I have been wanting to do a blog post on this topic for almost two months now but I have been hesitant and trying to wait for the right time that God wanted me to do it. I was hesitant about how receptive readers may be towards it and how it may be interpreted but I feel this topic is something that most of us have confused- I also struggled with this and was confused by it until this past semester when I was drawn to study it deeper. As you read this, please be open-minded and read everything in context. There is no fussing, shaming or condemning in any way. No fingers being pointed… this is a post for any and everyone, including me. Hope that you will find this meaningful and helpful.
In this day and age, it seems as though sin has taken over and is running rapid, but what is even worse is that we have become accepting of sin. We’ve begun to refer to sin as “freedom” and to call evil seducing spirits “sexual orientation”. We live in a time when we allow courts to vote on what God has already ruled against. “Only God can judge us” and “all sin is equally bad” so “no one has the right to confront another about sin”. The inability to be perfect isn’t an excuse to continue sinning and the fact that none of us are sin-free isn’t a reason to not share what God’s Word says about sin…If that was the case, no one would be able to share the Word.
America feels we should just allow people to do whatever they want, whatever makes them happy. If anyone speaks up about sin, speaks against demons or shows “lack of support” for evil spirits but rather shares what God’s Word says about it, they are now “judging”. But that is not judging. The confusion on judging comes from not fully understanding its biblical definition. Everyone loves to recite, “thou shall not judge” but when you read scriptures you must read them in-context and also find supporting/related scriptures in order to understand the topic completely.
If you go based off of the worldly definition when reading about not judging in the biblical sense (which is the only sense that actually matters) that would create confusion about judging. Based on the worldly definition, judging means:
“To form an opinion or conclusion about…”
But you can’t read the Bible with a worldly interpretation, you must look up the biblical definitions. I began studying the biblical definition back in April and this is what I have learned.
It is difficult for Christians to find a way to address sin because on one hand the Bible tells us in Matthew 7:1 – “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” but then on the other hand, the Bible also warns us to beware of evildoers and to not get caught up in people to perform evil practices.
We are often accused of judging whenever we share what God says about a sin. It isn’t like we are stating personal opinion- we are stating the Word of God. However, there is a righteous judgement that we are to exercise according to John 7:24. When God says “not to judge” in Matthew 7:1, He is saying to “not judge hypocritically”. If you read further, Matthew 7:2-5 tells us
2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Jesus is speaking against self-righteous judgement of others- coming against someone and looking down on them for something you yourself are doing and possibly doing even more.
THIS IS THE KIND OF JUDGMENT GOD COMMANDS US TO NOT DO.
As a Christian, however, it is our duty to confront a brother or sister about their sin respectfully and OUT OF LOVE. Matthew 18:15-17 tells us:
15 “If your brother or sister[a] sins,[b] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[c] 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
Some people won’t even know that they are doing wrong unless someone tells them. You can’t just assume that all people were raised the same. It is isn’t judging when you point someone in the direction of Truth.
If you’re looking for something in one direction and I know that it’s in the opposite direction, out of love, I am going to point you in the right direction and then it is up to you to follow or not. That isn’t judging nor is it forcing you to go that way, it is simply giving you the information and you choose which way you wish to go.
The goal isn’t to condemn but to bring about repentance and to do so in love. (You need the address here.):
20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. (James 5:20)
15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)
Some of us try so hard to not offend the ones we love, we don’t want to point out their sins because that may make them feel uncomfortable but THAT’S NOT LOVE, that’s hate. If I know that my best friend is doing something that is killing her, it would not be love to allow her to continue. Some of us are “not offending people straight to death”- WE ARE LITERALLY LOVING PEOPLE TO DEATH!
2 Timothy instructs us to
2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
“We are to “judge” sin, but always with the goal of presenting the solution for sin and its consequences—the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6)”
It isn’t about judging the person but judging the sin. Hate the sin not the sinner.
It’s never about judging or hating, but loving each other enough to not allow anyone to continue to unknowingly dwell in sin.
April 24, 2015
One of the greatest struggles I face, and I feel many Christians wrestle with, is trying to help lead others to Christ while not coming across as judgmental or unaccepting of everyone. I’m a sinner just like the next guy. I’m no better than another because I sin differently. My sins are just as filthy to GOD, Who is perfect, as the sins of another man are. Shoot! Even our best efforts are seen as filthy rags without CHRIST! •Isaiah 64:6•
I’m on a road of repentance and righteousness and I’m just trying to help encourage others to begin a journey of their own. I don’t like the fact that I hesitate many times posting scripture or inspirational quotes for fear of offending someone on my timeline, or someone thinking that I’m being fake because I’m “not perfect either” (I know that I’m not and I know it very well). My displaying that I have a relationship with Christ is not me displaying an” image of perfection” in any way. If I were perfect I wouldn’t need CHRIST. •Luke 5:32•
I also don’t appreciate when people call Christians “hypocrites” because they spread the Word of GOD but stumble and struggle with sin, as well. NO CHRISTIAN IS PERFECT! •1 John 1:8-9•. And if Christians waited until they were perfect before they ministered to another, no one would be getting saved. The fact that a Christian sins doesn’t mean that the Word of GOD is a lie! Stop letting “the image of a Christian” dictate how you feel about all Christians and definitely don’t let it dictate your eternity with Christ. •John 3:16-17• We are all on a journey that’s impossible without Christ, we all need Him equally. He didn’t come for those who have it all together, He came for the sick and the sinners who need Him.•Mark 2:17•
I strongly feel that the world is the way it is today because Christians as a whole have become cowards. We are so stuck on being POLITICALLY CORRECT that we have forgotten to be BIBLICALLY CORRECT and transparent. We’ve transitioned from accepting sinners and loving them to Christ to accepting the sin so that no one feels uncomfortable. But what about Christ? What about how He feels? Do we think that our sins don’t make GOD feel uncomfortable? GOD can’t even look at sin! When JESUS bore our sins on the Cross, GOD COULDN’T EVEN LOOK AT HIM! •Matthew 27:46•
We, as the body of CHRIST, need to, have to, MUST go back to being the light of the world and stop dulling our light in a world blinded by darkness just so it feels comfortable doing wrong. •Matthew 5:14-16• That’s not what the Word teaches us to do. We must return to hating what GOD hates, that being sin, NOT THE SINNERS – but sin.•1 John 4:11• •Psalm 97:10• The sins of the world, the sins of our country, but most importantly the SINS WE COMMIT OURSELVES.
Now I’m not gonna front up here like I’ve never fallen guilty of judging, but who hasn’t? All humans as a species naturally judge, it’s one of the sins that’s in our fleshly nature. But do I think I’m better than another because of their sin? NO. •Romans 3:23• I make a point daily to try to make sure that I don’t judge another because I don’t know the next man’s walk. However, I do recognize sin when I see it whether it be done by another or myself. •Psalm 32:5• I’m focusing on myself and the sins I commit because I’ll be held accountable for my walk with CHRIST.
Assisting in Love
But if I see my neighbor stumbling should I just let him fall? Or should I show the love of CHRIST and bring his attention to his wrongs and encourage him in love? •Matthew 18:15• •Luke 17:3• If I’m doing wrong, it may hurt and it may seem like I don’t appreciate it, but I truly love when someone loves me enough to let me know when I’m doing or have done wrong. •2 Thessalonians 3:14-15•
I’d rather a brother or sister in CHRIST help me get it right while here, than to hear GOD say I had it wrong when I get up there. •Matthew 7:23•