Where do I Start? – Unscrambling Judgment – Part 6

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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.

Ben

See you tomorrow.

Ben

 

 

 

0 thoughts on “Where do I Start? – Unscrambling Judgment – Part 6

  1. cshowers

    Amen Ben... as I've read your teaching on this subject, and as I myself have studied this portion of scripture as well, Ezekiel 3:17-21 and Ezekiel 33:1-20 comes to mind. Ezekiel 3:17-21 is listed below:

    17 "Son of man, I have appointed you as a watchman for Israel. Whenever you receive a message from me, pass it on to the people immediately. 18 If I warn the wicked, saying, 'You are under the penalty of death,' but you fail to deliver the warning, they will die in their sins. And I will hold you responsible, demanding your blood for theirs. 19 If you warn them and they keep on sinning and refuse to repent, they will die in their sins. But you will have saved your life because you did what you were told to do. 20 If good people turn bad and don't listen to my warning, they will die. If you did not warn them of the consequences, then they will die in their sins. Their previous good deeds won't help them, and I will hold you responsible, demanding your blood for theirs. 21 But if you warn them and they repent, they will live, and you will have saved your own life, too."

    God calls us to rebuke, judge and warn our brothers and sisters, to prevent them from falling into the fire... Are we our brother's keepers? According to the Word of God we are, and we MUST judge both ourselves and them... Excellent teaching, my brother.

    In Christ's love,
    Cheryl

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Hey Cheryl,

      Thanks for sharing these Ezek. passages. They are strong arguments for how important it is for us to hear the word of the Lord and bring it. It fascinates me that Paul when he is leaving Ephasis for the last time declare that he is free from the blood of all men (Acts 20:26) because he has fully declared to them the word of the Lord.

      Helps me see that the scripture you have outlined above is not some Old Testament bit of legalism, but actually played into Paul's preaching paradigm.

      Thanks as always for stopping by. Glad these messages bless you.

      Ben

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  2. Debbie

    I really was taught by these messages , Mr. Ben. I won't look at judging the same way now. I read in Psalm 141 recently, "Let the righteous strike me; It shall be a kindness. And let him reprove me; it shall be as excellent oil, let my head not refuse it." vs. 5
    I need to see righteous judgement like this, as a kindness.
    Thank you and God bless you!

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  3. jaels

    Okay, I'm stuck in the 2nd paragraph: "We let our brothers and sisters continue in a sin that will eventually damn their souls." I wonder if you could (or have) expound(ed) on what this sin is?

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    1. Ben Nelson

      i guess i am kind of walking i tight rope here - the edge between eternal salvation and something other - it that what has got you puzzling. perhaps i could have been more clear.

      What was in my heart is that without my brothers and sisters lovingly calling me to accountability at some level, - as they say - but for the grace of God there go I.

      All sin bears the fruit of death at some level, and left unchecked - could it not undermine my relationship with the Lord?

      This is one of those scripture tensions that i am unwilling to come down dogmatically on either side of (and believe my - i have been dogmatic on both side of this, and seen both side miss handled too)

      not much help for you on this one i am afraid

      thanks for asking though.

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  4. jaels

    It really was helpful, Ben--I agree that all sin bears the fruit of death at some level, and undermines our relationship with the Lord. My trepidation was that you were going toward a sin that nullifies our salvation--and my personal belief is, "once saved, always saved". Having settled that in my heart, I certainly don't want to allow anything to reduce the quality of my walk with Jesus--it's just too precious and necessary. So, I think we're good here.

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    1. Ben Nelson

      It is tricky territory. As i was just commenting on another blog in similar territory - Christianity is a relationship, not a "transaction" so while i agree that when Jesus breathed the breath of life into your unregenerate being and you have passed from death into life - He has taken up residence inside and made you a new creature - you can't scare Him out, but if you are not relating on an ongoing basis and just looking back at some deal you made at the front of a church- well - that's not really a relationship now is it?

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