By: Theophilus Izobofolo
Christians & Judging
Many Christians misinterpret what the Bible says about judging & say that we should never judge. In Matt. 7:1-5, Jesus did say not to judge, however, a close look at these verses will show that He is referring to hypocritical judging & He went on to say that when a hypocrite cleans up his own life then he’ll be fit to judge another. In John 7:24, Jesus said, “Stop judging by mere appearances & make a right judgment.” In this verse Jesus is talking about making righteous judgments in regard to God’s laws.
We must make judgments in matters of biblical doctrine & righteous living. The Bible is our foundation & if we don’t discern & follow what God says then it will become just another book.
Then, everyone will be doing whatever they think is right, just like the Israelis did in the time of the Judges. Judges 21:25 says, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit”.
To keep God’s commands, we must first judge what is right & what is wrong.
For example, 1 Cor. 5:11-13 say, “… you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.
‘Expel the wicked man from among you'”. In these verses, God tells us to judge church members & expel them if necessary. Then we are told in Rom. 12:9, “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
How can we do that if we don’t first judge what is good & what is evil? So, we must make judgments about what is right & what is wrong so that we can live according to God’s commands.
Christians & Judging!