Who Are YOU to Judge ?

How many times have we heard it , often accompanied with great indignation, ” Who are YOU to judge someone else’s religion ? ” , or the more popular ( but much misunderstood ) quoting of Matt. 7:1, ” Do not judge so that you will not be judged. ”  ( NASB ) This seems to be the one verse that every non-believer knows. It’s the cure-all, the discussion-ender, the ” guess I told you ”  winning knockout blow !

Why do we never hear the very next verse ? ” For in the way you judge, you will be judged ; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. ”  ( Matt. 7:2 ) Because this verse indicates that we all exercise judgement, we all distinguish between right and wrong, it merely commands us to use the right standard . In verse 8 for example, how do we distinguish between those who love the truth ( believers ) and those who hate the truth ( referred to as dogs and swine ) ? Are we not commanded to discern the differences between the two ?

Jesus in John 7:24 further says, ” Do not judge according to appearance , but judge with righteous judgement. ”  We should avoid being arbitrary , and self-righteous in making judgements and discernments, but we are told to do so ” righteously ” which means in accordance with God’s Word.

Judging or discerning someone who leaves the truth and follows error is neatly summarized in James 5:19-20, ” My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his  way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. “If pointing out error to a person can save his soul from ( eternal ) death, would this not be the merciful and loving  thing to do ?  If you were going to drive your car across a bridge, and I knew the bridge was out , would it be mean of me to spoil your plans and tell you of impending danger ?

The Bible commands us to judge ( in love ) those who have departed from the Truth.

Rom. 16 : 17 — mark them, avoid them

2 Cor. 6: 17 — be seperate

Titus 1: 13 — rebuke them sharply

2 Thes. 3: 6 — withdraw from them

Eph. 5: 11 — reprove them

2 Tim. 3: 5 — turn away from them

We judge matters everyday. The key is to always judge according to the Word of God, the only objective standard of truth. Do so in a spirit of humility , remembering that ” pride goes before a fall ” , and always pray for wisdom.

In  light of clear Biblical revelation , we would have substantive theological differences with , but not limited to , the following movements:

Roman Catholicism

Mormonism

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Christian Science

New Age Teaching

Word of Faith and Seed Faith Teaching

One-ness Pentecostalism

Seeker Sensitive & Emerging Church

Seventh Day Adventism

Philadelphia Church of God , Restored Church of God , Living Church of God , United Church of God , and other high demand offshoots of The Worldwide Church of God and Herbert W. Armstrong

Arminianism

Hyper-Calvinism

IMPORTANT: When we say we have significant disagreements with these movements and their teachings , we do so not on a personal level but on our understanding of God’s Word. We believe these churches  have departed from the Historic Christian Faith in their teaching and practice , though we do not and cannot judge their individual members in terms of their eternal salvation. There are Christians scattered here , there , and everywhere , though in many cases poorly taught and often mis-informed.

We should add that there are honest disagreements among Christians involving many doctrinal issues , but the groups listed above have gone past this point , and teach varying degrees of Heresy. We should pray for those involved in the Cults in a spirit of humility all the while examining ourselves to make certain we are in the Faith.

Serving Our LORD along with You,

Bob

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3 Responses to Who Are YOU to Judge ?

  1. Good to see others taking a stand, particularly where the matter of biblical judging is concerned. Continue to stand on what is right!

    The Desert Pastor

  2. reformednazarene says:

    Just found your blog through christianlady’s. Good stuff here… keep up the good work.

    I’m new to blogging… your judging page caught my eye, had been going through some torture at Sunday School, with some folks dissenting with my expositions on judging. I have a page on my blog called Judge Not by Yomi Adegboye… feel free to stop by sometime and check it out. He was a great resource for me. I have been primarily working on warning others about the Emergent church movement.

    Blessing to you,

    Manny Silva

    reformednazarene.wordpress.com

  3. bobhanks says:

    Manny, GREAT to hear from you ! I visited your site and was pleased with what I saw. The bio section was very interesting.
    Your content is very solid. I was inspired by the way you have grown in the Lord. Keep on keeping on ! You are doing the Lord’s Work.

    Bob

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