Beginner’s Discipleship Class 28 : Judging Others

Apr 4, 2020

Necessity Of Judging

  1. Everyone.

    Luke 12:56-59 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.

  2. We are judged by God’s chastisement.

    1 Cor 11:31-32 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

  3. If we cannot judge others then we are not a spiritual person.

    1 Cor 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
    1 Cor 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

    It makes sense that the world is falling deeper into sin. There’s more wrong doctrine spreading because there’s no one judging what’s right and wrong. Nowadays, it’s all now about toleration, “don’t judge me”, and “leave me alone”.

  4. Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    Matt 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    The context of why we shouldn’t judge is when it comes to hypocrisy. If we’re committing the same action we’re denouncing, then we have no right to judge. 1 Cor. 2:15 tells us we’re supposed to judge, but the idea is that we shouldn’t be hypocritical in doing so.

    Matt 7:2-5 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.
    cf 1 Cor 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
    1 Cor 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

  5. Christians have the right to judge, not the world.
    A lost man does not know spiritual things but in v12-13 below a saved person does. That’s why in v15 we can judge.

    1 Cor 2:12-15 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
    1 Cor 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

    What a twisted world we live in right now, they have everything backward.

Right Things For Us To Judge (Important for Carnal Christians)

  1. Sin.

    1 Cor 5:1-3 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 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,

  2. Wrong doctrine.

    2 Tim 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

  3. People that you’re responsible for.

    Rom 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

  4. Things that burden the brethren.

    Rom 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

  5. Things that hurt the church.

    1 Cor 6:4-5 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

Wrong Things For Us To Judge Others On (Important for Spiritual Christians)

  1. Liberty or conviction
    If it is not 100% sin or heresy against the Bible, we shouldn’t judge.

    John 12:48 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.
    Rom 14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

    Rom 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
    Rom 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

  2. Something that our love can put up with
    We all love each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. Whether the brother or sister in Christ is weaker or stronger, we must put up with each other and love one another.

    Prov 10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

  3. Partial understanding (of a person or situation)

    John 7:51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?

    Don’t judge when you only have a partial understanding. What if you judge and misunderstand what’s really going on in the person’s life? Do you know how much of a mess you’re going to create not just between you and that person, but in the whole church?

  4. Don’t judge unwisely and allow others to find a legitimate fault

    1 Cor 10:29-30 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?

  5. Don’t judge the little flaws of fellow brethren, seeing that we’re all on the same side
    Let God be the ultimate judge. God doesn’t need you going around judging everyone else’s every little imperfection.

    1 Cor 3:3-4 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
    1 Cor 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

    1 Cor 4:3-7 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

  6. Don’t judge at the wrong time
    Does your judgment fit with the right place? the right person? the right situation? the right priority? the right result?

    Ecc 8:5-6 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment. Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.
    Ecc 3:7-8 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

    How to tell if it’s a minor issue (and not to judge it):
    1. Is it enough of an issue where we can risk hurting the church and be divisive over?
    2. Is it like anything minor in our life that we left off from judging because we considered it to be minor?

  7. Don’t judge someone that can hurt the church or even their leaders without resolving the issue with that person first.

    Matt 18:15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

  8. Don’t judge matters we’re unsuited for. Turn it over to the proper authority.

    Deu 17:8-9 If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose; And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment:

  9. Don’t judge ourselves overtly
    God knows our hearts, and if our hearts are right with God, then we shouldn’t fear any judgment.

    1 Cor 4:3-5 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

Exceptions

  1. Praying to God for wisdom on the judgment

    2 Chro 1:10-12 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.

  2. Look at the fruits of our judgment

    Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
    Luke 6:41-44
    And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye. For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

  3. God can use judgment even if it’s disagreeable

    Neh 13:23-31 In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab: And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews’ language, but according to the language of each people. And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves. Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin. Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives? And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was son in law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I chased him from me. Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites. Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business; And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.

  4. Let our heart be right with God

    1 Cor 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
    1 Cor 4:3-5 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.