Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Biblical Teaching On Judgement

       While it is true that the Scriptures expressly forbid holding other people to standards that are hypocritical (Matthew 7:1-5), we still are under the obligation to "judge righteous judgment" (John 7:24). In other words, we need to judge in a fair and morally consistent manner. Hence, theological liberals who misquote the words of Jesus Christ in regards to human judgment are wrong in their attempts to silence faithful Christians who confront them about their erroneous beliefs and practices. Good judgment forms the basis for sound ethics.

       The possession of hypocritical mentalities places people who fit into various categories of unrighteousness in no position to be casting judgment on other people because that would constitute a double-standard. If three robbers are guilty of stealing money from a bank, then how can they point their fingers at each other and claim personal innocence before a judge when all in the group are guilty? 

        If something is true, then it must be true for all people at all places and times. But if the act of judging in itself is intrinsically evil, then we must ask how judges can rightly convict criminals as a result of compiled evidence? Clearly, people can judge because they are in a rightful standing or position to do so. There are rightful times for us to judge. There are wrongful times for us to be judging. For example, we cannot make definitive pronouncements as to the salvation status of professing Christians because only God knows the hearts of men. There are situations in which judging has been excessively or prematurely done.

       This is a basic presentation on biblical teaching regarding judgment. There are proper applications of and conditions for judgment. The popular notion that it is morally wrong to judge is false. Hypocrisy is a sin. Arrogance is a sin. These are real issues that need to be addressed. Whenever people critique a given concept, they are rendering a judgement as to its validity.

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