WHEN CHRISTIANS REFUSE TO JUDGE, EVIL FLOURISHES

Posted: September 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

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I hear it more often than I would like and it’s become such an institutionalized catch phrase that most Christians honestly believe it to be true, but what they fail to realize is, just as not every statement someone hears is based on factional truth, some statements are based on a truth but twisted to present a lie. I am speaking about the current fad found in most churches and spouted more by unlearned Christians, I speak about “DO NOT JUDGE”.

In Matthew 7:1-5 Jesus said the following; “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

Notice that Jesus did not say NOT to judge, but that one had to remove the speck out ones own eye, then that person can “judge” another where it will actually help someone in their walk. But many would have you believe that Jesus just stopped in verse 1 and just said, “Judge not, lest ye be judged”, the problem is, many people stop at verse one, they never study what Christ was saying to begin with. If people would simply continue in their reading, they will be astonished to find out that Jesus not only told us, the body of Christ, to judge certain matters, he actually demanded us to judge! Let me prove it with scripture. “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” John 7:24 Jesus was making a simple point, he was telling his disciples, and all who would listen, not to judge based on appearances.

The reason why Jesus said not to judge by appearances was due to the Pharisees of the day who were judging others by what they wore, they determined someone’s blessing or cursing based on the garment’s someone could afford. The religious Jews believed that those who were wealthy and could afford nice garments to wear to the temple were highly favored by God, and the poor, those who could not afford the better garments to wear, were actually cursed by God. They were wrongly judging others. So when someone quotes Matthew 7:1, they are denying the words of Christ because they are too self righteous to judge anyone.

The Apostle Paul said it like this, “The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.” 1 Corinthians 2:15.  Paul was making it clear that it was a GOOD thing to judge correctly, and when, as some in Corinth were trying to do (judge him falsely) Paul would have none of it. The Apostle was guiding us into one concept, when we walk in the spirit and allow God to lead us and direct us, then we will start to see things clearly from a spiritual position, which will in turn bring about a Godly measure of judgment.

Did you know that Jesus said in Revelation 2:2 that he will reward those believers who judge? “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested [JUDGED] those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false” Once again, we clearly see that Jesus gave us a command to judge!

But why do many believers today refuse to judge? The answer is quite simple, they have allowed a spirit of tolerance to influence their actions and ideas, which lead to a lifestyle of behavior which then conditions their theology, which in turn refutes the word of God. They are basically refusing to judge anyone or anything because they simply are either too cowardly to do so, or they simply no longer care.

Many today use the excuse, “God is the only judge” and most of the time they are referring to homosexuality. Many believers won’t judge what is happening in our culture because they are too afraid of the repercussions, and to remediate the problem, they simply throw it into God’s lap to let him deal with the issue. The problem with that is, God gave US, the church, the ability to judge matters, in and out of the church. When evil begins to flourish it’s all because of one thing and one thing only, Christians were not judging.

Today our world, our nation, our very culture and our society is rapidly changing and part of that change is a dramatic increase of immorality, perversion and spiritual deception. A simple look around us will quickly reveal this truth, but the main reason why our nation is facing many of these social issues of today is due to one thing – the church has stopped judging and has forfeited its right to proper spiritual leadership. Make no mistake, it’s not at all popular to judge a group of people or idea which runs counter to God’s word, but that’s why we are salt, salt brings a powerful leverage in this world, but if our salt has lost its savor, then nothing we say or do will matter, why? Because we have failed in the most basic principles Christ has given us, proper spiritual judgment.

So the next time someone tells you, “Judge not” quickly inform them that only cowards refuse to judge and only cowards play it safe. When God gives us a responsibility, he does so with the understanding we will do what is right and just, but if we reject it, then we have only ourselves to blame for the end result.

Christopher Gregory

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