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  • JUDGING 101

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    1 posts, 1 voices, 328 views, started Jun 23, 2009

    Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 by Denise Richardson

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      Judging 101

      Luke 6:37 “Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. Stop criticizing
      others, or it will all
      come back on you. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven. NLT

      What is Jesus telling us here? Well, according to the this word, the act of
      judging or “being conclusive”
      is the very act of condemning. You see, when something is judged, it is
      concluded! When a judge in
      court passes a judgment, it has been concluded because the facts have been
      presented and the arguments
      have been made. So, based on what the judge knows, he or she can pass judgment.
      But Jesus is saying
      that because you don’t know all the facts, you cannot pass judgment on someone
      before time. Sinners may
      come to Christ eventually, so their end, you do not know. That’s who Jesus was
      referring to. Don’t condemn,
      judge, or criticize a sinner because they are not yet a believer! This does not
      mean that we should warn
      believers of the worlds deceptive devices, but it does mean that we cannot
      prejudge their destiny and condemn
      a sinner to hell.

      Now, leaders, pastors, etc. in the church are equipped to pass judgment on
      certain things because they are
      in charge of certain aspects of the ministry. Paul taught this in his writings
      and he encouraged a church to pass
      judgment on a man at Corinth because of his lifestyle. But his judgment of this
      situation came to help him be in
      good standing for his final judgment of God in the end. Listen, we are not to
      pass a judgment on sinners, but
      according to the Word of God, we are to judge our brothers and sisters. The word
      tells us to go to them when we
      find them in a fault. That’s a form of judging right? It also tells us to rebuke
      them openly when they continue in public
      sin. That’s judgment right? So, we must realize that if we keep the word in
      context we will understand that Jesus was
      teaching the world in this passage in Luke, while Paul was teaching the church
      in Corinthians. That’s it! We don’t teach
      sinners what Paul taught the church. They are not the church, they are the
      world. So, the world will always say, “do not
      judge me” and they are right. If they are not a believer, then you cannot judge
      them because there is nothing to judge.
      We are only suppose to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to sinners. So we don’t
      judge them, or condemn them, or even
      criticize them if they are not a part of the faith. God is their judge. But to
      keep purity and holiness in the church of God, we
      are suppose to deal with heresy, sinful lifestyles, and other forms of sin that
      are practiced by believers in our fellowships.
      God gave us the power to discern it and the gave our leaders the authority to
      rebuke it.  

      Suggested Reading: Mark 7:1

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