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When is judging allowed?


What does it mean to "judge" someone?

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We are all called upon to judge righteous judgment in all things.

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

We are not to judge those outside of the ecclesia (church) but we MUST judge those within when they LIVE CONTRARY to the commandments of Christ and exclude them.

1 Corinthians 5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person (the man who had taken his father’s wife (1 Corinthians 5:1).

We are not to treat those excluded as enemies but admonish them as brethren.

2 Thessalonians 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

We are not to go to law before unbelievers. We should be able to resolve matters within the ecclesia. Even the least esteemed of us should be able to judge righteous judgment for this will be our function in the kingdom of God. If a matter cannot be resolved sensibly in the ecclesia we are to take wrong and allow ourselves to be defrauded leaving judgment in the hands of God.

1 Corinthians 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. 7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

We are not to judge others in things which are not matters of doctrine. We are not the one that makes the rules.

Romans 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

We are not to judge in the sense of condemning others when we have faults worse than theirs. We will be judged by the judgment we apply to others.

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

We cannot judge and condemn others when we are guilty of similar transgressions.

Romans 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

We are not to judge our brother in the sense of belittling him for we will all have an equal standing at the judgment of Christ and he is no respecter of persons.

Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Judgment must always be tempered with mercy for we ourselves hope to receive mercy rather than condemnation.

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

We are to judge our own conduct and this should be our priority.

1 Corinthians 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

1 Corinthians 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation (condemnation) to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

I hope this helps.

Glenn

 
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