Who can survive the judgment of God? Let’s consider the account of God’s judgment on the cities of
Many want to have a completed salvation but with the promise of a future judgment, a judgment in which the wicked will get their just reward. Who are the wicked who require this future judgment? They are the murderers, rapists, and child abusers, of course. But what about the liars and cheats, gossips and hate-mongers? Where do they stand in the judgment? Who could really look forward to the judgment of an almighty God? Would anyone want to bet their soul that they can pass muster in a judgment of works as pictured in Matt 25? Those who preach judgment always assume that they are somehow immune from that judgment. The ones being judged are really the other guys, those bad people out there. Nobody who considers themselves a “goat” ever looks forward to judgment.
Judgment requires a rule or law as the measure of that judging process. What is the rule or law under which a future judgment will be rendered? Under any rule I can conceive, all would fall short of the mark in a judgment based on works. We all stand or fall together before God. If one man fails, we all fail.