September 1, 1996, Posted, July 8, 1998
 

Judge not

Matthew 7:1, John 7:24

Some one called me the other morning; the person said that they had mentioned the evil of sodomy to another person who professed to be a Christian, and that person said, JUDGE NOT THAT YE BE NOT JUDGED.

The other person refused to judge whether or not sodomy was wrong, and actually used the word of God to justify their acceptance of sin.

Mat 7:1, Judge not, that ye be not judged. is today probably one of the most misused and corrupted statements by our Lord.

Did he really mean that we can not judge whether someone is doing wrong or not?

There is no doubt the Lord's words are being corrupted for a purpose:

to justify sin in society or in a person's life.

to keep from having to take a stand against evil.

to keep from offending someone, particularly the militant sodomites.

Let's look:

Judge is a very difficult word: it means TO HAVE AN OPINION about something.

Is a Christian allowed to have an opinion about something?

Is a Christian allowed to express that opinion?

Society says a clear and loud no.

However, the answer is simple: YES and NO

Gen 3:5, the problem with fallen man is that he thinks he determine for himself what is right and wrong. Fallen man is convinced that HE DOES NOT NEED GOD'S WORD to make it through life, to tell him what to do and not to do, to tell him what is right and wrong.

Can a Christian have an opinion about something?

Should a Christian express his opinion?

Yes, but the opinion cannot be his personal opinion, because his personal opinion is corrupted. In fact, we could say that because of sin, almost ever time something seems right, it is wrong, and when something seems wrong, it is right: sin turned everything upside down.

Sin sees nothing wrong with a man or woman exposing his or her self in public.

Sin sees no connection between private morality and public life, e.g., Clinton.

Sin sees nothing wrong sodomy, nor with living together before marriage.

Sin sees nothing wrong with supporting people who will not work.

Sin sees nothing wrong with ignoring God.

Obviously, there are all degrees of the above.

John 7:24, Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Christ commands us here to have an opinion, but part of the command is that our opinion must be a righteous opinion.

RIGHTEOUS: This is another difficult word--- it means, RIGHT ACCORDING TO GOD'S WORD, 1 John 3:4-7.

Yes, we are to have an opinion, but that opinion must be based upon the law of God, and not what I think about the matter. My thinking is corrupted by sin; therefore, my opinion will be corrupted. So I must compare what I see around me and in my own life with the Word of God. God's Word determines whether something is right or wrong.

Though we will have a personal opinion, it does not count. What counts is God's opinion: WHAT DOES GOD'S WORD SAY ABOUT IT?

The next question is, SHOULD WE EXPRESS OUR OPINIONS to others?

There are several examples along this line:

Acts 19:26, Paul's opinion was that there were no gods made with hands. He publicly expressed his opinion, and there was a great turmoil. He was not POLITICALLY CORRECT.

The many things being worshiped today are not gods; if you express that "opinion," you will get the same response.

1 Cor 5:3, the church was commanded to form an opinion; it was commanded to judge its members as to whether or not the members were living up to their profession of faith. If they were not, they were to be removed.

The Word of God has many instances of proper judgment, and every one compares peoples' actions with God's Word. If the people are acting proper according to God's word, they are praised, if not, they are condemned and confronted.

Mat 7:1-5:

V. 2, the Lord tells us that we will reap what we sow, which probably refers to the Lord repaying:

If we form harsh personal opinions of others, they will do the same toward us.

On the other hand, if we form opinions according to God's word then they still may well have harsh opinions against us, because they do not want to be confronted with the word of God.

However, the Lord clearly says For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Vv. 3-5, the Lord rebukes the hypocrite, those who hold others to standards they are not willing to meet.

I do not mind being held to the standards of the Word of God for a pastor, 1 Tim 3 & Tit 1, but I have a problem when people hold me to standards they have established for a pastor or for others. Neither I nor any one else can meet personal standards established for them by others.

EXAMPLE:

People expect the pastor to visit everyone and know about everyone; however, the same people are unwilling visit or to check on people.

The Lord about those who have a standard for someone else that they are unwilling to meet, Thou hypocrite,

1) Christ tells us how foolish fallen man is for setting standards for others that are not from God's Word.

2) He tells us how foolish it is to expect things from others that might even be required of God's word, but that we are unwilling to meet ourselves.

3) He tells us how sinful it is to ignore God's word when forming our opinions about matters.

4) He commands us to not only form our opinions from God's law, but He commands us to make those opinions known and to live by them.

Clearly, those opinions based upon God's word will NOT be POLITICALLY CORRECT, but we have no choice: The wicked must be confronted. They cannot and must not be confronted with our personal opinions.

They must be confronted by what the Law of God says about the matter.

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

God's word says sodomy is wrong.

God's word says immodest appeal is wrong on both women and men.

God's word says adultly and fornication is wrong, which is all the sex education that young people need.

God's word says that personal morality affects public life.

God's word says to avoid debt.

God's word requires church attendance and tithing.

God's word requires submission to proper authority.

Yes, I have personal opinions, but my personal opinions do not count. What does God say about the matter?