Rejoicing in the Wrath: Why We Look Forward to the Judgment Day

This article was first published in the July/August edition of Christianity Today and is adapted from my book, Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope (Moody).

John Lennon’s 1971 song “Imagine” encouraged a generation to imagine there is no heaven or hell, and to instead embrace “living for today.” Over 40 years later, many evangelicals are following Lennon’s advice.

It’s commonly said that the gospel is not really about the afterlife. The gospel answers much bigger questions than a person’s eternal state. It’s about life today—not so much about tomorrow.

And slowly but surely, we have begun to let the promise of divine judgment that appears in the Apostles’ Creed—”He will come again to judge the living and the dead”—slip by unnoticed. Many Christians talk a lot about justice and very little about judgment. Justice here and now is a popular subject. Judgment there and then? Not so much.

But justice and judgment are two sides of the same coin. You cannot have perfect justice without judgment. God cannot make things right without declaring certain things wrong. It’s the judgment of God that leads to a perfectly just world. Try to take one without the other, and you lose the Good News.

Downplaying Judgment

Why do we feel pressure to downplay the notion of judgment in the first place? What bothers us about this section of the Apostles’ Creed?

(Continue reading at Christianity Today.)

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2 thoughts on “Why We Look Forward to the Judgment Day”

  1. Wesley says:

    Great reminder Trevin as was your book an excellent and compelling treatise of what the true gospel actually looks like and encompasses. Your contribution to the Kingdom has been so helpful and both blessed and taught me well.

  2. Judgment is the first doctrine denied in Scripture (Gen. 3:4).

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