regarding the deeds done by the unsaved, which could include: words spoken, actions done, and the true motives behind these actions. Jesus will speak with each unsaved person regarding their life, and His willingness to have erased their sins, and to supply them with His wisdom, peace, and victory in their mortal life as well as in eternity, had they chosen to accept the gift of salvation, during their life on earth.
Free will is God’s greatest gift to mankind, and so because He is holy and just, the Lord will not force a person who has chosen to reject Him for their entire mortal life, to live within His perfect kingdom. Much to Jesus’ sadness, it will be at this time that the individual will be sent to the lake of fire and brimstone to be separated from God’s loving presence, forever.
Honestly, would Heaven truly be perfect if Jesus allowed the entrance of those who truly have no desire to reciprocate His love, and yield to His Lordship? Of course not.
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
I Corinthians 6:9-11
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
THE GOOD NEWS:
None of us have to face the White Throne Judgment, or the end result of an eternity apart from God.
As an earthly father loves his son or daughter, and desires a close relationship filled with communication and fellowship, so also does our Heavenly Father desire a close relationship with His creations.
God does not want anyone to spend eternity apart from Him. He Sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the once and for all sacrificial lamb for the sins of mankind. Jesus took upon Himself your sins and mine. He died and went to Hell, so that we would not have to. Most importantly, He rose from the grave three days later, so that for every born again believer, mortal death is not the end of the road. When our life is over in this world, though our mortal body is placed into the ground, our soul will go to heaven to be with God forever.
We cannot obtain salvation by simply attending church every Sunday. We cannot obtain salvation by dropping large amounts of money into the church collection bucket. Doing good deeds in the community, does not qualify us for Heaven. It is only through acknowledging that we are a sinner, in need of God’s forgiveness, and then asking Jesus Christ to come into our heart, and sincerely committing to allowing Christ to guide our life that our mortal life gains true purpose and our citizenship in Heaven is secured.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.