Parading Your Sins Before the Just Judge of All the Earth
People everywhere and in all generations must be told the truth from God’s Word, the Bible. If a person or people group is biblically illiterate, then they will be deficient in their fear of God. People who do not fear God will sin against Him with increasing frequency and intensity.
God has embedded a conscience into each person, but sinning causes an increased callousness. The conscience of sinners is seared, thus becoming insensitive. God gave man His Law to live by, but the Law only intensified the passions of sinners to sin more (Rom 5:20). Sin is lawlessness (1 Jn 3:4), and all people are sinners (Rom 3:23; 5:12).
The celebration of sin is an abomination in the eyes of God. Sinners know their treacheries, which is why most people sin in private and in the dark. It is brash for sinners to openly sin in public and in the light of day. Even worse, to parade one’s sin in public is a most heinous offense. It is done in flagrant defiance of the Holy God.
In recent decades, human lawmakers have deviated from the wisdom of God’s Word when establishing their own laws. The result has been a proliferation of various sins. Sins must be judged. Some sins invite a quick response of judgment, while other sins seem to go unpunished. Often, human justice is futile in these matters, but no one should be deceived, God is not mocked (Gal 6:7). When He issues judgments, they are always just…and there is a final judgment when everything will be brought into account (2 Cor 5:10; Rev 20:11).
God’s wrath is against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men (Rom 1:18), and it is coming in full force when the Judge of the living and the dead appears for His second advent on the Day of Judgment (Acts 10:42; 2 Tim 4:1; 1 Pet 4:5; Rev 19:11–21). All people who have ever been conceived in their mother’s womb must appear before His judgment throne (2 Cor 5:10; Rev 20:11). The sentence for guilty sinners' is eternal punishment in the fiery hell of the second death in the lake of fire (Mt 25:41, 46; Jude 7; Rev 20:14–15).
Blinded to their sins and to the extent of their offense against the infinite majesty of the Holy God, most sinners object to the perfect justice meted out for them. They will discover on that day the extent of Satan’s deception and distraction that kept them from seeing the kingdom of God and the King of glory, who is Christ the Lord (Ps 24; Lk 2:11).
There is only one Savior of sinners (Titus 1:3, 2:13; 3:6), and He alone is the one way of salvation from the wrath of God to come (Jn 14:6; 1 Thess 1:10). It was on the cross of Calvary that Jesus Christ propitiated the wrath of God against all the sins of God’s chosen people (Rom 3:25; Heb 2:17; 1 Jn 2:2; 4:10), whom He came to save (Mt 1:21). It was the precious blood of the one Mediator between God and man that brought the forgiveness of sins to those He redeemed from the slave market of sin leading to death (Jn 8:34; Rom 6:6; 1 Tim 2:5; 1 Pet 1:19). Jesus came into the world to set His captive people free (Is 61:1; Lk 4:18), and in Him they are free, indeed (Gal 5:1).
It is the Judge of the whole earth who is the Savior of the world (Gen 18:25; Jn 4:42). Salvation belongs to the Lord of all (Ps 3:8; Jon 2:9; Acts 10:36; Rev 19:1). He saved us (Titus 3:5) from the destruction coming to the heavens and the earth (2 Pet 3:10–12). In His salvation, He has gone to prepare a place for us (Jn 14:2–3). On the day of His return, He will resurrect His holy nation of royal priests, the Israel of God, His church to life everlasting (Jn 5:28–29; Gal 6:16; 1 Pet 2:9). He must reign over the new heavens and the new earth, and His kingdom will have no end (Ex 15:18; Ps 146:10; Dan 4:34; Rev 21–22).
The proud sinners of every age and place have no entrance into the kingdom of God. They have flaunted their reprobate lives of sin before the King of kings (1 Tim 6:15), who alone issues mercy and grace upon whom He wills (Rom 9:16, 23). Having sent countless messengers of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18–20), the arrogant rejected every one. Their message of peace with God was judged to be foolishness by the ungodly (1 Cor 1:18).
The wicked are vessels of wrath being prepared for destruction (Rom 9:22). They who are without God are living without hope (Eph 2:12), having no love for God in their hearts (Jn 5:42). The very reason for their unbelief is that they do not belong to Jesus Christ (Jn 10:26). In His perfect wisdom and design for all things, God the Father did not predestine them to adoption as His beloved children (Eph 1:4–5), hence, He did not give them to God the Son (Jn 6:27; 17:2, 6, 24), so He does not draw them to Christ by His irresistible grace that cannot fail to accomplish all His holy will (Eph 1:11).
Just as righteous Lot tried to reason with the wicked men of Sodom (Gen 19), so Christians must warn our neighbors of God’s pending judgment against unjust sinners. Just as the hardened hearted people refused to believe the prophet Isaiah's report, so Christians must not grow weary in doing good because embedded in every generation until Christ’s glorious appearing are the chosen people of God manifest from the darkness.
The children of light must shine in this present age of darkness. With the indwelling Spirit of Christ illumining the Word of truth for them (Jn 14:17; Rom 8:9, 11), they must be found faithful to speak the truth in love for their neighbors (Eph 4:15), regardless of their neighbor’s response to God’s Word spoken by them.
Christian, you lament life in this fallen world of sin. You loathe the evil men who parade themselves in the pride of sin. Remember where you came from and how you got to this place of grace “in Christ.” Pray for your neighbor because you do not know His eternal status before the righteous Judge, who is mighty to save the vilest offenders. Talk with your neighbor about the brevity of life and the realities of eternity.
Friend, if you are celebrating sin, today, then I assure you that God has issued the call for you to repent of your pride and arrogance (Acts 17:30). Humble yourself before Almighty God (Jas 4:10), confess your sinful life in all earnestness (1 Jn 1:9), and receive the Good News of Jesus Christ by faith (Acts 16:31), trusting in Him alone to save you by His own life and death. If He wills for this, then you will repent and believe. If He does not will it for you, then you will not repent and believe because He is the Judge of all the earth (Gen 18:25), who always does right.
Spokane Valley, Washington
June 18, 2022