Posted: October 30, 2014 in HOT TOPICS
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“Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.” (Romans 3:4)

Many years ago I had the privilege of meeting Jake Owens, Dolly Parton’s grandfather a few years before his death in 1992. He was very cordial as well as polite as we spoke about a few things, yet namely Dolly. Jake Owens was a preacher, an old fashioned, Holy Ghost filled preacher within the mountains and hills of Sevierville Tennessee. Yet the tone in Rev. Owens voice seemed to drift a bit when the mention of his now famous granddaughter was mentioned. There was an aspect of grandfatherly love as anyone would have for his sibling, yet there was another aspect which equally was telling as Rev. Owens seemed to drift into a look of sadness as well. That is the mind of a genuine preacher, that regardless of who it might be, regardless how popular, or how wealthy or how successful one might be, even a family member, a genuine preacher will look beyond the outward man and see what’s really at stake – the soul.

Recently Dolly Parton made headlines across the country when she took on Christians who were against gay marriage. In her stand against traditional Christian values as it relates to morality, Parton says, “I’ve struggled enough in my life to be appreciated and understood,” she continued. “I’ve had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself. I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love. I don’t think we should be judgmental. Lord, I’ve got enough problems of my own to pass judgment on somebody else.” She continues, “But as far as the Christians, if people want to pass judgment, they’re already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing. I try to love everybody.” (source)

Once again we see, as it regards to homosexuality and same sex marriage, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree with those who would live as they would, yet speak out against those (Christians) who would try to stand for the truth. What Dolly has failed to understand, and refuses to acknowledge is, it’s not about judging, it’s about keeping to the word of God. Yet Dolly Parton is another prime example of someone who claims to know Christ, but has little to no understanding when it comes to proper judgment.

To be clear, the church is to judge. Not only judge, but speak out against anything which runs counter to God’s prescribed order. Jesus commanded men to judge rightly and He told them to “judge not.” Did the Lord contradict Himself? Or does the Bible say more about judging than the general public realizes? Let’s examine this aspect of judging.

Jesus repeatedly taught men to judge rightly, insisting they “judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24) and He praised a man who “rightly judged” (Luke 7:43). Paul shamed the Corinthian Christians because no one among them was willing to “judge the smallest matters” (1 Cor. 6:2). As the Apostle wrote, “He who is spiritual judges all things” for “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:15‑16).

Where did we get the notion that men should never judge? Should child-molesters escape condemnation? Should rapists be free from criticism? Should society refrain from judging those arrested for murder? And why would anyone judge others for judging? A lie has paralyzed the Church.

God warns against “hypocrisy” commanding men to “abhor what is evil” (Rom. 12:9). Yet to abhor evil, someone must first judge evil. Thus, unable to judge, large numbers of Christians become hypocrites by obeying the Hypocrites Golden Rule. Since the hypocrite doesn’t want to be judged, he judges not, as Jesus said, “Judge not… you hypocrite” (Mat. 7:1, 5 KJV; Ezek. 16:52). For “judge not” (Mat. 7:1-5) is simply a hypocrites application of do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Mat. 7:12). “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged” (Mat. 7:2). Judge others as you would have them do unto you inverted is Judge not if you do not want to be judged.

Christ kept repeated this theme in His ministry. “Hypocrites,” Jesus said, “why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right?” (Luke 12:56‑57). Still, His own followers have mostly ignored the Lord’s harsh rebuke: “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to [judge, i.e., to] remove the speck out of your brother’s eye” (Mat. 7:5). “Judge Not” is the Hypocritical Oath.

“Judge Not” is hypocrite haven. He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones. Such Christians should relocate. They should move into “the temple of the great God… being built with heavy stones” (Ezra 5:8).

Hollywood, liberals, and Homosexuals repeat the phrase like a mantra, judge not, judge not, judge not, until the masses are mesmerized. Jesus did not intend this. Scripture deals with topics that range from simple to advanced truth. Milk is for babes in Christ; meat is for men of God.

The question of whether or not Christians should judge is milk. It is preschool. The newest believer taught any of a hundred passages would immediately understand that he must judge. Judging others is fundamental. It is not a difficult concept and should in no way be controversial. “Everyone who partakes only in milk is unskilled in the Word of righteousness, for he is a babe” (Heb. 5:13). The Church is lactose intolerant, has trouble with spiritual milk.

Extreme ignorance of the Bible has crippled the Church. And that paralysis slows every denomination by hurting local fellowships. What is the percentage of Christians who have succumbed to the “Judge not” deception? Is there even one percent of believers who have not fallen for that diversion? A quarter century of observation suggests to this author that probably 99 out of 100 believers misquote Jesus by repeating the “Judge not” mantra. Believers need to turn from this sin and ask God for wisdom to keep from being so easily deceived again.

Curse God and die! Is that good advice? Word for word, it is in the Bible. Job’s wife counsels her husband to “Curse God and die” (Job 2:9). Many verses, if ripped out of context, can ruin lives. Judas “went and hanged himself” (Mat. 27:5) and as Jesus said “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). The believer who lacks a hunger for God’s word is susceptible to the most absurd dangers.

“Judge not” is the prayer of those who want to hide light under a basket. The cliché describes salt, which has lost its flavor, which no longer seasons or preserves. This seductive lie takes its victims out of ministry. As spectators on the sidelines, they only watch the spiritual battle. But they are in a comfort zone. Apathy is the craving. “Judge not” is the shirking of responsibility.

To the Jews God said, “If you will walk in My ways, and if you will keep My command, then you shall also judge My house” (Zech. 3:7). Are members of the Body of Christ today less capable than Israel whom God commanded to “judge righteously” (Deut. 1:16‑17; Lev. 19:15)? Moses appointed the head of one out of every ten households as a judge (Ex. 18:25; Deut. 1:15). Should Christians toss out the entire book of Judges? Should America eliminate all judges, or should just the Christian judges resign?

Should believers ignore Paul’s admonition:

“Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?” (1 Cor. 6:2‑5).

Notice that Christians “will judge the world!” (1 Cor. 6:2). For Paul said, “if the world will be judged by you…” God the Judge delegates judgment to His people. Even spirit beings will submit to believers: “Do you not know that we shall judge angels?” Then and now, believers should “judge… according to My judgments” (Ezek. 44:24) as God said. The Almighty commits judgment into the hands of His obedient servants (Rev. 20:4).

If God were the only judge, the sins of all men would be “clearly evident, preceding them to judgment” (1Tim. 5:24). But because human beings will judge their fellow men on Judgment Day, therefore the sins “of some men follow later” (1Tim. 5:24).

Today, many believers are effectively saying, “Lord, thanks but no thanks. I’ll pass on that judgment duty.” But Paul responds, Start judging now, because you will need the practice (1Cor. 6:2‑5). Remember, “He who is spiritual judges all things. For… we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:15‑16). And God will reward those who judge, and do the hard work: “Those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.” (Prov. 24:25).

Let’s get back to the word of God and start tuning out the spirit which would silence the church, and give Dolly the boot.



  1. deborah ann says:

    This is excellent. It has inspired me to write a poem! Blessings in Jesus

  2. Jane says:

    This is a mind-boggling article Dear Christopher. Awesome, much, much needed. Thank you.

  3. Reposted on my website. I am sure you won’t mind…

  4. waycross1948 says:

    Christopher, THANK YOU for putting this terrible misconception and misquoted Scripture into perspective. As a Pentecostal Christian, I’ve long been troubled by the mantra “Judge not lest ye be judged”!! This quotation has gotten us churches that welcome, with open arms, those who are living in sin – with total acceptance. It’s allowed those with minimal knowledge of the Word to live lives far from what Christ expects of us. After all, we can’t judge them, can we? I love Dolly, but she has a large following of Christians who are a bit deceived by what she truly believes. Her life has been one filled with adulterous affairs (which she has admitted to in a round about way). And now, she’s openly advocating same sex marriage – after all – we can’t judge them, can we? YES, WE CAN JUDGE THEM. And, thank you for expounding on the reasons why we, as Christians, are able to judge those living in sin. God Bless You!!

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