Refusing to Judge – Judge Not!

Matthew 7:1-5 NASB 
1  Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 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.

My last post “Judge Not?” received some interesting replies. Seems many Christians{including Pastors} are very confused about how to respond when they see a brother or sister caught in sin. Notice how my last post did not have anything personal in it. Yet I still got a response to this post hanging on to the idea that we must never judge anyone for fear of being judged ourselves and  I was actually accused of being “judgmental” and/or “unloving” for even suggesting the idea that we do need to judge! So what are the consequences of refusing to judge? There are some serious consequences discussed below.

Summary of Refusing to Judge(apply God’s word)

  • A log remains in your eye causing you to see unclearly -Mt 7;3
  • You can not help your brother remove the speck from his eye  -Mt 7:3
  • Your hearing becomes dull -He 5:11
  • You do not mature -He 5:12
  • You need someone else to teach you basic principles in God’s word -He 5:12
  • You need some one else to help you discern good from evil -He 5:14
  • You will not know who or how to present God’s word -Mt 7:6
  • You are building on sand and in danger of being swept away -Mt 7:24-28

Let’s look at this, if you never judge yourself(apply the standard of God’s word to yourself), what is the result? => you can’t help your brother and a log remains in your eye causing you to see unclearly. How then will you have discernment(correct judgement about what is good or evil)? Discernment is something that comes by the “practice” of applying God’s word.

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.

From the above verses refusing to judge yourself(apply the standard of God’s word to yourself) causes your hearing to become dull, you do not mature and need someone else to help you discern good from evil.

Look at the very next verse of Matthew 7.

Matthew 7:6 NASB 
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

How will you recognize these “dogs” or “swine” without discernment(correct judgement about what is good or evil)? How will you know who to present God’s word to?

What are the “pearls” in this verse? Who are the swine?

From Gill’s commentary
“do not cast pearls before swine”, nor deliver wisdom to him, who knows not the excellency of it; for wisdom is better than pearls, and he that does not seek after it, is worse than a swine.”

Proverbs 9:7-9 NASB
7 He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself,
And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.
8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,
Reprove a wise man and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser,
Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.

Matthew 7:24-28 NIV
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

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2 Responses to “Refusing to Judge – Judge Not!”

  1. khollandsblog Says:

    It grieves me to see so many brothers and sisters – whole churches -swept away with this deception of JUDGE NOT!

    The consequences are serious – this is why I am so passionate about this subject!

    More:
    Jesus Came to Save NOT Judge!
    Twisted Scripture Refuted

  2. khollandsblog Says:

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    Serious consequences of #JudgeNot -Refusing to judge=>unclear sight&hearing-lack of discernment& inability to mature
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