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Excuses Exposed by the Word (eMANcipators)

  • “I hear that more mature Christians — even leaders — struggle with it, too.”
    • Covenantal Corruption: We are not measured by the standard of other men and women but of the biblical charge for righteousness. We will each give an account before the judgment seat of Christ irrespective of our brothers and sisters.
    • Romans 14:10–12. You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written: “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’ ” 12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
    • 2Chronicles 29:3-11, 2Chronicles 34:21, Ezekiel 18:14-18, Ezekiel 20:18
  • “I haven’t been doing it as much as before, so this won’t be so bad”
    •  Covenantal Corruption: This is a basic misunderstanding of holiness and righteousness. Holiness means without blemish not with fewer blemishes. Our goal is obedience, not excellence. 
    • Matthew 5:48; 2 Cor 7:1; Heb 10:14-27; Rom 6:19-22; Phil 2:12  
  • “Since I’ve already thought it, I might as well go ahead and do it.” OR “It’ll be just this one last time” 
    • Covenantal Corruption: God does not offer a license for lasciviousness (Jude 4) through Grace. Instead, we should fear a God who will turn us over to our lusts. How do we know the “tipping point” from we which will not be delivered. It could be “this one last time.” 
    • Romans 1:21-27, 6:1-18; Isaiah 30:1; Psalm 81:11-12; Acts 7:41-42 
  • “It’s not as bad as actual sex; no need to be so worked up about it.” 
    • Covenantal Corruption: Christ redeems from sin completely. He doesn’t simply redeem us from sin that society considers more egregious. We are cleansed from the inside out by the Holy Spirit. We are not hypocrites who only look good outwardly. 
    •  Matthew 5:28 (NIV) 
    • Job 31:9–12. “If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door, 10 then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her. 11 For that would have been wicked, a sin to be judged. 12 It is a fire that burns to Destruction; it would have uprooted my harvest.
  • “I’ll be able to stop when I married” 
    • Covenantal Corruption: Paul does tell us: “But if they do not have self-control, let them get married. For it is better to marry than to burn with sexual desire.” However, burning with desire does not equal an excuse for impurity or immorality. Don’t expect God to bless your pursuit of a Godly woman if you are not first committed to purity and godliness. Furthermore, this is an “outside in” approach to purity. It expects behavioral change without moral change. It is similar to a sexually immoral couple deciding to marry. They never repented, they simply tried to legitimize their sexual immorality with a marriage certificate. Neither their hearts nor their behavior changed. We are not slaves to sin. We are not victims to our desires when we have born again. How can we REALLY become pure?… 
    • Psalm 119:9, 2 Cor 12:21; Gal 5:19-20, Rom 6:19-23; Eph 5:3-7; 1Thess 4:7; Col 3:5-9; Rev 21:27 
  • “My body just couldn’t take it any longer” 
    • Covenantal Corruption: Because we don’t really believe that we have been set free from sin, we eventually adopt the posture of a victim – powerless to combat sin. We instead have been reborn of the Holy Spirit, by the very power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ! We are more than conquerors. Stop acting like a wimp. 
    • 1 Corinthians 16:13, 1Cor 10:13; Rom 6, 8:37-39, 15:13; 2Cor 4:7, 13:4; Eph 1:19; Titus 2:10-12; 2 Tim 1:7; James 5:16; Col 2:11-12, 2:20-3:10; 1 Pet 2:11-12 
  • “I don’t have an excuse, I just put everything out of my mind… I don’t think about anything” 
    • Covenantal Corruption: This is the scariest of all excuses because it indicates that we no longer even give consideration to our sins. It is a real hardening of the heart, a searing of the conscience. 
    • Exodus 7 (Pharaoh); 2Cor 3:14; Heb 3:15, 4:7-12, 6:4-6, 10:26; Eph 4:19; 1Tim 4:1-2, 6:5; Titus 1:15; Heb 3:13 
  • “God understands; he forgives me. There’s grace, so I’ll repent later and be forgiven” 
    • Covenantal Corruption: Sin destroys. David was forgiven, but the reminder of his life was much different after defacing Bathsheba and murdering Uriah (see 2Sam 11-12). Plus, False Prophets do not turn people from sin – and are vigorously condemned by God. 
    • Jude 3-4,15; Rom 3:8, 6:1; 2 Samuel 12:7-15; 1John 3:8, 1John 2:1; Eph 5:5-7; Lam 2:14; Jer 5:31, 6:14-15, 23:22 
  • “Let me get in as much as I can before I come into the light and/or finally repent” 
    • Covenantal Corruption: In no way does this excuse represent a pursuit of righteousness, holiness, or purity. This reasoning treasures sin more than valuing the holiness credited to us in Christ. This is clearly an abuse of Grace. See comments on previous corruption. Plus, we will need to give an account for EVERY sinful deed.
    •  Amos 5:12 
  • “I can’t get on with my day (or get to sleep) until I get rid of this erection”
    • Covenantal Corruption: To see the fallacy of this reasoning, simply restate it – “I can’t get my day going until I SIN.” We now live for righteousness, so try starting your day with another prayer and see what happens. 
    •  Romans 6:13 (NIV) Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 
    • Proverbs 19:23. The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
  • “At least I’m not thinking about a sister” 
    • Covenantal Corruption: You are bypassing the real issue that you’ve already indulged the sin of lust! Would it matter if you lied to, cheated, or killed a Christian vs. a non-Christian? Everyone is created in the “image of God” so everyone should be respected; no woman should be “objectified” (that is, treated or ogled as an object rather than as the image of God). Treat all younger women as your sisters! 
    • 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2, Genesis 1:26-27, 9:6; Matthew 5:28-30
  • “Does God really see? Is he really paying close attention? It doesn't feel like it.” 
    • Covenantal Corruption: Buckle for this one... The Scriptures have A LOT to say...
    • Scriptures on God's Omniscience: 
      • Genesis 20:6. Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. 
      • Exodus 3:7. The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 
      • Deuteronomy 2:7. The LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything. 
      • Deuteronomy 31:21. And when many disasters and calamities come on them, this song will testify against them, because it will not be forgotten by their descendants. I know what they are disposed to do, even before I bring them into the land I promised them on oath.” 
      • 1 Samuel 2:3. “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. 
      • 1 Kings 8:39. then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive and act; deal with everyone according to all they do, since you know their hearts (for you alone know every human heart), 
      • 2 Kings 19:27. But I know where you are and when you come and go and how you rage against me. 
      • 1 Chronicles 28:9. “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 
      • 1 Chronicles 29:17. I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. 
      • 2 Chronicles 6:30. then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive, and deal with everyone according to all they do, since you know their hearts (for you alone know the human heart), 
      • 2 Chronicles 16:9. For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.” 
      • Job 31:4. Does he not see my ways and count my every step? 
      • Job 34:21. “His eyes are on the ways of mortals; he sees their every step. 
      • Job 34:22. There is no deep shadow, no utter darkness, where evildoers can hide. 
      • Job 34:25. Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed. 
      • Psalm 1:6. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. 
      • Psalm 7:9. Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure— you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts. 
      • Psalm 10:11. He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.” 
      • Psalm 11:4. The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. 
      • Psalm 33:13–15. 13 From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; 14 from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth— 15 he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. 
      • Psalm 38:9. All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. 
      • Psalm 44:21. would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart? 
      • Psalm 73:11. They say, “How would God know? Does the Most High know anything?” 
      • Psalm 92:5. How great are your works, LORD, how profound your thoughts! 
      • Psalm 94:7. They say, “The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob takes no notice.” 
      • Psalm 94:9–11. 9 Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see? 10 Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge? 11 The LORD knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile. 
      • Psalm 119:168. I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you. 
      • Psalm 121:3. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 
      • Psalm 139:1–4. 1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. 
      • Psalm 139:7. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 
      • Psalm 139:12. even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 
      • Psalm 139:14–16. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 
      • Proverbs 5:21. For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths. 
      • Proverbs 15:3. The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. 
      • Proverbs 15:11. Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD— how much more do human hearts! 
      • Proverbs 16:2. All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD. 
      • Proverbs 17:3. The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart. 
      • Proverbs 21:2. A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart. 
      • Proverbs 24:12. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done? 
      • Isaiah 29:15. Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?” 
      • Isaiah 29:16. You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, “You did not make me”? Can the pot say to the potter, “You know nothing”? 
      • Isaiah 37:28. “But I know where you are and when you come and go and how you rage against me. 
      • Isaiah 40:27-28. Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 
      • Jeremiah 5:3. LORD, do not your eyes look for truth? You struck them, but they felt no pain; you crushed them, but they refused correction. They made their faces harder than stone and refused to repent. 
      • Jeremiah 17:10. “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” 
      • Jeremiah 20:12. LORD Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance on them, for to you I have committed my cause. 
      • Jeremiah 23:23. “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the LORD, “and not a God far away? 
      • Jeremiah 23:24. Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD. 
      • Jeremiah 32:19. great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind; you reward each person according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve. 
      • Ezekiel 9:9. He answered me, “The sin of the people of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice. They say, ‘The LORD has forsaken the land; the LORD does not see.’ 
      • Ezekiel 11:5. Then the Spirit of the LORD came on me, and he told me to say: “This is what the LORD says: That is what you are saying, you leaders in Israel, but I know what is going through your mind. 
      • Daniel 2:22. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. 
      • Amos 9:2–4. 2 Though they dig down to the depths below, from there my hand will take them. Though they climb up to the heavens above, from there I will bring them down. 3 Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, there I will hunt them down and seize them. Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent to bite them. 4 Though they are driven into exile by their enemies, there I will command the sword to slay them. “I will keep my eye on them for harm and not for good.” 
      • Zechariah 4:10. “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the LORD that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?” 
      • Matthew 6:4. so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 
      • Matthew 6:18. so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 
      • Luke 16:15. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. 
      • 2 Timothy 2:19. Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 
      • Hebrews 4:13. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 
      • James 1:17. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 
      • 1 John 1:5. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 
      • 1 John 3:20. If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 
      • Jude 25. to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
  • "God Hasn't Done Anything Yet; Maybe He won't really bring a consequence."
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      • Exodus 20:5. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 
      • Exodus 34:7. maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” 
      • Numbers 16:22. But Moses and Aaron fell facedown and cried out, “O God, the God who gives breath to all living things, will you be angry with the entire assembly when only one man sins?” 
      • Deuteronomy 32:35. It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.” 
      • Joshua 24:19. Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. 
      • 1 Samuel 2:3. “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. 
      • 1 Samuel 2:10. those who oppose the LORD will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.” 
      • 2 Samuel 22:25–27. The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in his sight. 26 “To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, 27 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd. 
      • 1 Kings 8:32. then hear from heaven and act. Judge between your servants, condemning the guilty by bringing down on their heads what they have done, and vindicating the innocent by treating them in accordance with their innocence. 
      • 1 Chronicles 16:33. Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. 
      • 2 Chronicles 6:22. “When anyone wrongs their neighbor and is required to take an oath and they come and swear the oath before your altar in this temple, 
      • 2 Chronicles 6:23. then hear from heaven and act. Judge between your servants, condemning the guilty and bringing down on their heads what they have done, and vindicating the innocent by treating them in accordance with their innocence. 
      • 2 Chronicles 19:7. Now let the fear of the LORD be on you. Judge carefully, for with the LORD our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.” 
      • Nehemiah 9:33. In all that has happened to us, you have remained righteous; you have acted faithfully, while we acted wickedly.  
      • Job 34:10–12. “So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong. 11 He repays everyone for what they have done; he brings on them what their conduct deserves. 12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice. 
      • Job 34:19. who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands? 
      • Job 34:23. God has no need to examine people further, that they should come before him for judgment. 
      • Job 35:14. How much less, then, will he listen when you say that you do not see him, that your case is before him and you must wait for him, 
      • Job 36:3. I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker. 
      • Job 36:19. Would your wealth or even all your mighty efforts sustain you so you would not be in distress? 
      • Psalm 7:8. Let the LORD judge the peoples. Vindicate me, LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High. 
      • Psalm 7:9. Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure— you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts. 
      • Psalm 7:11. God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day. 
      • Psalm 9:4. For you have upheld my right and my cause, sitting enthroned as the righteous judge. 
      • Psalm 9:7. The LORD reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. 
      • Psalm 9:8. He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity. 
      • Psalm 11:4. The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. 
      • Psalm 11:5. The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion. 
      • Psalm 11:7. For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face. 
      • Psalm 18:25.To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, 
      • Psalm 18:26. to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd. 
      • Psalm 19:9. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous. 
      • Psalm 51:4. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 
      • Psalm 62:12. and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”; and, “You reward everyone according to what they have done.” 
      • Psalm 90:8. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. 
      • Psalm 90:11. If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. 
      • Psalm 94:10. Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge? 
      • Proverbs 11:31 If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner! 
      • Proverbs 16:2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD. 
      • Proverbs 17:3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart. 
      • Proverbs 21:2 A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart. 
      • Proverbs 21:3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 
      • Proverbs 24:12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done? 
      • Ecclesiastes 3:15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account. 
      • Ecclesiastes 3:17 I said to myself, “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.” 
      • Ecclesiastes 11:9 You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. 
      • Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. 
      • Jeremiah 12:1 You are always righteous, LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? 
      • Lamentations 1:18 “The LORD is righteous, yet I rebelled against his command. Listen, all you peoples; look on my suffering. My young men and young women have gone into exile. 
      • Ezekiel 14:23 You will be consoled when you see their conduct and their actions, for you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause, declares the Sovereign LORD.” 
      • Ezekiel 18:25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear, you Israelites: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? 
      • Ezekiel 18:29 Yet the Israelites say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Are my ways unjust, people of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust? 
      • Ezekiel 18:30 “Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. 
      • Daniel 4:37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble. 
      • Daniel 7:9 “As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. 
      • Daniel 7:10 A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. 
      • Zephaniah 3:5 The LORD within her is righteous; he does no wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame. 
      • Malachi 3:5 “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the LORD Almighty. 
      • Malachi 3:18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. 
      • Romans 2:2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 
      • Romans 2:5–16 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism. 12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares. 
      • Romans 3:4–6. Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.” 5 But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 
      • Romans 11:22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 
      • Colossians 3:25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism. 
      • 2 Thessalonians 1:4–6 Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. 5 All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you  
      • Hebrews 10:30-31. For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 
      • Jude 6 And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 
      • Matthew 10:15. Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. 
      • Matthew 12:36. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 
      • Luke 12:1–2. Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 
      • John 5:29. and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 
      • Acts 17:30–31. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” 
      • Romans 2:12. All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 
      • Romans 2:16. This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares. 
      • Matthew 10:15. Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. 
      • Matthew 12:36. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 
      • John 5:29. and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 
      • Acts 17:30–31. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” 
      • Luke 12:1–3. 1 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.