Judge not lest you be Judged **

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There is a very dangerous practice that many who claim  faith in Christ use regarding the Word of God. It is the bad habit of following man made doctrines that lead to taking the Word out of context to suit their own needs and beliefs. In this article we discuss one such famous ill quoted, out of context verse and examine what its real meaning is.

In Matthew 7 Jesus Christ made a statement that seems to be the most famous MIS-quoted verse of the entire bible that many unbiblical / religious people like to use as their personal battering ram on others to try and stop people from simply calling sin, sin and biblical error what it is, error.

"Judge not lest you be judged" / from Matthew 7

Sadly those same people who say 'don't judge' are actually very often found judging you, while they are saying "don't judge"! Would that make them hypocrites per God's Holy Word? We think so.

This unbiblical tactic is mostly used when you're showing a person a sin in their own life or that their beliefs are in error as compared to God's Word. Their misuse of that scripture out of context won't work on those who actually know how to properly apply God's Word. They claim because Jesus said that you can NEVER make judgements about what is right or wrong. Does that one verse "taken out of context" really mean what they say it means? This one verse, that is pulled way out of context, does NOT mean we are to never make judgements at all and here is why. By reading all of Gods Word, the truth is not hard to find at all.

Lets look at the entire area of scripture:
Matthew 7
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

So when you read the whole text the truth clearly comes out doesn't it?
Jesus is not teaching to never judge at all. He is only teaching to JUDGE RIGHTLY and also how you judge you will be judged. He makes it clear that you should not judge others if your own life is full of disobedience to God's Word. He instructs believers (once your life is cleaned up to His Word) that you can judge rightly and help others with their issues. That is what the body of Christ is to do to keep it pure. The truth is we know that it is very godly and loving to help others out of spiritual sin as they may perish in hell unless they obey God's Word via the gospel. / see Jude and pulling them out of the flames!

Now that we see and understand that scripture in its correct context; how do we know God wants believers to judge others who also claim to be believers? Well, there are many verses to look at but lets look at just a few.

In 1 Corinthians 5 the Apostle Paul judges a man in sexual sin, tosses him out of the body and says we believers are to judge the body; meaning other believers. (Paul actually scolded them for NOT judging his sin.) 

Also we see in 1 Timothy 5:20 Apostle Paul says to rebuke those who sin publicly so others may see and fear.
Paul also says to test all things in 1 Thessalonians 5:21

By this we can see it is always important to study all of God's Word in context lest you will be deceiving yourself and others. Pulling a verse out of context is a dangerous thing to do and it shows a lack of biblical understanding or disregard for the full truth of God. We know that man made religion is very good at teaching people such bad theological habits and it really just makes allowance for sin and sloppy Christianity in the end! The only people who run around saying "judge not lest you be judged" are those who are ignorant of God's full Word and we find most often they love their sin or man made religious systems and just want to live in them, guilt free.That is NOT the fruit of a true follower of Christ is it?

The truth is that we all must make judgements on a daily basis. We must judge many things in life like distances, child discipline, roads we drive, life experiences, business opportunities, medical situations etc etc. Our judging ALL things rightly (when we also are obeying His Ways/ according to His Word) is a very GOOD thing to do. Without it you will NOT be living a spirit and truth life of worship (John 4:24) that Christ told us God's true people must have to worship the Father.

Please consider these points will you? Learn Gods Word, repent of all your sin, walk in His Ways and always judge rightly; then you will be honoring the Father and the Son.

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