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Question and Answer

I heard a pastor say that those who reject Christ will be judged according to their deeds. Do you know if Scripture proves that?

See Revelation 20:11–15. It is commonly called the Judgment of the Great White Throne, at which the lost, small and great, are assigned their punishment for having spurned God’s offers of mercy. The text says, “The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.”

Salvation is given freely as a gift. God gives eternal life to as many as repent and believe the gospel. Nobody can earn it. Read John 3:16–21. But those who refuse to repent and believe will be judged according to what they did in life, and nothing that they did while alive can absolve them. Their prospects are terrifying.

BY C. Donald Cole

C. DONALD COLE hosted Moody Radio’s Open Line for 26 years before retiring in 2008. Before joining the team at the Moody Bible Institute in 1971, Pastor Cole and his wife, Naomi, served the Lord as missionaries in Angola from 1948 until 1966. Pastor Cole then served as a faculty member of Emmaus Bible College of Dubuque and as editor of Interest magazine.

Pastor Cole authored several books, and was married to his wife Naomi for 65 years before he went home to the Lord in 2012.

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