One of the great deceptions in the church is the belief that to be loving you have to be inclusive and non-judgmental. The greatness of this error is that it can convince some to believe that their life is pleasing to God or even that they are a member of the Body of Christ, when indeed they are not. Paul warned Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions. And will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”
Because of the confusion in our culture and the redefinition of words, the debate requires a thorough answer. So please be sure to read the series in its entirety.
The publication schedule for this series is:
September 28: An Introduction
September 29: Right Judgement
October 4: The Righteous Judge
Did you know God never definitively said “Do not judge” in His Word? But He does warn us on how we judge.
Often times we hear someone quote Christ, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” Except Matthew 7:1 is not a command, it’s a statement of cause and effect. You see this when you read in context for the following verse says, “For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-3) Jesus is warning His disciples of the consequence of making a judgment.
If judging wisely is a mark of a mature Christian, how does one judge wisely and rightly? What is the purpose of judgement? We make judgements everyday to help us decide a course of action. Do we have the right to make a moral judgement or a judgement of value about someone else’s action?