The Topic of Judgment
by Pastor Frank of Capitve Hearts Ministries
Blessings in Christ!!
This is not an official issue
of Captive Hearts, but an answer to a question.
Over and over and over
and over whenever we take a stand for the things of God the same old "accusation"
comes to us "Hey Christian I thought the Bible says DO NOT JUDGE LEST YOU
BE JUDGE" AND "JESUS HUNG OUT WITH SINNERS!"
Firstly, let's answer the
simpler of the two points you brought up- "Jesus hung out with sinners."
THAT IS A LIE!!!! Jesus DID NOT "hang out" with sinners. He moved in their
midst, there is a world of difference. "Hanging out" denotes that Jesus
was buddy-buddy with sinners and participated in their activities...isn't
that what we do when we "hang out" with friends?
"harmless, undefiled, and SEPARATE FROM SINNERS" Hebrews 7:26. So much for "well...Jesus hung out with sinners."
Secondly the issue of judgment...I could write a book on the amount of times I have heard this verse abused...
"Judge not, that ye be not judged"
This is the perennial favorite
of Christians and non-Christians who wish to justify their disobedience
to God. In the last issue of Captive Hearts I spoke from Romans 14 which
says "who art thou that judgest another man's servant?"
"Judge not according to appearance but JUDGE RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT" John 7:24
Righteous judgment is using God's word to rule what is good or evil. This is commanded among the body of believers. We are to instruct from God's word what is and is not acceptable to God (just be very careful not to add to His word or impose your own views onto the text. This is a heresy known as eisegesis which means "to read into the text what is not there."). Let's look at God's command-
"For what have I to do to
judge them also that are without (the church)? Do not ye judge them that
are within? But them that are without God judgeth.
Why does it say that those without the church body will be judged by God while we are to judge (according to God's word) those within? Simple, those who are not saved are already under the judgment and condemnation of God....
"He that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is condemnation that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3:19
Those within the body are to be kept in line by one another because we are indeed our brother's keeper. It is our responsibility out of love, to make a fellow believer aware when he or she is violating God's word. If he or she is truly saved, though the correction may sting, he or she will appreciate what was done. But what of Matthew 7:1, "judge not, that ye be not judged" ? Well, let's look at the rest of the passage.....
"...for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Why beholdest thou the mote (speck of dust) that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye...thou hypocrite FIRST cast out the beam out of thine own eye; AND THEN SHALT THOU SEE CLEARLY TO CAST OUT THE MOTE OF THY BROTHER'S EYE." Matthew 7:2-3 & 5.
This passage is not a blanket prohibition against judgment!! It is an exhortation to get right (repent of sin and place trust in Jesus for salvation) with God, and when you do, He will let you see clearly to help your brother/sister get their life right with God.
The judgment is to be God's word, not your own opinion or view and it is to be done in a spirit of loving correction, not spiteful condemnation. Suppose one of you saw me ready to step on a high voltage wire, would you warn me of my folly, or would you let me get electrocuted? This is and should be the spirit behind correcting a brother in sin. It is done out of love and concern; if he/she wants to be foolish and touch the high voltage wire, it is their prerogative. God has urged us to give the warning but He'll allow folks to be as foolish as they want to be. As I said in a previous letter, everyone who ends up in hell got there by his or her own choice. Hell is the reward of rebellion toward God. If you are an unbeliever who uses Matthew 7:1 to justify your perverted behavior, be warned, the only one fooled is you and you are already under the judgment and condemnation of God (John 3:19) If you use Matthew 7:1 to do as you please, you'd better read that passage again because you are greatly mistaken. If you choose to walk in disobedience, God will deal with you accordingly...
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7
Some other Scriptures to meditate on: