Do Not Judge

Jim-013I run a blog site that is called Merthiolate For The Christian Soul. I have done so for a number of reasons but mostly because of all of the blatant and terrible sins I am seeing openly committed by other Christians with no sense of repentance or remorse. I am startled by the number of Christians that do not know beans about what the scriptures actually say about sin and judgment.

Some Christians are telling me that I am wrong to judge someone when I have in fact not once judged anyone. They love to use this scripture: Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Also this verse can be cited as well: Romans 2:1 “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?”  They have the warped understanding that calling sin out is judging people and do not understand the
instruction we have been given to rightly judge a person’s actions- not their eternal state. Let me clarify what I mean.

I became a Christian because it was demonstrated to me that I was a sinner in need of a savior. How was this done? It was by showing me that my life, thoughts, and actions were wrong. I was informed that there was absolutely no way I was going to get into Heaven on my own. God does not grade on the curve. One mess up and you fail. This pointing out of my failures indicated to me that I needed as savior and the only one who could save me was Jesus Christ. Also, what good is it to tell anyone about Jesus unless a person is told the dangers they face should they die before being saved? For example, if I see a openly homosexual person or a person whom I know steals regularly and I do not warn them about what sin will do, any sin, and the need they have for Christ do you think they would become a Christian just because I tell them Jesus loves them and He died for their sins? Why should they? I bet they think that they’ve lived a pretty good life and that they will get to Heaven because they have done far more good things than bad things.

As for ‘Christians’- If you claim the name of Christ and that you have made a proclamation that He is both Savior and Lord of your life what business do you have living in blatant sin? I do not know if you have noticed or not but there have been many in our own fold that have trampled Christ because of their stiff-necked hard hearted attitudes and actions. Things that should have no place in a Christian’s life are popping up everywhere. Willful disobedience! Do you know what I see occurring mostly to these individuals? Christians are encouraging and embracing the ones steeped in sin rather than calling them to repent. Let me ask you, do you love your brothers and sisters in Christ? If so, then why would you let them get by with doing what they are doing? Do you love Christ? Do you think that your embracing someone in their sin is demonstrating love for Christ? Should you not try to win the brother or sister back? Sin separates us from God. We are the family of God. Sin in our congregation should separate the sinner from the fellowship of the congregation until repentance, forgiveness, restitution (if necessary), and restoration takes place.

As Christians we are called to rightly judge the actions of other Christians. There is no way anyone can convince me otherwise. Honestly, if you read the epistles and they are filled with teaching and instruction for living godly lives and we are taught to use the scriptures for admonishment, encouragement, reproof, and correction. For example this passage says, 2Thesalonians 3:14 “If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother. Would you not say that this is acting upon a fellow believer’s behavior? Look at Paul’s example of this in this Corinthians passage: 1Corinthians 5:1 “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife. 2 And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? 3 Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present. 4 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5 hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord. If Paul was to say this to someone in most of the Christian circles today he would be attacked by so called Christians for passing judgment on this man rather than extending grace. Was Paul calling this man’s sin out because he wanted to condemn the man or was it out of love?

We live in desperate times. The way I see it we are on a fast train to destiny and my understanding of eschatology (last things- endtimes) tells me something big will happen soon. Watch the news and you can tell as well by the verse Paul writes here: 2 Timothy 3:1 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God– 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.” We have to be awake and sober. We have to be set apart and live holy and blameless lives. We have to love God back and we do that by striving to live lives pleasing to Him. We do that by building our relationship with Him and by loving our brothers and sisters. Allowing someone to hurt themselves and others through sin is not godly.

I know my calling and I know God’s will for my life. I know the exact mission He has called me to and I am doing my best to live the right way. This verse in 2 Timothy is one of my life verses that I cling to daily. It reads: 2 Timothy 4:1 “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from them truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”  

I have had many Christians call me out for sin in my life. I am so grateful for loving brothers and sisters keeping me on track. It sometimes hurts when it happens but I ultimately know that it is for my own good. I would expect any brother or sister to be free to approach me with something of concern. If they have a firm Biblical understanding and backing for their concern about my life how wonderful it is that God would send a godly person to show me my error.