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Counting Crowns

I have seen several television personalities wrongly divide the word of God. They see in the New Testament separate judgments for salvation and rewards for works.

I have read the entire Bible several times and see only one judgment in the New Testament. It’s the only one that truly matters. Are you saved? Or will you be damned?

You can count your chickens before they’re hatched or you can work out you own salvation with fear and trembling.

Even if I’m wrong about separate judgments, there is one thing you should keep in mind: if you’re not saved you don’t have to worry about rewards at the Great White Throne or anywhere. If you are saved, blessings and rewards are at the right hand of God forevermore.

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Discernment Part 1

Can you learn discernment between right and wrong, between good and evil? I believe the answer is yes.

One easy way to learn and/or teach discernment is with a game of what’s worse? It’s a game we’ve been playing since the time of creation. What’s worse, lying or murder? What’s worse, murder or stealing? Societies have developed their moral codes over the centuries. If you’re wondering what the correct answer is, which is worse, Google the average sentence for murder in the US, the average sentence for theft in the US, the average sentence for perjury in the US. The general consensus or public idea of justice and judgment are reflected in the sentences of convicted offenders. To see what other societies think, google the offense in the country in question.

I think God is the ultimate judge, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t develop our own sense of justice and judgment.

Here’s one example of what’s worse: not understanding baptism or believing that people go to Heaven immediately when they die. I believe the answer is not understanding baptism. Understanding and being baptized properly are critical to ones salvation. Mark 16:16. Beliefs of what happen to people when they die, whether they sleep awaiting judgment or go immediately to be judged, are not in my opinion necessarily critical to a person’s salvation.

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