"Don't Judge Me!"

Updated: Jul 21

Do Christians have the Biblical right to Judge other professing Christians?


If you find yourself squirming in your seat when someone delivers the message "SIN NOT" ... Or you find yourself shouting, "You can't Judge Me!!!" Then this is definitely a message you don't want to miss! It could literally save your life and set you free from the bondage of sin. In this case...The Truth will surely Set You Free!!



OFFENDED

Is it wrong or offensive for Christians to reprimand other Christians by telling them to "stop their sinning!" After all, didn't Jesus say "judge not". Would that set every appointed Judge at variance to this command? Hmmm perhaps we should look into this a little deeper and uncover the accuracy of what it means to judge. Maybe we can learn a thing or two from the Judges appointed and how this structural system is designed by the CREATOR of justice.


While every situation may not always receive justice through the laws instituted by man, there is indeed ONE who sits higher and governs the ways of man, and HE is always just and fair.


We will start out defining the words "Justice" and "Judge". We will then discuss the meat of our topic.


Justice:

  • The quality of being just; fairness

  • The principle of moral rightness; decency.

  • Conformity to moral rightness in action or attitude; righteousness

  • Law The upholding of what is just, especially fair treatment and due reward in accordance with honor,standards, or law

  • Conformity to truth, fact, or sound reason

Judge:

  • To form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration: judge heights; judging character.

  • Law To hear and decide on in a court of law: judge a case.

  • To pass sentence on; condemn/ pronounce judgment on.

  • to form a judgment or opinion of: to judge a book by its cover.


Jesus stated in scripture, "Judge not, that ye be not judged" (Matthew 7:1, KJV).

The Greek word used for "Judge" is "κρίνω krínō, (G2919 Strong's Concordance) meaning to decide, call into question, to pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong.


Is this what Jesus wanted to convey... not to call into question the behavior/actions of others?


Should we remain silent on issues of injustice?


Is this what he wanted for his followers to stand idly by while men commit wickedness and injustice throughout the land?


The answer to this dilemma can be found within the scriptures.


In the New Testament Paul addresses a concerning issue within the church. One of the members were reportedly committing fornication...with his father's wife. Paul clearly stated, "For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have Judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed" (1 Corinthians 5:3, KJV).


Why is this significant?


Paul judged him. Even more so, he judged him from a distance! He judged/condemned him based on what he heard the man had done, and he pronounced a judgment of death. Paul's judgment was clear to, "deliver such an one unto satan for the destruction of the flesh" (1 Corinthians 5:5, KJV). There was no verse in which the man claimed, "you don't know me!!" or "GOD is my judge!! who do you think you are?!", or "The Lord is still working on me".