Do not be badgered by warm fussy feeling people who say we should not judge the actions of others” because the Bible says we need judge who we are to have followership with. They also say God looks at the heart, which is true but if a person is sinning the heart is defiled and judgement falls, but if we can turn a person from sin then that is a good thing.
Romans 12:1-2 ESV I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may DISCERN what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Discern is to distinguish, discriminate, differentiate, determine, recognize all of which you should make a judgment, hopefully we will use the Bible to help us understand God’s will.
How many judgmental statements are in the New Testament? Many, here are just a few
When we are called, ‘a judgemental person’ because we have pointed out the possibility of a person being in sin. They then go onto say, ‘we should be like Christ and not judge peoples actions’.
This is a conflict. Why?
Jesus, judge the moneychangers and turned over their tables. Pointing out that people were sinning in the house of God.
Jesus made seven judgemental statements when He said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” He was pointing out that these men that were deceitful, dangerous, and wicked hypocrites. You cannot say what Jesus said without making a judgment that the actions of these people were sinful.
John the Baptist called the Pharisees a brood of vipers too.
Paul says, “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” Paul has made a judgment that this was sinful and that we should run away from them.
In Timothy it says, “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.” You cannot judge what you think is OK when the Bible says its not OK.
Jesus said to the women at the well “go and sin no more” after revealing her sin. Without this judgement, the sin could not be revealed to her to help her with the remainder of her life.
James 4:4 ESV You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Based on the Word of we are to make judgment on situation to know what is friendship with the world and enmity with God.
1 John 3:8 ESV Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
The Bible deal with these Judgements
1 A Personal Judgment
2 A Judgment of our Relationships
3 A Judgment of our Conversation
4 A Judgment of our Faithfulness
5 A Judgment of our Inner Motives
6 A Judgment of our Spiritual Condition
7 A Judgment of our Works
8 A Judgment of the Shepherds
God has already set in place His judgments and these cannot be changed. The only thing that can be changed is our standing, whether we want to stay in sin or not. Whether we want to adjust our thinking to bring it into line with God’s word, knowing God’s judgments are final. Our judgments with Godly leading can avert a final destruction or lose under God’s judgments.
God does not want to judge any of us. He wants us to assess our own condition. Of course He has given us His guidelines to follow.
He wants us to build a life that will not be burnt up in the fire but come out as pure gold. A life built with reflection on the judgments of God, is the life that will receive the crowns mentioned in the Bible
When I say to a person did his or her action take place before they became a Christian or was it after is so I could best advised them of the action to take or not take
When a Christian sins the only safe place is under the Blood of Jesus. You can only get back under Jesus’ Blood by the act of repentance confessing the error admitting remorsefulness.
Very well wriytten Pastor Ian, the worldly Christian has always tried to being others under condamnation because they have had an honest assesment of another, we are to be faithful to the Lord and His word and be honest inb all things.
I do really enjoy your posts.