WHY NO JUDGMENT ON THE WICKED……YET
By W. G. Guy
For decades now many preachers and prophets have been predicting God’s judgment upon America for its many sins and turning its back on God. They cite America’s promotion of abortion, homosexuality, adultery, sexual immorality, self-indulgence; also added in America’s drug and alcohol addiction, and all manner of political corruption. They base their prognostications on the Old Testament in how God dealt with His people Israel. They often refer to the warnings found in the Book of the prophet Jeremiah. Yet their dire warnings of judgment and destruction have not materialized; why not?
There is a remnant of God fearing Christians in America who are crying out to God saying, “Lord, why are you silent as your name is being cast out of our schools, our courts, our society? Why do you allow sinners to pervert your law and flaunt wicked behavior? How can you permit pornographers to flood mainstream media with such demonic filth? Why do you allow modern theologians and church leaders to mock your very divinity? Why do you seem to tolerate such suffering in the world?” (quoted from David Wilkerson’s World Challenge Pulpit Series). Why do you permit pedophiles to abuse little children to satisfy their horrible lusts?
Indeed, we see so much sin and wicked behavior in the world; but this just demonstrates the need for Christians to be the light to a lost and sinful generation. We would love to see God bring about needed recompense in the world, but that is for a time reserved by Him to do. Calling for God’s judgment isn’t what we should be doing or harkening to.
Such preachers and prophets continue to predict America will be judged and destroyed because of our sins, but they fail to realize the truth of the New Covenant in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. God judged all the sins of the whole world in Jesus Christ when he hung on the cross. This is why we have not, and will not see, God’s judgment or destruction of America, or others due to sins. If God did so then Jesus Christ died on the cross in vain; He suffered for nothing!
The predictions of judgment on America sounds righteous and justified, but it is not in agreement with what God provided though Jesus Christ under the New Covenant. There is however, a punishment that God allows to correct errant behavior; but that only applies to His people – true Christians and Israel. It is known as corrective chastisement as spelled out in Hebrews Chapter 12.
Hebrews 12:5-7 – And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
This punishment, or corrective chastisement, is because of God’s love for His children. A good father administers corrective punishment to his errant child to discourage improper behavior or activities. No one likes to be punished as it is usually a source of pain or discomfort but is never destructive.
Hebrews 12:8-11 – But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Therefore, Christians can expect to receive corrective action from God in order to prepare them to be the glorious church that Jesus is coming to receive for himself. But judgment and destruction on sinners is reserved until the end of the age when they will face the wrath of God.
1 Peter 4:17 – For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
So do not be troubled by the warnings of judgment that comes from some claiming to be prophets of God. They are prophesying out of their own spirit and not by the Holy Spirit. Christians must recognize also that they will experience hardships, and such problems that come from the wicked sinners who are children of the devil who will persecute and oppose the righteous; but that is not judgment from God.
1 Peter 4:12-19 – Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
John 15:18-19 – If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
2 Timothy 3:12 – Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Jesus and the apostles have warned us that things will become very difficult in the last days before His return. This does not include judgment from God but is only the influence of the wicked and sinners. We are in those days now, so be sure your faith is strong in Him and in His Word so that you may endure what will happen and always be representative of Him as one of His own.
\ If you need correcting, God will work that out in you for your own benefit, but please recognize that God judged all sin in Jesus while on the cross. He will not bring destructive judgment upon sinners until the very end.