A Bible Believer Looks At Faith, Works And The Judgment Seat Of Christ

The Judgment Seat of Christ is a public judgment in Heaven of the works that you did while on earth in the name of Jesus. It is not a judgment on sin because sin was already dealt with at the cross. If you are saved then all your sins have already been wiped away and forgotten about. The Judgment Seat is a fire into which your earthly works for the Lord will be cast into.
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The Judgment Seat of Christ is every believers unavoidable destination

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;” 2 Corinthians 5:10,11a (KJV)

Christian, one day either by your death or by Rapture, YOU will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ at the Judgment Seat. YOUR works for Him will be tried in the fire. YOU will receive rewards based on whichever of YOUR works make it through the fire. If TODAY was your last day on earth, are you ready to meet Jesus and test your works? It is our fervent hope and prayer that this article will help you to do just that.

Faith & Works

The bible teaches us that there is but one requirement for salvation, and it has nothing to do with anything you ever did or ever will do outside of trusting Christ. It has to do with what Jesus did on the cross. Paul and Silas are in the jail at Philippi, and are sprung out of their prison cell by a great earthquake sent from God. Almighty. The jail keep wakes up from his sleep, sees all the doors wide open, and presumes that all the prisoners that he was charged with have escaped. That would mean instant death at the hands of his superiors. he draws out his sword and is just about to kill himself when Paul cries out to “Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.”

“Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” The answer that Paul and Silas gave him is exactly how anyone gets saved in this age of grace thru faith that we live in.

“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31 (KJV)

Jesus on the cross said “It Is Finished”, and with those words He spoke more layers of meaning and spiritual power than ever eternity itself can reveal. So just what was ‘finished’? Jesus’ death on the cross paid the eternal penalty for the sins of the entire world. His great sacrifice is ALL sufficient. His shed blood provide grace for anyone and everyone who would, by faith, accept His sacrifice as payment for their sins before a holy and righteous God. And that payment covers every sin you ever did in your past, the sins you will commit today, and the ones you have yet to commit in the future. There are no works attached to salvation, it is all of Jesus. Either you believe it or you don’t, you either accept it or reject it. But if you reject it, then His payment is not applied to your account, and then it is you who must pay for your own sins. People who wind up paying for their own sins go here.

Ok, that covers how you get saved, now let us look at how you stay saved.

There are those who teach that while Jesus did a great work on the cross to obtain our salvation, it is we who are required to keep our salvation by a combination of faith and good works. And not sinning. Jesus did His part, and now we must do our part of ‘enduring to the end’ is how the story goes. Not only does this pernicious teaching fly in the face of what the bible teaches, it also steals Glory from God. Jesus says this in John 10:

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” John 10:27-30 (KJV)

To become unsaved one must first find a way to get out of the very hand of God Himself, and Jesus is promising you here is this passage that that cannot be done by anyone. Including you. Now, the Lord knows that for some of us who are weak in the faith, His promises need reinforcement. So He then gave us this to ponder:

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39 (KJV)

How about YOU, Christian? A3re you persuaded that He that is strong enough to save you is also strong enough to keep you saved? Please read our teaching on The Eternal Security Of The Believer. Now let’s take a trip to the Judgment Seat.

Standing at the Judgment Seat of Christ

“For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” 1 Corinthians 3:9,11-15 (KJV)

Some people hear the term Judgment Seat and automatically associate this with a judgment on sin. That is not what the bible is talking about here. The Judgment Seat of Christ is a public judgment in Heaven of the works that you did while on earth in the name of Jesus. It is not a judgment on sin because sin was already dealt with at the cross. If you are saved then all your sins have already been wiped away and forgotten about. The Judgment Seat is a fire into which your earthly works for the Lord will be cast into. The unsaved of the world will appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, mentioned in Revelation 20:

“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Revelation 20:11,12 (KJV)

Wood, hay and stubble

If some of the works you did in His name where really for your benefit, then they are placed into the “wood, hay and stubble” category. If you here on earth throw wood, hay and stubble – all combustible materials – into a fire, what happens? They burn up and are never seen again. There are people who enter into the ministry because it can be financially lucrative. We have all seen televangelists who drive Rolls Royces, live in mansions and ‘fare sumptuously’ on the revenues that their great religious empires provide for them. One would have to imagine that most of the works associated with this type of “christianity’ would fall into the wood, hay and stubble category. This is not to say that these people are not saved, only they and God know that. But works done in Jesus name that really served to enrich you will not make it through the fire of the Judgment Seat.

Gold, silver and precious stones

Evangelist Henry Varley once said, in the hearing of the great man of God D.L. Moody, that “the world has yet to see what God will do with, and for, and through, and in, and by, the man who is fully consecrated to Him.” After meditating on what he had heard, Dwight Moody resolved within himself that “he would be that man’. History records in what a mighty way that Moody was used of God.

And so it shall be for anyone – young, old, man, woman, child – who truly decides to serve the Lord the best they can with the gifts that God has given them. Their works for the Lord will be counted at the Judgment Seat as “gold, silver and precious stones’ that when cast into the fire, will only come out the other side shinier and more precious than when they went in. Everyone from Moody, Sunday, the apostle Paul, all the way down to the little child who hands someone a tract because they want to see them know Jesus and get saved will all have rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

These rewards are given us as crowns, and there are 5 crowns the bible mentions – the Crown of Life, the Crown of Glory, the Crown of Rejoicing, the Crown of Righteousness, and the Crown Incorruptible. The bible says that when we receive these crowns that we will then thrown them at the feet of He who is worthy –

“The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:10,11 (KJV)

What reward will you have at the Judgment Seat of Christ?

No matter how big your problems seem to you right now, and I am sure that there are many reading this who have pressing issues and lots of worry, let us assure you that one day the things and cares of this life will all be gone. In an instant. And you will find yourself standing before the One who redeemed you, Jesus Christ.

CT Studd said it this way: “Only ONE life, twill SOON be past…and ONLY what’s done for CHRIST will last.”

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13,14 (KJV)

There is still time to get something done for Jesus, still time to add gold, silver and precious stones to your account. Get your eyes off of the temporary and on to the eternal weight of glory. Have you been saved, have you been redeemed? Then take the gifts and talents that the Lord has given you for His glory, and use them now while time remains.

The race is almost over, and the time for reckoning will begin soon. Do something for Jesus. Do it now.

NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he has a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.
  • Deborah abbott

    For a Christian to lose salvation, God would have to erase the mark, withdraw the Spirit, cancel the deposit, break His promise, revoke the guarantee, keep the inheritance, forego the praise, and lessen His glory.

    A Christian is guaranteed glorification. “Those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified” (Romans 8:30). According to Romans 5:1, justification is ours at the moment of faith. According to Romans 8:30, glorification comes with justification. All those whom God justifies are promised to be glorified. This promise will be fulfilled when Christians receive their perfect resurrection bodies in heaven. If a Christian can lose salvation, then Romans 8:30 is in error, because God could not guarantee glorification for all those whom He predestines, calls, and justifies.

    A Christian cannot lose salvation. Most, if not all, of what the Bible says happens to us when we receive Christ would be invalidated if salvation could be lost. Salvation is the gift of God, and God’s gifts are “irrevocable” (Romans 11:29). A Christian cannot be un-newly created. The redeemed cannot be unpurchased. Eternal life cannot be temporary. God cannot renege on His Word. Scripture says that God cannot lie (Titus 1:2).

    • wendy reichelderfer

      Wow, Deorah….that is one heck of a post!!! Thank you!

      And Geoff….GREAT article and much needed. May He bless you, Brother~

    • Gigi

      I respectfully disagree Deborah. I do NOT believe in the “Once Saved Always Saved” Doctrine. If we go to the book of Revelation which most people in the church do not read or are taught because the pastors do not teach it, it says at Rev 3:5, “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will NOT blot out his name before my Father…” Also, if we go to Hebrews 6:4-6 and this scripture is very clear it says,

      “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away,[a] to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”

      And, 2Peter 2:20-21 SUMS it up for us and it is clear that Peter is speaking of SAVED people:

      “For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.”

      He says, “it is better for them NOT to have known the ways of righteousness than to have known them and turn away, ummm.

      Jesus says “My sheep hear my voice and they will NOT follow another.” Yes, we fall and we REPENT, but the point is true believers do NOT fall away because if you do, there is NO more Sacrifice of sin. Jesus is not going to be crucified again on their behalf.

      God Bless You.

      • Michael

        Bro. Geoffrey,

        could you please address these verses she is quoting? I am not sure how this applies to Salvation.

        Thanks in advance

        ~Michael

        • Well, this is a topic I have addressed many times. If the verses in Hebrews 6 applies to the Christian Church in the age of grace then NONE of us will be going to Heaven. Look at what those verses say. They say that if you “fall away”, meaning to depart from the faith or fall into sin, then it will be IMPOSSIBLE for you to get back in. That’s what those verses teach. So if you apply it to YOU here and now, then just think of the last time you sinned. You would have “lost your salvation”, with NO way of getting it back. Hebrews 6 offers no path back into salvation with the Lord, right? So, OBVIOUSLY, Paul is not talking to the Christian Church in the age of Grace. That’s one of the reasons he left his name off of that book. Paul was talking to Jews alive in the time of Jacob’s trouble who are faced with accepting or rejecting the Mark of the Beast. Revelation says twice that if you take the Mark, you will under NO conditions enter into Heaven. Also, people in the Tribulation will not be in the age of Grace, they will be saved by faith + works. Please read the following articles for more on this:

          DOES THE KING JAMES BIBLE REVEAL THE IDENTITY OF THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK OF HEBREWS? http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/does-the-king-james-bible-reveal-the-identity-of-the-author-of-the-book-of-hebrews/
          WHAT IS THE POINT OF PUTTING THE BODY OF CHRIST INTO THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE? http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/what-is-the-point-putting-body-of-christ-into-time-jacobs-trouble/
          ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE DOCTRINE OF ETERNAL SECURITY http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/once-saved-always-saved-according-to-the-bible-doctrine-of-eternal-security/

      • John C

        You cannot lose your salvation. If Jesus is the only One that can save us, He alone is able to keep us.

        I apologize, but I respectfully say you misread Hebrews. Hebrews was addressed to the different groups. The first group is believers. The second group were unbelievers who were intellectually convinced of the gospel, and the third unbelievers who were attracted to the gospel and Christ but had no final conviction about Him. Those verses you quoted apply to the second and third groups.

        Read John 10:27-29, Roman’s 8:35,38,39, Philippians 1:6, 1Peter 1:4,5.

        https://youtu.be/yUobBStX5BM

        • carrierwave

          Hebrews was written during the 1st Century A.D. to real Hebrew, people in the 1st Century A.D. not to Tribulation Jews. It is ridiculous to make such a claim in the first place, since the 70th week of Daniel “time of Jacobs trouble” is NEVER mentioned or addressed, nor the “mark of the beast”, especially when “taking the mark” damned a soul to eternal fires of Hell. NO WARNING is ever given about it in Hebrews, and you would think if the Hebrew epistle was write only for future Tribulation Jews, it would no doubt be fully addressed. Additionally, if the book of Hebrews was intentionally written for some future generation of Jews only who were not “under Grace” why is there not admonition to “seal up the book” until the time, like Daniel was? Not one mention of Daniel’s prophecies or the tribulation are spoken about.

          Moreover, why is “GRACE SALVATION IN JESUS CHRIST” the central theme of Hebrews plan of redemption? Hebrews 4:16 specifically tells these Jews to “COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE OF GRACE, that WE may obtain MERCY, an find GRACE,to help in time of need.”? WHAT?–Geoffery, you have blatantly stated Hebrews is addressed at a time when there is NO GRACE offered in the Tribulation! Again, Hebrews 10:29 warns those who will “trodden under foot the son of God and counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified an unholy thing,an d hath done despite unto the SPIRIT OF GRACE.” No GRACE in Hebrews??? NOT!!! Repent Geoffery! How about this one, Geoffery– Hebrews 12:15, “Looking diligently, lest ANY MAN FAIL OF THE GRACE OF GOD;” NO GRACE??? Hebrews 13:25 closes with “GRACE be with you all.” NO grace??? Hebrews is FILLED with the GRACE OF GOD!.

      • Deborah abbott

        “For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.”

        For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world

        The “they” of verse nineteen [false teachers] is the “they” of this verse. These are also the false teachers of verse one.

        The word “escaped” occurs three times in the New Testament and all three times in this little book (1:4; 2:18). Those who “escaped” here are people who were at one time positive to Christianity but never embraced it. They had significant exposure to the gospel but were never true converts.
        We get our English word “miasma” from this Greek word. The Greeks used the word “pollutions” for the odors that came off a swamp. The Greeks used “pollutions” especially for cultic pollution of pagan practices. What is the nature of this sin? Some think that Christians can lose their salvation by reverting into their lifestyle before they became Christians. However, both the context and explicit statements (2:22) portray these people as those who completely reject Christ.

      • FrancesEve Drake

        I fully agree with you Gigi and I know that this entire thread is in disagreement even Geoffrey Grider with all due respect whose website I subscribe to.

        Nevertheless, there is NO EASY BELIEVISM.

        My husband and I have attended “Eternal Security” churches for many years and got out. They do not teach repentance. I never heard the word repentance. What did John the Baptist come as a forerunner of the Lord Jesus Christ to teach. Fruits meet for repentance.

        I regret that so many people are being misled and heavens knows what the outcome of their souls will be.

    • cutman

      Eze 18:24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

      • carrierwave

        This not speaking of eternal salvation. These passages can only be interpreted as “personal righteousness”. IN Christ we are saved be “HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS”. Rom. 3:25-26 Rom. 4:5 Rom.4:13 Rom. 10:1-4 Phil 3:19 Titus 3:5 Those passages in Eze.18 are not saying you can lose your “salvation”, but refering consequences of personal conduct in Israel, ie.”physical death” which every man experiences unless Jesus returns for His church first.

  • MorningStar

    Brethren, I asked for your prayers. While I have faith in God’s salvation, I struggle with a heavy heart and troubled soul to endure the battles ahead of us all, before His glorious return. I pray for His wisdom, mercy and comfort.

    March 30, 2016
    ‘Bill Grants Churches The Power To Make “Soldiers Of God” Who Can Legally Kill Citizens Like Cops:
    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/bill-grants-churches-power-soldiers-god-legally-kill-citizens-cops/

    • DC

      I’m right there with you, MorningStar. It’s a heavy burden, but we know the One Who will help us carry it. How much the Church will have to go through before He comes is only known to Him, so it’s pretty scary at times. I find myself on the verge of tears more and more, thinking of the lost, the cruelty, the elderly, and the little ones. Bless you and keep looking up…

  • vero

    I enter in A confusion at the beginning of my salvation when I heard about thi position of you about salvation. I went to my room of prayer and ask the Lord for the truth bout it. He then put in my hands A book…A Divine Revelation of Hell by Mary K Baxter…and He banished this confusion.
    Years later, HE confirmated the truth in this book trought a real testimony of 7 Youngters that went to hell…(I first heard it in a radial interview and later in a video posted in YouTube)…examine what you believe brother and Consult the Savior about the truth of HIS salvation…Our Lord bless you brother.

    • MorningStar

      Thank you for the encouragement and advice.
      I never could have imagined, as many people are beginning see these days, that our country is a mess. And to experience the ultimate betrayal by the government leadership is painfully and seriously overwhelming.

      I’m thankful for the warmer weather and look forward to driving around with Veterans and their ‘mobile Christian billboard trucks’.

      May Jesus Christ richly bless you for the help and comfort you extended to one of His sheep.
      😉

    • FrancesEve Drake

      Mary K Baxter is a heretic and anything she writes is a false Gospel. Please read Galatians 5.

  • Connor61

    I thought Mary K Baxter was a false prophetess or something, that book is seriously deluded.

  • Nikki

    Yes! Excellent article!

  • Larry/vietnamvet1971

    Let us run the race to WIN.

  • Chel

    What does it mean then in revelation when he’s talking about the Luke warm church and he will spew them out of his mouth I never quiet understand that verse ?

    • The “lukewarm” church of Revelation 3 is the last professing Christian church on earth before the Rapture. It is not made up of lost people, it is made us of SAVED people who no longer want to live for Jesus. They want money, power, influence and security, and they don’t want old-fashioned Bible doctrine. So what do they do? They lock Jesus OUTSIDE the Church so they won’t have to be convicted for their Laodicean lifestyle. Revelation 3:20 is NOT an “invitation for salvation”, doctrinally speaking it is Jesus inviting ANYONE inside the Church to “open the door and let Him in” to them as individuals. It is the great “falling away” from Thessalonians come to pass.

      • FrancesEve Drake

        First of all you are not allowing some of my comments to be posted, Come on Geoffrey, surely as Christians we should have freedom of speech providing that we are not writing anything blasphemous or off colour. Could you tell me if the Lukewarm Church that Jesus said HE will spit out is as you said people wanting money, power, influence and security and not wanting old-fashioned Bible Doctrine and “locking” Jesus out of the church — that’s impossible HE IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH – and how is somebody going to “FALL AWAY” if they are once saved always saved? Now the Bible states that there will be a great falling away and apostacy. I am not sure how the above that you have mentioned can be reconciled with the points I have brought up. I wait and see if you permit this to be posted.

    • FrancesEve Drake

      There is nothing to understand Chel. The Bible is written in the simplicity that a child can read it. What does it say? JESUS’ WORDS RED LETTERS: If you are lukewarm, I will SPIT you out of my mouth. I don’t know about you but I’m not ready to take any chances with heaven and/or hell. I am working out my salvation with fear and trembling as did the Apostle Paul.

  • Marian

    Chel,if you’re thinking this applies to you (and even if you’re not, somebody else may be), then continue reading. Jesus gives instructions for what to do to remedy the serious shortcomings of this church. Verse 18 says “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire and white raiment….” It amounts to putting your faith into action, rather than sitting in a church, sipping a latte and listening to a rock band and a motivational speaker. Building on the Solid Rock of Jesus, just like the song says doesn’t include being entertained to death.

    A burning love for Christ that can’t be extinguished comes from knowing Him. You’re on a good website for getting the answer to your question, but it’s going to come from your heart as you study God’s Word and live it out in faith.

    The American church consists largely of 501c3 IRS designated charities. That means the organization is beholden to the government and the pastor will never say anything offensive to the government. Our government has legalized abortion, same-sex marriage, and engages in immoral wars of which 90% of those killed are innocent citizens. The Bible says not to be unequally yoked (II Cor 6:14), so look first at who you have chosen as your earthly shepherd (pastor/church). Don’t let it be a Laodicean church!

  • Chel,
    Please read the whole counsel (Rev 3:14)of the Lord to this church. He tells this church many things about their present state. They say of themselves I AM rich, I need nothing. Christ says YOU are wretched, miserable,poor, blind and naked. I counsel thee to but gold of me….repent. I stand at the door and knock if any man hear my voice and open the door I will come in. The scripture answers their present state. May the Lord be with you mightily this day.

  • Geoffrey,
    This teaching really spurns me on for my Lord and Savior. My heart’s desire is to do the work of an evangelist so I may have crowns to cast at His feet.

  • Amanda

    Thank you for the article
    A reminder for all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Your article is a confirmation for me regarding my home church- I’m struggling to find a church that’s ‘passionate’ and ‘awake’
    It’s time for me to be more involved in Gods work.
    Our pastor quoted Ghandi this Sunday and I was shocked.( Although I should not have been- I was hoping and hoping I was wrong)
    I live in Canada and was born in Africa – so the North American church is strange to me.
    Filled with great music, lattes and smiles.

    My heart is broken and I wonder- “Am I in a Laodicean church?”
    Where is the altar call?
    Where is the repentance?
    Where is the reverence?

    I think I know the answer to my question.
    Feeling very alone for months now- I don’t believe in church hopping and I’m afraid I am being judgemental.

    Reading my bible and coming to this site has been my only hope.
    Thank you Geoffrey for being “hardcore truthful”

    • Scarlett

      Amanda, I don’t know you and don’t know where you live, but don’t worry about church-hopping. Go to different churches until you feel the Presence of the Spirit of the Lord. You are right–there needs to be repentance, an altar call, and reverence. I don’t know about lattes–never been to a church that serves those! Might not be anything wrong with them, but I think teaching people about the Lord and leading them in the way of salvation should be the main things on the agenda! I’m sure I am not supposed to recommend a denomination, so I won’t do that, but I feel sure you’ll know which one is best when you find it. God bless you in your quest.

    • My personal guidelines for “picking a church” are these:

      1). That they believe and teach the King James Bible
      2). That the believe and teach Bible doctrines like ETERNAL SECURITY and the Pretribulation Rapture.
      3). That they preach against sin and seek Holy Spirit conviction.
      4). That they care about the lost and actively encourage their people to witness outside the church.
      5). That they believe and teach BOTH sides of God’s nature – His love and His wrath.
      6). That the music in their worship service glorifies the Lord Jesus and His Shed Blood
      7). That they know how to love and forgive each other.

      These 7 things are ground floor BASICS that any Bible believing church will have. All 7 are great to find, but the first 4 are non-negotiable. Hope that helps!

      • John C

        Amen! I wanted to talk to you through email about the KJV. I’m a NASB guy but I want to start using the KJV. I know you’re busy but if you have a minute, would you please email me?

        I was basically wondering if you could recommend a good KJV study Bible. I’m a fan of John MacArthur but I don’t think he released a KJV study Bible.

      • Amanda

        Yes it does!
        Thank you

    • God bless you Amanda, I searched out many churches before finding my own, I literately didn’t think about any specific denomination etc.. I just was responding to what God has so fervently placed upon my heart, to get out there find a home that preaches the WORD in SPIRIT and in TRUTH with brokenness before the Lord. Alter calls, repentance, unworthiness etc.. I tried one which had great music with beautiful lit up stages, coffee & smiles, Jesus didn’t seem to be there.. I went to the huge churches which were the talk of the town and something just didn’t sit right.. felt nudged to step foot in a small Pentecostal church just a mile away from me and heard the truth preached! They preach the truth, conviction of sin, repentance baptism in Jesus Name alter calls and surrender!!!! I pray that you find yourself a spirit filled church without all the worldly glamour that is out there..

  • SATAN HAS INFILTRATED THE LUKEWARM CHURCH EXPOSED! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkjDzQtAysE

  • guest

    For a deeper look on everything Geoff is teaching here, I recommend checking out “Your Eternal Reward” by Erwin Lutzer as a supplementary read. I always liked Erwin due to his support of the pre-tribulation rapture position and for publicly speaking out against Islam. Once I read “Your Eternal Reward,” it really opened my eyes on how I should be living as a Christian. Like Geoff clarifies, we can never lose our salvation, but everything we do post-conversion (that is, our coming to Christ) will be meticulously looked at through the fiery eyes of Christ. I realized everything I say and do matters as it impacts the rewards and privileges I’ll be bestowed in heaven. I may not have agreed with EVERY little detail in the book (I think nearly all Christians have nuanced opinions on some matters), but it’s still one on the few books out there that takes the time to really explore the Bema Seat in-depth and I found it’s teachings quite helpful (and sobering). I figured I’d recommend it to anyone out there whose flames have been stoked for Christ by Geoff’s article and who would like to learn more on these subject matters.

    • Right, we can NEVER lose our salvation – BUT – we CAN lose rewards at the Judgement Seat of Christ. Jesus tells us about those rewards, and about the “terror” of that day to motivate us to live right and FIGHT the world, the flesh and the Devil.

      • cutman

        Rom 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
        Rom 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
        Rom 11:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
        Rom 11:19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
        Rom 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
        Rom 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
        Rom 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
        Rom 11:23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
        Rom 11:24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?
        Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

      • cutman

        Heb 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
        Heb 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
        Heb 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
        Heb 6:7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
        Heb 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

      • cutman

        Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

      • cutman

        Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

        • carrierwave

          “For whatsoever is born of God OVERCOMETH the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, EVEN OUR FAITH.” 1JOHN 5:4

          Cutman, REPENT–rightly divide the Word. “Overcoming” is by FAITH in Jesus Christ. Salvation is NOT OF WORKS, therefore it cannot be lost BY WORKS.

          Rev. 2:5 is not losing salvation; it is Christ removing the “church” from out of its place as light of the world, referring to the “RAPTURE” as a judgment “Behold I come quickly” = rapture, judgment seat of Christ!

          Hebrews 6 is written to Jews who never get saved, even though they come close, see Christ as the fufillment of the old covenent, yet fall back to the law, and never believe on Jesus.

          Romans 11 is Gentiles as a NATION, being cutoff, not individual believers losing salvation. ONE day, Gentiles will be cutoff, at the RAPTURE.

        • FrancesEve Drake

          AMEN CUTMAN. THESE VERSES NEED TO BE BROUGHT TO PEOPLE’S ATTENTION. YOU CANNOT REFUTE THE WORD OF GOD.

  • Michael

    This was a very timely message. The Judgment Seat of Christ has been on my mind for some time now. Now to put it into action. Thank you, brother Geoffrey for an encouraging and motivating article.

  • Brethren, have faith in God’s Word and share what you know to be true with others. Love is contagious and we know real love through the great sacrifice Jesus made for us. Thank you Geoffry for your time, energy and concern for our welfare. Your posts comfort, inspire and remind us of the real purpose for all believers and the indomitable spirit we have been given, those who know themselves in Christ! Be brave and fear not, we are warriors for God’s sake!

  • Since Christians cannot “fall away” then who is it referring to when it says in the last days many will fall and depart from the faith? Sinners cannot fall, they are fallen…

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  • AmandA

    Thank You Jay, for your encouragement.

  • AmandA

    Thank you Scarlett- I really needed to feel less alone today.
    You guys have been very kind and I feel a little more connected.
    God bless

  • AmandA

    Thank you Geoffrey for your input.I was very encouraged and I thank God for people who care enough for the ‘nobodies’ ( like me)
    You have no idea how encouraged I am today after you took a few minutes to reply.
    Our God is good!

    • MorningStar

      AmandA~
      Please never see yourself as a ‘nobody’ — see yourself as a child of the Lord Jesus Christ. That makes your value outrank millions of people!!! You are of great importance and value to Jesus and His people (that would be us).

      My prayers are with you.

      By the grace of God seek Jesus, pray with Others, then for Yourself (JOY)
      and Help One Person Everyday (HOPE).

      • Amanda

        Thank you.

    • We are all nobodies, who are here to tell everybody, about the Somebody who can save their soul 🙂

  • Blake

    Can any brother or sister explain to me the heavenly crowns, and how I may attain one or two? Please and Thanks!

  • Philipians 2.12
    Work out your salvation with fear and trembling

    2 Peter 1 10
    Make your calling and election sure

    We always have free will to leave God?

    A third of the angels left their positions and committed tyranny.

    People leave the faith?

  • Chel

    Thank you Geoffrey and the others that responded I personally have a huge fire for Jesus one that I will never let anyone put out I’ve been persecuted heaps for my faith and it doesn’t bother me for I know were my home is. I think I was wondering if that verse in revelation is about god rejecting them ie does it imply they lost there salvation or that they never really gave there hearts to god I am unsure what god means bout spewing them out of his mouth thank you and God bless

  • David Kaus

    Titus 3:10,11

    “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

    “Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.”

    The book of Hebrews is very much for the Church age. Any preaching of a works salvation is heresy.

    The book of Hebrews warns the believing Jews who have been saved by Faith alone in Jesus Christ, and in His Blood Atonement, not to go back to the Levitical animal sacrifices for that would be rejecting the New Covenant and the Blood Atonement of Jesus Christ. The only sacrifice acceptable to God was then, and will always be, only the Blood Atonement of Jesus Christ.

    Since the book of Hebrews was likely written sometime before the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, the author of Hebrews wrote this book to warn the recipients about the peril of apostasy, since Levitical animal sacrifices where still taking place in Jerusalem.

    In order to guard the hearts of his readers against falling away, the author of Hebrews makes an effort throughout the book to demonstrate the absolute supremacy of Jesus Christ. This recurring theme is closely connected with the author’s understanding of the eschatological ramifications of Christ’s incarnation and redemptive work. Because of the themes it develops, Hebrews is one of the most significant books in the New Testament for understanding the relationship between the old and new covenants. It therefore is very much for the Church age.

    Notice also that during the tribulation that believers who have come to Christ by faith alone in Him, and not works are martyred during the tribulation, and therefore could not have endured unto the end. So according to Geoffrey Grider heretical statement that one needs to endure unto the end and obtain salvation by works is firmly once again refuted.

    Revelation 12:11

    “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

    The Dean Burgon Society defends the KJV. So today I ran Geoffrey Grider’s heretical statements on a works salvation by one of its leading members. This is his response below.

    “When both the book of Hebrews and the teachings of Paul are rightly understood there are no doctrinal differences between Paul’s writings in Hebrews and his other books. There is much misinterpretation of Hebrews as there is in Paul’s other letters.”

    “The Holy Spirit (when the age of grace was completely established) is received upon genuine salvation, not at some subsequent time.”

    I then discussed Acts 2:38 with the same member of the Dean Burgon Society.

    “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

    And this is the response I got from him.

    “The word, “for” in this verse means “because of” and does not imply salvation by works.”

    Do NOT buy one word of Geoffrey Grider’s WORKS salvation, there are heretical.

    • Deborah abbott

      Geoffrey NEVER said that you receive salvation through works. It’s probably best if you went back to read his comments.

      • David Kaus

        It would be best if you knew what you were talking about. Acts 2:38 is in the age of grace, and Geoffrey Grider claims that they were saved by faith PLUS works. Even in the Tribulation people are saved by faith in the preaching of the 144,000, etc.

        Geoffrey Grider 30 March 2016 at 10:19 pm

        I have taught that in the time of Jacob’s trouble – not the age of grace – that people will be saved by faith in Jesus plus works as it was in Acts 2:38.

        Geoffrey Grider 30 March 2016 at 9:19 pm

        http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/real-reason-lying-ted-cruz-is-trying-to-distract-you-with-his-scripted-phony-outrage/#comment-1392696

        People in the time of Jacob’s trouble will be saved by faith + works exactly like they were saved back in Acts 2:38

  • James Staten

    I am looking any moment for the Catching Away of the Body of Christ, but if the Lord Jesus does tarry a little longer? Look at this opportunity before the Body of Christ. I am not here to sell anything, but Paul Hattaway is a personal friend of mine. He wrote what many consider one of the better books on one man’s faith in China, “The Heavenly Man”. Excellent Book!!!! This article deals with the Bema Seat of Christ, our opportunity to lay up for ourselves treasures in Heaven. In the next few years India is on target to surpass China as the most populated country on earth. I have known this for several years, but Paul in a recent article, stated this statistic, which hit me like a thunderbolt. 40% of the population of India is under the age of 15, and with a population of about 1.3 billion, there are approximately 500 million children? Paul states that in Asia things are a little different than in the West. Parents usually play a part or have throughout time, helped in leading their children to Christ? It appears to be the exact opposite in Asia, many times the children lead the adults to Christ. This is a very good article about a stirring in India, and that the fields are white unto the harvest!!!! Keep Looking Up, James http://asiaharvest.org/wp-content/uploads/paper-newsletters/pdf/135-apr-2016.pdf

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  • Emery

    A quote from the headliner: “If you are saved then all your sins have already been wiped away and forgotten about.” Strange, that is not what the Bible states about sins. It says that Jesus died as a ransom for all for escaping sin and death, since the only penalty for sin IS death. It is not a blanket forgiveness, it’s an OPPORTUNITY to be forgiven, IF we repent, and then pray to God the Almighty, in Jesus’ name, for forgiveness, sincerely and from the heart. ONLY THEN are our sins forgiven and forgotten by God. And only the one/s we prayed to Him for forgiveness, for.

    About works, it doesn’t say we will be judged for our “works” either. It says we will be judged for wickedness or not, obeying ALL of God’s commands, and doing His ENTIRE WILL all the time all day every day. This means being no part of the “world”. Religions of man ARE “part of the world”. Participating in one is to disobey God. This means judgement and death.

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  • Emery

    A quote from the header of this article: “The Judgment Seat of Christ is a public judgment in Heaven of the works that you did while on earth in the name of Jesus. It is not a judgment on sin because sin was already dealt with at the cross. If you are saved then all your sins have already been wiped away and forgotten about. The Judgment Seat is a fire into which your earthly works for the Lord will be cast into.”

    The “judgement seat” mentioned in God’s word is figurative, not literal. It’s instantaneous for everyone. Happens all at once, in the “blink of an eye” God’s word says. It’s not a judgement of your works either, for the most part. IF one has always done the entire will of God the Father, then nothing to worry about. IF one disobeys God and is part of a religion of man, then there is a LOT to worry about. God and Jesus both taught AGAINST religions of man. Both warned us to get as far away from them as a human could.

    As far as Jesus sacrifice of his life, no, our sins are not automatically all forgiven, past, present, and future sins, but we have the OPPORTUNITY to be forgiven now, IF we do what God’s word tells us to do, to gain that forgiveness.

    One is not “saved” until the time to be saved happens. Being saved simply means not being judged as receiving the “second death”, Gehenna, total destruction. This means being removed from the figurative “book of life”, or God’s infinite memory. Being removed from His memory means not being resurrected to a paradise Earth, after the final battle.

    And faith without works (fruitages of the spirit) is dead as indicated in in the letter to James: James 2:18 Nevertheless, someone will say: “You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe that there is one God, do you? You are doing quite well. And yet the demons believe and shudder. 20 But do you care to know, O empty man, that faith without works is useless?, 24 You see that a man is to be declared righteous by works and not by faith alone. 25 In the same manner, was not Raʹhab the prostitute also declared righteous by works after she received the messengers hospitably and sent them out by another way? 26 Indeed, just as the body without spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

  • Elegra

    Hi

    I enjoy your articles and read these often, I appreciate the time that goes into these. However I do not agree with once saved always saved.

    As the bible teaches we shall not continue in our sin but repent (turn from our sin) and follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

    1 John 2:1
    My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

    Romans 6.1
    1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
    2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
    3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
    4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
    5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
    6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
    7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
    8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
    9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
    10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
    11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
    13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
    14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
    15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
    16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
    17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
    18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
    19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
    20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
    21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
    22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
    23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Matthew 12.50: For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

    2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

    1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    Acts 3:19 – Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

    Luke 13:3 – I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

    Ezekiel 18:21-23 – But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

    Acts 17:30 – And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

    2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

    Proverbs 28:13 – He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy.

    James 4:8-10 – Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.

    Revelation 2:5 – Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

    Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    2 Corinthians 7:9-11 – Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

    Thank you

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