For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES. 1 Corinthians 5:12-13
“Don’t judge Me”! This is a common phrase heard by many “Christians” on a daily basis. But is this true? Are we not to judge other people? Well Yes and No, as Paul is trying to explain to the Church of Corinth, Christians are supposed to judge other Christians, while God judges the unsaved
One of the functions of the Church is accountability. When you see a brother or sister getting off track or if they see you, we should say something. We should not be against being rebuked by our brothers and sisters, the Bible tells us we are to rebuke or correct our brothers and sisters who continually sin (Galatians 6, Matthew 18, Titus 3, 1 Timothy 5, James 5, 2 Timothy 4, 2 Thessalonians 3, )
Now this doesn’t mean we should be a legalist and follow everyone around and call out everything they do wrong. Because we all do things wrong probably on a daily basis, however if a brother or sister is going down a sinful road, we should address and not ignore it. Of course as a brother or sister we should do this with love and gentleness. If they don’t repent then Paul instructs us to have them removed from the Church so they don’t influence others
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You 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. Matthew 7:1-5
Probably the most misused verse in the Bible is Matthew 7:1 because people cherry pick the scripture and don’t use it in context. You can’t understand Matthew 7:1 without reading the entire paragraph and in context.
Is Jesus saying we should never Judge anyone, No, he’s saying if your going to judge do it righteously. Meaning if your full of sin yourself you shouldn’t be judging other peoples sin. However if you remove the sin from your life (log in your eye) then you can more clearly judge other peoples sin (speck in the eye)
For example if your looking at pornography you cant be calling out someone for being a homosexual. Immorality is immorality, you cant be a hypocrite and judge peoples sin. The purpose of these teachings are not to go around and condemn people but for the body of Christ to keep each other on the narrow path of eternal life in Jesus Name Amen!