“Judge not, that you be not judged” Matth 7:1

shutterstock_373940377When I was saved in 2001 I lived in a small city in the northern parts of my home country. This city had several churches, pentecostal, baptist, catholic. As a young Christian it frustrated me greatly how I never saw any Christians witnessing on the streets of that city. I never saw any Christian objecting to the sin in that city. To be honest, it seemed like the Christian of that city rather enjoyed being a part of the sin then objecting against it. At the time I was new in the faith, so I did not have the guts to go out myself on the streets and witness. But i did something else, I started writing letters to the local newspaper and the editor decided to print them.

I objected to the sin in the city. I wrote how it was a sin to drink alcohol, how homosexuality is a sin and abortion. I did this for about 6 years, and at times I felt like the most hated man. Looking back I do not regret it because I know as a Christian we are to tell this world what is sin and what is righteousness. If we do not tell them the Lord will hold us accountable for their souls. (Ez 33:1-11)

This world wants preaching that tells them how much God loves them. They want preaching that tells them God wants them to succeed and find favor with men. But Jesus did not die on a cross to give us favor and love. He died to reconcile us to God because we have sinned against God. If we do not tell this world they are living under Gods wrath, judged for their sins, God will send them to hell when they die without Christ. But He will hold us accountable for them going to hell. (Rom 3:10,Ez 33:1-11)

During those years I had many opponents in the newspapers. People who wrote the editor objecting my opinions, telling me as a christian I should not judge. And this happens a lot to us Christians. We do what the Bible tells us to do, we preach the judgement of God on sin and we show them the way to being reconciled to God. And then somebody turns around and says we are doing it wrong because the bible says “judge not, that you be not judged”. (Matth 7:1)

How many of you have heard the homosexuals telling us “thou shall not judge” when we say it is a sin to practice homosexuality? What about abortion? How many of us have been told its wrong to say abortion is wrong because “thou shall not judge”? And what about remarriage and common-law marriage? How many have heard it said, thou shall not judge when we tell them the Bible judges remarriage and common-law marriages as sin?

But that does not change the fact that the practice of homosexuality, abortion, sex before or outside of marriage, remarriage, common-law marriages are all sin. And if we do not tell them this, God will hold us accountable for their souls.

So what exactly is the Bible talking about when it says “Judge not, that you be not judged”? (Matt 7:1)

When the Bible says we shall not judge it is not telling us it is wrong to warn against sin. It is not telling us it is wrong to tell this world what God has judged as sin. The Bible wants us to warn this world and to tell this world what is a sin, that is the only way  for the world to know and understand why the cross is the only way to being reconciled to God.

When the Bible says we are not to judge it telling us it is wrong to judge a fellow brother or sister in Christ. We are still to warn a fellow brother or sister in Christ if they are living in sin. If we see a fellow brother or sister in Christ sinning we have a responsibility to tell them to repent. But we are not to judge them. And what does it mean to judge a fellow brother or sister?

All of us have tests and challenges in our lives as believers. Being a believer does not exempt you from being sick, having debt, or being challenged in any other way. We do not know why these things happens to us, we just know God sometimes tests our faith so He allows these things to happen to us. (James 1:2-4)

If a fellow believer´s faith is tested by God, and we claim to know why it is happening, we are judging and that is wrong. Lets say a fellow believer is struggling with a sickness, he seeks prayer as he should but nothing happens. Some preachers and believers would say this is because a lack of faith, or because of a hidden sin. By making such statements we are judging a fellow believer, and we are not allowed to do so (Matth 7:1).

Another example would be a believer struggling with financial difficulties. We often hear preachers telling us to give our way out of debt, to proclaim our way out of debt or to just believe. And if nothing happens, we are told we have not given enough or we have not “sanctified our pocket book”. Such statements judges a fellow believer and we are not allowed to do so. (Matt 7:1)

So we are to continue to tell this world it is a sin to practice homosexuality, to lie, steal, drink alcohol, live in a common-law marriage and to remarry. We are to help this world to understand what is a sin so they can understand they need the cross. And yes, we are to tell our fellow brother and sister it is still a sin to lie, practice homosexuality, drink alcohol, live in a common-law marriage and to remarry. That is the only way we can help our fellow brother and sister to repent and turn back to the cross before its to late for them.

But we are never to judge a fellow believer by telling them they are struggling, hurting and in pain because of some hidden sin, because they have not enough faith or they have not “sanctified their pocket book”.

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