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. Continue reading “Articles on Judging” »
Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part One
In several of our Spiritual Nuggets we have shared about God calling us to walk in holiness. We have shared that He wants a bride that reflects the character of Christ. The Lord is taking many of us through the fire to purify us. God Almighty is calling individuals and the corporate church to holiness. More churches need to preach the message of holiness and repentance. And at times there needs to be more biblical discipline in local churches. It grieves God’s heart when people say they are Christians and they are committing grievous sins and the church ‘closes its eyes’ to the sin. However, there needs to be a balance in regards to the topic of holiness.
In this series of nuggets we are going to talk about judging others.
Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Two
Being Judged by Others
When we are writing these nuggets each week, we are making an assumption that the readers are Christians and are committed to growing in Christ.
In the last nugget we described ways that we may judge or question the sincerity of other Christians (or the unsaved) because of the sins in their life, the way they dress, their behavior, etc.. We stated that some might even be harsher on those they know because they have seen the same behaviors repeated over and over again.
Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Three
How to minister to Christians or others who are struggling with sin and or bad habits.
Needless to say, in one page we cannot cover this topic in depth. However, we hope we can give some helpful ideas.
Before we get started we need to acknowledge that most bad habits are probably sinful. We need to be careful that we do not lessen the seriousness of bad habits. The reason they are called bad habits is because they are not good for us or others. They can be very destructive.
This nugget is specifically directed towards helping those who have desire to change and are sincere in their desire to change.
Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Four
Discipline and Giving Tough Love
In previous nuggets of this series we have spoken on the different ways we can be judgmental, being judged, and how to minister to those struggling with sin. In this nugget we will discuss the issue of Discipline And Giving Tough Love.
God’s Word makes it clear that there are times we are to judge sin and separate ourselves from Christians who are willfully walking in sin.
“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
Notice Jesus did not say, do not judge. He said judge in a righteous way.
Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Five
When You Have Been Judged Wrongly
Have you been judged wrongly by an individual or organization? Have there been false statements made about you? Have your motives been questioned? Has your reputation been harmed by the words of others? Have you been treated unfairly?
If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, then you have great company-the Lord Jesus Christ. And He never sinned. So, the very first thing we want to say to you is–don’t be surprised if this happens to you. If it happened to Jesus who knew no sin, then it certainly is going to happen to each of us who walk in sin at times. This world is not fair. And if it was truly fair, then we all would be judged guilty and immediately destroyed. These statements are not made to lessen the pain caused by others, but to help explain it.
Questioning Motives and Judging Others-Part Six
All of us are sinners and fall short of the glory of God. All of us have judged others and have been judged. We need to remember only God knows the motives and heart of a person. Thus we should never judge the heart. However, at times there is wisdom in judging the actions of others. But in doing so, we need to keep our heart pure before God.
There are times because of the behavior of individuals there may the need to discipline or give tough love,During these times the desire should be to restore the person, to help them.
In our previous study we listed several verses regarding bearing good fruit. It is obvious from these verses that followers of Jesus Christ should bear good fruit. There are dire consequences for those who do not bear good fruit. Most of the verses are addressing behavior and actions more than they are addressing doctrine.
Many who are legalistic and critical believe their job is to be fruit inspectors and point out the sins, errors, and faults of everyone (of course they say little about their own sin). As we address this topic, we want to make it clear that there are certainly times for ministry leaders to confront sin and address errors and faults of those under their leadership. However, many of those who are critical and legalistic are not leaders within any ministry. They have taken upon themselves to be fruit inspectors and in the midst of their ‘confronting of sin’, they do it in a hurtful, hateful, and judgmental manner. Many times what they are really addressing is issues of preference rather than of doctrine. They normally make assumptions about a persons motives and their heart condition. Continue reading “Bearing Fruit and Legalism-Fruit Inspecting” »
The following verses on judging are addressing various issues and some of the verses would only be applicable to a specific situation. However, any sincere reader would have to agree the overall principle of Scripture is that we are not to judge others-especially when it comes to what is in their heart and their motives.
The overall principle that can be found in these verses on judging is that we will reap what we sow-if we sow judgment upon others, judgment will come upon us. This does not mean that we should never judge behavior or actions. We will discuss this aspect of judging in our next post.
Matthew 7:1-5 (NASB95)
1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.
2 “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
4 “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?
5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
Our next set of Bible Studies will be on the topics of Judging, Pride, Legalism, and Gossip. You might wonder how all of these be related. Think about it. Those who are known for judging the heart and the motives of people are usually very prideful-they think they are the ones with the truth and they are called by God to not only point out the sin of others, but to judge the heart and motives of others. Normally these are people who are very legalistic in their beliefs (even though they would just say they are standing for truth). Invariably these individuals will then gossip with others who have the same traits. An example of these type of people were the Pharisees. Continue reading “Judging, Pride, Legalism, Gossip” »