J.P. Moreland - Is There a Judgement? - Closer to Truth

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James Porter Moreland is an American philosopher, theologian, and Christian apologist. He currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in La Mirada, California.

There are two judgments. Believers are judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ (Romans 14:10-12). Every believer will give an account of himself, the Lord will judge the decisions he made to include issues of conscience. The first judgment does not determine salvation, which is by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), but is when believers must give an account of their lives in service to Christ. Our position in Christ is the “foundation” spoken of in 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. Our faith with which we build upon a foundation can become the “gold, silver, and precious stones” of good works in Christ’s name. The three are obedience and fruitfulness—dedicated spiritual service to glorify God and build the church. The inverse is when what we build on the foundation is “wood, hay and stubble” of worthless, frivolous, shallow activity with no spiritual value. The Judgment Seat of Christ will bring out into the open theses things.

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