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What does the BIBLE say about Judging Others
Judgment Begins at the House of God
(1 Peter 4:17-18(verse 17) For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?
(verse 18) And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?1 Peter 4 verses 17-18)
Is 'Judging' biblical? Here is why we judge the house of God Ezekiel 3:16-21(verse 16) And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
(verse 17) Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
(verse 18) When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
(verse 19) Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
(verse 20) Again, When a righteous [man] doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
(verse 21) 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 verses 16-21 and Ezekiel 33 warns us to be WATCHMAN
It is better to be divided by TRUTH, than to be united in error. It is better to speak the TRUTH that hurts and then heals, than to speak a lie that will comfort and then kill. It is better to be hated for telling the TRUTH, than to be loved for telling a lie. It is better to stand alone with the TRUTH, than to be wrong with a multitude. Better to ultimately die with the TRUTH, than to live with a lie. -Adrian Rogers, [Which sermon did this quote come from? If you can find it, email us!]-
Answering the Critics
Criticism: You're causing division in the church.
Answer: False doctrine causes division (Romans 16:17-18).
Criticism: Cannot deny signs and wonders.
Answer: Signs and wonders can be faked. They are lying signs and wonders (Matthew 24:24)
Criticism: We should just follow Gamaliel's advice (Acts 5:34-42).
Answer: 1. Gamaliel was not a believer, 2. False religions abound.
Criticism: Touch Not My Anointed! (Psalm 105:14-15)
Answer: Take Not Scripture Out of Context! "Anointed ones" refers to the patriarchs and their descendants, not today's modern preachers. The word "touch" actually refers to physical harm; NOT speaking what is true 1 Samuel 26:9, 11, 23). Three New Testament passages refer to all Christians as "anointed" 2 Corinthians 1:21, 1 John 2:20, 27).
Criticism: You're not loving.
Answer: The truth is love.
Criticism: Maybe they're wrong on a few things but they're so sincere!
Answer: Sincerity is not the issue - TRUTH is the issue!
-Justin Peters, Clouds without water False prophets-
Here are the reasons why we expose false teachers, false prophets, false doctrines and name names
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. John 7:24
But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
2 Timothy 2:23-26 (NKJV)
(verse 23) But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
(verse 24) And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient,
(verse 25) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
(verse 26) And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.2 Timothy 2 (KJV) verses 23-26
Why does the Bible say to judge in one verse and not to judge in another verse?
This is not about "liking" a person or not "liking" a person. Judging here is about judging the person's teaching and doctrine. How does it line up with the official Word of God.
The Bible is full of scriptures about judging and about exposing evil. There has been much misunderstanding about judging, and preachers are not preaching about it. Is the Bible contradicting? We read:
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 out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam [is] in thine 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