3 Common Excuses That Are Not Biblical

3 Excuses for Not Judging Others - All of which Contradict Scripture
I hear it daily: "The Bible teaches us not to judge."

It’s not true, but it effectively confuses and silences Christians. 

Here are three reasons people claim we shouldn't judge:

1. Because we're all sinners.
True - we're all sinners, but Scripture only prohibits one type of sinner from judging: hypocritical sinners who refuse to deal honestly with their own sins.(1) 

2. Judging is God’s job, not ours.
God commands individuals and churches to judge sin and sinners for various reasons. If God says it's our job, it's our job.(2)

3. Judging is hateful.
When we judge as the Bible commands - speaking the truth in love and gentleness (Galatians 6:1; Ephesians 4:15), it is the most loving thing we can do.(3)

We lose our salt and hide our light when we refuse to judge and warn people as God commands (Matthew 5:13-15). 

Silence makes us popular with our culture, but not with God (Luke 9:26).

If you still feel it's not your place to judge others, at least be honest about it. You have no Biblical reason unless you're a hypocrite.

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Notes:
Please see the Misunderstandings About Judgement archive of 1-minute devotions
(1) Matthew 7:1-5 
(2) A variation of this argument is "Jesus didn't judge anyone, and neither should we." See "Did Jesus Come to Judge?" and these passages which command Christians to judge: 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15; Galatians 6:1;Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13. 
(3) This doesn't mean people will always respond in a positive way, but we still must be faithful to do what God commands us to do. 

I encourage you to do the Bite Size Bible Study on this devotion. Ezekiel 33:1-11 is especially pertinent to this subject.
 

3 comments:

  1. The scriptures given do not support the principles identified. We do not lose our saltiness because we refuse to judge but because we do not reflect and glorify Jesus. Our commission is to point to Jesus as Lord and Savior.The commandments are for the discipling of believers. We cannot judge the lost because scripture tells us they have no choice but to sin. Unless they are born again they do not have the power to resist sin. So any kind of judgment is only within the church. Those are the ones who can be “ judged” and restored.

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    1. Hi Angela,
      Let me address each of your points with Scriptures:
      Your words: “We do not lose our saltiness because we refuse to judge but because we do not reflect and glorify Jesus.”

      God’s Word:
      1. The context of these verses (Matthew 5:13-15), which you say do not apply:
      Matthew 5:11-12:
      “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

      If we reflect Christ, we will reflect His judgement of sin. People don’t rebuke and insult you if you approve of their sinful behavior.

      This is confirmed in Christ’s statement in John 3:20: “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.”

      And it is also confirmed in Christ’s rebuke of those who disbelieved Him: “The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil.” John 7:7

      In fact, Christ says that one sign of being a Christian is that the world will hate us:
      "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” John 15:18

      2. Your words: “Our commission is to point to Jesus as Lord and Savior.”

      We cannot point to Christ as Lord unless we talk about sin. The purpose of Christ coming was to save us from sin and change our sinful hearts. If someone accepts Christ without understanding their sin, they have not understood the Gospel.

      Luke 24: 45-47: Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 46And He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47and in His name repentance and forgiveness of sins will be proclaimed to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.…

      I encourage you to get a concordance and go through and see how often Christ said repent and be saved. Repent of what? Sin.

      3. Your words: “The commandments are for the discipling of believers.”

      Galatians 3:24: “Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.”

      It's pretty obvious that a person can't repent unless they understand that their behavior opposes God's commands.

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    2. 4. Your words: “We cannot judge the lost because scripture tells us they have no choice but to sin. Unless they are born again they do not have the power to resist sin. So any kind of judgment is only within the church. Those are the ones who can be “ judged” and restored.”

      It's true that we must have God's Spirit in order to love and obey Him, but the law and commands have a purpose in bringing us to that point as explained in the passage above.

      1 Corinthians 5:9-13 Talks about formal church judgement/punishments and it says that we are not supposed to bring these formal judgments against non-church members. But that has nothing to do with our need to judge sin and sinners outside the church for our own protection and to warn them of God’s coming wrath against them if they don’t repent. This can be done with love and grace, and it is commanded.

      1 Corinthians 15:33: Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."

      To accept this warning, we must judge our company and avoid those people who corrupt our character.

      Ephesians 5:5-13: For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
      8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.

      In addition, there are a number of Scriptures that tell us to judge false teachers and false teachings in and outside of the church. Colossians 2:8, the book of Jude, etc.

      We must know the full Gospel, and the full Gospel teaches us to judge in and outside the church. There are people who do this in rude and ungodly ways, and this causes some Christians to avoid all forms of judgement. But refusing to judge Biblically is no better than judging in ungodly ways. Both violate Scripture.

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