When will God judge?: A current exegesis

By BRDAVISION

In these last and evil days we are experiencing more and more of what the word of God said would happen. Jesus, with the paint brush of a artistic virtuoso, painted the picture of the end times, in an almost word for word description.

“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:10-12) King James Version

Indeed many have been offended and have already betrayed and hated one another. In a present sense the false religion of Islam has declared their utter contempt and hatred of the Christian Faith and community. Not only in words, but in public displays of actions so horrendous once you see it with your own eyes you will never be able to get it out of your mind.

The current state of the church

egg-timerWhile the human race continues to focus more on its own selfish desires, the end times have come and the “church” has been unaware of the change in season. Gone are the days when you could send your children to school and church without fear. In today’s time your children can be shot and killed in school, or raped and abused by a leader in the local church.

While I don’t mean to sound pathological or morbid in my description of the current state of this world, one can’t help but feel lost in the endless waves of preacher scandals coming to the forefront. While some claim that the church is under attack, I endorse another school of thought. The church is being purged. Paul wrote:

“as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:25-27) King James Version

The true church (The Body of Believers) is being separated from the church this world embraces. This purging process is taking place now and Jesus will have His perfect, not having spot or wrinkle, and holy Bride.

The question

The Bible says:

The sins of some people are blatant and march them right into court. The sins of others don’t show up until much later.” (1 Timothy 5:24) The Message Bible

Surely the recent allegations made against Bishop Eddie Long have indeed marched him straight into the court room. But there are so many others who preach another gospel whom Paul said would be cursed (Galatians 1:8-9) and still others who exploit their members for money.

Why is it that God exposes some, but chooses to allow others to take it to the grave so to speak? Well on this subject I needed a little help and who else to call on to help than one of the most sound bible teachers of the 20th century Dr. J Vernon McGee.

“Sometimes God in His sovereignty judges a christian right here on earth, but just because He doesn’t judge you here and now doesn’t mean He won’t judge you.” Dr. McGee

The Answer

The Christian, as well as the unbeliever, is subject to judgment at anytime. But unlike the unbeliever, the Christian has the opportunity to judge himself. In 1 Corinthians chapter 11 Paul warns us to conduct ourselves appropriately during the Lord’s supper.

“Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” (1 Corinthians 11:27-30) King James Version

Paul encourages one who partakes of Communion to partake in a worthy manner. Plainly speaking, to examine one’s daily walk with Christ and receive the fullness of forgiveness which is one of the spiritual blessing’s Paul makes mention of in Ephesians. Failure to do this in the Corinthian church had caused God to pronounce an immediate judgment on some members of the church.

Careful self-examination of our relationship with Christ, can help us to avoid this type of discipline from God. And the same is true of false teachers and false prophets today. Either God will judge them or they will judge themselves by repenting and turning from their sin. One things for sure judgment will be made, in this life or the next.

With the way we deify our current church leaders we make it almost impossible for them to admit a fault. While this is in no way an excuse on their part, it is an example of the failure of current pastors to teach sound doctrine, while also exhibiting those attributes that Christ had.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8) King James Version

I stand and beg if any false teachers or prophets who distort God’s word are reading this. Turn from your evil ways and follow Christ. Endure the shame and scorn here on earth for a little while. Better shame from man on earth than the judgment of God later.

Bonus info: The goal of Biblical exegesis is to explore the meaning of the text which then leads to discovering its significance or relevance

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31 thoughts on “When will God judge?: A current exegesis

  1. brdavision, let me be the first to thank you for this well written and much needed look at God’s judgment.
    A lot of people are crying “dont judge”, but they forget that God is indeed a judge who will call us before him and judge without mercy in that day.

    So now is the time to deal with our sins, before his judgment comes.

    Your last sentence about the purpose of exegesis really sums it up.

    We need to look at the holy texts again and ask the Spirit to show us its meaning, application and relevance NOW. We are facing so many challenges with the Bishop Long situation and the answer is to look again at God’s word for clear direction and understanding so that we are not swept away with the storms of life.

  2. @gcmwatch-Thank you sir! Yes folks are too worried about the person (and us not judging him)and not worried about restoring the individual. Where are the modern day prophets that should be going right up to Eddie Long and calling him out?

    It’s seems that the prophets of this day and age are only worried about speaking cars, money, and homes into the lives of people. (While the other Mega-pastors are too busy telling everybody to pray for Bishop Eddie Long) And not speaking the truths of God’s word….

    What a sad and empty feeling this gives me….Thank God you have this site Pastor Foster because many shall at least read and see the truth. Whether or not they receive it, is another question…but they will not have an excuse before God.

  3. Pastor and Bro. Davidson,

    I’m reminded of the words of Paul, saying “Let us not judge one another anymore, but judge rather this, whether you be a stumbling block or an occassion to fall in your brothers way.” Now we know the apostle was speaking of being critical in your judgement, as though you have arrived or attained. Many have forgotten that we will judge angels on that day, so yes we can judge, but not w/a critical spirit or some spirit of attainment. A sin is a sin, and we can judge it out rightly or in others words, call it for what it is. Many of us have issues w/judging because we don’t understand it properly or as usual we can become abusive w/things or situations. When dealing w/the judges of Israel God told them they must be “JUST” in there judgement, he didn’t say not to judge. When confronting the crowd about the adultress woman, Christ didn’t rebuke them for there judgement, he rebuked them, for there hypocrisy, thats why it was emphasized the older ones left first.

    Brother Dave informative post, for this time in the body of Christ.

  4. Ann I think that is exactly what 1 Tim 5:24 covers. That some men (and women) will be judged now. Their sins will be exposed and others will be judged after they die. Their sins will be exposed later. What removes the judgment of God is for every man to judge himself by the Word and then repent and correct.

    Is that what you are asking?

  5. @Tony DAvis- you’re right sir….Judgement does not have anything to do with us but it has everything to do with the word of God. Paul said we are to judge those in the church who claim to be saved but who lifestyles don’t match up:

    1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (New Living Translation)

    9 When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10 But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. 11 I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer[a] yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.

    12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”

  6. It’s funny that you use the scripture from 1 Timothy 5:24, because Pastor Foster made use of the same scripture on his Facebook account, challenging people to give a response as to its meaning.

    As far as the getting help thing goes, it is probably a good thing for you to go back in time to get the help of others, in the using commentaries because today’s commentators don’t seem to carry as much weight in their assessments! So Dr. J Vernon McGee may be a good choice, I like to use the commentators that have long passed on.

    Self examination is sorely missing in the church today and in instances when it does happen as it applies to people partaking of the Lord’s Supper, the crowd will be mighty thin. So with that said, there must be an examination with the mind to submit unto the word, and I don’t mean apply because applying is covering like a salve but submitting is yielding unto the right authority, which is none other than submitting unto God’s will and ways!

    2 Pet. 2:3….. and their damnation slumbereth not.

    Those that are still succumbing to these tactics of the peddlers of pipe dreams need only wake up. Because if they don’t they may fall into the class of folks that love not the truth and will eventually be damned……… 2 Th 2:10; 2 Th 2:12

    The pedestals must be broken because it is sickening to hear folks put more stock in what Passa says than what the word is saying unto your spirit. I’m an iconoclast (a person who destroys religious images or opposes their veneration.) personally.

  7. @Vaughn-When I first got saved (February 17,2007) I got my bible and sat down and began to study. (That night) I was riding to work one day and I came across this boring old man who had a monotone voice, but something was electrifying about the words he spoke. He spoke the word of God. And He did so in a biblical sound and easy to understand way. Dr J. Vernon McGee really has been a great help not only to me but to thousands maybe millions of other Christians. Too bad I was only like 3 when he died. But thank God they continue to air Him on the radio.

    There are some great teachers today Pastor Foster being one of them. I also like John MacArthur and a couple others.

    In regards to the article the body of Christ needs a long revival in the word of God. We don’t need praise breaks (even though they are fun to play my trombone in), but we do need Sound Doctrine Teaching Bible Meetings.

    I was appalled when my mother (who is a missionary in the COGIC) told me to “Touch not Mine Anointed” also my biological mom (who is a Reverend in the AME) told me the same. Please believe that I broke it down and helped them both understand what that passage of scripture really meant. In love of course because you don’t disrespect mama lol

    It hurts me to say that the cloud of smoke that is bible illiteracy in the church is real and many are lost in it….My hope is to be a minister of God that points to the truth plainly and clearly…

  8. So little people know that our time left here is short and indeed God is sifting the Body of Christ. People have to understand that when Christ comes for His Bride, Grace and Mercy go with them. And when Grace and Mercy are gone all that is left is His Judgement. My Pastor has always told us in the ministry that when you see men start to pat you on the back and give you all kinds of praise and tell you how great you are, always remember that the Gift comes from God and it is Him that gets the Glory.

  9. @Bro. T-That scripture is found in 1 Chronicles 16:22 and Psalm 105:15.

    Is part of a psalm that David wrote when they brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. David talks about the covenant that God made with Abraham and His oath to Issac in starting at verse 9.

    “Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance: When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.” Psalm 105:9-12

    So David is really preaching here to the people giving them insight on how God made a covenant with their forefathers….

    Then in verse 13-15 its says this:

    When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. Psalm 105:13-15

    As the PEOPLE OF GOD were traveling God did not allow anyone to hurt them or harm them hence the statement “TOUCH NOT MINE ANOINTED”

    The anointing is not something that you pass around like a good book nor is it something that enhances your gifts. The anointing on the people of God is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which is the Christians guarantee that they belong to God.

    2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (New International Version)

    21Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

    hope this helps….

  10. “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Rev 3:16-22, ESV)

    Brdavison, I like what you wrote, especially when you referenced Ephesians 5:25- 27 when explaining the current state of the Church. To sort of piggy-back on that, I posted the above scripture passage from Revelation. For many of us who believe that we’re living in the age of the Laodicean Church, these verses have such profound meaning, because here we understand that the Lord is on the outside of His Church, knocking, waiting to be let in. Although Christ is the Head of the Church, here He’s not the centerpiece, if you will, for the Church has allowed sin to permeate it (v. 19).
    It reminds me of the period when the children of Israel were camped in the wilderness. The LORD, through the law, instructed Moses to expel those from the camp who were ceremonially unclean. Skin diseases and bodily discharges were examples for such banishment. And although the command to remove those who were unclean may have been given more so to prevent the spreading of infection, the spiritual significance overshadowed it: the camp was where God dwelt. Though the LORD dwelt specifically in the tabernacle, the tabernacle was within the camp. No one or nothing contaminated was to remain in God’s presence. I believe that there’s parallels between then and now. God will never withstand uncleanness in His presence. And I understand Jesus telling His Church to repent before He comes in to them, as reason for this. His Church has become unclean.
    I’d like to think too, that this passage reinforces the fact that the Lord is not being heralded as Lord of His Church, for we’ve pushed Him out, and allowed man to take His place.

    This is how I understand this message to the Laodicean Church.

    Good piece.

  11. Bro T, that is a very good question that needs to be explored in the context of this post, so thanks for asking it.

    The “touch not” command is culled from 1 Chronicles 16:22. It has been used as a tool to silence, threaten and even intimidate the people of God for quite some time. Wolves, false teachers and false prophets (and their support crews) LOVE its out of context application. Perhaps it has been used in ignorance or by hand me down theology, perhaps it is used in some cases with intentional malice. In either case, its misuse has had a devastating effect on both spiritual wholeness and the equality of the believer given to us on Calvary.

    Here’s the problem. A right concept (doing no harm to the Lord’s anointed) has been used as a cloak for evil. And this scripture has been the #1 weapon of choice to cloak such evil.

    In order for a person to protect themselves from danger at the hands of ravenous church wolves who use such scriptures to devour the sheep and then threaten others who would protest, every saint should do what the bible says. Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. This is a case of wrong division which produces wrong living.

    Let’s look at it.

    Alone it reads:
    Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.”

    Its very easy as a stand alone verse to insert all types of self serving meanings. And that’s exactly what the false prophets have capitalized on.

    But within the context of the passage there arises an entirely different application.

    When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it, 20theyc wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. 21He allowed no man to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings: 22“Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.”

    Pay attention to my bolded words because they refer to not a single person, but a entire group of people. That group of people per verse 13 are the “descendants of Isreal his servant, the sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.”

    That group of people was Isreal and the verse speaks to them as a whole, not as a single person. We can corroborate that in Deuteronomy 7:7 The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery…”

    The “anointed” in 1 Chronicles is not some sort of spooky untouchable spiritual state its made out to be today. Its God’s choosing of Isreal as a special people and David says that God would not permit NO ONE to touch them or do them harm. There are plenty times when he did allow and send their enemies to do them harm, but thats just for context. If we are to use the scripture in its right context, it would mean that ALL of us are the Lord’s anointed, equal and protected against harm by God. I would argue for that because the renting in twain of the temple veil at Calvary signified that the old system (prophets, judges, priests and kings as mediators) was obsolete and now every believer was equal before God. Thus, when a wolf is identified as a wolf and caught I have every right to take him down in Jesus name to protect the sheep.

    The false teachers take 1 Chronicles 16:22 and after teaching lies, raping children, stealing money, mistreating the righteous, engaging in perversion and sexual immorality, wrap themselves in it and declare themselves untouchable by anyone but God. That’s simply another lie. Wolves, false teachers and false prophets are not the Lord’s anointed 1 Chronicles 16:22 is not a magical force field of protection for them.

    Also, this is different if a brother or sister is wronged. I am not to slander the righteous for being overtaken in a fault or because of an easily besetting sin or even a failure in judgment which causes them to sin. But please note the language of scripture. Wolves, false prophets and false teachers do not stumble into sin. They practice deception because their goal is to destroy God’s flock.

  12. Pastor, you should take what you posted and paste it smack in the middle of the front page of your blog.

    GCMW: Good suggestion Angela. I think I will put it in the navigation where we can always pull it out in a hurry should a false teacher dare show his face on this blog.

  13. @Pastor Foster-wow!!!! I’m bout to take my post off lol you explained “Touch NOT Mine Anointed” in it in a way that I cannot (yet) :-). Very well written sir….

    GCMW: No competition brother. Every word of God is right! 🙂

  14. @Paul-Thank you for reading! Your word gave me goosebumps…..When God takes His grace and mercy away??? You are absolutely right sir!!! Oh Jesus Lord help us….

  15. @Angela-Thanks for reading…That is a very interesting and true statement. Jesus is definitely looking into some of our churches. Man would rather praise the leaders of their church rather than Praise God!! They would rather obey these same men instead of obeying God. It’s sickening and soooooo dangerous. I don’t want nobody praising me, I’m not willing to die for you! Jesus already did so PLEASE PRAISE HIM!!!

  16. @GCMWATCH-me too he is a wonderful teacher…and no sir no competition at all we are all ministers (servants) of Christ trying to spread the “Good News!!!” Thank God for you!

  17. I have had many encounters with Pastors that adopt that scripture (1 Chron. 16:22)and have it as their hallmark scripture. These are the ones that have been corrupted from within. They have started off sound but then get caught up in all the hype of superstardom. But it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of The Living God. These men and women that would have people think that if they sound good it must be good. It reminds me of a song that Carman sang a long time ago. “Black is Black and White is White, Hell is Hot and Sin ain’t Right, God is Holy and Christ is Coming and Righteousness will prevail”!

  18. Excellent comments all! Pastor Foster I wish I could post your comment about “touch not my anointed” on Facebook. Sound indeed!

    @brdavision, I love your fire for the Lord! You encourage and inspire me! I pray that the Lord uses you to catch other’s of your generation on fire for Him! Also, I love J.Vernon Mcgee, although I haven’t been able to find his messages on the radio anylonger since I moved from Cali to Texas!

  19. Thank you Pastor DL. You are great. I finally have the correct interpretation i have been looking for. Also, one more thing. I want to talk to you about, but i might email you. I read your comments on COGIC Justice about the Immanuel COGIC saga… I am a faithful member of St.Mark Cathedral COGIC and before the present pastor was appointed to the church, Bishop Gilkey was my pastor. I am a very seasoned christian, so i did not get upset or jump to conclusions about your remark about Bishop Gilkey. I will say that after being around him very closely for almost 23 years, he is not what you have said about him. I know and realize you may think what he did or has done concerning the Immanuel thing is wrong, howver, He is a wonderful man of God. He lives the life he’s talking about. I love him very much. I don’t always agree with “things” however, that does not dismiss or diminish the fact that He is a man of holiness. Our membership can say that as well. He has helped me many times when i needed it and he walks what he preaches about. Trust me, Pastor…please trust me. He is a great man of character and integrity. He is a old school preacher who does not believe in people cooming in and taking advantage of us. Most years when we had anniversary’s for him he would give most or all his money back to help the church. I have seen that man do so much to help people and he preaches and teaches holiness. He preaches against sin and homosexuality. He is kind and when he makes mistakes he is willing to admit that. I love him and he has been an excellent mentor for me as a young man now into my 40’s…I ask that you pray about your remarks and then i will email you in private and i would like to discuss this with you more. I appreciate you and your ministry. Pastor you are such an awesome man of God!!!!

    Bro.T

    GCMW: God bless you sir. Please email me regarding the bishop as we do not want to get off track with that on this post.

  20. @Godlysoldier-Thank you so much for reading. That fire has been there since the day I gave myself to the Lord and repented of my sins. I pray that God will keep it there. He has blessed me tremendously and I thank Him everyday for everything.

    I’m not talking about monetary blessings. Because Lord knows I need some help, but I’m talking about the spiritual blessings that Paul talks about in Ephesians 1:3-5. I’m blessed because I’m chosen, adopted, and forgiven. I can’t ask for anything better. Praise The Lord!

  21. @Paul-It’s so sad that Good bible teachers walk away from sound doctrine….For money? Jesus said: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36

    This walk is too serious to give up over some money. Money comes and goes but eternal life is just that, ETERNAL!!

    Lord, may I never give into the love of money. Keep my love focused on YOU, and YOUR PEOPLE!

  22. Another great post……and I know it wasn’t meant to, but that picture of that man holding his head, face, whatever, in horror, just cracks me up. LOL

    GCMW: lol, yes that photo is pure drama. But it conveys the point.

  23. @Aplus32-lol yeah you can thank Pastor Foster for that one. But just to be real most saints (true believers) are doing just that at the current state the church is in….and are afraid to speak up. Maybe its positions or money or whatever…..but this shouldn’t be so. I was always taught that the church is where you go to be made whole. To receive Christ, to fellowship with others believers. But like Jesus told the pharisees:

    Mark 11:17 (King James Version)
    17And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

    We have made the church in to a big competition. Who can preach the best, or who can sing the best, or who can play the best organ, or who can raise the most money……all while the pastor gets up and teaches something he heard from another pastor and the sermon is a hot mess.

    So then the people become a hot mess and now we have a church filled with hot mess….Where every sermon is peppered with “We bout to get a new church” instead of “Lets learn the truths of the Word of God.” “Let’s live Holy” “Jesus is coming back soon lets be ready for His return”

  24. Most of these pastors are coming in there own name, and not in the name of the Lord. Your right Brdavision church has become a big competition. Here in Southern California this month someone has a competition for singing, praise dance, preaching, drama, comedy, ect. called Church Got Talent(I guess it is a Christian version of America’s Got Talent). A bunch of carnality.

  25. @shofarsound-Wow are you serious??? Is the church a carnival now? Must we resort to gimmicks and cheap thrills to draw people in???

    I remember a while back at the COGIC AIMS convention they had a young preachers competition…..everyone was cheering these guys on…and I thought doesn’t the bible say that salvation is given unto the people through the foolishness of Preaching???

    “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” 1 Corinthians 1:21

    they had made just made it plain ol foolish….no one was even trying to believe, only trying to have a good time…..smh

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