“People tell me judge not lest ye be judged in attempt to say all judging is bad. I always tell them, twist not scripture lest ye be like satan.”
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou HYPOCRITE, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. — Matthew 7:1-5
Often times when people today rebuke and reprove sin, unbelievers and christians who don’t read their Bibles will repeat “judge not”. Their motto of “judge not” is repeated over and over again to try and discredit someone who is rebuking sin. Ironically, for someone to even tell another to “judge not” is judgement in itself. Judgement must be made about someone in order to even tell that person to “judge not”. But people will still use these two words taken out of context to try and say that all judging is wrong. Despite the obvious contradiction and lack of common sense in this flawed logic, I will prove with the Bible that we as Christians are commanded to use righteous judgement.
When we read the context of Matthew 7 we see that using hypocritical judgement is wrong. Notice in verse 5 it says “Thou hypocrite, FIRST cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”
The bible doesn’t say “first cast the beam out of thine eye and ignore the mote in your brothers eye. It says to cast the beam out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to cast the mote out of your brothers eye. Casting the mote out of your brothers eye requires judgement but you first must be innocent of which you are judging. In the same chapter people will use to try and say we shouldn’t judge anyone, is the same chapter that proves we as christians should judge. Also notice the bible doesn’t say “you must be completely free of sin to cast judgement on your brother.” Many people will say that because you aren’t perfect you have no right to judge another persons sin. Again this is flawed logic because if you must be perfect to judge, then there would be no need for judges, preachers, bosses, parents, authority or government if only perfect people can judge because no one is perfect. A pastors job is to reprove, rebuke and exhort with long-suffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2). A pastor is to instruct his congregation in righteousness according to the Word. All of these things require judgement. You can’t rebuke, reprove, exhort or instruct without having righteous judgement of what is right and wrong.
Judge that which you are willing to be judged of yourself…”For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”
If you drink alcohol, how then can you tell an alcoholic to stop drinking? But if you’re innocent of drinking alcohol then you are willing to be judged by the same standard you are judging.
“Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t cast stones.”
Judge: to form a belief or opinion about someone or something. To make a decision according to a held belief.
No one can go a single day of their life without using judgement. To judge is to form an opinion about someone or something. Those who say we shouldn’t judge are literally saying that we shouldn’t ever form an opinion about anything or anyone. They believe we should live our lives without making any decisions or opinions about anyone or anything. If someone openly practices witchcraft and attends the church of satan, they believe we shouldn’t form an opinion about that person. Why not allow our children to be friends with drug addicts, devil worshippers, murders, rapists, since we aren’t to judge anyone? This ‘judge not’ philosophy is so stupid and hypocritical. The christians who don’t read the Bible will say we shouldn’t judge anyone, while they all agree a satanist will burn in hell if they die without turing to Jesus….which is using judgement.
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. — 2 Timothy 4:2
Rebuke: express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions…requires judgement
Correct: put right (an error or fault)…requires judgement
Exhort: strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something…requires judgement
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. — John 7:24
If we aren’t to ever judge people, then why does the bible command us to use righteous judgement? If it’s impossible for someone to use righteous judgement, then why would the bible command us to do something that’s impossible? The fact of the matter is, it is possible to use righteous judgement and the bible commands us to do so. Notice how the bible doesn’t say “only righteous people can judge.” The judgement you use must be righteous and the judgement is righteous when it agrees with the Word of God which is righteous!
For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, — 1 Corinthians 5:3
When Paul addresses the church of Corinth he rebukes the church for not judging fornicators who attended the church. Get the context of 1 Corinthians 5…
1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
Paul had already judged the fornication of Corith before he even got there. Now do you really expect me to believe that Paul was using unrighteous judgement even though he was speaking by inspiration of the holy ghost?
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. — 1 Peter 1:21
16 All scripture (Paul’s writings are scripture) is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
— 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Evaluate and judge the preaching you listen to! Search the scriptures daily to judge whether or not you are listening to sound doctrine. If you don’t read the bible then you aren’t qualified to judge righteously because you know not of what you are judging.
Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. — 1 Corinthians 14:29
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. — Acts 17:11
- Paul tells the church of Corinth to judge themselves if a woman should pray uncovered.
Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? — 1 Corinthians 11:13
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 1 Corinthians 11:14
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. — 1 Corithians 11:31
You should not be judged of others if you have judged yourself because judgement of yourself will cause you to be innocent of whatever others might judge you of.
1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
The bible says the saints shall judge the world so why would we not judge the smallest of matters?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
The bible says we will judge angels…why wouldn’t we judge much more things that pertain to this life?? And if all judging is bad, then why does the bible say we will judge angels?
4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
The bible likens one who uses judgement to being a wise man. Why?? Because foolish people do foolish things because they didn’t make righteous judgement or didn’t make any judgement at all. People who go through life not using judgement will either end up dead or in jail because they don’t use their brain to judge whether or not the decisions they are making are good or bad decisions. Judgment MUST begin at the house of God…
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? — 1 Peter 4:17
But he that is spiritual judgeth ALL THINGS, yet he himself is judged of no man. — 1 Corinthians 2:15
The bible says that those who are spiritual judge ALL things. So those who say you can’t judge anyone or anything are obvious not spiritual people. The bible says to TRY the spirits to see if they be of God. Well how can you try the spirit of someone if you aren’t to judge anyone?? How can you judge who is a false prophet and who is of God if you don’t judge?
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. — 1 John 4:1
Notice how the bible says “try the spirits”…The verb of ‘try’ is to put on trial. Like how in a courtroom people are put on trial and guess who determines who is innocent and guilty….THE JUDGE.
When you judge someone the person being judged is often offended. Well if that person is wise and loves the law of the LORD, then he wont be offended. Judgement made according to the law of God is righteous. God set up 12 judges in Israel.
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. — Psalm 119:165
Rebuke: express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions…requires judgement.
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. — Proverbs 9:8
If you take offense to righteous judgement then you aren’t wise and you don’t love the law of God.
Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. — Leviticus 19:17
Rebuking sin will cause wise people to turn from the sin… “and not suffer sin upon him.”
Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. — Luke 17:3
5 types of Unrighteous Judgement
- Judging by appearance: John 7:24
- Judging outside of your jurisdiction: Romans 14
- Preference judgement not according to the Word of God: Romans 14
- Judging someone without taking it to them directly: James 4:11, 1 Timothy 6:4
- Hypocritical judgement: Matthew 7
Should bosses judge their workers? Yes! Should a boss judge another mans servant/ worker? No…”Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.”
Should we spank our own children with judgement? Yes! Should we spank other peoples children with judgement? No.
Judges judge within their jurisdiction, police enforce the law in their given area and we should judge within our jurisdiction.
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
Dont judge things that are doubtful. Judge that which are obvious and plain to see.
For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. — Romans 14:1- 3
Romans 14 shows that you shouldn’t judge someone by your own preferences. You should judge according to Gods word.
Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
James 4:11 tells us not to go around speaking evil behind your brothers back of whom you are judging. Confront that person directly because other wise you might go around speaking evil of that person and speaking evil of that person is speaking evil of the law.
1 Timothy 6:4
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
Tupac Apostate Christians
The reason I decided to title this post “Tupac apostate christians” is because these people who’s motto is “judge not” is the same motto the unsaved worldly people repeat and promote.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. — Romans 12:2
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. — 1 John 2:16
Lust of the flesh — Tupac
Lust of the eyes — Tupac
Pride of life — Tupac
Here’s a tip, if you have the same doctrine as Tupac/ the world, then you know you have false doctrine.