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Do Not Ever Judge Anybody For Anything

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - Internet Church Of Christ - LoveAllPeople.org
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You are wrong yourself, in many things. Be sure of it, no matter how righteous you may think you are. Each person is responsible for his own life, and each person will be judged by God for his own actions. You may advise others. You may teach others. You may share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. But you may not judge them in any way for any thing. You may be a guide and an inspiration to them. But you may not be a judge.

God gives people what He wants them to have, even some evil desires and practices. God has His own reasons for everything He does, even if we do not always understand them. Our job is to love others, not to judge them.


          "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you
           pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be
           the measure you get." (Matthew 7:1-2 RSV)
          "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and
           you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be
           forgiven;" (Luke 6:37 RSV)
          "Therefore you have no excuse, O man, whoever you are, when
           you judge another; for in passing judgment upon him you
           condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the
           very same things." (Romans 2 RSV)
          "There is one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save
           and to destroy. But who are you that you judge your
           neighbor?" (James 4:12 RSV)
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        LUKE 18:9-14 (RSV)
       
                  The Pharisee And The Publican (Tax Collector)
       
        9
               He also told this parable to some who trusted in
               themselves that they were righteous and despised others:
        10
               "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee
               and the other a tax collector.
        11
               The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I
               thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners,
               unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
        12
               I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.'
        13
               But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even
               lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying,
               'God, be merciful to me a sinner!'
        14
               I tell you, this man went down to his house justified
               rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself
               will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be
               exalted."
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"What?" you may say. "Aren't we supposed to speak out about sin? Aren't we supposed to battle the forces of Satan and overcome the strongholds of the Enemy?"

"Yes," I reply. But we don't accomplish these things by passing judgment on other people. When we pass judgment on others, we ourselves are sinning because judgment belongs only to God, not to us. We overcome our Enemy not by judgment but by love. Judgment is itself a sin, just as great a sin as adultery or homosexuality or murder or thievery or any of the other sins we might accuse others of.

Jesus said clearly that we must not judge others. Paul and James affirmed the same idea, as shown above. How then do we feel we are being good Christians when we disobey the Lord by passing our own judgment on others, whom God may love even more than He loves us?

We are not authorized by God to judge others, only to love them. We are specifically forbidden to judge others, in at least five separate places in the Bible. It is absolutely clear, as clear as anything in the entire Bible: we must not judge other people. Period. Judgment belongs only to God, not to us.

May the Lord bless this presentation of His holy Word.

     Rev. Bill McGinnis  <><
     bmcgin@patriot.net
     

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     Rev. Bill McGinnis  <><
     bmcgin@patriot.net
     

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       Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - LoveAllPeople.org

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