To judge or not

18 11 2012

Judgement…Are we to judge or not?

This is one of the areas with the most disobedience !

 

 

 

 

There is an immense paradox on judgement and whether we must judge or whether we should not! Scripture against judging is Matt 7:1-5

Mat 7:1  “Stop judging, so that you won’t be judged,

Jesus is saying do not judge as the judgment you use will come back to you. Also…God will judge you according to the manner you judge! So the judgment you use AND the manner in which you judge will be the measure by which you are to be judged.

Rom 2:1  Therefore, you have no excuse—every one of you who judges. For when you pass judgment on another person, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, practice the very same things.
Rom 2:2  Now we know that God’s judgment against those who act like this is based on truth.
Rom 2:3  So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on those who practice these things and then do them yourself, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?

This addresses religious people. Have you ever noticed how religious people think that they know a little more than anyone else and can therefore venture an opinion on how you should live. Those who judge are normally the one who need judgment.

Lets look at some scripture which states to judge is against scripture.

Rom 14:1  Accept anyone who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of arguing over differences of opinion.
Rom 14:2  One person believes that he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables.
Rom 14:3  The person who eats any kind of food must not ridicule the person who does not eat them, and the person who does not eat certain foods must not criticize the person who eats them, for God has accepted him.
Rom 14:4  Who are you to criticize someone else’s servant? He stands or falls before his own Lord—and stand he will, because the Lord makes him stand.

and…

Rom 14:10  Why, then, do you criticize your brother? Or why do you despise your brother? For all of us will stand before the judgment seat of God.
Rom 14:11  For it is written, “As certainly as I live, declares the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will praise God.”
Rom 14:12  Consequently, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
Rom 14:13  Therefore, let’s no longer criticize each other. Instead, make up your mind not to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
Rom 14:14  I know—and have been persuaded by the Lord Jesus—that nothing is unclean in and of itself, but it is unclean to a person who thinks it is unclean.
Rom 14:15  For if your brother is being hurt by what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not destroy the person for whom the Messiah died by what you eat.

1Co 4:1  Let us be judged as servants of Christ, and as those who are responsible for the secret things of God.
1Co 4:2  And it is right for such servants to be safe persons.
1Co 4:3  But it is a small thing to me that I am judged by you or by man’s judging; I am not even a judge of myself.
1Co 4:4  For I am not conscious of any wrong in myself; but this does not make me clear, for it is the Lord who is my judge.
1Co 4:5  For this reason let there be no judging before the time, till the Lord comes, who will make clear the secret things of the dark, and the designs of the heart; and then will every man have his praise from God.

Here we have an indication that there is an appropriate tome for judgment and that would be at the judgement seat of Christ.

Jas 4:11  Do not say evil against one another, my brothers. He who says evil against his brother or makes himself his brother’s judge, says evil against the law and is judging the law: and in judging the law you become, not a doer of the law but a judge.
Jas 4:12  There is only one judge and law-giver, even he who has the power of salvation and of destruction; but who are you to be your neighbour’s judge

This would indicate that to judge would be against scripture. Yet there is also scripture which indicates we should judge!!!

Joh 7:24  Don’t judge by appearances. Judge by what is right.

1Co 5:1  It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife.
1Co 5:2  And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
1Co 5:3  For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.
1Co 5:4  When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
1Co 5:5  you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

Note that Paul says we are not to judge those outside the church!!!! God will judge them and we are to judge or correct those inside the body of Christ.

1Co 5:11  But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
1Co 5:12  For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
1Co 5:13  God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.

 

End part 1

We continue in a later post pulling all these scriptures together and trying to make some sense of it with a conclusion

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19 11 2012
Piracetam

but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost-a beautiful and comprehensive division of living Christianity. The first-“righteousness”-has respect to God, denoting here “rectitude,” in its widest sense (as in Mt 6:33); the second-“peace”-has respect to our neighbors, denoting “concord” among brethren (as is plain from Ro 14:19; compare Eph 4:3; Col 3:14, 15); the third-“joy in the Holy Ghost”-has respect to ourselves. This phrase, “joy in the Holy Ghost,” represents Christians as so thinking and feeling under the workings of the Holy Ghost, that their joy may be viewed rather as that of the blessed Agent who inspires it than their own (compare 1Th 1:6).

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