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Judge not, that ye be not judged.Mat. 7:1
There is a movement (not good) among Christians that aims to remove any identification of evil, misconduct, false prophet or false doctrine. His argument is based on Matthew 7:1, saying that the Bible commands us "not say anything evil against other people," adding that this extends to condemn others as preachers, individuals, teachers, religious leaders, etc. But it is far from the truth that God does not want to presume to discern the error, or to publicly identify the error. In this passage, the ban really is that you should not judge, if you do the same as the person they are judging (Ser hypocrite).
Undoubtedly, we are speaking of the trials and delivered, but what the Lord is attacking, is the spirit in which such judgments jump. As long as you avoid the nasty spirit, not only are we allowed to judge the character and works of a sibling, but in the exercise of the necessary distinctions we have to do for our government. It is only the violation of the law of love that is practiced to judge harshly, what we are condemned. And the argument against it: "that ye be not judged" confirms this: "for your character and actions are not attacked with the same severity."
We judge ourselves and judge our own actions, but not make our word a law to anyone (We rely 100% on the Word of God). We must not judge our brothers hard without base. We must not make the worst of people.
There are judgments that are legitimate and that God's commands (Jn 7:24, 1 Co 5:5, Gal 1:8, 9).
Matthew 7:1 Judge not, lest ye be judged. 2 Because the trial you judge, ye shall be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured. 3 And why thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye and see but do not notice the log that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me remove the speck from your eye, and behold a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank in your own eye, and you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
Teaching is not a prohibition of judging, but a prohibition on a person in the same sin call the attention of others doing the same. The point of those who abuse this passage today is that nobody should say anything about anything condemnation. This is not teaching here, nor in the rest of the Bible.
1 Timothy 5:20 Those who persist in sin, rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
Obviously God commands that Christians should publicly rebuke those who sin and that sin. When you discover a sinning brother should scold him in private, and if not answered, or try to change your life, you must move the quarrel in a public forum.
Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
What we see in the Bible is that not everyone should scold and rebuke, but only the righteous in their own lives are not walking in the same sin. Returning to Matthew 7, verse 2 says that when sentencing someone, you will notice that the same can and will be used to judge you. In other words, you should not do the same for what you scold others to not be hypocritical.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.
If God that no Christian would express condemnation and rebuke against evil, then how to discern the wolves with a sheep costume? We need to discern evil and harmful good and healthy and examine the teachings and the fruit to see what kind of fruit produced.
Matthew 7:16 By their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
Reading the entire context of chapter 7, we come to understand what exactly is a trial to do. Judge what kind of "tree" is a ministry or minister by judging the "fruit", which produces.
Biblical Examples of trial
1 Corinthians 5:1-13 is a lecture by Paul for the church in Corinth refused to hear cases of sin among them. They ignored the open and visible sin among them, and Paul rebuked as evil, not spiritual, and sin on their part. The understanding of this passage is that it is an obligation for the church to preach and say what is the will of God, and scold the church members who refuse to obey the Scriptures. It should be a private matter between two brothers first, and what is not resolved in obedience, then you must resolve with the church going into the case publicly. But all this case shows that it is not only right to judge, but the judge is an obligation of every Christian to not just accept things, but always compare what is in this life with what God says in Scripture , or judging.
In the life of Jesus, we see the condemnation that Jesus gave the false teachers of his day (Matthew 23:23-24), and it is obvious that Jesus set the example of being nothing tolerant of false doctrine. We balance this with patience and tenderness that showed a repentant woman who was caught in fornication. Likewise Jesus cleansed the temple of money changers, doing business in the temple of God (John 2:13-16, Mark 11:17).
Do not be fooled
Jn 7:24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with righteous trial.
There are no contradictions in the Bible. If two passages seem to be a contradiction, then you do not understand one or the other, or do not understand them. God commands us to judge in a "fair" (that is to judge correctly, properly, with integrity). What is a judge? A judge is not someone who makes the laws (the government or constitution does this) but a judge is one who states what is the law, and in each case at hand, declares that a person is right and in accordance with the law, or breaking the law. Our duty is to discern what is right to do (God has already told us this in His Word, the Scriptures), but our duty as judges is to reflect on what life presents to us, and declare these things (1) agreeing with the law, or (2) breaking the law. In Revelation 2:2 God recommended to the church at Ephesus because they tested those who said they were apostles, but they were liars. The church in Pergamum was reprimanded because they tolerated false doctrine (Rev. 2:14-15).
Discover the Writ of Error
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
The Bible instructs us to be ignorant, and without trial on the false doctrines that these false prophets teach. God says we must test the spirits (the spiritual teaching of these ministers), and discern for an intense examination if its origin and character of God.
Rom. 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them.
Paul commanded that we must look (publicly expose to notice), and that we move away from them. Titus 1:13 says "rebuke them harshly."
Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who contradict.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write about our common salvation, I have been to write and urge you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Eph. 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them
The task that God gives the church is to maintain and contend for the rules and doctrines of Scripture, and encourage and persuade others. This is done publicly exposing the Scriptures, and attacking what is not biblical, and exposing people, groups and movements that are not biblical. It is direct disobedience to God when one refuses to rebuke evil. This is sin, nothing more.
Isa. 8:20 To the law and the testimony! If you do not speak according to this, is because no light in them.
People who do not have an admiration and respect for the Word of God, who does not submit to the authority of God and what they stand for the Scriptures to obey and defend, are not saved!
Separation of Evil
2Th 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the teaching you received from us.
Simply, the position of an obedient child of God is to investigate, identify, and separate from all sorts of bad doctrine or practice is sinful. The good Christian should weigh the facts and said what you see and compare everything with the Word of God to make clear what is of God, and what is not God. Paul exhorted us to try to correct (for lecturing) to the brothers that are wrong (2Thes. 3:14-15, 1 Tim. 6:3-5). Rebuke is to enter publicly expose their evil, and is part of our duty before God (2 Tim 4:2). Separated from them when they do not obey the Word of God (2 John 1:10-11) is another part of our duty. Paul said that he who preaches another gospel is anathema (consider it a curse and a rebuke) (Galatians 1:6-9). Part of this process is to recognize when something is or has strayed from biblical truth.
Is it right to appoint individuals?
Many say we should not name the individuals, just generally condemn sin without going into specifics. Paul explained the error of Peter in Gal. 2:11-14, and said the name of Demas (2 Tim 4:10), and equal Hymen and Alexander (1 Tim 1:18-20), and Hymen and Philetus (2 Tim 2:15-18). The Apostle John revealed the error of Diotrephes (3 John 1:9). Judas (Jude 1:11), and John (Rev. 2:14) publicly condemned the "error of Balaam."
In conclusion, the modern fashion is not to condemn anyone who does evil or teaches heresy. This modern fashion is a ploy of the devil. Every faithful Christian must examine and judge, and if necessary, he must condemn the bad. This is how God commands us to judge, of course with the Spirit of God and love, but love is not pandering acolytes or sin.
God guides us in truth and love.
God bless you,
Jenny and Hugo G.
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