You know, so often people who call themselves Christian want to live their live they way they want to and not be judged. But what does scripture say about it?
God said that once you have the log out of your own eye (Matthew 7:1-5) you are to rebuke the sinner (privately first, then if they dont repent go to them with one or two people, and then if they still dont repent, tell it to the church, and if they refuse to repent, kick out the unrepentant sinner – Matthew 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 5) and to receive the repentant one back with open arms (2 Corinthians 2:5-11).
We DO have the right to do as we please. But, if its not what God wants, then its rebellion against God.
As for judging, Paul and Jesus BOTH said to judge our brother and rebuke them when they sin. The idea that we are not to judge is a mistaken understanding of Matthew 7:1-5. Jesus was not saying to not Judge, but to understand we will be judged by the same standard we use, and we are not to be hypocrites. John 7:24 tell us judge righteous judgement. which is what Paul said in Romans 2.
We have to remember that we are to try to help people to not sin.
19 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
1 TImothy 5:20
20 Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning
In fact, we will have to answer to GOD for NOT calling people on their sins.
8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.
So yes, if you are a Christian, other Christians are to call you on bad behavior, particularly sin…while this post was kicked off because of a couple of people I know, its not aimed at them. Its aimed at all of us – we all want to do our thing and not be called on it (me included, its embarrassing and humbling to have the fact that I am sinning pointed out to me). But we must realize that other Christians are to help us live holy lives.
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