WHAT PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE IN THE BIBLE WOULD YOU SAY IS
THE MOST FAMILIAR ONE?
The following well known passages of scripture would come
to mind in this respect.
“For God so loved
the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
(Or do you believe that Psalm 23 or the model prayer at Matt.
6:9-15 would be the most familiar?)
Probably a passage of scripture that is more often heard
today and misused is Matt. 7:2.
“For with what
judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:
and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to
In the so-called “political
correct” atmosphere of today, there is an attitude to
tolerate anything except intolerance.
The problem is not an overuse
of this passage, but rather a misuse
EVIDENTLY, JESUS DOES NOT PROHIBIT JUDGMENT IN THE
Judgments by civil courts of earthly governments.
Since civil government is authorized by the Lord for the
welfare of society, it has to have laws to govern its citizens.
The courts of civil government make judgments as to the
innocent or guilt of individuals accused of a crime.
Those courts also determine the punishment of those found
guilty of violating the civil laws of its jurisdiction.
yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake:
whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors,
as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of
evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”
“Let every soul be
subject unto the higher powers.
For there is no power but of God:
the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the
ordinance of God: and
they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the
evil. Wilt thou
then not be afraid of the power?
Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the
same: For he is the
minister of God to thee for good.
But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he
beareth not the sword in vain:
for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute
wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath,
but also for conscience sake.
For for this cause pay ye tribute also:
for they are God’s ministers, attending continually
upon this very thing. Render
therefore to all their dues:
tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom;
fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.”
We are to submit unto every ordinance of civil
government, except any law that would require us to violate the
inspired Word of God.
“Then went the
captain with the officers, and brought them without violence:
for they feared the people, lest they should have been
stoned. And when
they had brought them, they set them before the council:
and the high priest asked them.
Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should
not teach in this name? and,
behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend
to bring this man’s blood upon us.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We
ought to obey God rather than men.”
Church discipline requires judgment in harmony with the
The Apostle Paul made a judgment concerning an erring
brother of the church at Corinth who was living in immorality.
1 Cor. 5:3-5,
“For I verily, as
absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as
though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this
deed. In the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my
spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such
an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the
spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”
Withdrawing fellowship from those teaching and living
contrary to the Word of God.
2 Thes. 3:6,
14, “Now we
command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh
disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.”
“And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man,
and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.”
“Now I beseech you,
brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary
to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.”
Discipline affecting the brotherhood.
It is often necessary to inform the brotherhood when
false teaching has either spread from one congregation to
another, or there is a danger of that possibility (See
And in doing this, it is also necessary to mark those
false teachers and withdraw from them (Rom.
16:17; 2 Thes. 3:6).
Faithful congregations will not fellowship those who have
been scripturally withdrawn from by other faithful
of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but
inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits.
Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?”
Our personal responsibility of making righteous judgment
of good and evil.
We, individually, will be held accountable for the
decisions that we make.
beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only,
but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation
with fear and trembling.”
1 Thes. 5:21,
“Prove all things;
hold fast that which is good.”
“These were more
noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word
with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily,
whether those things were so.”
After all, we will have to answer for ourselves on the
Day of Judgment.
2 Cor. 5:10,
“For we must all
appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may
receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath
done, whether it be good or bad.”
WHAT THEN IS INCLUDED IN THE PROHIBITION CONCERNING
“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 shall thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of
thy brother’s eye.”
Matthew 7:1-5 includes some areas in which we are not
A failure to recognize one’s own personal
accountability unto God.
“For with what
judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged and with what measure ye
mete, it shall be measured to you again.”
“So then every one
of us shall give account of himself to God”
One must cleanse his own life before he can successfully
help someone else.
first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shall
thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s
We must not be mote hunters.
Some individuals are actually disappointed if they cannot
find short comings in others.
when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to
silence, they were gathered together.
Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a
question, tempting him.”
There are other kinds of judgment that are condemned in
principle elsewhere in the scripture.
The tendency to stereotyping others without properly
evaluating each person on an individual basis.
Pharisees considered all publicans as sinners.
Jews looked down upon Gentiles as being as dogs.
Jews thought of Samaritans as worse than dogs.
The Word of God condemns prejudice.
Prejudice is to make judgment about persons or events
without knowing all the facts about that in which we have made
prejudgment and/or unwarranted judgment.
thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest:
for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest
thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same thing.”
We would be unjustified to judge the motives of others
without evidence one way or the other.
It is not our
prerogative to condemn anyone to eternal damnation.
Each and every one of us will be judged by the Word of
“He that rejecteth
me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him:
the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in
the last day.”
However, we can compare their life and teaching with a “thus saith the Lord.” We
will be held eternally accountable for failing to speak out
against false doctrine and practices that violate principles and
teachings of the inspired Word.
We can be fruit
“Wherefore by their
fruits ye shall know them.”
must judge only in those areas sanctioned for us to do so by the
Lord. And in doing
so, we must make sure that our judging is righteous judgment.
The Son of God warned, “Judge
not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment”
(John 7:24). God’s
inspired Word is the standard of righteousness.
The psalmist declares:
“My tongue shall speak of thy word:
for all thy commandments are righteousness” (Psalm