A common defense of people who want to live according to their own earthly desires, when their behavior is challenged by another person, is “God is My Judge!”
It’s a simple twist of the scriptures that they either have been deceived into believing, or they just don’t care.
The word “Judge” is basically used in two ways, depending on its context: (1) Judge, as-in condemning with punishment and being completely rejected, and (2) Judge, as-in discern the moral value of a thought, attitude, or action with the intent of lovingly warning one’s own heart or another person in the hopes of avoiding sin and God’s final judgement.
The scriptures teach followers of Christ to “judge” (i.e. Discern) each others’ lifestyles, attitudes, and behaviors and to encourage one another to pursue holy living. (See Matthew 7, Luke 6, Romans 14, 1 Corinthians 6, etc.)
“… their earthly lives… for evil human desires… what pagans choose to do: living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.
But they will have to give account to Him Who is ready to Judge the living and the dead.”
~ 1 Peter 4:2-5
When someone defends their pagan-ish lifestyle or single activity with a response of “God is my judge!” it is surprising that the very thought of facing the final judgement of God does not scare the hell-ish attitudes out of their hearts!
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