4 Times Christians Should Judge

Despite the popular "Judge Not" belief, there are 4 times when Christians should judge.

It's never popular to use the "J" word. 

Even non-Christians like reciting "Judge not!" 

But there are 4 times to judge:

1. Personal examination: 
"Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves" (2 Corinthians 13:5). 

2. Helping deceived Christians:
"If someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently" (Galatians 6:1).

3. Judging false teachers and false beliefs: 
"Watch out for false prophets ... A good tree cannot bear bad fruit...Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them" (Matthew 7:15-20). 

4. Exposing evil:
"Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them" (Ephesians 5:8-17). 

Let's avoid hypocritical judgment, but embrace biblical judgment which gives us discernment, protects us from error, and qualifies us to help others.


For a thorough list of Scriptures about biblical judgment, please see How, Who, and What to Judge According to Scripture.

To fill in some details about when and how to judge, check out my Bite Size Bible Study HERE


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Despite the popular "Judge Not" belief, there are 4 times when Christians should judge.

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  1. Your points are well taken that there are times when we can and should Judge with discernment. Bringing about righteousness - -
    The criticizing type of Judgment is not what we should be doing.

    1. Yes, Hazel. When we judge for no purpose except to criticize or gossip, we are not judging Biblically.
      thanks for stopping by.

    2. We christians are good putting everything in one box. Music is one of them. Not all music we are listening is evil. I can even tell you that if i listen to a love song i can hear God speaking to me. And its not even a Christian song.

  2. Gail, I'm so glad you left a comment on my blog. I wouldn't have seen this fantastic resource. I will be linking to you from my blog, The Inspired Day soon. Have a blessed day!

    1. Melanie,
      Thanks for the kind comments. And thanks for recommending BLN as a resource.
      Bless you,

  3. Amen, Amen, and Amen. Thank you for sharing this.


    1. Thanks, Katie, for chiming in with a confirming "Amen."
      Gail : )

  4. I appreciate you presenting times when judgment is the appropriate action.

  5. Why is it everytime you try to counsel someone on how to have a closer walk with God they immediately and wrongly quote about not judging? Great article. Thank you.

  6. I appreciate your comments about judging. Lots of people don't know when its appropriate.