Judge Not Scripture Out Of Context

"Judge Not" (Matthew 7:1) is one of the most misused and abused phrases in all of Scripture. This 1-minute devotion explains. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

People misuse Matthew 7:1 by taking it out of context...

"Judge not," found in Matthew 7:1, may be the most misused phrase in Scripture. An increasing number of people, including Christians, use it to rebuke people who advocate God's moral principles, especially those principles that oppose popular culture.

But Matthew 7:1-4 doesn't teach against judgment; it teaches against hypocritical judgment. Pulling the words "judge not" out of context distorts the meaning and contradicts the rest of Scripture.

God tells us to judge:
1. Bad companions - 1 Corinthians 15:33
2. False teachers - Matthew 7:15-20
3. Sin and unrepentant sinners - Ephesians 5:1-13; Matthew 18:15

God also tells church leaders to judge sinning members (1 Corinthians 5; Matthew 18:15-17).

We must judge ourselves and our motives first (Matthew 7:1-4), but when we have done that, it is God's will that we judge sin and sinners. Not only does it benefit the church, it rescues and restores the sinner (James 5:19-20 ; Matthew 18:15).

See also: Do Not Judge and The "J" Word.


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"Judge Not" (Matthew 7:1) is one of the most misused and abused phrases in all of Scripture. This 1-minute devotion explains. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible
 
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11 comments:

  1. Very true and wise words. Thanks for sharing this! It is often used as a cover for sin. Don't judge me! As if you are now the sinner for thinking they have sinned! Are we to turn a blind eye like the members of the church who overlooked the sin of the man having relations with the father's wife... I also don't want to be found condoning sin...

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  2. UGH! THANK YOU! This is one of those Scriptures, that when people pull it out and use it inappropriately I wanna cover my ears and yell. lol. I have been blessed with a dad, who when watching something of TV when a commentator tried to use it to his/her advantage, made sure he explained it to me, his daughter. It's usually quoted Incompletely and OUT OF CONTEXT!

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  3. Living 30 years w an emotionally abusive "husband" this was thrown at me from all sides when I finally sought help. It was a life changing epiphany when I finally saw this scripture in its true light. We are to rightly divide the Word, not just blindly let others TELL us what God is saying. Great article!

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  4. Hi Gail! I've included a link to this post in my recent article about the same subject. What a blessing! Marie

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  5. I disagree. Judgement and discernment are two different things. The Lord asks us not to judge because we cannot understand the motives behind people’s actions but if those actions are evil we are to shun them but that isn’t judgement of them or their actions...merely discerning right from wrong and either welcoming or rejecting it in our lives.

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    1. Hi Brae,
      That's a very popular belief, but it's not supported in Scripture.

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    2. I agree with you Gail! I used to think the same thing and had someone cause total chaos in my life. They said they were Christian - they were not, they were only there to cause trouble. We have to both judge and discern what is going on with people and situations.

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  6. Yes! We ARE to judge others, ESPECIALLY those not in line with God’s word! If we don’t, how will they know to repent of their ways, and come to Christ?!

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  7. Don’t forget that correction should occur “between you and him alone” - Matthew 18:15 ——- noticed that wasn’t mentioned above

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    1. Hi VYV,
      That is the first step described in Matthew 18:15, and it would apply in personal relationships as well. But if you continue reading in Matthew 18, you find that the next step is to involve others in the rebuke and the final step is public rebuke.

      See also Galatians 2:11-21 and 1 Timothy 5:20.

      So, it's safe to say that the first step in most situations is to privately rebuke a fellow believer, but public rebuke is also part of Scriptural principles.

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  8. IF you choose to correct sinners, don’t forget that God calls is to do that between you and the sinner alone. I noticed that wasn’t mentioned in your blog. That part is VERY important. Matthew 18:15 -

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