Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5
This is one of the most misinterpreted scriptures in the Bible. Every sinner knows to shout, “Judge not.” Usually an unbeliever shouts a small part of this scripture at someone who is pointing out real sin.
Many Christians also misinterpret this scripture. They actually think that we should never judge anyone for anything ever. They equate this never passing judgment on anything or anyone with true love. Nonsense. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is not true Biblical love but the false love of the secular humanist and other God haters.
There are many cases where the Bible commands us to judge. Christians are commanded to judge and to judge other PEOPLE by what they SAY AND DO.
If you need proof of that start with the rest of Matthew 7. Matthew 7 does not mean that we should never judge anyone ever.
Matt.7:16-19 “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or grapes from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fit. ”
We are commanded to judge false prophets. How? We are to examine their fruit which is their lifestyles. We are to JUDGE these false prophets by what they say and do. That is the fruit.
This is only one place the Bible commands the Christian to not judge. There are many other passages. The following is another one.
2 Corinthians 6 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[a]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
We are commanded not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. How are we going to tell if a person is an unbeliever? By what they say and do. That means we must judge if this person we are going to be yoked together with in marriage or even in a close friendship is a believer or not.
The following passage is a third place Christians are to judge and to judge other people by what they say and do.
2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
How are we to know who to turn away from if we are not to judge?
1 Corinthians 5:11 is a fourth place where God tells the Christian that he or she must judge others by what they say and do.
1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
A fifth place where Christians are commanded to judge others people by what they say and do is 2 Thessalonians 3:6.
2 Thessalonians 3:6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us.
Again, the idea that a Christian should never judge anyone ever does not fit the Scriptures. The Christian must make a judgment to be able to identify the “disruptive” or the person who “does not live according to the teaching” of the Bible. This is just one more passage where the Christian is commanded to judge.
1 Timothy 6:3-5: 11 is a sixth place God commands the Christian to judge others by what they say and do.
1 Timothy 6:3-5: 11 These are the things you are to teach and insist on. 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. 11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
If you don’t judge, how are you going to know from whom to withdraw. Judgment is called for.
Here is yet a seventh place where the Bible tells Christians to JUDGE other people by what they say and do.
Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, WHICH ARE OUT OF PLACE, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure, or greedy person–such a man is an idolater- has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. THEREFORE DO NOT BE PARTNBERS WITH THEM.
Well . . . I am in keeping with God’s Word if I JUDGE an immoral or impure person not to be in the kingdom of God. In fact I must do this because I must not be a partner with such a person. Judgment is commanded here also.
As one preacher I have met on another place has written, “You cannot take one verse or one chapter out of the context of the entire Bible and build a doctrine around it. This foolishness of not judging is modernistic apostasy. It is direct contradiction of God’s clear instruction. ” “There is judgment that is wrong. Judgment based on philosophy, social pressures or personal preferences are wrong. But judgment based on clear Scriptural principles are not only right, they are commanded.”
When it comes to “Don’t ask; don’t’ tell” or homosexual “marriage” or other forms of sexual immorality, the Christian is not only perfectly correct is judging that to be sin that will damn an individual but destroy a nation. Look at the following passage.
Romans 1 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. In fact Christians and unbelievers alike are warned not to approve such wicked practices at all, Romans 1 not only specifically says that homosexuality and all sexual sins will send the person committing those sins to hell but also says that those who approve those things will also go to hell.
Judging? You bet. Correct judging by the standards of God.
Matthew 7 does warn against hypocritical judging or false judging. For example, if I JUDGE that someone is wrong because he or she is having sex with people to whom they are not married I would be right. The Bible says that screwing around with people to whom you are not married is a sin that will send you to hell. I am Biblically correct to tell people that very thing. UNLESS . . . I am screwing around myself or I am looking at porn or doing something else sexually immoral. That is the sin Matthew 7:1-5 is warning about.
What should one do? Notice what Matthew 7:1-5 says. How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Does it say never never judge? No. Not on your life. In fact it says, “first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Clean up your own life and then go warn the other person that he is in danger because of his sin.
I would amiss if I didn’t warn that we should be VERY careful, prayerfully careful, about judging anyone, but we must judge.
This idea that we should never judge anyone ever is lie based on the false teaching of secular humanism. Satan loves this lie. It has true Christians afraid to stand for the truth. It keeps true Christians from warning others of the dangers of hell. Cast out this false teaching and get into your Bible.
A Christian is indeed commanded to judge. We are commanded to judge people. How? By their actions. By what standards are we to judge? By the standards laid down in God’s Word.
Don’t be someone who foolishly shouts, ” Judge not,” just because you disagree with something someone said. Have good sound Bible reasons before you accuse someone of judging incorrectly. If you do not, then you are the person in the wrong.