Judge Not?

Matthew 7:1 NASB … Do not judge so that you will not be judged.

This verse is often quoted when questions arise about exposing error, false teaching or false teachers. Does this really mean NEVER judge, NEVER expose error, NEVER refute error publicly? What does this verse really mean?

Lets look at some more of Matthew 7.

Matthew 7:2-5 NASB
For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

V5 is interesting – how can you see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye if you don’t judge first yourself and then your brother?

Isn’t this really saying don’t judge as a hypocrite? Isn’t the point of the statement “do not judge so that you will not be judged” that the standards we apply to others, should also apply to ourselves?

V5 gives us a clue on who we are to be “judging”  – our brother(or sister) or those who say they are our brother(or sister).

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 NASB
I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10 I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.

Paul here is saying that you are to judge your brother(or sister), those within the “church” or those who say they are within the “body”.  It’s interesting to note that in this whole passage Paul confronts sexual sin publicly here because it affects the whole church  -1 Cor 5:1-13

Judge not to condemn ==> but to restore.

Judge righteously through the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 6:1 AMP … Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.

John 7:24 AMP … [Jesus also says]Be honest in your judgment and do not decide at a glance (superficially and by appearances); but judge fairly and righteously.
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Related:
Matthew 18 Used to Silence Contenders
John 8: Jesus as Judge

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3 Responses to “Judge Not?”

  1. khollandsblog Says:

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  2. khollandsblog Says:

    Jn 7:24 – judge righteously here is not optional – it’s a command! AND there are consequences to not following this command.

    1 – they won’t be able to discern good and evil — discern here means: a distinguishing, discerning, judging

    2 – as a result they know no peace

    3 – evil flourishes

    Hebrews 5:11-14 NASB
    11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

    Isaiah 59:8 KJV
    8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

  3. khollandsblog Says:

    Twisted Scripture Refuted

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