To judge or not to judge - Part 2
There have been many so good points brought out and I want to commend people for the study you must have already done on this subject! I am doing this from a study I led a few years back. This is taken from that time of teaching that took us about five or six weeks to study and discuss. I decided to do this here on the board because all the time I hear people saying, We're not supposed to judge others. And often I hear, You're not supposed to judge me.
One point that has been pointed out in your replies is that in order to witness to others, we MUST first be capable of judging their actions. I agree, and that can be scripturally proven. How can an erring brother be restored, or some lost hell-bound person brought to repentance if no spiritual, holy saint of God cannot JUDGE or DISCERN that there is sin in his life...and possess the BOLDNESS to point it out and lead the erring one to repentance?
Friends, this is love in action! It is a matter of life and death.
We certainly are NOT to go around with a judgmental, hypocritical, condemning, self-righteous, holier-than-thou attitude, but we do need to seriously reconsider whether or not to judge, and to speak out when needed! I don't believe Jesus intended that we are NEVER, NEVER to judge...but we are to JUDGE RIGHTEOUSLY!
Paul DISCERNED that a young woman in a group following him and hearing his preaching had a demon--a spirit of divination.
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
The Apostle Peter rebuked Simon the sorcerer publicly, saying, "Thy heart is not right in the sight of God"
9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
Jesus often said things like, "Woe to you...hypocrites!"
Many church people, and even preachers, today would be screaming, "Look out Paul! Watch out Peter! Jesus, that is judging! This is often said in ignorance,but often it is said out of contempt, since the use of "you are judging" is sometimes used as a cover up in self-defense of sin in their own life. After all, it really is true...mankind tends to love darkness better than light! (See John 3:19)
2 Timothy 4:2
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
The child of God is to reprove, rebuke and exhort." This REQUIRES judging and spiritual discerning on our part.Yet, everywhere we hear howls of protests from professing Christians, "Look out there, you're judging - and that is a sin!"
NO! It is not a sin. It is right. It is scriptural.
God expects saints to reprove and rebuke carnal, worldly, sinning people...to point out the sin, worldliness or error in their lives...even if they get mad!
And, they DO get mad.
(We'll go on to Part 3 on Friday night. Meanwhile, feel free to continue this good discussion!)
My favorite scripture: Malachi 3:16
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name!" (Every time we speak of the Lord, or even THINK of him--its written down in a book of remembrance!)