Do not judge lest you be judged. (Matthew 7:1 NASB)
To judge or not to judge -
Unfortunately, far too many of our congregations have bought this twisted application of scripture, and it has immobilized the body of Christ.
This unwillingness to judge means no confrontation. We let our brothers and sisters continue in a sin that will eventually damn their souls, rather than take the risk of confrontation. We let them walk around with a speck in their eye, and do nothing.
The difficulty with judging is that you must judge yourself first. Before you go meddling with that speck, take care of your own beam. But know this, that log in your eye must go. Jesus does not want us to tolerate our brothers sin, rather we must stand with him, and pull him out of the fire!
Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:1-2 NASB)
Is there a place for judgment in the Church? Absolutely! Judge righteous judgment, and start with yourself.
And remember, in our evangelism there is no need for judgment, just obedience.
Thanks for sticking it out to the end of this series. I suppose it is a bit controversial, but that is where the fun is.
See you tomorrow.