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Who Are You To Judge?


Without a doubt, the most common complaint or accusation we hear from skeptics is that we are “judging” and that as Christians, more the reason we shouldn’t be doing it.  The two ironies that are somewhat humorous at times are the fact that the very skeptics that vehemently accuse us of “judging” commit the very same act as they hurl insults and names at us in their emails and guestbook posts as “hateful”, "hypocrites", “unloving” and the list goes on. Sadly, adjectives of a profane and vulgar manner are often used.  The most grieving side of this is when “professing” Christians use the very same adjectives.  The second irony is I find that many of these very same skeptics attempt to quote scripture to support their reasons for claiming that we, as Christians, are not to “judge”.

What is Fight the Good Fight’s position on “judging” you ask?  Well allow me to answer by addressing the very scriptures that the skeptic commonly uses when writing us.  Perhaps you’re familiar with them…

John 8:7
"He who is without sin among you, let him {be the} first to throw a stone"

Matthew 7:1
"Do not judge"

Well here we have two scriptures that seem to be quite direct.  In fact, Jesus Himself made each statement!  They seem to be saying exactly what the skeptic is trying to tell us however there is one problem.  These scriptures have been isolated from the context in which they were said, thus made to seem as though no one should in fact judge.  Unfortunately, many are under the impression that the bible teaches Christians are not to judge.  In fact, try this – select a handful of people you know, both Christian and not, and ask them “Any idea what the bible teaches about judging – are we allowed to judge people?”  I wouldn’t be surprised if the overwhelming answer would be something like “the bible says ‘do not judge’”.  Again, these isolated and truncated scriptures reveal nothing of the true context in which they were spoken.

Let’s first deal with John 8:7.  Recently we received an email sent to the webmaster email address, which consisted of no subject and when I opened it all that was written was…

“Ya Right! Ye who are without sin cast the first stone!”

It was quite clear to me that this person had a problem with us exposing the many artists listed on this website.  I can understand, that without a proper understanding of John 8:7, how a person can feel this way.  So let’s examine the verse closely and see what Jesus really has to say about judging…

John 8:3-7
3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center {of the court,}
4 they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act
5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?"
6 They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.
7 But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him {be the} first to throw a stone at her
."

A couple of things to notice are…

How strange that these Pharisees brought only the woman to Jesus – after all they did say they caught her in the very act of adultery – the law of Moses required that both the man and the woman were to be stoned to death – here Jesus is confronted by men having an agenda to simply test Jesus. Keep in mind these are the same group of people (Pharisees) that later plotted to kill Jesus for raising a man from the dead – so are they to be trusted? Imagine if Jesus took their word, which wasn’t worth much, and said stone her – he would have not followed the law of Moses correctly as the man involved should also be brought forward for death. So knowing these men were out to trick Jesus and seeing that they weren’t following the law of Moses correctly – how could he condemn her.

Notice that Jesus reveals to them that He knows they’re up to no good! They are in sin as well (by only bringing the woman and trying to test Jesus). So notice that He does not say don’t stone her or don’t judge her, he basically says go ahead -BUT the one that is going about this without sin (not in a sinful way/having no other agenda but justice) can be the first one to cast a stone.

You see, Christians ARE to judge, the key is that judging is to done in a righteous manner – with all fairness. In fact, notice what Jesus says directly on the issue of judging…

John 7:24
"Do not judge according to appearance, BUT JUDGE WITH RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT."

If only John 7:24 would be the bible verse most remembered when it comes to the issue of judging. It would definitely reduce the number of skeptical comments we receive. As for righteous judgment, please know the judgments made here are done in sincere love and concern for those deceived by Satan’s deceptive devices. We at Fight the Good Fight Ministries research, with great diligence, every quote found on our site and video expose. In fact, in our video, They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll, you will find the majority of the quotes which are used to substantiate the artists’ involvement in the occult, etc. come from the artists’ own mouths as we provide, in their proper context, audio and video taped interviews, etc. In fact, these artists do not deny the quotes or their context, which we use to expose them. We are a responsible ministry that gives serious consideration to the consequences of slandering an artist, thus we investigate and research everything ourselves.

Now let’s address Matthew 7:1, the scripture that records Jesus specifically saying “Do not judge. Matthew 7:1 is probably the one scripture that is most often misquoted, truncated and taken out of context in an attempt to tell Christians to stop "judging".

To grasp the true context, let’s take a closer look at Matthew 7:1-5…

Matthew 7:1-5
1 "Do not judge so that you will not be judged.
2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
3 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?
4 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?
5 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
."

If you have never read past verse 1, then perhaps you are seeing the true meaning of this verse for the first time. Notice that Jesus did NOT ever say, don’t judge – period. He exhorts us to judge with righteous judgment in John 7:24 and here in Matthew 7:1-5 He says first be sure you’re right with God before pointing out someone else’s sin, thus granting the right to judge.

The correct understanding of Matthew 7:1 is that simple! Verse 5 clarifies and exposes the skeptic’s erroneous understanding of “Do not judge”, by giving the green light, if you will, to judge so as long as it is not done in a hypocritical manner.

Notice here what Jesus says…

Matthew 7:15-16
"Beware the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ravenous wolves, you will know them by their fruits…”

Here Jesus Himself is making a judgment of someone then expresses that we will need to make judgments ourselves.

The bottom line is that we, as Christians, are expected to exercise discernment and righteously judge. Now you might be asking why is it that we take the liberty to post the “artists’” names, pictures and details of their religious practices, teachings, lifestyles etc. – the answer, again, is we are simply holding to the commands and guidelines of God’s word…

Ephesians 5:11
Have nothing to do with fruitless deeds of darkness but RATHER EXPOSE THEM.

By Steve Aguilar – Fight the Good Fight Ministries

 

"For there is some danger of falling into a soft and effeminate Christianity, under the plea of a lofty and ethereal theology. Christianity was born for endurance; not an exotic, but a hardy plant, braced by the keen wind; not languid, nor childish, nor cowardly. It walks with strong step and erect frame; it is kindly, but firm; it is gentle, but honest; it is calm, but not facile; obliging, but not imbecile; decided, but not churlish. It does not fear to speak the stern word of condemnation against error, nor to raise its voice against surrounding evils, under the pretext it is not of this world; it does not shrink from giving honest reproof, lest it come under the charge of displaying an unchristian spirit. It calls sin sin, on whomsoever it is found, and would rather risk the accusation of being actuated by a bad spirit than not discharge an explicit duty. Let us not. misjudge strong words used in honest controversy. Out of the heat, a viper may come forth but we shake it off and feel no harm. The religion of both Old and New Testaments is markd by fervent outspoken testimonies against evil. To speak smooth things in such a case may be sentimentalism, but it is not Christianity. It is a betrayal of the cause of truth and righteousness. If anyone should be frank, manly, honest, cheerful (I do not say blunt or rude, for a Christian must be courteous and polite); it is he who has tasted that the Lord is gracious, and is looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God I know that charity covereth a multitude of sins; but it does not call evil good, because a good man has done it; it does not excuse inconsistencies, because the inconsistent brother has a high name and a fervent spirit; crookedness and worldliness are still crookedness and worldliness, though exhibited in one who seems to have reached no common height of attainment." – HORATIUS BONAR (1808-89)

 

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Comments on: "Who Are You To Judge?" (21)

  1. "many are under the impression that the bible teaches Christians are not to judge" Didnt you yourself just pass judgement ? No man will live without sin ,No man can ..Logically Mat 5:28… Then again The bible (to me) ..Is another useless text like Algebra 12 ..Just My Opinion .. Cant Crucify me for my opinion ..

  2. *** Oh God ..Forgive me !!*** There im forgiven , by your faith so there shouldnt be any reprocussion ..Otherwise your god would see it as an act of revenge ..Toodles

  3. Brother to None "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.if you dont want to be judge then you should not judge, if you want to be judge, go ahead and judge others. Matthew 7:1-2 which is basically what you did here. matthew 5:28 is stating that you shouldnt look at women lustfully,(desires to have sex with them) there your judging them by looks, the judgment Gerry is talking about is sins. so dont judge people by their sins if you havent look at your own sins first. is basically what Matthew 7:3-4 is stating.i\’m sorry for your sins, and the way you live for the world, instead of through Jesus CHrist

  4. If people don\’t know who God is, they won\’t understand His judgement. We live in a politically-correct society that believes that life should be fair. And even those that can come to grips with the reality that it\’s not, are still at a loss, because they don\’t have God to anchor themselves to, and as a result, they anchor themselves to their own, or a learned from man sense of justice. Since we as human beings are not perfect, they have anchored themselves against something that will inevitably fail them. And even those who have had an encounter with God, can be satisfied with that encounter, and live out the rest of their life assuming they know God, and not strive for the next encounter. Self-based interpretation of the scripture, accompanied with a self-based relationship with God, will deny truth of God that contradicts self. Worse yet, they will teach others how to serve God based on self. Isaiah 32:6For the fool speaks folly and his mind plans iniquity: practicing profane ungodliness and speaking error concerning the Lord, leaving the craving of the hungry unsatisfied and causing the drink of the thirsty to fail. Sadly, these "ministries" have been prophecied, and we must "suffer it to be so that the scriptures might be fulfilled". Once the warning of the inevitable judgement of God has been given, it\’s better that they had not known the truth, that to have known the truth and turn back. 2 Thessalonians 2:10-1210And by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition) because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved. 11Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false, 12In order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe in [who refused to adhere to, trust in, and rely on] the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness.*NOTE: It says GOD makes them believe what is false. Just as GOD hardened Pharoah\’s heart. This is a scary place to be.Jason

  5. The-Country-Cowboy said:

    Right on!

  6. Quick, Gerry, without using a dictionary: What does "truncated" mean?And Jason, it\’s interesting that mere man is not allowed to interpret the Scriptures, according to you: "Self-based interpretation of the scripture, accompanied with a self-based relationship with God, will deny truth of God that contradicts self. Worse yet, they will teach others how to serve God based on self."Yet Gerry\’s ENTIRE post was taken from something written by Steve Aguilar, and something else from Horatio Bonar. Who are they? Did God hand-pick them exclusively to interpret the Bible? Because yet again, we see the argument of "Do as I say, not as I do."Help me, here.

  7. kay,Wow. Did you try to understand what was written or are we just being contrary for the sake of being contrary. "Self-based" means we make God serve our needs and our desires vs us serving God\’s desires and God\’s wants. It\’s selfish christianity vs sacrifical christianity. A classic example is the self-serving christian\’s favorite scripture:Psalms 37:4Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart."Self-based" people think this means God will be their genie and make all their wishes come true. Wrong! This means God will put His desires into your heart. Meaning you will desire what God desires. But it will cost you your own desires.Selfish vs Sacrifical. Not whatever point it is you\’re trying to make.JasonPS: I\’m still waiting on those examples 😉

  8. kayAgain you expose yourself as having little or no understanding of God and how He works through His Holy Spirit. What I put on my space is what God wants, not what I want, but of course since you have no relationship with Him you just don\’t get it. I know who\’s spirit control\’s you and it is not God\’s.The bible tells me that I should mark those who cause divisions in the body of Christ. I have taken notice of the comments you have been making on some of my brother\’s and sister\’s spaces as well as others.Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. Romans 16:17As well did you know the bible talks about you?3Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. 4For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. 16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. Jude 1

  9. i dont care. where is the love here? all i see is petty arguments, "i\’m right, your wrong." and im kinda disappointed. I\’m not saying a whole "if I was Jesus…" sort of thing, but if someone came up to me, trying to test what answer i would say to something, like, asking me what to do with an adulterous woman…i would forgive her. because Jesus said, basically, "sure, go ahead, but he without sin cast the first stone." knowing fully, and saying fully, that we ALL have sin, christians, and skeptics alike. threefore, we cant be without sin, or it\’s nature until we are in heaven with God. and since God Himself is perfect, and without sin…let him toss the rocks. oddly enough, ive seen a world without judgement, and i really like it, so i try to emulate a lack of judgment in all my dealings with all types of people from all walks of life, regardless of what sin they had commited. but honestly, i have very little faith you will listen to me as far as trying to prove me wrong. but hey, each one to his own. you carry on judging people, and i will carry on loving people.

  10. Smiles and nod\’s ,Ok sure

  11. I judge that this is a really cool entry.Awesome job yet again Gerry!

  12. gabbers_squirrel,the point was not to stay away from judging it was to realize that when we judge that as Christians we also will be judged and that it will be with righteousness and justice. If you stand at the sidelines and don\’t do anything God has already judged what will happen, you will be called luke warm and be spit out of His mouth. We as Christians are at a higher standard, and quite frankly I am not ashamed of that and if someone wants to think I am saying that I am above them then thanks, and I would love to bring you to this level as well. But if we don\’t show the world, or even the person next to us that they have sin in their lives then we aren\’t doing what God called us to do, which is to tell the world about Him and His love. How can we tell people of His love and forgiveness if they don\’t know they need to be forgiven? It\’s like putting a band aid on a 4 inch wound, it does nothing for the person. If your brother/sister was doing something that you had a problem with that went against everything that you knew to be right, would you speak up or would you tell them they were doing something wrong and shouldn\’t? If you speak up, then you are in judgement of them, but it is a righteous judgement and that is what we have been told to do, Gerry gave the verse, John 7:24.just something to think about.Bethany.

  13. Jason and Gerry, please introduce me to your personal friend "God." From the sounds of it, you two have an exclusive arrangement for personal interviews….I apologize for being snide, but it\’s clear whenever someone disagrees with your interpretations, they just don\’t "know God", like you two. How selfish, don\’t you think, to harbour God\’s personal message to man – to restrict discussion and say, "No – God\’s word is mine alone and you shall bend to it" Sounds like a couple of pharisees. In that end, interpreting that clause through tradition sureley works to promote judgement. But I believe, perhaps naively, that we\’re not here to judge. I know it\’s certainly not my job. I haven\’t given myself a badge.

  14. just to add to Gerry\’s first paragraph a verse. Galatians 6:7-8, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life."Bethany.

  15. Hi, GerryMy gut feeling is that most people misunderstand the difference between the two words we interpret in modern day language as judging. The first is to condemn, and literally to pass judgement upon people. The second is to utilize discernment, and with it comes a very powerful gift of the Holy Spirit, namely the discerning of spirits. The first is where many believers err, misunderstanding that the fruit that is from above is first of all pure, then loving, and full of grace. (This is a paraphrase, I am sure, but the basic idea is there.) As we have gone out of our way to pin point the nature of the beast we struggle with in this world, having our treasure stored in jars of clay, we constantly find ourselves at odds with the demons of relativism, both in the church, and in the world. But I believe that some of the struggle has worked its way into the flock, just as Scripture warned us it would. So we must not condemn the people of unbelief who walk as we once did, but love and admonish and exhort the body with a completely different set of rules. We cannot expect the Spirit filled life to mirror the ways of the world, and expect rejoicing in heaven to be the result. But humanism and relativism is alive and well in the pew and behind the pulpit in western culture. I guess my main point is for readers of this comment to understand that God\’s love is the source which brings light to those in darkness without Christ, and light to those in the body of Christ, via the discerning gifts of the Spirit. The light to the unbeliever often comes across as judgement. They should take into consideration that they would never say to the doctor "Who are you to judge my cancer?", while the doctor is attempting to save their life. Also, It is a fine line between passing judgement and discussing the use of spiritual discernment, and the way it is communicated is within the heart of the speaker. Sometimes even well meaning Christians come across as being judgemental within the Body, when all that is needed is loving gracious exhortation, and spiritual admonishment. But even some believers don\’t desire that form of intimacy. And if we find it difficult to show the fruit of the Spirit within the family, it is no wonder that we are not polished in how to deal with the lost. (This is not in reference to you or your space, friend.) But God is faithful to prepare the hearts of those he desires to bring to salvation. The best thing we can hope for is to not get in the way, when He wants to use us to do it.Philo

  16. Gerry,I guess you already know to whom you should accord no time for debate, given the content of the space (s)he runs. (Know to whom I am referring?) Some folks are just bent on controversy, for the sake of distracting the people of God from their work. Keep it up.Philo

  17. HydrovitaeI appreciate Jason\’s help as sometimes I don\’t have the answers. If you check around the net you will find we are not alone. The church became soft and luke warm in this century and it is moving back to what it is supposed to be. Sin is sin and you can\’t sugar coat it or give it a pretty name. It doesn\’t fool God. God is love but He is also righteous and holy and you will find we are tougher on those who say they are believers and yet do the opposite of the things God has asked them to do. As a matter of fact if I didn\’t have people criticising me I\’d be a little concerned. Wherever Jesus went, He stirred up controversy. He also said that because the world hated Him it would hate us.

  18. Gerry,You are using your space as a forum to promote a moral code for mankind. You are eloquent, intelligent, and persuasive, and I certainly have no problem with teachings beyond that of MuchMusic , commercials and videogames. However, scripture has been re-translated, given different different connotations, and, in the example above, been taken out of historical context. As a result, I think its only fair your site is faced certain questions. Your answers to mine have been well posed and articulate and I thank you for that. Certainly, I come across as sarcastic or snide sometimes, if only to make a point hit home. However, this is *not* about black vs. white, loving Christians or hating Christians. Simply, this is me, like everyone on your site, trying to understand the world around us.

  19. Hydrivitae,I am not trying to understand the world around me, I live in it, but I don\’t live for it. Neither does Gerry or Jason, we live for the Kingdom of God and it\’s future coming, that is what we are striving for, and will always put first before this world. It sounds closed minded, no doubt, especially to those who are still living for this world and not for the Kingdom of God. I am sorry, but only for those who wont be in Heave living in Eternity with Christ because they chose to live for this world and not His.Bethany.

  20. Hydrovitae,"Jason and Gerry, please introduce me to your personal friend "God." From the sounds of it, you two have an exclusive arrangement for personal interviews…."Introduce yourself. I\’m sure He can bump you up on the list.I cannot stress this enough. Without an actual encounter with God, reading your Bible, praying, trying to understand christianity is all POINTLESS. Even if you did decide to serve God based on the rationality of it all, your decision, though it would be somewhat blessed, would be an empty, baseless, frustrating existence."it\’s clear whenever someone disagrees with your interpretations, they just don\’t "know God", like you two. How selfish, don\’t you think, to harbour God\’s personal message to man – to restrict discussion and say, "No – God\’s word is mine alone and you shall bend to it" "Umm… can you provide a specific example to back up this accusation? The fact that one knows God, does not make them any better or any worse than anyone. But it is ESSENTIAL for one to walk with God. The simple fact that the idea is promoted contradicts your statement of "harboring". I would have that all would know their God, and all would seek Him, and be found of Him. But if a claim is made that is clearly devoid of Him, it must be brought to the light.Someone could write a book about you, describe you to the finest detail, and having read that book, I still could not safely say that I knew you, unless I actually knew you. If I really wanted to understand you, I would get to know you. And then, say I got to know you, and someone made a claim about you that wasn\’t true, especially if it was to your detriment, I would clearly stand for the truth about you, simply because of the fact that I know you. Even further, if the person claimed they knew you based on those claims, I would assure them that they did not.I say again: Know your God.Jason

  21. I am at a loss. You blog here about not passing judgement, however I have left you a comment previously.. which was congruent with your "guidelines\’, as is my blog. Simply because I do not follow your same path, I still extend the \’olive branch\’. You made a conscious choice to remove my previous comment, although it was nothing but respectful. It is not what you believe in life, but how you believe it!!!!To make a judgement simply because one is not as you feel a person should be is not right. I present at many community fundraisers and such. I help my neighboor, I do not cast stones. I am accepting of poeples journeys above all else. My path is guided by a simple verse, " harm none." I feel I walk with intregrity and honesty. I do not proffess that my belief is better( or less worthy for that matter) than anyone else. I \’accept\’ people where they are in time and space. I wish that others would do the same in this sometimes cold, cruel world. I believe the world would be a much better place.Cheers, Amethyst

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