Invariably when the topic of sin, holiness, sanctification comes up, the topic of judging comes up. Normally what happens is when a preacher speaks on the topic of sin there is always someone that accuses them of being judgmental or hypocrites. Invariably the messenger is attacked. One of the reasons for this is that there are plenty of people who do judge others in the wrong way. Plenty of people judging the hearts of others. (Apostle Paul said he does not even judge his own heart because he cannot trust his own judgment. ‘I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.’ 1 Corinthians 4:3. Only God knows the heart of a person.) Plenty of people who are hypocrites. Plenty of Christians who act like Pharisees.
Even though all of the above is true, there is righteous judgment. God certainly calls Christian leaders to make judgments regarding sin in the church. He actually holds them accountable to address sin in the church. God does call the Body of Christ to walk in holiness and to not walk in blatant, ongoing sin.
It should become obvious that there is righteous judging (judgments) and unrighteous judging. Those who attack leaders that are being obedient to the call of God are actually judging in an unrighteous manner.
The truth is most of us have at times judged in a sinful manner and most likely have been judged in a wrong manner. The truth is the word judge has been misinterpreted in a wrong manner at times. The truth is there has been confusion among the Body of Christ regarding the concept of judging. The following articles have written to address the topic of judging in a biblical manner.
Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part One Introduction
Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Two, Being Judged
Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Three Ministering to Others
Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Four, Discipline and Tough Love
Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Five, When You Have Been Judged Wrongly
Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Six-Summary