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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 20-07-2010
Category: Bible related
Judging others

When are we judging people? May we judge?

  • Paul called on the brothers to take action (1 Corinthians 5:1-12). He asks them to judge those inside the church. They should expel the immoral brother. Yet, they are not to judge those outside the church, because God will judge them.
  • In the church, we are all brothers and sisters, members of the same household. We all belong to the same Father and have the same Holy Spirit. Despite this, we are still prone to temptations and deceptions, so those who are more advanced in the faith have a responsibility to care and help others.
  • Are we not watchmen for each other (Ezekiel 33: 1-9) accountable for the blood of our 'family' members? Is it better to leave a person and when he dies and arrives at heaven's portals he finds that his name has been blotted out of the book of life? Is it better to stand before God and give account for the blood of someone whom one did not dare to judge and gently correct?
  • We as believers are so diplomatic, that we don't want to offend anybody. Christ was different: He came to save sinners. He knew deeds will be judged, so He warned people not to think they will be saved by words alone. It is necessary to obey the Scriptures (Matthew 7:21-27).
  • What behavior is offensive to God? Immorality, adultery, alcoholism, and others are listed in 1 Corinthians 5:9 and 6:9-10.
  • Judgement must be kept inside the family. Scripture is clear that disputes must be settled in church and not taken to court and heard before unbelievers. There should not be lawsuits among brothers.
  • Paul reminds us that one brother's issue with another cannot be accepted without question. He calls for two or three witnesses in all matters (2 Corinthians 13:1).
  • Another aspect is forgiveness for the sinner, and naturally prayer and wise words.
  • It is important to make a distinction between judging and gossiping. Gossiping is dangerous as it destroys trust among brothers and sisters. Sooner or later people find out what was said about them and that is usually disastrous.
  • A good test is always: when judging is it done in love (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)? Gossiping is never done in love, but in jealousy, dissensions and impurity (Galatians 5:19). The last group will never see the face of God on the new earth (Revelation 22:4). That is the worst calamity that can befall any person.
  • Finally, we have the Holy Spirit to help, guide and organize our lives. Ask Him to help in situations. His advice is always according to Scripture and He will never lead a believer astray.

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinth 1:27