God’s Not Dead 2 Movie Warns of Scary Judgment by God But What Is God’s Judgment Really?

 

One of the noted lines in the movie God’s Not Dead 2 is,

“I would rather stand with God and be judged by the world, than stand with the world and be judged by God.”

 

Stand With God Not Be Judged movieGrace Wesley, the main character, was not going to be afraid to say the name Jesus and concluded her stand with Jesus meant she would avoid God’s judgment, but the world would get what’s coming to them.

Gee whiz, the implications of this quote are an offense to all that Jesus did for the world –in His incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension! Yet, most religious Christians would say a hearty ‘Amen!’ to Grace’s seemingly brave conclusion.

World, Please Forgive

No wonder the world is offended by and critical of religious Christianity. No wonder there was vitriol portrayed by unbelievers in this movie. I am sorry World for how we have presented God. Please forgive us, we are perpetuating lies about God to you, and even ourselves.

Comeback

Now some believers will get up in arms. They will vociferously declare, “We shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.” (Rom 14:10)

Great! I love this verse, for it speaks of intimacy and of complete revelation of our true identity, actually of all men’s true identity.

Say what?!

Context for the Judgment Seat

To grasp the fullness of this beautiful welcoming “judgment seat”, let’s consider the context –  Romans chapter 9-15, dealing with judging others.

Paul is challenging the Jews with their uppity self-righteousness, their exclusivity, and being offended that God would include Gentiles. Paul blasted away with Isaiah’s bold words – “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made visible and was comprehended by those who did not ask for Me.” (Rom 10:20) Yikes, that shoots a hole in the traditional sinner’s prayer!

“Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand for God is able to make him stand.” (Rom 14:4)

“So why do you judge your brother, why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.” (Rom 14:10)

The Judgment Seat via Greek

Here’s the skinny on Rom 14:10-12 through Greek meanings. It’s wondrous!

…We will all stand close beside the elevated place, the throne of God. For the Lord says, “As I live, every knee shall bow to Me and every tongue shall confess – i.e. consent fully, give thanks, praise, fully agree and acknowledge that agreement openly and without reservation, to God.” Therefore, each of us with full comprehension of himself, shall give ‘logos’ (a word, divine utterance, ‘logos’ is used preeminently of  incarnate Christ Jesus to express the thoughts of the Father) to God. Therefore, let’s not judge one another anymore.

Please note:

  • the same Greek word for stand is used in Lk 2:22 when Jesus was ‘presented’ to the Lord – i.e. stand, ready to present, to bring near into fellowship and intimacy. There is no standing and trembling in either of these passages. Hmmm.
  • most translations use the word ‘account’ – give an account to God. Sounds scary! But the Greek word is ‘logos’!

In summary – while being close to Him, everyone will bow and give thanks to Him, as they fully see their true identity in Christ Jesus and totally agree with God’s logic.

Amazing!

Dig In

  • Judgment of all sin took place at the Cross. His death brought the end of sin. There is no more judgment for sin. (Heb 9:26, 10:10,12 2Cor 5:21  Jn 1:29) Why do we still fear that and proclaim it?
  • Jesus does not judge according to the flesh. Paul finally got that by revelation. (Jn 8:15 2Cor 5:13-16)
  • Judgment is scary to many Christians. Our legalistic, works-driven, guilt-induced, fear-filled mind set cannot comprehend that God has always been for us, desires us, enjoys us. In our religious stupor we simply cannot grasp that God truly reconciled the world to Himself. May revelation undo you, so you can stand with God in agreement about His wondrous judgment of innocence and reconciliation for all. (Eph 1:4,5 3:19  2Tim 1:9  1Jn 4:17 2Cor 5:19 Col 1:22) It is part of growing in fullness. It will change your perspective!
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6 responses to “God’s Not Dead 2 Movie Warns of Scary Judgment by God But What Is God’s Judgment Really?

  1. Deniece Zinnecker

    Thank you–I always appreciate your carefully-reasoned posts!Deniece

  2. It is true that the work of Jesus at the cross does away with all sin, but the receiving of that gift, free said, pardon,depends on turning away from sin and walking in the ways of God. This is so clear througout scripture that no references are needed to support the fact. God has clearly defined sin. God never, ever, contradicts Himself. Unrepented sin brings us to destruction. Which is why Paul said, “We must work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
    You feel that it is not nice to talk about the consequences of unrepentant sin, I am here to tell you that “Nice cuts no ice with God”.
    Yes, God loves all of us; He hates what we do.
    Your supermarket theology will lead many dupes to hell.

    • Neavei, from some of our previous post dialogues it appears your position is one of works in order to truly be saved or to keep yourself saved.
      This position of being responsible for one’s ongoing salvation certainly nullifies grace and the finished work of the cross. It would also negate the Resurrection, since Paul made it clear Jesus was delivered over for our iniquities, but was raised because of our justification. (Rom 4:25) Hence, if we are justified (GR. made righteous) by His resurrection, then why would we need to be so fastidious about not sinning?

      When one grasps their true identity as a new creation in Christ (2Cor 5:17), as a beautiful reflection of God Himself – His eternal intention, and realize they are no longer under the law (following rules and regulations), then one would joyfully walk in the liberty of the Spirit, which means His life naturally flows through them. The focus is on His freely given abundant life, and NOT on keeping from sinning in order to have a relationship with God and be secure in Him.

      A man is justified by faith (GR. trust and full persuasion about who God says you are – i.e. made in His image and likeness) apart from the deeds of the law. (Rom 3:28 5:1). To continue to try and not sin is futility, to be fully persuaded that Christ lives through you is freedom and life! God is not impressed with our law keeping and striving to not sin. What He delights in is us being who He says we are. God has no issue with His image and likeness.

      Not sure what you mean that “God has clearly defined sin”? Do you have a Scripture for that? Sin, in the Greek means – without form, having no substance, lack, empty. Sin is not a list of dos and don’ts. Sin is a place of emptiness. God hates that. He made us for fullness and took all the steps necessary to restore that fullness. Obviously one can continue to do things that result in lack, and consequently will ultimately be miserable. But, that does not bring God’s judgment of eternal destruction on a person. God already judged sin and its consequence of death. (Rom 5:17) Indeed, just like the elder son, who wouldn’t come into the joyful party to celebrate the return of the wayward son, we too can stay outside and listen to all the frivolity going on because of the pure Gospel and stay miserable. Isn’t it interesting though that the Father gave an open invitation to the elder legalistic son to enter in at any time.

      I like Francios du Toit’s translation in his Mirror Bible of the scripture you referenced – ‘work out your salvation with fear and trembling’ (Php 2:12) “…see salvation in its earth shattering awesome and ultimate conclusion.” What a reverence and trembling awe there is when one grasps the fullness of the really Good News.

      I’m sorry your gospel is so small and fearful. I do wish you fullness upon fullness. Eph 1:18

  3. I asked my daughter-in-law (had previously a bad experience with “Christianity” as a teen and walked away, but now coming back) what she thought when she heard the phrase, “Judgment of God.” Her response was telling. She saw God up in the clouds with lightning bolts. I said, “See, you’re confused…you just described Zeus!”

    Like you mentioned, Nancy. Unfortunately, movies like this mean well, but they actually create a greater barrier of guilt between God and the people He died for, they don’t remove it.

    • Thank you Mel for sharing the telling story of your daughter-in-law. A great example of the confusion religious Christianity heaps on dear ones. I’m so thankful she is coming into His fullness. God is faithful to perfect what He began in her, before time began!

      I agree. How tragic that these kinds of movies mean well, but they actually do harm. But, God is not perplexed or stymied by them. He is faithful. Yay God!

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