Grammy or God Awards

Grammy or God awards

God honors but never punishes believers

 

The Grammy Awards honor the best of the best.  Winners this year include:  Beyonce’ and Taylor Swift.  They beat out the competition.

God Awards and the Grammy Awards are alike.

  1. Both awards are honors.  God honor’s all believers who serve.  Even sharing a glass of water is honored.
  2. Both awards are WITHOUT punishment.  The judgment for believers is NOT about punishment for sin.  All our sins have been judged on the Cross of Jesus.  In 1Cor 5, the term bema (judgment seat) identifies the place athletes went to receive honor for their achievements (victor’s wreaths).  There is no punishment.

Believers will never be condemned or punished for their sins.

God Awards stand distinct from the Grammy Awards. 

  1.  Grammy awards:  only one wins – God awards: everyone COULD win
  2. Grammy awards fade – God awards don’t
  3. Grammy awards:  performance only – God awards:  performance plus motive

Grace Freak 

Dan Rockwell  

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6 Comments on “Grammy or God Awards”

  1. Adam Groff Says:

    ha im the first to comment. Once again great stuff. You always give me something to ponder.

  2. Jeff Eshenour Says:

    Pastor Dan,

    You have some interesting thoughts. Your statement that God honors and rewards even something as simple as sharing a glass of water is wonderful. It’s a great reminder of the loving goodness of God. However, I must say that I disagree with you on several points.

    “Both awards are WITHOUT punishment.”

    I’m not sure that I agree with that. If when you say punishment you mean going to Hell, then you are correct. Practically all respected scholars agree that this Bema judgment seat of Christ in 2 Corinthians 5 is for Christians alone. They are already guaranteed a home in Heaven and do not have to worry about the fires of Hell.
    However, if by the word punishment you mean ‘no negative consequences,’ then I must disagree. Read 2 Cor. 5:10 again. It says we will be repaid for our deeds in the body, according to what we have done, whether good or BAD. You can’t just ignore that. Also, you bring up the point that in this passage the Bema refers to the platform or “judgment seat” for winners of athletic competitions. While this is a recognized fact, you cannot say with 100% certainty that this is what was being referred to here. The word Bema also meant tribunal or literal “JUDGMENT seat.” In fact, none of the 4 respected commentaries, Bible handbook, or 2 Bible dictionaries that I consulted even thought it worth mentioning the fact that bema even referred to the athletic term. For example in Matthew 27:19 Pilate sat on his bema when Jesus was on trial before him. This was a literal judgment and punishment could be passed down from that seat just as easily as reward. In fact…it was.

    Now, that being said, I want to clarify. Again, I believe that everyone who goes through this bema judgment of God will go to Heaven. So what is the “punishment?” The consequences will be lack of reward or less reward. Yes, everyone will be “victorious” in the sense that they have all made it to Heaven, but some will have the honor of being able to return more reward to God. Yes, everyone will be thankful for God and pleased to have something to offer Him, but it is definitely a negative consequence to be stripped of some of the reward that you could have had. This is explained in 1 Corinthians 3:12-14. It says that all our works will be tested by fire. “If any man’s work remains, he will receive reward. But if any man’s work is burned up, HE WILL SUFFER LOSS; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

    I hope I have explained this clearly enough. My intent is not to start an argument, however, I felt that there was too much lacking in your explanation. It is very bold to say that God never punishes believers. Look at Ananias and Sapphira. That was New Testament. And while I will agree with you that this is one crazy exception, it still cannot be ignored.

    Respectfully yours,

    ~Jeff~

    • Dan Rockwell Says:

      Thanks for your feed back Jeff. I don’t think the time of reward can be construed as punishment in any way. Time of regret yes. One thing that motivates me is a deep drive to leverage all that I have for Jesus. I don’t want to hang my head in regret at the bema because I squandered opportunities to honor Him. If you want to call that punishment, feel free. But its not God punishing me. It’s We’ll respectfully disagree.

      People who didn’t earn a grammy aren’t being punished. Although they may regret not working harder.

      Regarding commentaries that say the bema is this or that… shall we get into a quoting match? Nah. Some think one way some think another. I made a choice. You make yours.

      Regarding good or bad. It’s important to note that Paul doesn’t say righteous or sinful because the sin issues is resolved. Good = rewardable Bad = not rewardable. The worst that happens to believers at the judgement is they don’t get what they could have earned. There is no punishment as in 40 lashes with a wet noodle. Good (rewardable deeds) are things done under the positive influence of the Spirit. Bad deeds include good things done in human energy.

      Thanks again for your feedback.

      Grace Freak Dan

  3. carla Says:

    O Lord give us the grace to leverage all You have given me to glorify you and You alone and convict me always under the influence of Your Holy Spirit and order my steps accordingly as in Psalm 37! Thank you Dan. Very well explained and revealing!


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