Sunday, July 31, 2016

Judging Others - A View from Scripture - Part 3

The series = "Judging Others"

Problem = scripture says, on one hand "don't judge", but in numerous places  "do judge".  These places far outweigh the number saying "don't judge".

The Answer = "John 7:24 - don't judge superficially, but with a RIGHT judgment.

So, WHEN is it appropriate to judge another?  There is no comprehensive list or single chapter in the Bible with all the rules, however, we have many examples, instructions, illustrations.

For example, it is deemed proper and even mandated to judge another:
1)  when choosing leadership - Titus 1:5-8
Example:  in presidential elections:  must judge actions, claims, character of individual or individuals

2)  in matters of stewardship - 2 Thess. 3:6, 10-13
Stewards are to be (A) faithful - truthful, honest with God's stuff
                      and (B)  competent
                     and (C)  productive - are to make a kingdom difference if possible

3)  when confronted with blatant sin.  (this is more than just obvious. = shameless, flaunting, arrogant - in your face)
1 Cor. 5:1-5, 12-13  with the proper motive - potentially dangerous in the sense that can do enormous damage or enormous good.

PURPOSE????  #1.  Correction/instruction - example:  Nathan and Daniel
                        #2.  Protection - 1 Cor. 5:6 - example:  yeast, gangrene
                        #3.  Restoration - 2 Cor. 2;6-8, 2 Thess. 3:14-15

Purpose is NOT to condemn, which is God's prerogative.  (Not our place, but God's alone), BUT this is NOT God's desire.  2 Pet. 3:9    

Some things to remember:  

1)  Mostly behavior - (not heart)

2)  According to God's Word - not according to personal opinion and personal preference

3)  with a healthy dose of mercy - "healthy" = a judgment of charity, with benefit of the doubt
BUT, NOT a "judgment of naivete" - not called to be stupid, undiscerning

4)  having examined our self    Matt.  7:3-5, Gal. 6:1

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