Biblical judgement is the opposite of worldly judgement. This judgement is based on what God says is right and wrong……and as His servants we take scripture into consideration and make a judgement/ choice based on the teachings of the bible.
This is where, we as saved servants of Christ, get our authority to make righteous judgements from….. thru God’s word/scripture….and it is based on God’s Moral Law…..
In scripture the Lord talks about 3 types of laws:
- Ceremonial Law
- Civil (Judicial) Law
- Moral Law
We no longer fall under the Ceremonial Law because Jesus became the sacrifice by His Grace…..Civil Law is the basis of human punishment based on certain Moral laws and is used to teach others that when they go against the Law they will be punished according to the crime or wrong committed…..while God’s Moral Laws are the way we should live as humans.
I would like to refer to this listing of morality and civil commandments by the Christian Assemblies International for more information: https://www.abc.net.au/reslib/201407/r1308729_17984331.pdf
“I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God thru Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but the flesh the law of sin.” Romans 7:21-25
This verse is talking about being moral and immoral…..about knowing the right way to live….but sometimes yielding to sinfulness (immorality)…..
You can plainly see why Jesus’s love and the Grace of God is the only thing that can and will keep us from the bowels of Hell…..and why we can do nothing ourselves to have eternity with the Holy God except thru accepting Jesus Christ as Savior.
“For the law of the Spirit (righteousness) of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
Biblical Judgement/ Authority
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14
How are we to teach others that they need Christ? How are we to tell others that Christ died for their sins, if we don’t first tell them what Sin is….and if we can’t even tell someone that they are in fact a sinner or sinning because we are not to judge their actions, words or the way they live as they say….then how can we ever teach them the mercy and love of Christ?
“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” Proverbs 29:15
I cannot tell you have many times thru out my life people have thrown out, (from all walks of life including saved Christians), the argument and statement of, “ Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Matthew 7:1. Yet, they all, every one of them, seem to forget the other verses or even the context of this one.
People have used this verse as an excuse and a means to get away with sinning, and leading a sinful life. When Christians make this verse a proclamation, for me, it is showing their lack of respect and understanding of the Lord’s word and, in fact, are aiding in the problems of unbelievers in the world because they are telling them that no one has the right to judge their actions, words or the way they live….
The majority of people in the world today always claim that no one has the right to judge them but God….but do they understand what Judgement is? Many saved Christians are also of the mind that we as Christians have no right to judge other people actions or their lives…..but is this correct?
Definition of Judgment
“the ability to make considered decisions/choices or come to sensible/logical conclusions; a misfortune or calamity viewed as a divine punishment; forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing; a divine sentence or decision; a proposition stating something believed or asserted; an act or instance of judging; the ability form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, especially in matters affecting action, good sense, discretion; the forming of an opinion, estimate, notion, or conclusion”
“Wisdom and prudence, enabling a person to discern right and wrong, good and evil; a remarkable punishment; an extraordinary calamity inflicted by God on sinners; The righteous statutes and commandments of God. The final trial of humans, when God will decided the eternal sentence/ fate of every individual (Heaven or Hell)”
If we are not to judge anyone for anything, what is the purpose of law at all? What is the purpose of rules? What is the purpose of commandments? What is the purpose of right and wrong? Good or bad? Most importantly, what is the purpose of righteousness?
It is understanding biblical judgement that you can begin to understand the differences of righteous and unrighteous Judgement.
Saved believers have fell into the trap of feeling guilt for trying to tell others they are doing or are in the wrong. I have fell into this trap as well when I was still new in Christ, as time has gone by…I started to realize…what we as Saved Christians have allowed Satan and his demons to do….and yes God allowed it as well because He has His purpose for all of this.
“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgement 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 out 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 out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Matthew 1-5
There is a saying, “Do as I say and not as I do,” this is what this verse is really saying….first you need to start straightening your own life out…..
“An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law. Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? Thou that preaches a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? Thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?” Romans 2:23
We all, thru the sins we commit, dishonor God……however, I must emphasize that this is not to say that you being weak in sin and because you know what it does to your life, you try to warn others not to get caught up with such things…..because in fact you begin to learn that you need to change your own life to help yourself grow as well as to help others to see……and in teaching/showing others, you begin to honor your Father in heaven…..
“Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” Matthew 23:28
How likely is it for the other person to listen or want to listen because they see you as a hypocrite. (and we have all been hypocrites at one time or another, every human being has and some still are)
You need to know and understand what you are judging and how you are judging. The world makes claim we as saved believers in Christ have no right to judge another person’s sin because we ourselves are imperfect and mayhap even at one time did the same sin or still do….so we then start feeling guilty and stop telling others they are sinning or in the wrong…because they must be right…we have no right to judge or advise them that their actions will lead to trials, tribulation, or chastisement……or even the worst judgement of all…….an eternity in Hell.
The question then becomes; why did God give us the precepts and His standards of morality, and righteousness if we are never to correct or teach His moral law?
The answer: so that we as humans would know to teach according to His statutes and not our own. We should always fall back on scripture for this guidance of what we should and shouldn’t do…..what we should and should not approve of…and what we should and should not tolerate….
I find it extremely ironic that people who tell others they have no right to judge their words or actions are in turn judging those that are trying to teach others the right way to live……we all judge people every moment of everyday…we have just started using other words for it.
“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgement.” John 7:24
A lot of people tend to forget this verse… Jesus said himself that his servants should judge righteously….so He expects His children to be able to discern and judge according to the righteousness of God…..
If you are living for the world and being of the world…..then you will be judged by the world’s standards…..therefore, if you are living in sin or you commit a sin….the world will not tell you to stop….the world will tell you to do more…..because the judgements of humans are different from the judgements of God.
“Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.” Proverbs 4:13-15
Disappointment/ Teaching/ Condemnation
Definition of Disappointment
“sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hope or expectations.”
If God can feel disappointment with us…..do we then not have the right to be disappointed in our friends and loved ones when they sin, or commit a wrong, or say something that is not of God? If God Chastises us, do we in turn have no right to chastise another person? In fact sometimes that is how God does chastise His children, is thru others….
If we do not feel disappointed in other people’s choices….then how can we teach them they have done or are doing something they shouldn’t?
Definition of Teaching
“engagement with learners to enable their understanding and application of knowledge, concepts, and processes.”
If God teaches us, shouldn’t we in turn teach others? If we never teach others of God’s wants, and God’s righteousness….then what is our purpose as a servant? What is the purpose of our being here after we get saved?
Our sole purpose is to teach the Word of God and that includes ALL of God’s word; the good, the bad…..judgement and condemnation…….
Definition of Condemn
“express complete disapproval of, typically in public; censure; sentence someone to certain punishment or death….to pass judgement against.”
There is a difference in condemning the sin and condemning the person. This is where there is so much confusion it really amazes me how many people lack the understanding between the 2…..
We as saved believers have no right to judge a person’s salvation, we cannot judge their spirit and soul……but we do have the right to judge their actions, we do have the right to judge their words, we are given that right by God, because we know what is right and what is good, we have the right but also the obligation as Christs’ to teach others that they are in the wrong, that they are doing wrong and to condemn, disapprove, and not tolerate certain sinfulness.
The sin doesn’t make the person….the choice makes the sin….
People in this world today are afraid of the condemnation that comes from the statutes of God in scripture that they in turn have condemned His servants for their biblical authority to judge them by saying there is no God…..there is no Hell….God is Love…..we will go to heaven no matter what….and therefore all those who believe in no condemnation of any sin, wrong, or unrighteousness will face the greatest condemnation of God, and that is death (Hell)
“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgement; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11
The Obligation of the Saved
“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgement is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” John 5:30
In order to judge righteously….we must do the will of our Father and not our own….the only way to do that is per scripture of what God states is right and wrong.
People are always saying we should be more Christlike….I agree….how many though are being Christlike by following the Christ above?
If we see believers or non-believers doing or saying something that is incorrect or wrong according to scripture especially, are we not to take them aside and tell them they shouldn’t do or say such things?
“Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.” Ezekiel 3:21
If we as servants of the Living God are not allowed to correct and teach others according to the standards of the righteous God…..then how can we ever teach them about what is expected of a human being or expect them to know Jesus Christ at all?
(I also must make a point, that just because someone is saved or, claims to be a Christian, does not mean we just ignore what they say and do if it goes against what God says is clearly wrong and sinful.)
Our goal as servants of God should be projecting Christ to the world……how do we project Christ today? How do you project Christ in your life to others?
As we see today….because we have allowed the world to dictate our judgements instead of looking at God judgements……we now see immorality replacing morality……in essence we are seeing worldly judgements overriding biblical judgements in our societies…..
“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.” 2 Peter 3:17
If we do not teach, rebuke, and chastise people regarding what is right and wrong, what is sinful and what isn’t; people begin to not care, know, or even fully understand the consequences of their actions. As the consequences today have become inconsequential to people…….due to unbelief, fear, and love of God.
Just because we are imperfect…..does not mean we cannot judge the imperfections of the world…..because we know what is perfect in Christ….and that is how we judge the imperfections of our lives, our societies, our laws, our morals……our actions……and our sins……
How can we as saved believers be the light in the darkness if we can never shine? It is teaching others what is right and what is wrong….it is teaching sin and judgement…..it is teaching Christ and what He did on that cross……if our light is dimmed because we are told we have no right to teach….to judge…..then the darkness hides our light and it cannot shine to show others the true love of Christ…..
“The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgement.” Psalms 37:30
The only way to shine the light of Christ is to preach God’s word….to teach God’s statutes….to teach Gods Love….to teach God’s forgiveness……to teach His Grace and Mercy…..but we cannot do that if we cannot, and do not, judge the world and the lives therein by His righteousness…..
“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18
To be Continued….