Let me start out by asking you, when was the last time you sat in a church pew and the message made you mad? I donít mean because the preacher started in on something unbiblical, but made the hair on your neck stand because you felt like he was talking to you. Has it happened? More important, has it happened lately?
If not, I would say there are two reasons why:
1. Your preacher does not truly understand Godís Word.
2. Your preacher is more concerned about you sitting in the pew than telling you what is in Godís word for fear that you might leave.
How many times have you heard someone scream, ďYou arenít supposed to judge me!!!Ē That comes from the following verse;
"Judge not that ye be not judged." Matthew 7:1
Sadly, the people saying this really donít understand what they are saying, they have just picked and chosen a verse to suit their needs. The fact is, judgement is mentioned many times over in the Bible.
"The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment." (Psalms 37:30)
"With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth." (Psalms 119:13)
"Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy." (Proverbs 31:9)
"Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt show her all her abominations." (Ezek 22:2)
Jesus commended Simon, "Thou hast rightly judged." (Luke 7:43)
"But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man." (1 Cor 2:15)
"Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?" (1 Cor 6:2)
"Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?" (1 Cor 6:3)
Are you seeing a pattern here? You ought to. It is God telling us to judge using the Word of God. Iíd say we need to listen to Him and not people desperately trying to get out of being reminded that they are still sinners!
Why not look up the word judge in a dictionary. You will see it means to compare and discern, and even to find truth over falsehood.
So take a look for a minute at what happens if you say you are not to judgeÖ
Tell me, how in the world are sinners to repent, if we do not judge according to Godís Word and tell them when they are wrong? The only reason people throw this verse in Matthew 7:1 up, is to try and hide something. Do you think you are perfect and without sin? Do you think you are going to go through life and not be wrong? The problem is, people donít like to be reminded of how sinful we really still are, and what is worse, is what is pointed out, they usually already know is wrong, and have no intention of telling God they are sorry. If you truly care, if you truly love, you will show others when they are wrong, and accept that the same way when it comes to you. All you who preach God is love, and focus on the feel-good stuff, really have no clue what that love is. If you did, then youíd know, in the same way the Holy Spirit convicts us when we do something wrong out of love, we should be following that example.
When the Bride of Christ starts watering down God, and doesnít comply where we are TOLD to judge, then Satan wins. Thatís been our downward spiral for a long time. We donít judge for fear of being called zealots or holier-than-thou so we remain silent from Godís truth. In doing so, we have desensitized ourselves and the world to what sin really is. Now look at the mess that is on our hands! Yet Christians, in their zeal to be politically correct, feel-good, and well respected by men instead of God, have done nothing but become wimps for God.
Please read Matthew 7:1-4 in its context.
1Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
In verses 1-4, we see that we are being told not try and tell someone they are doing something wrong if you are doing it yourself. In other words, donít tell someone not to cheat on their taxes, if you are fudging a number here and there yourself. Now look at verse 5.
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
Clearly we are being told that if we do that, we are a hypocrite; however, if you examine yourself, and rid yourself of that issue you can then see more clearly. But notice what is said, that you can then ďcast the mote out of your brotherís eyeĒ. See that is the part people leave off! Jesus Christ Himself is telling us to get right, then we can see our brotherís faults more clearly, and point it out. He is telling us to judge. Are you going to continue disobeying just to be accepted by men? Ladies and Gentlemen, I choose God!!
So you say, what about James 4:11? Well, what about it? In it we are told not to speak evil of our brothers. If you are judging/discerning, and presenting Godís truth, you are not speaking evil of anyone!
There are other verses people try to use, but with the verses earlier showing that we ARE to judge, and Jesus Christ commanding it, I feel it would be quite silly for someone to try and twist scripture just to meet their agenda. You need to judge in the correct manner as well thoughÖ
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." John 7:24
Before you try to point something out that they are doing wrong, examine yourself. Practice what you preach! Repent and then you can help others. And might I say this, when someone repents, they donít just say, ďHey God, forgive me I am sorryĒ. No, it is more than that. It is a willful choice to turn away from that sin, and not continue to do it. If you think you can just go around continuing to do it over and over and just ask forgiveness, your repenting is nothing more than lip-service and is useless. Then you can full well go to your brother and point out what is wrong, in a loving manner, and not contribute to the demise of Christís Church by bowing down to Satanís plan of trying to make us politically correct versus being right in the eyes of God.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. Acts 5:29
In His Grace,
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