Tag: Judging

WHEN IT’S GOOD TO JUDGE

There’s a serious epidemic at large in the Church these days-and one of the symptoms is the refusal to make a judgment on whether something or someone is right or wrong…

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Somehow Christians have bought into the multicultural mindset to the extent that they think they would be committing a crime against humanity by pointing out that someone has got it wrong. Well pardon my incorrectness, but that’s just plain wrong!

I once wrote at some length in answer to the now common mantra that “it’s wrong to judge”, often linked to the words of Jesus when he said “Do not judge”. I pointed out that once you get that plank out of your own eye, said Jesus, you are free to lovingly help take the mote out of someone else’s eye. Therefore, Jesus wasn’t saying it’s always wrong to make a judgment: he was speaking of hypocrisy. Do not pass judgment on someone else if you are no better than they are, but do…do, once cleansed of your own hypocrisy, go on to point out faults in others, and to tell them they are wrong.

One of the many huge reasons this epidemic is a problem is that there is a multitude of false teachers out there. Some are just mistaken, but some are of the “wolves in sheep’s clothing” variety. And the wolves are leading sheep away, sometimes intentionally. The Church is in need of more sheepdogs, to give the warning that there’s danger, and then to chase off the wolves and the bloodsuckers. We’ve all been so conditioned by left-leaning philosophy that we’re afraid to point out anyone for fear of being called “judgmental”. Perhaps, in many cases, people either don’t know when a teaching is wrong, or they really do know and they’re happy to go along with it anyway.

We’ve wandered away from our Guide, which is the written Word of God. Or else the godless culture around us has had such an effect on us that we really like what we’re hearing, and we’re content to wander away from the true faith once delivered to the saints. But if we aren’t following what Christ and his apostles taught, we aren’t really Christ-Ones at all. Call that a judgmental statement if you like-I can take it.

Without the Maker’s instructions to guide us, we can only wander into mistakes, error, sin and eventually insanity. Isn’t that what’s going on in our culture already? And should we, the Church of Christ, go the same way? If we would only look at what He said we would know that it is not only the right thing to pass judgment on false teachings and false teachers, but it’s actually commanded repeatedly in the very Scriptures which tell us about our Lord and what He said to us. You can’t go a single chapter in the Bible without seeing that it’s vital for us to constantly make judgments about what is right or wrong: it’s fundamental to our faith. God has standards which He expects us to know and to keep, and there is no wishy-washy confusion or ambivalence in the mind of our Creator:

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves…” (Matthew 7:15).

Yes, dear readers, some things are wrong, some people are wrong and some teachings are wrong and often in direct opposition to our God. Very often the ones promoting them are in our churches and on our TV and devices. And it’s up to us, and particularly those claiming to be our shepherds, to get rid of them! So get that mote out of your eye, get into the true Word, and then start judging!

DON’T PUSH YOUR MORALITY ONTO ME!

Everyone lives by morals. The only question in our “democratic” (ha!) society is, “Whose moral standards will we live by?

My wife wanted to do some research online, and decided to check out “You-tube”. Instead of seeing one of the commercials we’re all subjected to before viewing the desired video, a little sermon, totally unrelated to her research subject, was preached by two gay men with their adopted children, attempting to convince her that there really is no such thing as “normal”. They meant, of course, that we should all forget the “old” and “outdated” notion that a family consists of mother, father, and their natural or adopted children. There was no option to skip the sermon.

My first thought when she told me the story was that if not for “normal” neither of the men or their adoptees would even exist to challenge thousands of years of tradition. In fact, without a mother and a father, none of us would be here: the human race would be extinct. God made Adam a “suitable helper” (Genesis 2:20-25) and it was a woman. Woman is biologically and physically “suitable” for the man, and another man is not.

What did you say-how dare I judge, and didn’t Jesus Christ say “Do not judge?”

Yes, he did say that. He also said “You brood of vipers”. He said “Repent”. He said “You hypocrites”. He said “Go, and sin no more”, and he said:

“Haven’t you read that at the beginning God made them male and female, and said ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife’?” (Matthew 19:4-5).

Jesus was far more direct than I’ve been. So when Jesus said “Do not judge” he obviously didn’t mean, “Do not ever decide or comment that some things are right and some things are wrong, because absolutely anything goes, and you can all live just any way you want to…”

I’ve written at length on this subject:

https://nickyfisher.com/2012/02/12/is-it-wrong-to-judge/

Many, including “leaders”, in the church are folding like spiritual wimps and apostates under the conviction that to suggest that one thing is wrong and another is right is being judgmental. Which Bible do they read? The answer must be that they don’t read any Bible, because it’s full from cover to cover with judgments and commentaries and warnings along the lines that we all must avoid certain actions attitudes, weaknesses and lifestyles: how can you miss it?

My example is from the story of Lot in Sodom. Yes, I know the wimps avoid this one like the plague, but there’s something in the story I want you to notice. When the men of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house, determined to impose their own view of morality onto those who didn’t go along with it, Lot pleaded with them not be so wicked. Here is their response to Lot:

“This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge!” (Genesis 19:9).

To paraphrase their words, they were saying “How dare you judge us…!”

Of course, it didn’t occur to the men of Sodom that they themselves were judging others. All they cared about was what they wanted. This is the spirit of our politically correct age: silence all opposition by making their view wrong, and our view right, or in short, by calling wrong right and right wrong; accuse them of being hateful; deny them their freedom by instituting our own view of freedom and making it law.

There is one Judge who doesn’t have to listen to any of them-including President Obama. He has his own agenda…and He’s no wimp.

ARE CHRISTIANS JUDGMENTAL?

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Christians are often accused of “judging” or of being “judgmental” because they express an opinion that something is wrong. It never occurs to the accuser that when they point that finger they are themselves making a judgment. In the eyes of the accuser his own opinion is valid, while the other’s isn’t.

(DR. MAZ “Good Travel”)

Without doubt, some (but not all) professing Christians can be extremely judgmental-hypocritically so-and often drive people away from Jesus when they should be drawing them to him.

Have you ever felt intimidated into not giving your opinion, or into not even having one? It’s common these days for people to give you their opinion that if you have a view of life different to theirs, you should keep it to yourself and stop “judging” them. Even in the church you may have these words of Jesus thrown at you to shut you up – “do not judge”, and “do not judge or you will be judged”.

In the 21st century the phrase “Do not judge” is used to convey the message, “Don’t disagree with me, because you have no right to decide what is right and what is wrong”.

It’s true that I don’t have the right to decide what is right or wrong for someone else, but God does, or He isn’t God at all.

REP#*T!

If it’s wrong to judge that one thing is wrong and another is right, then all the people in prison and in jail today should be released immediately. There should be no more court cases, no police force, and no army. We should have no more elections, and no laws. If some gentleman and his friends invite themselves into your house and walk out with your PC, your new 52 inch TV and your daughter, you should just let them do it, because the moment you question them about it you will be accusing them of theft, and therefore judging them. Let anarchy reign!

Surely, when Jesus said “do not judge” he did not mean “do not have an opinion or express it”, and neither did he mean that nothing is wrong or sinful. His own words and actions are packed with very clear “opinions” of what is right or wrong. Consider the time when “he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables” (John2:15). Think about why he would say to anyone “leave your life of sin” (John8:11)? Look around in the gospels, and you will find him saying things like “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?” (Matthew 23:33).

Ultimately, Jesus Christ will judge us all, as the Bible declares in many places (2 Corinthians 5:10).Therefore, unless Jesus was himself guilty of gross hypocrisy (and he was not), he must have been saying something different than “do not express your opinion unless it is politically correct”.

Look at the Bible passage which inspired the “do not judge” accusation. The key to understanding it is to read it in its immediate context. Jesus said:

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged, for in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:1-2).

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7 verses 1-5).

Jesus’ intention was not to stop anyone speaking about what was right and what was wrong, he wanted to prepare his followers to make a judgment in the right way, by first dealing with their own problems and hypocrisy. Then they would be able to “see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”. If we condemn someone when we are just as guilty or more so, we are being hypocritical. That’s the message. Jesus said that if we cleanse ourselves of our own faults, we are then in a far better position to lovingly help others to cleanse themselves of their faults.

Mercy plays a large part in this, and  Jesus said “in the same way you judge others, you too will be judged”. If we are loving, respectful and merciful when we express ourselves or when we point out someone’s fault or sin, God will similarly treat us with love and mercy. If we are vengeful and condemning, we can expect the same treatment, in this world and the next.

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However, it’s not wrong to have Biblically defined views of right and wrong, or to express them. Jesus did, all the New Testament disciples and apostles did, and so did the Old Testament prophets. In fact, it’s our duty to declare truth to the world. Jesus, in the “great commission”, told hid disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel, “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20).   Thank God that we are not at the mercy of the shifting sands of human opinion: we can know what is right or wrong, and we can know what our Creator requires of us.

We are living in an age when political correctness is attempting to silence all dissenters, and far too many Christians are caving in to the pressure. For example, if you express the view that homosexuality is a sin, you are likely to be labeled as “homophobic”, and a “hateful, narrow minded, right-wing, fundamentalist bigot” Our accusers think it’s alright for them to judge us and to call us all kinds of names and to have their own opinions and express them, but we are supposed to be silent. They want to blast away any opportunity for reasoned debate. When they say that someone is “judgmental”, are they not making a judgment themselves? When they call us “hypocrites” for believing something, are they not being hypocritical?

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MAKING A JUDGMENT

The pressure is on for us to accept the illogical notion that all religions are equally valid but none are objectively true. Remember that Christ, who said “do not judge”, also said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). This is the gospel people have died to proclaim from the time of Christ down through the centuries. Are we now going to toss it away and hijack the name of Christ and the Church he died for? There was no reason for Christ to give himself as a sacrifice if we can get to heaven by being born ten thousand times or by worshipping a statue or by doing enough good deeds or by giving a nod to a multitude of contradictory philosophies.

If we will stand for nothing we will fall for anything, and the more we allow ourselves to be silenced, the more ground we’ll lose to those who want to rid the world of the Church and its voice.

If anything is true, and if the Bible is the word of God we should confidently proclaim it. If it’s not, or if only the parts we choose are, then anything goes: everyone should indeed be free to make up their own god, and to do whatever they want to do. Right and wrong is then decided by those in power, who may make decisions that you don’t like.

Like it or not, someone is going to judge you: it’s best by far to agree with the “righteous judge”, who knows what is best for us, and who has the right to tell us what is right and what is wrong.

IS IT WRONG TO JUDGE?

 

Have you ever been accused of “judging” or of being “judgmental” because you expressed an opinion?

Have you ever felt intimidated into not giving your opinion, or into not even having one? It’s normal these days for people to give you their opinion that if you have a view of life different to theirs, you should keep it to yourself and stop “judging” them. Even in the church you may have these words of Jesus thrown at you to shut you up – “do not judge”, and “do not judge or you will be judged”.

If it’s wrong to judge that one thing is wrong and another is right, then all the people in prison and in jail should be released immediately. There should be no more court cases, no police force, and no army. We should have no more elections. We should have no laws. If some gentleman and his friends invite themselves into your house, and walk out with your PC, your new large flat-screen TV, and your daughter, you should just let them do it, because the moment you question them about it you will be accusing them of theft, and therefore judging them. Let anarchy reign!

Surely, when Christ said “do not judge” he did not mean “do not have an opinion or express it”, and neither did he mean that nothing is wrong or sinful. His own words and actions are packed with very clear “opinions” of what is right or wrong. Consider the time when “he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables” (John2:15). Think about why he would say to anyone “leave your life of sin” (John8:11)? Look around in the gospels, and you will find him saying things like “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?” (Matthew 23:33). Ultimately, Jesus Christ will judge us all, as the Bible declares in many places (2 Corinthians5:10).Therefore, unless Jesus was himself guilty of gross hypocrisy, and he was not, then he must have been saying something different than “do not express your opinion unless it is politically correct”, when he said “do not judge”.

Let’s look at the relevant Bible passage. The key to understanding it is to read it in its immediate context. People will take a quote out of context in order to use it as a club to beat you with, and this one is a prime example. Jesus said “Do not judge, or you too will be judged, for in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:1-2). But he didn’t stop there. He went on to say “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (verses 3-5).

Jesus is here speaking of hypocrisy, not of opinions on what is right or wrong. If we condemn someone when we are just as guilty or more so, we are being hypocritical. That’s the message. Jesus said that if we cleanse ourselves of our own faults, we are then in a far better position to lovingly help others to cleanse themselves of their faults. He said it was alright to “remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (verse 5). In this way, we can all walk together towards holiness.  Mercy also plays a part. Jesus said “in the same way you judge others, you too will be judged”. If we are loving, respectful and merciful when we express ourselves or when we point out someone’s fault or sin, God will similarly treat us with love and mercy. If we are vengeful and condemning, we can expect the same treatment, in this world and the next. However, it is not wrong to have Biblically defined views of right and wrong, or to express them. All the New Testament disciples and apostles did, as did the Old Testament prophets. In fact, it is our duty to declare truth to the world. Jesus, in the “great commission”, told hid disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel, “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20).   Thank God that we are not at the mercy of the shifting sands of human opinion: we can know what is right or wrong, and we can know what our Creator requires of us.

We are living in an age when political correctness is attempting to silence all dissenters, and far too many people are caving in to the pressure. For example, if you express the view that homosexuality is a sin, as the Bible and nature itself clearly teaches, you are likely to be labeled as “homophobic”, and a “hateful, narrow minded, right-wing, fundamentalist bigot” Our opponents think it’s alright for them to judge us, and call us all kinds of names, and to have their own opinions and express them, but we are supposed to be silent. When they say that someone is “judgmental”, are they not making a judgment themselves? When they call us “hypocrites” for believing something, are they not being hypocritical?

Again, the pressure is on for us to accept the illogical notion that all religions are equally valid. Remember that Christ, who said “do not judge”, also said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). This is the gospel that people have died to proclaim from the time of Christ down through the centuries. Are we now going to toss it away? There was no reason for Christ to give himself as a sacrifice if we can get to heaven by worshipping a statue or by doing enough good deeds.

We need more people, especially in the church, with some intestinal fortitude. I’m not saying we should condemn, or hate, or reject, or be spiteful, but to lovingly and confidently stand up for what we claim to believe, and to actually believe something in the first place. If we will stand for nothing, we will fall for anything, and the more we allow ourselves to be silenced, the more ground we will lose to those who want to rid the world of the church and its voice.

If anything is true, and if the Bible is the word of God, (and it is) we should confidently proclaim it. If it is not, or if only parts of it are, the parts we choose, then anything goes: everyone’s free to make up their own god, and we’re reduced to the survival of the fittest.