Judge Not??

May 4, 2010

American Church

Today, I found a great little article over at TruthMatters regarding judging.  “Judge not” seems to be one of the first defenses thrown up by a ministry or minister when confronted with Biblical evidence that they are straying from truth.  Tolerance has been promoted as a Godly virtue while any form of discernment has been denounced as evil.  How are we to contend earnestly for the faith if it is wrong to denounce false doctrine and those spreading it?  The simple fact is that in modern times “judge not” has been twisted into a teaching that is unbiblical and allows heretical teachers to have a free pass in misleading the church. 

There is a statement that we at Real Truth Matters are becoming familiar with, and it goes like this: You can’t judge! In our ministry of promoting New Testament Christianity by promoting a pursuit of Jesus Christ, distinctions arise between what we proclaim as the gospel and what is being proclaimed in much of American Christianity. In that, it is assumed we are passing judgment upon others, and according to our critics that is something Christians are not to do. They often use Matthew 7:1, where Jesus says, “Judge not, that you be not judged.”

First, let us address what it means to judge something or someone. In this passage, Jesus is literally speaking of passing hypocritical, self-exalting condemnation. In the context of scripture Jesus talks about a person who looks down on others and seeks to pronounce sentence upon someone without first considering his own standing before God. But Jesus does say that once a person’s own heart and conscience are clear before God, then he is now at the point where he can help another.
So yes, we cannot judge in the sense that we cannot pass sentence upon someone else. That is only for God to do.

But what about judging when it means not passing sentence but distinguishing, discerning, examining, evaluating? Just a few verses down from Matthew 7:1, Jesus says, “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine.” How are we to follow that command if we do not make judgments, or discernments, about what it means to be a dog or a swine?  Click HERE to go over to TruthMatters for the rest of this article.

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5 Comments on “Judge Not??”

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  2. John Notter Says:

    Yesterday, I ran across an atheistic website quite by accident–or divine appointment–while looking for a picture of a sacrifice. (I am preparing for a sermon that says we are not having revival because we do not put enough flesh on the altar to maintain the flame.) In confronting those responding to the blasphemous article with the truth of Christ I quoted that all you had to do to go to hell was not accept Jesus and gave John 3:17 as evidence. Guess who immediately responds that I am being hateful for even mentioning hell and that I was judgmental? I didn’t even mention hell! All I said was that you will either bless God in one thousand years for accepting Christ’s atonement or quake before His holiness as you are sent from His presence for eternity. Apparently there were other believers that felt the Holy Spirit never speaks of God’s Justice nor offends. They accused of being hateful and cruel. It seems strange that they can stomach someone calling Christ every foul name in the book of vulgarity and mocking His sacrificial death, but they can’t stand a believer sharing the truth about eternity without Christ. I was so aggravated spent twenty minutes or so explaining the love of Jesus in verses like Matthew 8:3, 9:44, 10:28, 15:7, 22:18, Proverbs 27:5, 28:23 and Leviticus 19:7 on my own blog. Paul would definitely be lambasted for giving one over to satan or rebuking those who sin before all! I don’t think God wants us to run to and fro with our fingers angrily in every one’s face, but I know He wants us to be truthful and thereby show love!

    Thank you Jesus! May you receive all of the glory as you are the only one who can straighten all of this out!

    PS Great site! I like the truth below about the book stores as well! Maybe I went to the same one as I bought a copy of Wilberforce’s book on authentic Christianity and Jonathan Edward’s Religious Affections.

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    • ChurchSalt.com Says:

      The Bible is accepted by all until it is opened and its’ words are read! Thanks for stopping by, John. I hope you enjoy Wilberforce. The modern printing of that book entitled “Real Christianity” is terrific! I have given away and loaned out many, many copies of that book to folks who were awakening to what the true Gospel truly is.

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  3. Emile Clede Says:

    The crux of this is that we cannot judge another person’s heart, for we cannot know what is in another person’s heart. Only God knows that and it is His to judge our hearts. We cannot judge another based upon our own perceptions, social regulations, or prejudices.

    We are, however, shown what sin is, how it works, and what its fruit looks like. We are told how to recognize sin, not only in ourselves, but in others. We are told to “preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction.” [2 Ti 4:2]

    We need to make note here that these instructions are for confronting sin, IN LOVE, within the body; among believers (or professing believers). If the brother rejects your gentle rebuke, then you are to treat him as a “pagan or tax collector.” [Mat.18:15-17]. This does not mean that we go to war! It means we are to treat them as an unbeliever and tell them about Jesus.

    And pray for them!

    Grace, Peace and Love.

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    • ChurchSalt.com Says:

      Truly confronting someone about sin really is loving. It has got to be one of the hardest things to do, and most will find a reason to avoid performing that particular duty unless love constrains them. Of course there are those who are happy to take the opportunity to berate and punish someone else, in which case, are they themselves not in sin? I would say so. Church discipline is necessary (as it calls those straying to repentance and protects the glory of Christ as being presented in the Church) but it really must be done in love.

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