Are Christians Barred From Judging Others? What Does Jesus Christ Really Say?
Judging others. If you’re a Christian who loves Jesus and have ever confronted someone about some type of sin such as sexual, foul language, or something else wrong, you’ll frequently hear people loosely quote Matthew 7:1. They say you shouldn’t judge others. They use that as a cover for neutralizing your words of rebuke or encouragement that would get them out of the sin that is pulling the further from heaven and closer to hell. However, the Jesus does not teach us that we are not to judge others’ sin.
Taking Matthew 7:1 in context and reading on, we are encouraged not to judge like a hypocrite. In Matthew 7:2 you see it as the Lord Jesus continues that we will be judged according to the way we judge others. In other words, if you judge people for some doing something you do yourself, you will be judged by God for it. Religion is notorious for being hypocritical. Hypocrites do exactly what they tell others not to do. The Bible does not teach us not to judge others, but people in sin want us to think it does.
God wants His people to be holy and pure (1 Peter 1:16), because He is holy and pure. We cannot be like the world and expect to know God. In 2 Corithians 6:17, we are told to come out and be separate. Believers are not to be like everyone else. Christ Jesus taught us ’to love everyone’ is a common saying among unbelievers who want to neutralize your ability to judge good and evil. Christians are to judge. Jesus Christ hates religion. In Matthew 23:27, Jesus calls out religion as pretty and nice on the outside (the ornate buildings, and fancy clothes of priests) but the insides are full of rot, death, and no future.
Don’t be deceived by the farce that Christians are not to judge. That is NOT Biblical. Of course, believers should not be condescending and liars like the religions of the world, but that does not mean we are to ignore the evil of this world when it creeps into people’s lives. Especially believers.
Philippians 4:8 teaches us to think on things that are good, positive, and praiseworthy. However, we cannot tolerate sin amongst us. Luke 17:3, Jesus tells us to watch ourselves. If someone sins agains you, confront them. If they repent, forgive them. If they don’t, beware of them.
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