Teaching us to look for loopholes and dodges, our legal system's current ethics do not help us become stronger Christians. For every one high-profile arrest for political corruption, there are one-hundred lawyers conjuring-up one-thousand ways to evade legal responsibility. Even smaller-scale crimes are excused, as per this advertisement for a North Carolina attorney: "Just because you did it doesn't mean that you're guilty."
Evasions and excuses so litter our social landscape that we often look for loopholes and dodges for "those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel" (II Thess. 1:7-8). Not wanting to sound judgmental, we dodge judgment. Not wanting to embrace the fearful judgment of God, we advance the cause of the unknown god, the god who excuses almost everyone.
This article will advance the cause of the God of Heaven by sounding the warning of His judgment as described in...
...II Thessalonians 1:7-8
The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (KJV).
This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heavenin blazing firewith his powerful angels. He will punishthose who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus (NIV).
The "severity of God" (Rom. 11:22) is described as the KJV speaks of "vengeance" and as the NIV speaks of "punishment." Two categories of people will be on the receiving end of this severity. Ignorance and rejection defines the first category. Knowledge and rejection defines the second.
- First, "Those who do not know God" are the down-right pagans who worship according to primitive religions and the up-right pagans whose god is modern culture.
- Second, "Those who...do not obey the gospel" are religiously "churched" who resolutely refuse to obey the gospel plan of salvation.
If II Thessalonians 1:7-8 is true, then there will be a severe cut-down on the Day of Judgment according to two criteria. If there will be a severe cut-down on the Day of Judgment, then the following passages accurately describe the judgment of God.
- "Only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water" (Gen. 6, I Pet. 3:20)
- "For the sake of ten" righteous people God would have spared Sodom and Gomorrah" (Gen. 18).
- "Only a remnant" of the children of Israel who were once like "the sands of the sea" would return from Babylonian Captivity" (Is. 11:22).
- "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" (Mt. 7:13-14).
- "Many are called, but few are chosen" (Mt. 22:14).
Elevating the illegal over the responsible, our legal system our culture has become a culture elevates irresponsibility (and worse) over accountability and finality. Do we accept that God's "ways" are different, that they are "just and true" (Rev. 15:3)? Do we accept that God's "judgments" are "true and just" (Rev. 16:7)? Opening loopholes and dodges for "those who know not God and who obey not the gospel" ignores the true judgment of God and insulates those we seeks to save from the true God who "will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil" (Eccl. 12:14).