The premise is something that I’m sure we have all heard before, God tells us not to judge. I know personally, I thought this was biblical truth for about the first 19 years of my life. Even when I wasn’t living as a Christian, I would have told you that the bible says not judge each other. But, does it really?
Judge not, that you be not judged. – Matthew 7:1
Well that was easy, see you later! Actually, not so fast. While it would appear that the bible clearly states not to judge, if you do then you will be judged as well. Well for starters, we know that everyone will face judgement in the end (Revelation 20:11), so is Matthew saying “Don’t judge or you will you be judged as well! But you’re going to be judged anyways, but still don’t!”. I don’t think so. If you continue on to read Matthew 7, we see that he then goes on to talk about the hypocrisy in condemning a brother for something that we also struggle with. In other words, if we are struggling with Lust then we probably shouldn’t be berating others for the same sin.
However, the bible DOES tell us (in John 7:24) not to judge by our own opinions, but instead judge by the word of God, that is what it means to judge righteously. God always encouraged his people to judge. He told the prophets to judge the false prophets, and Israel reacted the same way people react today, “Your being negative oh you never have anything good to say”. In 2 Thess. 3:14-15, Paul says things that many people would say is very “judgmental” and wrong by today’s unbiblical standards. He tells us to admonish those as brothers who do not obey Paul’s epistle.
“Lets let God decide whose right or wrong.” Does this sound familiar? I hear this a lot, and it drives me crazy. It’s advocating that we should not pursue the matter to find truth. Now we can never discuss doctrine and peoples teachings? This means they too cannot discuss anything that they think, even if it is beneficial! But Heb.6:1-3 tells us we can discuss doctrine. “Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.”
God has already decided whose right and wrong, and he published it in this nifty little book called The Bible. What is ironic is that to tell people they are judgmental is to judge them. What people are doing is recommending for us not to judge by the word of God, but dispense with any discernment, just like they do it. Some even threaten and curse those who test because they cannot deal with the Scriptural proof presented to them.
So many have been indoctrinated into the constraint of don’t say anything against another no matter how far off they are. Let God will deal with them. If this were true, then why are we given all the commands in Scripture to judge? We are told to deal with it and not allow it to continue. The early church was apologetic and polemic. They contended for the faith to those outside and had to do the same inside. If we do not take up this same attitude that is clearly presented in the Scriptures, we will be leavened beyond belief. Many of us see this as a very dangerous trend going on inside the Church. It needs to stop and we need to get back to what the Bible actually says.