The False Doctrine of the Judgment Seat of Christ for Believers

January 18th, 2022 § 0

The amazing grace of God is revealed in Jesus and in His finished work in that God was in Christ reconciling the whole world unto Himself, not counting our sins against us any more.  God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Jesus.   Those who believe on Jesus receive this awesome gift of righteousness.  (II Corinthians 5:19-21)  Under the New Covenant God no longer remembers the sins of the believer because of the offering of Jesus once for all sin, for all people, for all time.

And yet . . .

It is widely taught in churches today that every believer in Jesus will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and give an account of the deeds they have done in their body, whether good or bad.  A weak attempt is made to explain away this glaring contradiction with the Gospel of Jesus by saying this is not a Judgment Seat where the believer’s sins are brought up or their eternal destiny is determined but rather it is a Judgment Seat where the believer’s rewards are given.  Never mind that the passage quoted specifically says that the good and bad deeds done in the body by the individual will be examined, in other words the person’s sins will be addressed, and never mind that the passage quoted does not mention the word “reward” at all in the entire chapter.  The passage that this false doctrine is primarily based on is II Corinthians 5:10-11.  In addition, Paul says in this passage:  “knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade people, . . . ”  The “terror” of the Lord?  That does not sound like this is a meeting before the Judgment Seat of Christ to hand out rewards to believers.

Because it is not. We have been taught a false doctrine regarding the Judgment Seat of Christ.  

What do you think Paul is seeking to persuade people to do, knowing the terror of the Lord?  We find that answer a few verses down in the same chapter.  Paul writes: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, this person is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.  Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their sins against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  (II Corinthians 5:17-21)

Paul was seeking to persuade people and even begging people and making an appeal to people to be reconciled to God!  Paul was seeking to persuade people to believe on Jesus so that they could receive the gift of everlasting righteousness from God!  Paul was seeking to persuade people to receive the death of Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins so that they would not face the terror of the Lord in their sins and have to give an account of what they did in their body, whether good or bad!  Paul said God Himself was making this appeal through the believer to the world!

This chapter has nothing to do with rewards for the believer.  That is why the word “reward” never appears nor is ever discussed in the passage.

This chapter is simply the apostle saying that every person will stand before God one day and there will be only two groups of people before God.  Those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and those whose names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  If your name is found in the Lamb’s Book of Life then that means you put your faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of all your sins and you will not stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and give an account of what you did in your body on earth, whether good or bad.  But if your name is not found in the Lamb’s Book of Life then that means you did not trust in Jesus and you will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and give an account of what you did in your body on earth, whether good or bad.  As the Book of Revelation states in Chapter 20, other books will be opened for those whose names do not appear in the Lamb’s Book of Life where there is a record of all the deeds done in the body, whether good or bad, and all in that group fall far short of the perfect righteousness of Jesus and will never see Heaven.

The apostle Paul said a little leaven will leaven the whole lump.  He was referring to the law and how if a believer has a mixture of law and grace in their thinking that even a little legalism will eventually ruin the mind of the believer and blind that person to the awesome freedom they have in Christ.  That is what this false doctrine concerning the Judgment Seat of Christ is doing to believers who have adopted this view.  In the back of their mind they believe that one day when they die they will have to give an account to God for the good and bad they did on earth.  That erroneous thinking is eating away at the powerful revelation of their union with Jesus and the great love of God for them.  It is eating away at the revelation of the gift of everlasting righteousness that they have from God in Jesus.  The scripture says that blessed is the person whose sin the Lord will not take into account.

Paul said do not think it strange that Satan himself can appear as an angel of light and his ministers as ministers of righteousness.  (II Corinthians 11:14-15)  Strong words from the apostle but very true.  Not everyone who is teaching this false doctrine of the Judgment Seat of Christ is a minister of Satan, obviously, but they are doing the devil’s work by teaching something that is not scriptural and is in direct opposition to the true liberating Gospel of Jesus.

I urge you to search this out for yourself.  Read the scriptures yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you personally what the apostle Paul was trying to say in this Chapter 5 of II Corinthians.  Read the whole chapter.  See the whole context.  I pray the Spirit will open your eyes to see and when you see go tell someone.  This horrendous false doctrine in the church must be exposed for what it is that the saints of God might be released in their minds to the great freedom found in Jesus.  Jesus said that he who believes in Him shall not come into judgment but had already passed from death and into life.  (John 5:24)

James Barron

The True Gospel Destroys All Legalistic Teaching

December 30th, 2021 § 1

A lynchpin is something that holds together something else. For instance, a lynchpin is used to keep a wheel from flying off or something similar like that. There are two lynchpins that literally hold legalistic religion together. Remove these two pins and the wheels come off of man’s version of the Gospel and the true Gospel will be seen and accepted by the people with great joy.

The FIRST is understanding that neither Jesus nor the apostles ever taught that a believer must confess or name their sins daily, or even hourly, to get their sins continually cleansed so that fellowship with God can be continually restored. Fellowship with God is never broken for the believer, even when the believer sins, for we are cleansed and in union with Jesus by His blood, His one act of giving Himself in death for our sins, once for all time and eternity. Sin is not imputed to the believer because he is not under law but under grace.

The SECOND is that the believer is a new creation with a new heart and is perfectly and actually righteous and there is absolutely no sin in the new heart of the believer. That needs to be repeated: There is no sin in the new heart of the born again Christian. God made it so in order to join Himself to the believer in that new heart. The believer is not just “positionally righteous.” The believer is “actually righteous” by a creative act of God and through spiritual circumcision the new inner man of the believer has been separated from the flesh, the outer man, where the power of sin abides in the members of our body. God Himself is joined to the believer’s new heart through Jesus by the Holy Spirit. He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit. As Jesus is so are we now in this world. (I John 4:17)

When these two truths are seen then the house of cards which legalistic religion built will come crashing down and Jesus will be glorified in His people. As Jesus said, “Not one stone shall be left upon another.” It shall all come crashing down to be replaced by a living expression of the life of Jesus in His people.

The true gospel destroys legalistic teaching but the true gospel is resisted and opposed by those who have a vested interest in promoting a legalism which serves their purposes and agenda.

A wise man once said that truth goes through three stages with people generally. First they mock it and ridicule it and even laugh at it. Secondly they oppose it and resist it and sometimes angrily persecute the messenger. Thirdly they see it, believe it and declare it to be self-evident and begin to promote the truth themselves. The apostle Paul went through these three stages himself but he lost all that he had invested in his religious world as a result. In response to his loss the apostle said he counted as “dung” all that he lost in that religious system, the friends, the prestige, the money, the position, the authority, the name recognition, all of it, in comparison to knowing Jesus.

James Barron

The Magnificent Door

December 21st, 2021 § 1

The concept of Jesus being our Door now as we live on earth that we might “go in and out” between two realms to find “pasture” or spiritual nourishment is a mind blowing truth that most believers have never been taught.

The message of the Door is in essence the good news of the Kingdom of God. Through Jesus we are forgiven and made righteous and now have access through the Spirit to a whole new world where the love of God is continually shining upon us in this new reality.

In this world we will have trouble but we can be of good cheer for He has overcome this world and carried us by the two wings of the great eagle (the Holy Spirit) to His world where we are nourished in the place He prepared for us in Himself, sitting together with Him in those heavenly places. For we have been translated from the kingdom of this darkness into the kingdom of the beloved Son through the Door, the Son Himself.

James Barron

Two Unchangeable Things Release Believers From All Guilt Forever

August 20th, 2021 § 1

The big point that the writer to the Hebrews was making in that amazing letter was that we have a superior priesthood in Jesus after the order of Melchizedek.

The Levitical priesthood was a priesthood of “covering of sin” and the blood sacrifices offered had to be done “daily” and “continually” by many priests who lived and died.

Jesus, on the other hand, is our High Priest after the order of Melchizedek (which means King of Righteousness) and that priesthood has only one priest and only one sacrifice to “take away sin” once for all people “for all time.” Furthermore, God installed Jesus as our High Priest after the order of Melchizedek by an Oath that we would have strong encouragement and know that our sins will never be counted against us again. They are gone. Our sins are gone. The King of Righteousness has given to the believer His own righteousness as a gift.

God made Jesus our High Priest forever with an Oath so that by two unchangeable things we would know our sins have been removed and we have been cleansed from all unrighteousness forever. And what are those two unchangeable things? They are (1) God’s own Word and (2) God’s Oath confirming His Word. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie.

To say it another way, God wants the believer to know that He will never count our sins against us again ever! Jesus was raised from the dead to be our living High Priest forever having offered up Himself as the only sacrifice necessary for the complete removal of all our sin forever and this includes past, present and future sins not yet committed, for all our sins were future sins when Jesus died on the cross for us and as us.

Any teaching which says a believer must confess his sins on a “daily” basis and “continually” in order to have those sins forgiven and in order to have unrighteousness cleansed from that believer is directly opposing the Word of God and God’s own Oath regarding the High Priestly ministry of Jesus and is in direct opposition to the eternal purposes of God Himself for all believers. Those who teach that I John 1:9 is a word to the believer, to the saint of God, are teaching serious error in opposition to the New Covenant, the finished work of Jesus and all the apostolic writings.

Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

James Barron

This Is The Gospel That Turned The World Upside Down!

August 8th, 2021 § 0

I was thinking this morning how God rolled away the stone so men could see Jesus was not there. He was gone. He had risen. In the same way God wants you and I to see that we are not there. We are gone. We have been raised in Him. We died in Him and were raised in Him. We are not here. We are gone. We have risen and ascended with Him and now sit with Him in the heavenlies. The real new man is really not living in this world anymore, just as the apostle Paul taught. Our body is living in this world but the new creation lives in Heaven and we access this world now through our bodies to be a light to those on earth. We are witnesses of Him in this world and of His new world. We are gone. We are not here. We walk in the light as He is in the light, we are where He is, and our fellowship is with the Father and the Son and Jesus’ death has removed all sin and darkness from us forever. This is the message He has sent us to proclaim. This message is the joyful sound that turned the world upside down when it was first heard!

Radically different from a religious mindset that only sees the flesh and focuses on sin in order to modify behavior and to manipulate someone to do the right things. So different from God’s way of the death of the old man and the resurrection of a new man with a new heart and the ascension of that new man into another reality, into heavenly places, all through the mystery of Christ!

As the apostle said, we have already been “translated” from the kingdom of this darkness into the kingdom of the beloved Son! To be “translated” from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the beloved Son means to be moved from one place to another place. The believer is in another place. This movement is not like a movement in the natural like moving from the USA to England, for example. This is a movement from one dimension of reality to another dimension of reality.

The new you is still in your body, although separated from it by the Spirit of God by spiritual circumcision through the hand of God and the power of sin is quarantined in the members of your body. The body is dying because of sin but the spirit is alive because of the everlasting righteousness of Jesus, which the believer has as a gift. The outer man (the body) is decaying and growing old but the inner new man is continually renewed and refreshed with the life of God. We have this treasure in earthen vessels so the power of God is clearly seen to be of God and not of ourselves. But as the apostle Paul said, we have access now to God Himself through our union with Jesus by the Spirit. You sit in the heavenlies with Jesus while you walk the earth in the same way Jesus said He was in Heaven as He walked among us. We are no longer from below but now we are from above.

Jesus’ words are Spirit and life and are spiritually discerned. He is the Door or Gate of Heaven and He has brought us through that Gate and we are now in His kingdom and the kingdom of Heaven is now in us. Jesus said the kingdom of Heaven does not come like men think for it shall be within you.

This understanding of the mystery of Christ brings the believer into a deep rest and a completely new perspective as the believer now sees everything as God sees it. We no longer know ourselves or other people after the flesh but by the Spirit. This understanding releases the believer from a sin consciousness, as the book of Hebrews says, and allows the Spirit to reveal the thoughts of God to the believer without hindrance. This understanding reveals the great love of God to the believer and fills the believer with that everlasting love.

These are the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus said are revealed to His own. The Spirit shows us these things that no ear has heard or eye has seen or has even been thought about. His Kingdom is not of this world and His ways are as different from our ways as the heavens are above the earth. This is why the real Gospel will turn this world upside down every time it is proclaimed!

James Barron

See What You Have Found!

July 22nd, 2021 § 0

Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who stumbled on a treasure hidden in a field so he went and sold all he had to raise enough money to buy that field. Or it is like the merchant in search of fine pearls, when he finds a pearl of great value, went and sold all he had to buy that pearl. The Kingdom of Heaven is a new reality that Jesus was bringing to mankind. Heaven on earth by putting Heaven in man by the gift of the Spirit.

It is another reality where a man can live without fear in peace with God and be loved unconditionally. A reality where his sins are no longer being counted against him and all his failures do not disqualify him from a God who is near, even within. This new reality is the treasure that some people stumble over and find by accident and others find while on a quest for it.

Jesus was saying that once you really see what you have found, nothing in this world can be compared to the awesome reality of this new world in Him.

James Barron

Jesus Sees You

March 19th, 2021 § 0

In John 1:44-51 it written: Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.” 50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Nathanael said to Jesus, “How do you know me?”  Jesus said, “I saw you.”  Jesus went on to say that because He saw Nathanael that Nathanael would now see something.  Someone.  Nathanael would see Heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending on Jesus Himself.  

Jesus first sees us that we might see Him.  Heaven is open now for those who have been given His eyes to see.  We see because He is now within us and we see through His eyes.  

It is also written in Isaiah 53:11:  “As a result of the anguish of His soul,

He will see it and be satisfied;  by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.” 

Jesus saw you too.  Just as He saw Nathanael.  While dying on the cross He saw you.  He saw “the result of the anguish of His soul” and “He was satisfied.”  He saw you that you might see Him.  

Lift up your eyes to Heaven and see with new eyes.  Heaven is now open to you.  His eyes are your eyes now. 

All because He saw you first. 

James Barron

God Is Satisfied

March 19th, 2021 § 0

In the 1981 movie “Chariots of Fire”, there is a famous scene where the actor playing Eric Lidell (400 meter Olympic gold medalist in 1924) says “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure”. 

Do you believe that God not only made you for a purpose but that He actually wants you to “feel His pleasure?”Better still, do you believe it is possible to “feel His pleasure” regardless of how fast, how attractive, how successful, how poor, or how educated you are?  As Christians, speaking or hearing the words “God loves you” can sometimes come across as trite and cliche, and we can almost become numb to it. 

So it is my sincere prayer that Father God’s “Spirit of wisdom and revelation” would open the eyes of your heart so that you may come to understand those three words in a fresh new way.   That in fact, Father God is very pleased with you and that you are entirely acceptable to Him.  In other words, He not only loves you, but He likes you, He delights in you, and He is completely satisfied with who you are in Christ.   

May you come to realize more fully that the blood Jesus shed for you was not in vain, and that His life has been joined to you by His Spirit forevermore.  

Lastly, I often like to end with one of my favorite scriptures, so I leave you with this:  “God is faithful, through whom you have been called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”  (I Corinthians 1:9)

Chris Wiley

Grace & Wrath

July 18th, 2020 § 6

To understand how the grace of God in Jesus and the wrath of God for an evil world are both a present reality, you must be able to see the two worlds.

As a believer we have been translated from this world of flesh and darkness through the Portal into the kingdom of the beloved Son.  The evil world still exists and those who are in the flesh are subject to that world and in that world the wrath of God abides upon them.

“He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.”  John 3:36

We have the Good News that Jesus took all of the wrath of God for us and if we only believe then all our sin will be considered as taken away completely and we will pass through the Door into a new world where there is no law and no judgment.  A new reality in the Spirit.  We are witnesses to this new world.  Witnesses of Jesus primarily. 

As Paul said to the Galatians, Christ will be of no benefit to the one who does not believe.  No benefit.  The unbelieving world receives no benefit from the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, except for the love of God they receive from believers.

So while it is true that God loves the whole world and that He judged the whole world on the cross at the death of Jesus, that universal act only benefits the individuals who believe on Jesus.  If we believe then God baptizes us into the Spirit of God and thus into the history of Jesus where we also died and where we also were raised again.  If a person does not believe then he has no history with Jesus and he remains one of the fallen sons of disobedience still in Adam under the power of the evil one and subject to judgment.  Still a prisoner of this fallen world.

We see the judgment of God falling on Herod in the book of Acts after the resurrection.  Ananias and Saphira were also judged as unbelievers who were trying to become a member of the body of Christ with the wrong currency, a living faith being the only coin of God’s realm.  These were judgments from God falling on unbelievers even as the Good News of God’s grace was being proclaimed.  Believers need not fear the judgment of God.  Jesus said, “He who believes in Me shall not come into judgment but has already passed from death and into life.”  Believers have passed over into another world.  His world.  His realm where we sit with Him in heavenly places.

Paul said, “Behold the goodness and severity of God.  Goodness toward you who have believed but severity toward those who have refused to believe.”  So Aslan is not a tame lion and though He seeks to rescue the lost and has given His life that all may live, His roar and terror still lives because He lives and evil will be judged, one way (the cross) or another.

James Barron

What Men Call Balance God Calls Mixture

July 13th, 2020 § 1

Men sometimes mix law and grace when they teach the Gospel. They are afraid of teaching “too much grace” so they will say we need “balance” when we preach the Gospel. But when you add law to grace it is no longer the Gospel and God calls it mixture and not a pure Gospel.

This mixture of law and grace (that men call balance) goes something like this: A person is forgiven and born of the Spirit when they believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He took away all our sin by His death on the cross and that He was raised again on the third day, BUT a believer must keep the law in order to be righteous and confess his sins every day and ask God to forgive his sins again and again every day to stay right with God. Those added words after the BUT are not balance. That is mixture. That is error.

This thinking will cause a believer to not enter into God’s rest and allow Jesus to live His own life through the believer. Now as a believer we let the Spirit guide us, not the law, and when we sin as believers we thank God for the forgiveness we already have because Jesus died once for all sin, for all people, for all time and we don’t keep asking God to forgive us.

The true Gospel leads us to a growing revelation that we are one with Jesus. Paul said he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit. Jesus prayed in John 17 that we would be one with Him even as He was one with the Father. He in the Father, the Father in Him and now we in Him and He in us. One. That is now the reality for every believer. This awareness of our union with Jesus, where He Himself is our righteousness, is what brings a deep peace in our lives. We have peace with God and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. This is the root of all rest.

When we know God’s love is toward us unconditionally and that we have the gift of righteousness then we know we can never mess up or not measure up before God. He loves us as much as He loves Jesus. Jesus said that in John 17.

So let this unconditional love of God and this rest in Him grow in you and you will find a new freedom and you will not worry about meeting other people’s expectations or be concerned about being perfect all the time. Ask God to make life full of joy again for you. Ask Him to show you how you can mentor other believers because that will bring joy. Ask Him to give you the desires of your heart and then go after it knowing Jesus is with you and in you to bring it to pass. Dream big because He is a very big God and He likes to bless your socks off. If you are a believer, you are His son or daughter and there is nothing you can do to cause Him to love you less or love you more.

James Barron