Judicial Standards

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The following are clearly stated Biblical standards for overall judgment between the wicked and the righteous:

Treatment of the Elect

Treatment of GOD's elect will be a major determinant of eternal destiny. How the elect were treated in ways that matter when they were being oppressed by a wicked world system (Jn. 15:18-19) will result in judgement, not just of people but also of angels. (1 Co. 6:3)

Ultimate Righteousness

The most righteous who qualify to live with GOD in HIS tabernacle meet the following requirements:

No Usury

The practice of charging the poor interest, also known as usury, was clearly prohibited in the Old Testament. Taking what little the poor had, which they needed to survive, was a serious crime before Heaven.

No Backbiting

Slandering others behind their backs, rather than criticizing publicly or to their faces, was a deceitful act indicative of treachery and dishonesty. Such dishonest people are a danger to righteous government for they may slander and plot secretly while pretending friendship disingenuously.

No Bribes

Taking bribes, in other words, "reward against the innocent," meant a person sold out their morals, oppressing innocent people in exchange for gifts or favors.[1] As with backbiting, such people who can be bought on behalf of wickedness are a serious danger to righteous government because they can betray a righteous ruler for personal gain without exposing plots honestly, loyally, and forthrightly.

Keeping Promises

Keeping one's promises, or "swearing to one's hurt and changing not," meant sticking to one's promises even when it was inconvenient to do so, and was a sign of integrity.

Merciful Receive Mercy

A clear teaching in the gospels is that those which did not show mercy to others concerning legal judgments will receive none themselves, they will be judged with the same standards they judged others with legally.


  1. Got Questions Ministries (n.d.). "What Does the Bible Say About Bribery?" Got Questions.