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    Who Are You To Judge?

    Probably the most well-known verse in the Bible (besides John 3:16) is Matthew 7:1. Even those who know little about the Bible have probably memorized this verse in which Jesus says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (ASV). This verse is the rallying cry for those people who are caught in a sin. They know that, with many Christians, all they have to do is to point to this verse and say, “You can’t judge me!” They take comfort in thinking, “Hey, I might be wrong, but if anyone says I’m wrong, they’re wrong, too!” -- thereby proving once again that misery loves company.

    There is a problem with believing that this verse says that Christians can’t judge. The problem is . . . it doesn’t say that. Here is another case of readers taking a verse out of context. What most people fail to do is to read the following four verses (Matthew 7:2-5) to gather the full meaning of Jesus’ statement. By reading all these verses together, we understand that the ones who shouldn’t judge are those whose vision is blocked by their own sin. Therefore if we are not willing to deal with sin in our own lives, then we should not judge. However, once we have dealt with the sin our lives, then we can see clearly to help others who have sin in their lives. And in order to help them we must first judge clearly whether or not they have sin in their lives.

    Later in the same passage (Matthew 7:15-21) Jesus tells us how we identify false teachers. We can do this by looking at their fruit or, in other words, “judge their works and their teachings”. Here we see that in the very same chapter in which many think Jesus is saying “don’t judge”, he commands us to judge!

    Jesus also commands his disciples to take the gospel to a lost world (Matthew 28:18-20). But how are Christians to know who is lost and who is not? In order to do this one must make a judgment. The way we can know is by looking into God’s word and applying what it says. God’s word is able to distinguish between the sinner and the saint. So the Christian is supposed to use God’s word to judge!

    In John 7:21-24, Jesus had an opportunity to show the Jews the importance of judging according to God’s word. The Jews believed that Jesus had sinned by healing a man on the Sabbath. Their belief was not based upon the word of God, but on what they believed to be right. Jesus shows them that, if they had understood the word of God correctly, they would have known that what he had done was authorized by God’s Law. Then Jesus said something in verse 24 that would have been absurd if it was wrong to judge sin: “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (ASV). Jesus doesn’t tell them not to judge. Instead he tells them to judge, but they must do so correctly. In context we can see that righteous judgment is any judgment that correctly uses God’s word as a standard.

    In I Corinthians 5 Paul rebukes the Christians in Corinth for not taking care of the sin in their midst. It seems that there was a Christian among them who was committing fornication, and the church was letting it go on unpunished. Paul tells them that they should have put this man out of their fellowship, and in verse 3 Paul says something that should alarm anyone who believes it is wrong for a Christian to judge. The inspired apostle says, “For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present” (NAS). -- What?! Paul judged someone? Yes, he did. He did so from the word of God. He did so righteously. In fact he goes on in verse 12 of the same chapter to tell the Corinthians that they are supposed to judge those in the church.

    So here we see six truths concerning judging:

    1. We are not to judge when we have unforgiven sin in our lives (Matthew 7:3-4).
    2. We are supposed to judge once the sin in our lives is taken care of (Matthew 7:5).
    3. We are to judge teachers by their works and teachings (Matthew 7:15-21).
    4. Christians must judge in order to carry out Christ’s command to take the word to those who are lost (Matthew 28:18-20).
    5. We are not to judge by mere appearance, but with a righteous judgment (one that uses Gods word as a standard.) (John 7:21-24).
    6. Paul judged, and he told the church that they were supposed to judge those within the church (I Corinthians 5:1-13).

    Christians are to judge. But Christians must make sure that they do so in a way that is approved by God.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lannguyen View Post
    Who Are You To Judge?

    Probably the most well-known verse in the Bible (besides John 3:16) is Matthew 7:1. Even those who know little about the Bible have probably memorized this verse in which Jesus says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (ASV). This verse is the rallying cry for those people who are caught in a sin.
    You are misinterpreted the verse.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lannguyen View Post
    They know that, with many Christians, all they have to do is to point to this verse and say, “You can’t judge me!” They take comfort in thinking, “Hey, I might be wrong, but if anyone says I’m wrong, they’re wrong, too!” -- thereby proving once again that misery loves company.
    You are generalized. One’s wrong is the other’s right and vice vesa.

    If we don’t use the word of God as the standard then the argument who’s right and who’s wrong will go on forever.

    For instance, The Second Commandment in Exodus 20:4 said “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images and bow down to worship them

    If you bow down and worship idols and don’t base on the Ten Commandment in Exodus 20: 3-17 you think you are right.


    Quote Originally Posted by Lannguyen View Post
    There is a problem with believing that this verse says that Christians can’t judge. The problem is . . . it doesn’t say that. Here is another case of readers taking a verse out of context. What most people fail to do is to read the following four verses (Matthew 7:2-5) to gather the full meaning of Jesus’ statement. By reading all these verses together, we understand that the ones who shouldn’t judge are those whose vision is blocked by their own sin. Therefore if we are not willing to deal with sin in our own lives, then we should not judge. However, once we have dealt with the sin our lives, then we can see clearly to help others who have sin in their lives. And in order to help them we must first judge clearly whether or not they have sin in their lives.
    You are misunderstood the scripture.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lannguyen View Post
    Later in the same passage (Matthew 7:15-21) Jesus tells us how we identify false teachers. We can do this by looking at their fruit or, in other words, “judge their works and their teachings”. Here we see that in the very same chapter in which many think Jesus is saying “don’t judge”, he commands us to judge!
    Again, you are misinterpreted the word of God. You are mixed up the word “Identify” with the word “Judge”. Dictionary will help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lannguyen View Post
    Jesus also commands his disciples to take the gospel to a lost world (Matthew 28:18-20). But how are Christians to know who is lost and who is not? In order to do this one must make a judgment. The way we can know is by looking into God’s word and applying what it says. God’s word is able to distinguish between the sinner and the saint. So the Christian is supposed to use God’s word to judge![/COLOR]
    Again, you are misunderstood and generalized.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lannguyen View Post
    In John 7:21-24, Jesus had an opportunity to show the Jews the importance of judging according to God’s word. The Jews believed that Jesus had sinned by healing a man on the Sabbath. Their belief was not based upon the word of God, but on what they believed to be right. Jesus shows them that, if they had understood the word of God correctly, they would have known that what he had done was authorized by God’s Law. Then Jesus said something in verse 24 that would have been absurd if it was wrong to judge sin: “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (ASV). Jesus doesn’t tell them not to judge. Instead he tells them to judge, but they must do so correctly. In context we can see that righteous judgment is any judgment that correctly uses God’s word as a standard.
    Theology knowledge is so limited.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lannguyen View Post
    In I Corinthians 5 Paul rebukes the Christians in Corinth for not taking care of the sin in their midst. It seems that there was............................................... ....................

    .................................................. ........................
    Christians are to judge. But Christians must make sure that they do so in a way that is approved by God.

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    Hello friend,

    You have very interesting comments on Topic I’d posted is written by one brother in Church of Christ website “Who are you to judge?” I appreciate your thoughts.

    When people use Matthew 7:1 to defend their sin, it is often a case of "get off my back!" As Christians it's important, for when we approach sinners, to not belittle, but to help bring to repentance.

    When we use God's word as the standard, the judgment ultimately doesn't come from us; it comes from God.

    John 5:30 hints at this principle with Jesus saying His judgments were right because in them He sought God's will, not His own.

    John 12:48 speaks of the word being the final standard by which we are measured.

    Perhaps the best way to say it is that the Christian merely notes the judgment that God's word has already meted out concerning sin. Jesus came as the Light into a world full of darkness. John said it this way:

    John 3: 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.
    18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
    19 "And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil.
    20 "For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
    21 "But he who practices the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God." (NAS)

    That is because the standard (God's word) indeed has already measured out what sin is and Jesus shined the light of that word on the world. Men who love darkness hate that light and try to silence those who would point to the light! Yes, we are to judge, but we are to judge righteously and with love and compassion toward our fellow man. Without the remission of sins we obtained through obedience to God's word, we would be in the same situation as the most evil person on the face of the earth no matter how good we tried to live.

    Matthew 18:15. But I am not their judge. I can judge their actions to make a determination of what is right or wrong, but I am not the one to cast judgment upon them. God is the judge. His word is the judgment standard. We are only his servants in using and applying the word.

    So, that sharp, two-edged sword we wield must be used carefully, precisely, and with knowledge, experience, and compassion (which all combined results in wisdom). Otherwise, we will find our own selves sliced and bleeding profusely through our imprudent use of the same sword.

    Therefore it is wise we measure and be measured by that standard in our lives now.

    I see you are very interested in the Bible, I hope you will not use that to judge me !

    Now would you please share what is your belief to our readers on this website and to me so we can all learn about God’s Word through all His believers? Thank you for visiting my page! And God bless you!
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    col 3:12-17
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    The subject is how do we deal with Sin with a capital S as our friend quotes the bible in Exodus about worshiping images.
    MY friendly neighbor just bought a statue of Mary. She says every time she goes out of the house or comes in she always kisses the statue. I do not want to hủt her feeling , what should I do?
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    Jesus said this about hypocrisy: "These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men" (Matt. 15:8-9).

    Notice what Jesus said to perhaps the biggest hypocrites of His day, the Pharisees. In Matthew 23, He called them hypocrites - not once, not twice, but seven times! They were religious people who were putting on a big show, but God knew their hearts. He knew they were far from Him.

    Non-Christians who point out hypocrisy in us when they see it are right in doing so. They are agreeing with God, who also despises it. Our task is to make sure our lives honor the One who deserves our total dedication.

    The devil is content to let us profess Christianity as long as we do not practice it.
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    Jesus cares so do we.
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    The Measure Of Mercy

    Read:
    Philippians 2:5-11

    You were not redeemed with corruptible things, ...but with the precious blood of Christ. - 1 Peter 1:18-19

    What is the distance from God's throne of splendor down to the abyss of Calvary's cross? What is the measure of the Savior's love for us? In Paul's letter to the Philippians, he described Jesus' descent from the heights of glory to the depths of shame and agony and back again (2:5-11).

    Christ is the eternal Creator and Lord of all existence, exalted infinitely above earth's foulness and decay. He is the source of life, with myriads of angels to sing His praises and do His bidding. Yet, motivated by love for our lost human race, "He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross" (v.8). He came to our puny planet, was born in a cavelike barn with its smells and filth, and was placed as a helpless baby in a feeding trough.

    When He grew to manhood, He endured homelessness (Matt. 8:20). Thirsty, He asked an adulteress for water (John 4:7-9). Weary, He fell asleep in a boat on a storm-tossed sea (Mark 4:37-38). Sinless, He was adored by the multitudes one day (Matt. 21:9), and then condemned as a criminal and died on a Roman cross in excruciating pain.

    That's the distance from God's throne down to Calvary! That's the measure of His mercy and grace!

    - Vernon Grounds

    O the love that drew salvation's plan!
    O the grace that brought it down to man!
    O the mighty gulf that God did span
    At Calvary! - Newell

    God broke into human history to offer us the eternal gift of salvation.
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    Courage: Live It

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    2 Timothy 1:6-12

    God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power. - 2 Timothy 1:7

    Courage is one thing you need if you want to get God's work done. That's what I said when I spoke in a church service in Jamaica. I told the people that according to 2 Timothy 1:7, God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power.

    A couple of days later, I stood 35 feet above the water on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. Should I jump off the precipice into the waters below? The teenagers who were with me said, "Yes!" Most of them had already done so. One told me, "Mr. Branon, if you don't jump, you can't preach about courage again." I knew that sometimes the courageous thing is not to go along with the crowd. But this time, I jumped.

    Courage makes a good theory, but sometimes practicing it takes help. As Christians, there are many opportunities to step out of our comfort zone to serve God. When we don't have courage, we need to be reminded of God's promise in 2 Timothy, and we need others' encouragement to take the leap.

    Perhaps you need someone to tell you: Volunteer for that job at church - they need you. Have lunch with your co-worker to discuss matters of faith. Or join that small group.
    Be courageous for Jesus. Sometimes it takes just that first step of courage to serve our majestic God.

    - Dave Branon

    Lord, give me the courage to rise above fear,
    Even of danger, because You are near;
    I would be faithful to face any foe
    While I am walking with You here below.

    - Hess

    Courage will follow when faith takes the lead.
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    Practice what we Preach

    What does this really mean?..... If we hear from the pulpit that we need to search ourselves and if we find things in our lives that may hinder us from being in a better position to do God's will- ......what do we do with that kind of preaching?..... (Just talking about things that MAY hinder us, although these things might not, but these things actually MAY) .

    What good is preaching if people only see the sense in it for their "church lives"? Let's be honest here. How many times do we leave church and say we need to pay attention to what was said, BUT DO NOTHING? We may have a change in our minds, but often our actual physical actions do not show change. (Things still look the same to those around us, especially to those who aren't saved).

    What responsibility do we all have in this regarding our lives while we are not in a church building?
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    Sounds a lot like being forgetful hearers and not doers of the work. Jas. 1:21-25


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    To Judge Or Not To Judge

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    Matthew 7:1-21

    Judge not, that you be not judged. -Matthew 7:1

    What better way to tell people to mind their own business than to quote Jesus? People who seldom read the Bible are quick to quote Matthew 7:1 when they want to silence someone whose opinion they don't like. "Judge not, that you be not judged" seems like the perfect response.

    In context, however, the passage indicates that we are indeed to judge; we're just supposed to avoid faulty judgments. Furthermore, our judgments are to begin with self: "First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye," Jesus said (v.5). He then said, "Beware of false prophets" (v.15). This too requires judgingwe need to be able to discern truth from falsehood.

    Jesus used the metaphor of fruit to give us the proper criteria for judging. "By their fruits you will know them" (v.20). We are to judge people (including ourselves) by the quality of the fruit they produce. This fruit cannot be judged by earthly values such as how good we look (v.15). It must be judged by heavenly valuesthe fruit of the Spirit produced within uslove, joy, peace (Gal. 5:22).

    Our tendency is to judge by appearance. But God judges by what we produce, and so should we.

    - Julie Ackerman Link

    They truly lead who lead by love
    And humbly serve the Lord;
    Their lives will bear the Spirit's fruit
    And magnify His Word.

    - D. De Haan

    Be slow to judge others and quick to judge yourself.
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    Jesus used the metaphor of fruit to give us the proper criteria for judging. "By their fruits you will know them" (v.20). We are to judge people (including ourselves) by the quality of the fruit they produce. This fruit cannot be judged by earthly values such as how good we look (v.15). It must be judged by heavenly valuesthe fruit of the Spirit produced within uslove, joy, peace (Gal. 5:22).
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    For time and eternity, Jesus is all we need.

    The best thermometer of your spiritual temperature is the intensity of your prayer.
    - Spurgeon
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    as long as we live we need fresh air , human love, food and Jesus.
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    Restoring Spiritual Sight

    Read:
    John 9:1-11

    The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. - Psalm 119:130

    Sanduk Ruit is a Nepalese doctor who has used his scalpel, microscope, and simplified cataract surgery technique to give sight to almost 70,000 people over the past 23 years. The poorest patients who visit his nonprofit eye center in Katmandu pay with just their gratitude.

    Our Lord Jesus Christ healed many of physical blindness during His time on earth. But of greater concern to Him were the spiritually blind. Many of the religious authorities who investigated the healing of the blind man refused to believe that Jesus was not a sinner (John 9:13-34). This caused Jesus to say, "For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind" (v.39).

    The apostle Paul wrote of this spiritual blindness when he said, "If our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them" (2 Cor. 4:3-4).

    The psalmist said, "The entrance of Your words gives light" (Ps. 119:130). God's Word is what will open our eyes and cure spiritual blindness.

    - C. P. Hia

    Come to the Light, 'tis shining for thee;
    Sweetly the Light has dawned upon me;
    Once I was blind, but now I can see;
    The Light of the world is Jesus. - Bliss

    A world in darkness needs the light of Jesus.

    ODB
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    Our greatest riches are the riches we have in Christ.

    Tài sản lớn nhất của chúng ta
    là tài sản chúng ta có trong Đấng Christ.
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    War In Heaven

    Read:
    Revelation 12:7-12

    War broke out in heaven... . [And Satan] was cast to the earth. - Revelation 12:7-9

    Philip Pullman is a gifted writer of fantasy books. His Dark Materials trilogy includes The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass and is very popular among young readers. But below the surface of these sympathetic characters and compelling subplots is a sinister purpose. The story culminates in a great war against God. In these books, Pullman views the fall of Satan as a righteous cause for personal independence from God's "tyrannical" control. He implies that Satan's attempt to usurp the throne of God was the right thing to do!

    In the book of Revelation, we read of the endtimes: "War broke out in heaven ... . [And Satan] was cast to the earth" (Rev. 12:7-9). That future war is being preceded by an earthly conflict on the battlefield of our minds.

    We must recognize Satan for what he is - a liar (John 8:44). His strategy is to take God's words out of context and twist them into falsehood (Gen. 3:1-7). Our best defense against him is to hold firmly to the truth of God's Word (Eph. 6:10-18).

    Our loving heavenly Father is "not willing that any should perish" (2 Peter 3:9). But neither will He force our obedience. He leaves the choice to us.

    - Dennis Fisher

    The prince of darkness grim-
    We tremble not for him;
    His rage we can endure, for lo! his doom is sure-
    One little word shall fell him.

    - Luther

    When Satan strikes, strike back with the Word of God.

    ODB
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