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Justification by faith, and judgement according to works is not a contradiction.

Justification by faith, and judgement according to works is not a contradiction. Justification is by faith, and faith alone (Galatians 2:16, Romans 3:25). And all will stand before the judgement of seat of Christ where they will be judged publicly according to their works. (2 Corinthians 5:10, Romans 2:6-8, Matthew 25:31-46) So good works are fruit, right (Ephesians 5:5-10). But what if you say you are a Christian. You say, I am covered by the blood of Christ, I can do whatever I want. And the overall tenor of your life is pursuing unrighteosness all of your life. That is not a new heresy. And this is not about Easy-beleivism or Lorsship salvation. This is about the Bible and people’s eternal destinies. Friends, as much as I hate legalism, I also hate the idea, that it is always wrong to warn ourselves or warn others about the spirit of lawlessness. I hate the idea of the gospel being distorted in any way. I also hate it when the implications, effects, and results of the gospel are distorted. I hate it when unbiblical responses to the gospel are called for or ok’d. What we need to do is take the whole counsel of God seriously. And if there are tensions. Be willing to be stretched. And if anything learn to, and be willing to emphasize what the Bible emphasizes where it emphasizes it. There is a reason that the people of God are going to be publicly judged according to their works. There is a reason we need to take seriously the warnings and admonitions of scripture. Yes, given even to believers. Admonitions to make our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10) To work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12) Warnings that the unrighteous will no inherit the kingdom. (Galatians 5:19-21) Warning that those who profess to know God, but deny him by their works are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work. (Titus 1:16) Yes, in a perfect world we should follow God because we love God and we always want to and it should not require so much effort. And for the most part the Christian life is sweet, it is like worship. Beautiful. The path in following Christ really is “full of joy and filled with pleasure forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11) But friends this is not always the case. Sometimes there is some struggle. We don’t live in a perfect world. Sometimes we stray and sometimes we wander. And the answer is not always, “Why are you doing what you are doing, don’t you know that Jesus died for you” Sometimes the answer might be, “Friend, or even ‘self’, if you don’t quit doing what you are doing, there might be no way you say you are united to Christ and still keep doing that” When we have apprehended Christ, there might come times when we need to do what we we don’t want to do, that is keep being obedient to the will of God as revealed in his word. And not do what we want to do at the moment or moments and give in to sin. If we have to, maybe we even need to do as Paul did, and “discipline our body and keep it under control” (1 Corinthians 9:27)

Maybe we really do need to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Maybe we really need to “Strive to enter through the narrow door.” (Luke 13:24) Maybe we need to realize we actually our in a spiritual war (Ephesians 6:) All I know friends, is at the end of the day, there is a type of faith that is dead and useless. One type of dead and useless faith, is faith in self willed self righteous works. The other type of dead faith says works do not matter and that we have the right to determine how we live our life and not God. There is a lazy type of Christianity that does not take eternity serious. That is not a good thing. “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (Romans 8:13-14) Get that. If you have the Holy Spirit you will be putting to death deeds of the body. If you were called to eternal life, you must take hold of it and fight the good fight of faith. (1 Timothy 6:12) Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.... Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.” (Hebrews 3:7-14) “A dead and empty faith cannot justify, but this is not because it lacks works as a supplement. It is because it lacks the living bond of trust from which works must flow.” (Edmund P. Clowney, “The Biblical Doctrine of Justification by Faith”) Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. (1 John 3:7)

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