Christians should judge

There is much discussion where people are trying to say that a Christian should not judge. They seem to think Jesus said to not judge. But that’s not what Jesus said.

Christians ARE to judge – discern between right and wrong and if they have a particular sin in their lives, they need to correct it. Christians are to call other Christians on their sin and pray for them.

Let us look at the words of Jesus:
Matthew 7:1-5 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Luke 6:36-38 “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Notice, Jesus said if you do not judge, then you will not be judged. He did not say those who judge will be judged most harshly. Jesus said to not be a hypocrite. But that with the measure you use, that is what you will be judged by. He said to forgive and you will be forgiven. We are to take care of a given sin in our own lives before we rebuke someone else about that sin.

Jesus Himself said we are to judge what is right or wrong  – not merely by how things appear, but with righteous judgment.

John 7:24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

Luke 12:57 Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?

In fact, Jesus said to call sinners on their behavior:

Luke 17:3 So watch yourselves. “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.

Paul said to not be a hypocrite:
Romans 2:1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

But we are to discern what is right and wrong and avoid wrong. Jesus and the apostles were clear we must not sin and must call people on their sin.

Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

1 Corinthians 5:12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?

Luke 17:3 So watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.

1 Timothy 5:20 Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction

Titus 2:15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

Ephesians 5:11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

Jude 1:3-4 3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. 4 For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

So Christians should judge their own actions first and deal with sin in their own lives. But we are to judge the sins of those inside the church. Even so, this does not mean we are to judge someone as being better or worse than ourselves. If someone outside the church does bad things I still have the responsibility to judge whether that thing is good or bad. Whether someone does something good or bad does not necessarily indicate a person is good or bad. Judging something to be a sin is a good thing. Judging someone is not. There is a distinct difference that people who are doing things that others call wrong do not make.


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