So many times when Christians point out false doctrine, false teachers, or false ministries people have only one reply and that is “JUDGE NOT”. However, those screaming “judge not” have no clue what the Bible says about judging. I hope this small teaching will help clear up the misconceptions concerning this topic. Let us start with the verse they love to use “Judge not, that ye be not judged”…
“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholds thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considers not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shall thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye”
For a long time I used to think about judging people the same way that others do, however after a lot of pray this passage became crystal clear as to what it actually means. If you read this verse in “context” it is clear that it is talking about the mote and the beam so it is referencing two items that are made of the same material. So why is this important? If you think of the beam as “big sin” and the mote as a “little sin” then this verse on judging makes perfect sense so let’s reread this verse referencing the mote and the beam as sin. “And why beholds thou the little sin that is in thy brother, but considers not the big sin that is in you?” Do you see it now? If we are out partying and drinking on Friday night then we have NO RIGHT to judge any brother/sister who has a glass of wine at dinner. In other words judge not thy brothers sin when you are committing the “Same Sin”. The Word of God always confirms itself with other verses, so let us see what God said to us through the Apostle Paul in Romans.
“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judges: for wherein thou judges another, thou condemns thyself; for thou that judges does the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinks thou this, O man that judges them which do such things and doest the same, that thou shall escape the judgment of God?”
Is it clear now? We are NEVER to judge anyone if we are doing the same thing they are and we must never judge the person. Also, we are to only judge their sin, lifestyle, and their doctrine based on the Word of God and not OUR opinion of them or our personal opinion of the Bible (well I don’t think he/she should be doing that). So what is righteous judgment? To understand what Jesus meant by righteous judgment, we must read the passage in John 7 in “context”.
Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marveled, saying “How knows this man letters, having never learned”? Jesus answered them, and said “My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it is of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeks his own glory: but he that seeks his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why go you about to kill me?” The people answered and said “Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?” Jesus answered and said unto them “I have done one work, and ye all marvel. Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers; and ye on the Sabbath day circumcise a man. If a man on the Sabbath day receive circumcision, that the Law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the Sabbath day?”
“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment”
This passage starts out with the Jews asking how Jesus knows the law, but has never been schooled in the Law. His answers were that His doctrine was not his own but that of the one who sent him (God the Father). Also he says that he is not seeking his own glory, but he is seeking to glorify him who sent him (God the Father). Then the Pharisees said that he had a devil, but his reply was “you say I have a devil because I healed someone on the Sabbath?” Then he says “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment”, or in other words we are to make sure our judgments are righteous and that means based on God’s Word and God’s Word only. I hear Christians all the time attacking people like Miley Cyrus, Barack Obama, Snowflakes (Millennial’s), and other people but these attacks are not based on the Word of God but on their opinion of these people. I will say this plainly, if I were a sinner I wouldn’t want to know your Jesus either. However, Jesus isn’t all “fuzzy love” either because he taught repentance and going and sinning no more.
In closing we must as Christians walk that “narrow” road of judging righteously versus judging unrighteously and to do this we must base our judgments of sin, doctrine, and lifestyles based on the Word of God because the “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8) and we are his mouth piece because “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? How shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14). We must always share the truth in a loving way and not in hatred for the person we are exposing.