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Does the Bible Tell Us Not to Judge Others?
The Christian Diarist ^ | October 21, 2012 | JP

Posted on 10/21/2012 10:41:14 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST

“Only God can judge me.” - Elizabeth Escalona, 23-year-old Texas mom who beat and glued her 2-year-old daughter’s hands to a wall.

“Holier than thou critics have nothing on Lance Armstrong.” - de Volkskrant, the Netherlands

“Be Cool. Be Kind. Don’t Judge.” - A tee shirt on sale at the Ellen Degeneres online store.

Ever notice how often those who lead Godless lives, who engage in immoral behavior, who commit unspeakable acts invoke the words of the Lord to defend their unrepentant sinfulness?

“Judge not lest ye be judged.”

Usually they direct the words at Christ followers, whom they disparage as “judgmental” or “sanctimonious” or “holier than thou.”

Of course, if the Godless, the immoral, the unrepentant actually read the Bible, rather than selected verses, they would understand the context in which the Lord said “Judge not.”

He was talking about hypocritical judgment.

“Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” the Savior admonished.

“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

What the Lord was saying is that, before those of us who believe ourselves upright presume to judge those we perceive as ungodly, we should examine ourselves.

If I am an adulterer, if I consort with prostitutes, if I frequent strip clubs, if I download pornography on the Internet, who am I to condemn others for their sexual sins?

If I have a gambling problem or a drug habit or a violent temper, how can I chastise those who similarly struggle with demons?

If I forget the Sabbath day, choosing football over church, if I kill, by supporting institutions that support abortion, if I steal, by working for a business that cheats its customers, what standing do I have to criticize those who break other of God’s commandments?

But those who are committed Christ followers, who are not just hearers, but doers of the Word, not only have the moral authority to judge the ungodly, they have a God-ordained imperative to do so.

Indeed, the Psalmist declared, “The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment.” The Apostle Paul echoed that “he who is spiritual judges all things.”

It’s not about condemning sinners to hell. It’s about calling them to repentance, so that their eternal souls are not cast into the lake of fire of which the Bible warns.

It’s not about hating on transgressors, for we are, every one of us, sinners, who fall short of the glory of the Lord.

It’s about hating the sin.

So Christ followers do the will of God when they call out those who brazenly flout His law; who unabashedly and unrepentantly persist in their sins.

The unsaved may acknowledge God. They may even quote the Lord. But that matters not.

So they believe in the Father and the Son. That’s well and good. “Even the demons believe,” the Bible notes, “and tremble!”

TOPICS: Apologetics; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Theology
KEYWORDS: bloggersandpersonal; christian; judgenot; repentance; sin; vanity
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Here's the good news for the repentant: The Lord promises, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow.”
1 posted on 10/21/2012 10:41:18 AM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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Actually NO the Bible does NOT tell you not to judge others. But if ye judge, do so as how you yourself want to be judged. By their fruits shall ye know them. So we are to judge them by their fruits. If they lie, that’s one strike against them already.

2 posted on 10/21/2012 10:44:36 AM PDT by BipolarBob (G Orwell was an optimist it seems.)
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To: BipolarBob

Personally, I think God is writing a new chapter in scripture. One that will not only admonish the heretofore “no-judgement’ credo in favor of his action, but to command it. Command righteous action against evil wherever seen.

3 posted on 10/21/2012 10:48:10 AM PDT by Gaffer
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Judge not lest you be judged.

Make sure you sins find you out.

4 posted on 10/21/2012 10:54:48 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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If you go back to the book of Leviticus God does command to judge, but to judge while giving benefit of the doubt.

Lev. 19:15
“Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”

And in the Christian’s New Testament it has this to say.

John 7:24
“Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.”

5 posted on 10/21/2012 10:58:50 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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Judgement has two meanings in the Bible. The first is to condemn a person or group of persons, treating them as objects beneath us, thus justifying slaughter or other forms of persecution. Vengence is the Lord’s, so we need to quit trying to using it our selves. The other is a case of discernment, explaining to someone that a particular attitude or action is harmful to one’s self or others. Discernment is best used for other followers. For unbelievers? God loves them so much He gave his only son, Jesus Christ ... (that’s what we tell them)

6 posted on 10/21/2012 11:00:11 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: BipolarBob

“Actually NO the Bible does NOT tell you NOT to judge others.”

Triple Negative = Awesome!!!!

7 posted on 10/21/2012 11:00:35 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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Let’s ask Denish D’sousa.

8 posted on 10/21/2012 11:04:32 AM PDT by stormer
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Well, we are not supposed to judge non-Christians because (a) we are as much sinners as they are and (b) it is God’s love and message of forgiveness through Christ that draws the sinner to forgiveness.

Those that are Christians definitely can be judged by other Christians; in the case of the step-son sleeping with his mother (Galatians?) Paul recommends his expulsion from the church. Again this is the tough love required to push a back-sliding Christian back to God.

9 posted on 10/21/2012 11:05:02 AM PDT by struggle (
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One way to take Christ’s words is that no one knows what is actually going on inside someone else’s heart and head. Also, no one knows what the final destiny of an evil doer may be after death. Only God knows that.

What we CAN judge is outward, obvious, factual evil. If someone murders somebody, we cannot completely know how deliberate it may have been, how intentional, how provoked or insane, and so forth. But we do know that murder is an evil act, and that it must be stopped and/or punished.

So, yes. For instance, abortion is ALWAYS evil, although some are more guilty than others; some act out of ignorance, some violate their consciences, and so forth. And as the discussion goes public, it has gotten harder for most people to pretend that they don’t know what abortion really is.

10 posted on 10/21/2012 11:06:06 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: BipolarBob

Just heard a sermon by good ole McGee. Self judgeing is a good thing, keeps us humble.

Maybe a better way of saying it is:

Judge your self and also others likewise.

Too many people only hear the Judge not.

11 posted on 10/21/2012 11:08:09 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.))
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In all fairness, judgement should be left up to judges, who are competent to judge, as having the evidence before them.

For others to judge without evidence is unfair.

However, that being said, once judgement has been rendered by a competent judge, everyone may feel free to condemn, as that is *not* judgment, but acceptance of judgment.

The guilty often seek to evade justice, so they accuse those who condemn them as unfair judges. Before judgment has been rendered, this is true; afterwards it is not.

“I am not judging you. I am damning you, based on the judgment that you are guilty.”

12 posted on 10/21/2012 11:11:38 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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“Be Cool. Be Kind. Don’t Judge.” - A tee shirt on sale at the Ellen Degeneres online store.

OK. I won't buy the shirt or watch Ellen. Because by doing so I would judge her lifestyle as being acceptable.

If I am not supposed to judge something by condemning it, I also cannot judge it by condoning it.

13 posted on 10/21/2012 11:15:50 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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Our judgment is supposed to be according to God’s Word.
Christians are to have discernment. We are told that we shall know a tree by its fruit.

Ultimately the Word of God judges.

And God does not expand or change His Word.

14 posted on 10/21/2012 11:17:35 AM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: struggle

We Christians are NOT as much sinners as “they”—unbelievers—are. We are saints, washed by the blood of Christ, sins forgiven forever, Hebrews 10: 10-23, and do not walk in the manner they formerly walked when we were dead (spiritually) in our trespasses and sins.
[Ephesians 2:1-10].

We have been raised up to walk in newness of life, and therefore, God does not call us sinners anymore, but saints.
We are clothed with Christ’s righteousness.

15 posted on 10/21/2012 11:25:15 AM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: mountainlion
Remember Does Satan know EVERY WORD of the Bible ?
Don't let Satan come and take away these words from your memory.

Ponder this:
16 posted on 10/21/2012 11:52:02 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple. Fight ... or Die !)
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Just as God is not on our “side” (we are either on His side, or not), we should not judge others (Judgement is God’s role, or the role of a authority he allows here on earth).

But on the other hand, we are to be salt and light (i.e. be his witnesses here for his message).

17 posted on 10/21/2012 11:53:55 AM PDT by BereanBrain
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This is an argument as old as Sodom when they asked why Lot should “judge” their behavior. Christians are commanded to judge others but to do so righteously. God places a very high store on integrity. One of the three things that God requires of us is to “do justice”.

18 posted on 10/21/2012 12:13:33 PM PDT by HarleyD
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Where did I read:
19 posted on 10/21/2012 12:19:19 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple. Fight ... or Die !)
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Judgement is not forbidden, but there is a proper way to do it. There are certain judgments that a Christian should make about things they see in life. For example, I have to judge whether a certain movie or TV program is to be deemed as acceptable in my home.

Consider these passages that tell us about judging what we are being taught:

1 John 4:1

4 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

People also have to be told the truth about their sins. Recognition of our sins and repentance is what saves us:

Acts 2

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

In many ways the church does not even operate as it once did. Some can look at things like miracles and great acts of faith, but we easily overlook the way that we should condut ourselves and keep certain matters within the church.

Look at these verses:

6 If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? 2 Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 4 Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church? 5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? 6 But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers!

7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters. 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Here is something else that the church does not do for the most part:

Luke 18

15 “If your brother or sister[b] sins,go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

20 posted on 10/21/2012 1:36:27 PM PDT by Preachin' (I stand with many voters who will never vote for a pro abortion candidate.)
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