Judge not lest you be judged
Exactly who has the power to judge. Many in the Church are saying that the Bible said not to judge? In not judging other Christians, they say, make you obedience and sensitive to others who commit sin.
However, I find this to be a complete lie according to the word of God and a lack of false teaching by unlearned pastors that are leading those they are supposed to correct the wrong way.
In many black Churches especially, I hear quite often women and pastors who after knowing some one has lived a life contrary to the teaching of God the first thing they say is "who are we to judge". "We all have sin and come short to the glory of God" they say. ( Roman 3:23)
Man! This is some thing for practicing Christians, if this is what they are, to be saying. First of all, Roman 3:23 is meant to be used in this way. It mean that every man or woman born in this world is born in sin. It is not to be used along with "Judge not lest you be judged".
Now less take a look at where they got it all wrong and twisted. It come from MATTHEW 7:1-5: Let's read it first and then I will clear it up for you. It reads:
"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull the mote out of thine eye; and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother's eye."
What this is simply saying is that first clean up your life before you tell somebody about their faults. For example, if you do not willfully sin then you can tell some one else about their wrong. However, you cannot curse all the time, but tell some one else they need to stop taking drugs. You cannot tell some one to stop hating cause it's wrong when you beat your wife. You cannot tell some one they are a thief when you are a backbiter. All are really bad sins.
Some of us seem to think that a little sin is not as great as a big sin. In the eyes of God disobedience is disobedience. Being disrespectful to God is unwelcome by God. God hate a liar just as much as a murderer. So it's better to be rid of your sins before you attack some one else's sins. Then you can tell them whether they are right or wrong.
I find that most people who quote "judge not" are those who are not living right and is trying to cover their faults and get people off their trail. I haven't came across any one yet who's gone further than Matthew 7:15 to really no what the mission of the Church is.
Do the Church let anyone come in and do, say, and act any way they want to, in or out of Church, and say nothing to them? The answer is no. Then are the pastors and stewards of the Church suppose to judge what is in the Church. The answer is yes. Yes they are suppose to as representatives of God on earth. The Church is an example of Heaven. Will sin enter Heaven and live there? No! God wouldn't stand for it. So, neither should the Church.
Israel had judges. We have Judges over our courts. In every aspect of our lives we are being judged by someone whether in business or school or where ever. It's a part of life and order. The Church is no different. So why haven't the pastor cleared this up. We do judge things in the Church.
Now I will show you with facts that we as Christians do judge people of the Church. We find this in 1 Corinthians 5:11-13. It reads:
"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 idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person".
I do believe this say judge...... Now lets read some more. We find it in 1 Corinthians 6: 1-5: It reads:
Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints. 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?
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 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?
These two scriptures say to judge things in the Church. So when someone tell you they don't judge anybody, then you know that person is not a Christian. If they say "who are you to judge anybody? You tell them that you can judge because you do not sin willfully. That you are mindful of how God want you to conduct your life. That you are not perfect because as long as you are in this world you will be always subject to the sins of this world because it is all around us. That some time with out knowing it you will sin.
But the good part about it is that you are a Christian and and as soon as you realized you sinned, all you have to is to say. "Lord forgive me" and that's that. The Lord forgave you. A willful sinner will not ask this of God, though some would think they can. "For there is a sin unto death". Sins you are never aware of.
So, if you do not willfully sin then you can judge. As a matter of fact, when you tell that person he is wrong you just judged them rightfully. For they just lied on the Spirit of God.