DO NOT JUDGE OR YOU TOO WILL BE JUDGED – PART 1: WHERE DOES TRUTH COME FROM?

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Our task is to make wise judgments in a nonjudgmental world!

We as Christ’s representatives have bought into the world’s values and its insistence that individuals should never challenge the private beliefs of others, whether outside the church or in it. Many believe that we have no right to judge anyone’s lifestyle or beliefs. We have lost the ability to judge the world because we have lost the ability to judge ourselves.

Who Are You to Judge? is a book about discernment: the ability to distinguish the false from the true; or better, the false from the half true. Our responsibility as members of the church is to distinguish biblical Christianity from the counterfeit spirituality and values of today’s world.

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God calls us to knowledge — but also beyond knowledge to wisdom. Dr. Lutzer’s book is a treasure of biblical wisdom. It will equip the reader with desperately needed discernment for our time. — Dr. R.C. Sproul, Chairman and President, Ligonier Ministries

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Highlights:

  • The American Evangelical ship is taking on water
  • Churches which fail to influence the world are in turn influenced by the world
  • We have invented a Christianity that demands very little
  • Many believe we have no right to judge the lifestyles of others
  • Even some Evangelicals say, “Who are you to judge?”

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To obtain the complete video click here.

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For further study and reflection:

Click on the icon (below) to hear an excerpt from John MacArthur’s sermon on Matthew 7:1:

“… Judge not …” As the context reveals, this direction does not prohibit all types of judg­ing (v. 16). We are supposed to exercise a righteous kind of judgment with careful discernment (John 7:24). Censorious, hyp­ocritical, self-righteous, or other kinds of unfair judgments are forbidden; but in order to fulfill the commandments that fol­low, it is necessary to discern dogs and swine (v. 6) from one’s own brethren (w. 3-5) – from the John MacArthur Study Bible

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“… Judge not …” These words of Christ do not contain an absolute prohibition from judging, but are intended to cure a disease, which appears to be natural to us all. We added by Luke, means, that the Lord will cause him, who is indulgent, kind, and just to his brethren, to experience the same gentleness from others, and to be treated by them in a generous and friendly manner… – John Calvin

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… let us remember the words of the Lord Jesus, which he spoke as he taught gentleness and patience. For he said this: “Show mercy, that you may receive mercy; forgive, that you may be forgiven. As you do, so shall it be done to you. As you give, so shall it be given to you. As you judge, so shall you be judged. As you show kindness, so shall kindness be shown to you. With the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”With this commandment and these precepts let us strengthen ourselves, that we may humbly walk in obedi­ence to his holy words. For the Holy Word says, “Upon whom shall I look, except upon the one who is gentle and quiet and who trembles at my words?”… – Clement of Rome (wrote circa A.D. 96), was a disciple of the Apostles Peter and Paul

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… remembering what the Lord said as he taught: “Do not judge, that you may not be judged; forgive, and you will be for­given; show mercy, that you may be shown mercy; with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you”;and “blessed are the poor and those who are persecuted for righteous­ness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of God …” – Polycarp (born A.D. 69), was a disciple of the Apostle John

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Watch the Visual Bible Dramatization of Matthew 7:1

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Jesus does not forbid judging altogether but commands that one first take the plank out of one’s eye and that one may then set right the issues relating to others – John Chrysostom (circa  A.D. 347–407)

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Click on the icon (below) to listen to a Matthew 7:1 sermon excerpt from my pastor Rev. Michael Babcock. To listen to the complete sermon click here.

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