say, we are not
at all. This is an incorrect statement,
and I have Biblical proof to prove it. Now the next few verses are
which make Christians today think we are not to judge at all:
So, It might appear there is a contradiction in the Words of God, verses which tell us not to judge and verses that tell us to judge. But I assure you there is no contradiction and the Bible explains itself. we are to judge, but we are to judge righteous judgements, we are not to judge, if we do the same thing. The next verses will sum up this:
Still do not
believe we are to
Now we are not to eat with a brother who is a fornicator. nor to eat with those who are covetous or an idolater, or drunkard. Now the question I have for you is this, If I am not to even eat with one of these people, then I have to judge them as being such. If I say I cannot eat with brother Tom, because he is a fornicator, I have to have judged him as being a fornicator. So we are told not to keep company with such people, therefore I must judge them as being such people, so I can know to not keep company with them
So we are to
judge, The key is,
we are to
judge Righteous Judgements, If
you are not worthy to judge Righteous judgements, then you should not
but if one is worthy and righteous, then that person can judge, and
persons judgements will be Righteous and just.
This is so True, First judge yourself, whether you are worthy or not.
Do not judge someone of thievery, if you steal
Do not judge someone of homosexualality, if you lust
Do not judge someone of being a Liar, if you bear false witness through gossip.
Do not judge someone who abuses drugs, when you smoke cigarrettes.
Do not judge someone with a foul mouth, when you laugh at all the diry jokes you hear
The list can go on and on and on
But do judge, if you are Righteous and Just, and worthy to judge. So God's people are to judge, because God's people are Righteous and Just, and worthy to judge.There is a great deal of false judging that goes on among those who claim to be followers of Jesus. True Christians should not be judging falsely, and it is my goal to reveal, through Scriptures, what is considered to be false judgments and righteous judgments.
Let us go to the verse most Christians are very familiar with:
We are to judge, but we are not to judge unrighteously nor are we to judge based on our own thinking, but we are to judge Scripturally which is the TRUE JUDGE.
Now Matthew 7:1-2 says we are not to judge, let us continue with the next few verses and see WHY we should not judge.
Do you judge drug abusers when you are addicted to nicotine? Do you judge smokers, all the while you can’t go one morning without coffee/caffeine? Do you judge those who can’t go without caffeine, yet you can’t go without sweets?
We live in a society who are super quick to point their fingers at others, which makes us not feel quite so badly about our own inadequacies. If we can point out the faults of others, somehow, if other peoples fault are worse then our own, what we do don’t seem quite as bad. However this does not change the Truth that everyone must give account for their own actions and their own thoughts.
But we should not judge anyone at all if we are not worthy to JUDGE.
Now this person knowingly and willingly commits or has committed those terrible sins. Tell me, do you knowingly and willingly commit sins??? If you knowingly and willingly commit sins, why are you judging others who ALSO knowingly and willingly commit sins??? Do you not do the same things?
In that, you too disobey God. You do greatly error if you put value to particular sins. Saying such things like “Adultery is a sin that is worse then stealing a pencil from work” Both have disobeyed God. When a person stands before God on Judgment Day. It is not what particular sins you have committed, but how many times you have disobeyed God that will be judged. (namely, how much you have loved others, which He commands us to do).
Therefore if you knowingly and willingly commit sins (that is to say you are still living in sin) DO NOT JUDGE OTHERS WHO ALSO KNOWINGLY AND WILLINGLY COMMMIT SINS.
For example, if a person steals something that does not belong to him, do we not judge him to be a thief? Not because we think he is, but because the Word says he is, for the Word says “Do not steal”
It will be the Word that judges that person and not what people think. Likewise if people cheat on their taxes, now most people will not judge them to be thieves, yet the Word will judge them as thieves nonetheless. So judgment is not what people believe or think, but what Scriptures teach.
So righteous Judgment comes from the Word of God and NOT from the words of men. Men teach it is a sin to celebrate birthdays, Christmas, Easter and the such. Yet Scriptures does not condemn these at all. Scriptures do not say celebrating a birthday is sinful, this is men’s teaching. Scriptures does not condemn the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas.
This is where false judgments is born, when people start condemning things which are not condemned in Scriptures. I rean across a couple who said “Anybody who watches ‘Friends (a sitcom on TV)’ commits sin.” I asked them to tell me what sin do they commit by watching Friends? They said “The sin of lusting” I then informed them that everyone who watches Friends do not commit the sin of lusting.
I see this kind of false judging everywhere I go. Especially from those who profess to be Christians. What disturbs me the most about all this false judgments is how much of it is NOT Scriptural.
There are people who say “Wearing a cross necklace is a sin, because Jesus wasn’t crucified on a cross but on a pole” I asked them kindly, “Please show me Scriptures that says it is evil to wear a cross necklace? They can’t, because Scriptures do not teach it is sinful to wear a cross necklace, men teach that.
Satan has got people so wrapped up in saying what is or what isn’t sinful, they entirely neglect what is most important and that is the Words of God. The Word of God teaches us what is sinful and what is not sinful, we need not ADD instructions, i.e. can’t wear a cross, can’t celebrate birthdays, or certain holidays, can’t do this or that, or have to do this or that to be righteous.
I do not know how many times I have said this statement “Show me Scriptures that teach that.” People are so wrapped up into the teachings of men, they can’t see the Truth. We have people who teach, you can’t have music in Church, “Show me Scriptures that teach that.” Or people who preach pre-tribulations (the belief that Christ will come for His people before Tribulations begins), yet there is not a single verse that teaches that. Or you can’t watch TV at all, or you must pray before you eat. We have so many rules and regulations that man says, which the Word does not say nor teach.
We have so many people judging others of sinful behavior which is not defined in Scriptures. Know you not that it is the Holy Ghost that convinces us of sin? What might be sinful to you may not be sinful to another.
A person may be convicted not to eat pizza, and feels it is wrong to eat it and against God to do so. If that person feels it is wrong to eat it, and eats it anyway that person indeed commits sin. Does that mean others who eat pizza commits sin as well? Heavens NO, Scriptures does not teach eating pizza is a sin. Now where false judging comes into play, is when those who feel eating pizza is a sin, starts teaching others that it is a sin to eat pizza, even though Scriptures does not condemn it. This is falsely judging and happens a lot in this generation.
A person feels like he is better and more Godly, because he prays before he eats any meal, but where in Scriptures does it say you MUST pray before every meal? Its nowhere to be found, nor does it say it is a sin not to pray before every meal.
But we judge (falsely) people who do not do as we do, this is wrong and not of God. We should judge according to Scriptures and not by what we believe or what men teach.
I will give you an example how bad the false judging is with this generation. Imagine if you will, you pull up into your preachers driveway and you see him drinking a beer on his front porch and he is not drunk, what would you think? How would you respond?
Now show me Scriptures that says it is a sin or against God to drink a beer. Scriptures does not condemn this, your own judgment thinks this, and if you judged that preacher as committing sin by drinking a beer, you indeed falsely judged him, and commit sin your own self. You falsely judged him because you judged him according to your own beliefs and not what Scriptures teach.
In everything you see others do, you should ask yourself “Is what that person doing forbidden in Scriptures?” If the answer is “Yes” then that person is committing sin ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURES. If that answer is “No” then do not judge that person at all, by doing so, you do falsely judge that person and commit sin your own self by doing so. Condemn nothing, unless Scriptures condemns it.
There are many people who believe eating meat is sinful, and for them to do so, it is indeed sinful, for it is written:
Who are you, O Man, to judge what is sinful or what is not sinful? Scriptures teach us what is sinful and what is not sinful. Who are you to judge outside of Scriptures? Did you judge that preacher drinking a beer on his porch as committing sin? Tell me where does Scriptures judge him as committing a sin by drinking a beer? Or are you judging him based on what YOU believe and not what Scriptures teach. Therefore in Truth you are judging outside of Scriptures based on your own belief. Again, who made you a Judge? Who are you, to determine what is sinful, when even the Words of God Almighty does not condemn it? This is why so much false judging is going on in the World today.
People are judging others by what they believe and not by what Scriptures teach. With this generation the list of false judgments could fill every page of this entire book. People who go to Church judging those who don’t. People who pray much, judging those who pray little. People who give 10% tithe judging those who do not tithe. People who have read the Bible many times, judging those who have never read it completely. People who don’t do the really bad sins, judging those who do. People judging others because of looks, money, what they wear, who their friends are, how popular they are, how much land they own, how big their house is, how fancy of a car they drive, or how much money they make a year and on and on and on.
If I want to hold February 29th every four years as a day to remember the flood and what Noah did and went through, who are you to say I am wrong to do so? Or it would be sinful to do so? Does Scriptures condemn that? Are you above Scriptures? If I want to hold every January 15th as a day to remember Jeremiah’s birth (Jeremiah Chapter one), who are you to say it is wrong to do so or sinful to do so? Scriptures does not condemn this either. IF I want to hold December 25th as a day to remember and celebrate my Lord and Saviors birth, who are you to say it is wrong to do so or sinful to do so? Scriptures does not condemn me doing this. And even though Jesus probably wasn’t born in December, I choose to celebrate it on Dec 25th. What then? Because Scriptures doesn’t tell His exact date of His birth we should not celebrate it at all? If a person wants to celebrate the birth of Christ on July 15th, who are you to say they are wrong to do so or that it is sinful to do so? Scriptures does not condemn that, so why do you condemn it, are you above Scriptures?
Again, we should not judge according to what we believe, we should judge according to what the Scriptures teach. We should stop falsely judging our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Judge only according to what Scriptures say and teach. I assure you they are enough. Stop saying “You should do this” or “You should do that” or “That is against God” IF Scriptures does not teach these things and they are merely your belief or your interpretation of Scriptures.
I have some people who then come up to me saying “Smoking Marijuana is not a sin then, because Scriptures does not condemn it”. I agree with them, that Scriptures does not say smoking marijuana is a sin, and for me to judge them as sinning would be to judge them falsely. HOWEVER I quickly point out to them, that it does in become a sin to smoke marijuana if it is being done in a country where it is illegal to do so. For Scriptures are quite clear (Romans 13:1-7 ) we are to obey them who are in authority over us, and if our government says it is illegal to us marijuana, then it becomes a sin, if we disobey those put in charge over us, as does Scriptures teach. At this saying they walk away sad, sometimes mad.
A person would then say to me, “Well then it is not a sin to look at Porn, because no where in the Bible does it say looking at Porn is a sin.” But I say unto them, “Lusting is a sin that Scriptures does teach is a sin, if then you lust, while looking at porn you do indeed commit sin, because to look upon a person to lust after that person is to commit adultery which is a sin” Likewise, if you lust while watching a TV program, the program is not what is sinful, but the act of lusting at what your watching makes it sinful to do so. A porno that no one is watching is not causing anyone to commit sin.
Scriptures teach us what is sinful and what is not sinful, we need no more false judgments to add more stuff that is sinful. It is enough that we obey what Scriptures teach and not ADD more rules and regulations on top of that, even as the Pharisees and Sadducees added more stuff by saying “You MUST wash your hands before you eat any meal” Scriptures did not teach that, men taught that it was a sin to eat with unwashed hands.
If man tells you what is sinful, care not for it, but if Scriptures tell you what is sinful, better pay attention. Believe Scriptures, not men and what they believe and teach.
We ALL will stand before God on Judgment Day and have to give account for each time we treated someone badly, if we talked behind their backs, made fun of them, put them down or anything that we ourselves would not want others to do to us.
What helps me, more then anything at all, to not falsely judge and to make sure I treat all people with Love, is the following statement.
WHATEVER YOU THINK, SAY, OR DO TO OTHERS. YOU THINK, SAY, AND DO TO JESUS CHRIST. (Matthew 25:31-46 )
So how you treat others, no matter who they are, is how you treat Jesus Christ. Knowing this Truth, helps me to treat people differently and should help you as well.
Again, Judge according to what Scriptures plainly teach and not the precepts of men. Which leads to false judging. We do not judge people, the Word of God doe the judging. And it will be the Word which judges us on Judgment Day. Therefore let the Word just people, and you judge no one at all, unless it is a righteous judgment that is clearly defined and taught in the Word of God.
So the false doctrine that is being taught today is that we should not judge at all. It is true that we should not judge if our judgment is not based on what Scriptures say and teach, but we can judge if our judgments are righteous, based on what Scriptures clearly say, AND we have removed the mote out of our own eyes and can see clearly to try to remove the speck in our brothers eye.
I warn you now, with this generation, even if you try to help someone remove a speck in your brothers eye, they will be offended, especially the learned who think they know something. Try pointing out another persons sins, like Scriptures says to do (I John 5:16 ), even in love you tell them, they will be offended, because this generation loves the speck in their eye and do not want to get rid of it, they would much rather believe they are Heaven bound even though they carry around specks in their eyes. But a True Christian is not here on Earth to make friends but a True Christian is here to be a servant to Jesus Christ and to do those things which please Him. Namely to Love one another.