I have been preaching through the book of Daniel and I am now in chapter 9. Daniel prays in chapter 9 for the forgiveness and restoration of the nation of Israel to a proper relationship with God. The people had experienced judgment/punishment at the hands of God that was severe. I mention again that these are God’s people.
I was discussing this point with another believer, wondering aloud what form God’s judgment/punishment takes in the lives of Christians today. Is it possible (as one of my former professors believes) that God has judged the Church today, with apathy? The person I mentioned this to, thought it was not possible. The person did not believe that God would ever “give up” on a believer.
I think the answer to that person’s statement is, yes and no. No, God does not ever remove the justification that a person has received through faith in Christ’s death and resurrection (eternal security). Yes, I do believe that God judges/punishes Christians severely at times for their sin (see Hebrews 10:26-30; 1 Cor. 11:27-32). I don’t know exactly what God is doing to punish the sins of the Church right now, but I am certain that if He hasn’t done so already, He will. God forgive us for our selfishness and worldliness.