Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
Romans 2:2–3 (ESV): "2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?"
The world is full of self-appointed judges, all of which are total hypocrites. They might be moral in some ways but they are corrupt at heart as they attempt to stand before God in self-righteousness. They are as lost as the outward sinner. Beware of the Pharisee within.
Many in the world have rejected the perceived existence of God and thus He has given them up to a debased mind. The moral man sees their manifest sin and says, "God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector (Lk 18:11)." Paul reminds us here that he who judges those who practice immorality and yet are still filled with unrighteousness in their heart will not escape the judgment of God. The issue isn't rightly judging sin but the hypocrisy that occurs in doing so. The moral man is sinning inwardly and in secret. They will not escape the wrath to come.
Christians can be as guilty as anyone of judging hypocritically. The only difference between a Christian and a lost sinner is we are forgiven through Jesus Christ. Beware of becoming a Pharisee. Our salvation is found in Jesus alone and not in our morality. Remember Jesus said we will be judged in the same manner that we judge others (Matt 7:1-5). Be gracious and compassionate towards those who are stuck in sin. After all, we can all relate considering we still too struggle with sin, amen?
Father, thank You for saving us. Help us never to forget it was by grace through faith and not of works. May we extend the same love and compassion we've received from You towards those who are lost in sin we pray in Jesus' name, amen!
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