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The Greatest trump card: “judge me not”


(All scriptures are King James translated, unless indicated otherwise).

I bet we have heard this familiar saying. “You cannot judge me, only God can”. Of course, this is true, but people mostly use it either in the wrong context or to defend irresponsible behaviour that does not glorify God. They do this to evade accountability from both God and their fellow brethren; they pull out the trump card “judge me not”.

Countless people when using this scripture quote Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” When you study the Greek word judge in Greek it is, krinō; it can mean many things. The Strong dictionary defines it as:

Properly to distinguish, that is, decide (mentally or judicially); by implication to try, condemn, punish: – avenge, conclude, condemn, damn, decree, determine, esteem, judge, go to (sue at the) law, ordain, call in question, sentence to, think.

In addition, the Thayers dictionary defines judging as:

1) To separate, put asunder, to pick out, select, choose

2) To approve, esteem, to prefer

3) To be of opinion, deem, think, to be of opinion

4) To determine, resolve, decree

5) To judge

5a) to pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong

5a1) to be judged, i.e. summoned to trial that one’s case may be examined and judgment passed upon it

5b) to pronounce judgment, to subject to censure.

By this definition, it seems that judging is not all bad. “Discern” and “judging” are used interchangeably in scriptures. We are told to discern a false prophet, which is the same as just judging false and true prophets of God, right, wrong, and soon.

So in Matthew 7:1; Jesus is talking about Christians condemning(sentencing them to damnation) other Christians, that is why in the following verses it says if your are to condemn anyone make sure you yourself is perfect. Moreover, we are not, the only one that is perfect is God, and that is why he is the perfect judge.

It can be annoying when you see a believer doing nonsense, i.e. getting drunk, and then coming to church on Sunday, then the following week getting drunk again. A continuous cycle of ungodliness, Galatians 5:21. So when you try point out, that what they are doing is not a good representation of Christ-likeness, they are quick to buss the line, “don’t judge me, it’s between me and God”, well of course it is between you and God, but the evidence of that special but personal relationship with our creator, is godliness, the fruits we bear. Matthew 7:16-20: “¹⁶Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?¹⁷Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  ¹⁸A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. ¹⁹Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. ²⁰Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” If someone came to you and told you that, they are a vegetarian but you see them constantly eating meat, is it not their actions contradicting their words. Your words proclaim but your actions confirm. Therefore, your actions and conduct prove what you speak. If they do not, then you are HYPOCRITE. So likewise if your claim to be a Christian, the fruit (evidence) you bear (Galatians 5:22-25) should be evident in our lives. If we bear those fruits, we are walking in the Spirit; if we do not walk in the Spirit then we are walking in the flesh and we will not inherit the kingdom of God. STANDARD! No minced words here.

Matthew 7:21-23: ²¹Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.²²Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? ²³And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

True believers in Christ rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, by which they have been born-again and made new creatures. By the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, their lives are changed. Nevertheless, the evidence of all these happenings are marked by conformity to the will of God and producing ongoing Godly fruits. They continue in God’s word, while fruit remains which brings glory to Christ.  John 8:31: Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

A very great video to watch by Paul  washer, “Lord Lord? I never knew you!

So what Is my point I hear you ask, my point is that I want us as Christian brethren to not refrain rebuking a brother in love, Matthew 17:3: “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.” We have to keep each other accountable. Answers definition of accountability is the state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; the obligation to bear the consequences.

Therefore, as Christians we should all be accountable first and foremost to God, Romans 14:12. However, allow yourselves to have a trustworthy accountable partner, where you can give account on your weekly, monthly, yearly lives and so on. This is responsibility to one-self and to others.

1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” We need to be open to each other and not be afraid to speak the truth in love. Proverbs 27:5: open rebuke is better than love concealed. If you do not tell your brother or sister, you are not loving your brother or sister.

To those that are quick to use the do not judge me trump card, think before you say those three silly words, meditate on this. Proverbs 12:1: “Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.” In addition, Ecclesiastes 7:5: “It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.” Both these proverbs are warning believers that if someone is instructed in love and by a believer that is a true Christian, take their instruction and pray to God and see if there is anything that you need to change in your lives.

Of course there are many times when so called believers are quick to judge(condemn), but in these situations, the condemned should just trust that in Christ there is now no condemnation for those who love Jesus(Romans 8:1), as Christ took our condemnation.

I hope this helped both those that are accused of judging and those that feel like they are being judged. This is to equip us with the right mindset towards judging and accountability.

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  1. March 23, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Only if others thought this way. I believe that the churches have been greatly diminished in doctrine and truth of the law of righteousness and of the aspect of faithful living. This is a revelation Which God has revealed. Stay humble and remember Proverbs 2:10-12

  2. March 25, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Just added you to my blogroll…….

  3. March 25, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    This kind of thing happens because we don’t know one another. In a more intimate setting where the saints participate in one another’s lives, a person pretending to be holy would have a more difficult time of it. Jesus said that those who practice unrighteousness don’t come to the light lest their deeds should be revealed. (Jn 3) However, in our churches today it’s easy to slip in, hear the sermon, put a dollar in the plate, and leave. If you’re participating in one another’s lives and all ministering Jesus to one another, that becomes more difficult. It also becomes more destructive to others in the body, so that it is obviously their business how you live your life.

    Great post–keep it up. 🙂

  4. March 26, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Excellent!
    True post.
    Thank you, and The Lord bless your going out!
    Richard

  5. Ken Thomas
    March 26, 2010 at 10:20 am

    So in Matthew 7:1; Jesus is talking about Christians condemning(sentencing them to damnation) other Christians,

    Jesus was not addressing Christians at all. This was addressed to non-Christians.

    The Bible has a very different message for me.. as a true Christian. Look it up: Judge right judgement.

    I do!

    • March 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm

      sory, erm i think he was darling, he was talking to his followers. erm i do not understand your point, be more clear. please and justify your answer with scriptures. if you agree with judging/discerning with Godly intentions, were on the same path.

  6. Lady Excellence
    March 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I love this blog post. very true and needed at a time as this.

  7. Michael
    March 26, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    This is beautiful and has really opened my mind to this aspect of my walk with God. I particularly loved: “open rebuke is better than love concealed. If you do not tell your brother or sister, you are not loving your brother or sister.” Keep up the good work and may God continue blessing you 🙂

  8. March 28, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Good evening. This is a much needed look into the topic of discernment. Hebrews 5:14 is an admonishment for the saints to have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” This isn’t judgment; it’s merely clearly understanding the whole of a situation and relaying the findings. A person who is walking close to the Lord will be appreciative when something is called out. Thanks for pointing this out.

    I’m looking forward to visting here in the future. Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

  9. March 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Great! I loved this especially the vegetarian eating meat part. We as Christians need to worship God in spirit and truth! I’m going to twit this article on twitter http://twitter.com/dailyrhema
    God bless

  10. Mart
    March 31, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Just saw you spammed Stuff Christian Culture Likes with your blog. Just thought I’d spam theirs back to yours. That blog is far more entertaining and filled with God’s spirit.

    http://blog.beliefnet.com/stuffchristianculturelikes

  11. March 31, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Well I must tell you that I judge your interpretation of scripture as typical conservative religious logic, which Jesus openly condemned…

    Jesus taught something totally different than what the modern evangelical Church believes. But because people spend more time listening to pastors than listening to the Holy Spirit, they are brainwashed from a young age.

    I was raised conservative christian, and through visions such as the Apostle Paul and Peter had, I have come to know the true heart of the Father…

    Check out my blog http:seer7.wordpress.com/

  12. flo
    April 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you for doin this blog n keep writing- god bless u both n keep representing God, Christ n da Holy Spirit.

  13. April 3, 2010 at 4:23 am

    In the context of this statement, Jesus is also delivering a warning against hypocrisy.

    For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5You 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.

    But the point that this passage has nothing to do with being a trump card to “Justify” any sort of behavior, is indeed correct.

  14. salome
    May 16, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Love it! So true

  1. April 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm

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