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Christians and Judging: When, Where and How

JUDGING: Christians are commanded to judge

JUDGING: Christians are commanded to judge

IS A CHRISTIAN TO JUDGE?  YES!

WHEN IS A CHRISTIAN TO JUDGE?

WHERE IS A CHRISTIAN TO JUDGE?

HOW IS A CHRISTIAN TO JUDGE?

“Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
Matthew 7:1

It’s been said that Matthew 7:1 is the world’s favorite Bible verse.

It’s easy to see why Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:1 would be beloved of pagans, the wicked and the lost.  Taken out of context, it’s the perfect retort to anyone shining a light in the dark.  It’s another way of saying “Leave me to my sin.  Who are you to judge?

But wrenching Matthew 7:1 out of context is a good example of the ‘One Twisted Scripture makes for Bad Doctrine‘ rule.  Which brings us to  When I say “I am a Christian.”

This link was posted because it is a wonderful example of what many Christian websites in 2014 feature.  While there is still some traditional Bible study going on, there seems to be much more posting of poems and quotes instead.

The following poem is a good example.  The poem, When I say “I am Christian” contains some good thoughts. The reader has to go all the way to the last verse to find the error–and it’s a common one for the times in which we live.

“When I say…”I am a Christian”
I do not wish to judge.
I have no authority.
I only know I’m loved.”

This is not at all biblical, although many Christians today believe it to be.  Christians not only have the authority (of the Bible), they  are commanded to judge

  1. not according to appearance [John 7:24]
  2. in righteousness [John 7:24];
  3. not to condemnation; [Luke 6:37]
  4. in love;
  5. fruit [Matthew 7:17-20]
  6. doctrinal error [2 Thessalonians 3:6]
  7. between the brethren [1 Corinthians 6:5]
  8. in a spirit of meekneess [Galatians 6:1]

Christians are not only to judge, they are commanded by the Bible to judge.

Of the one or two Bible verses the world is familiar with.  Matthew 7:1Judge not” is their favorite.

Judge others, Jesus said to

“…we all know the atheist’s three favorite verses in the Bible:  “Judge not lest you be judged” (Matthew 7:1), “He who is without sin cast the first stone” (John 8:7), and “God is love” (1 John 4:8).  Why are these his favorites?  Because they allow the atheist to escape accountability to God.  He is guilty before God and doesn’t like to hear about it…”

It’s a sign of the times in which we live that many who call themselves Christians know the claims of the world better than they know the Bible. One such example is “Christians, stop judging non-Christians”.  Written by a supposed Christian, this is 100% completely opposite of what God’s Word commands.

Yes, there is 1 Corinthians 5:12 (a favorite of all who do not witness).

“For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?”
1 Corinthians 5:12

Paul is not saying “Do not judge outsiders.” Paul is saying “You have no authority over those outside of the church. You have no recourse to those whom you judge outside of the church.”

The Bible is very clear about judging those outside the Church. Two in particular stand out.

Most Christians ignore both instances.

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:15

Preaching the gospel requires Christians to proclaim that all men are sinners. That is offensive to the lost. It is a judgment on the world to tell it that it is lost and headed to hell. Most church-goers handle this by not sharing their faith. Many accommodate the world by agreeing that “You really are a good person. Who am I to judge?

The second instance?

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
2 Corinthians 6:14

This means don’t hang out with; don’t be friends with those who are in the world; i.e., heathens, non-Christians. If Christians are not even to eat with others who profess Christianity if that one is in a lifestyle of sin, then 2 Corinthians 6:14 is serious.

Of course, to determine who it is we would be unequally yoked to requires judgment.

Most modern Christians handle this verse by completely ignoring it.

“Judge not.”

The world knows that part of Matthew 7:1 by heart. Many today who profess Jesus agree.  Many who sit in pews confuse Jesus with Barney the purple dinosaur.  Why share their faith?  That might end up in a disagreement.  It’s far easier to mumble “Judge not” and give everyone a big Barney hug.  For many who sit in churches, their favorite verse is one that is not even in the Bible.

Go along to get along.”

Again, today’s church-goers pay more attention to the claims of the world than what the Bible says.

With only a little effort, that defect could be remedied.

[Much of this piece appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: March 31, 2014.]

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