I received a comment on here admonishing me (and us) not to Judge and that we’re Crucifying good ‘ol Pastor Bob Grenier of Calvary Chapel Visalia. I’ve heard the fear tactic in nearly the same form many times before. Nothing new. However, I thought this time around, I’d take the opportunity to show a brief synopsis of what the Bible “simply” says about Judging…and it’s not what the commenter and many others (like Bob) like to frame it as when the shoe is on the other foot.
The Infallible, Inerrant, Inspired Canonical Word of God seems to imply that the Church is to Judge these types of matters:
When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers.
Commands to NOT Judge:
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see 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,’ when there is the log 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.
Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Commands TO Judge:
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.
Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.
Judge, but Judge yourself as well and don’t be a hypocrite:
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.
Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?
Don’t Judge regarding Salvation if one professes belief:
There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?
Don’t Judge over petty stuff that doesn’t matter, there is Liberty:
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
Christians will be Judged for what they’ve done, at the Bema Seat:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
I am grateful when I received the Gift of Repentance for other sins I’ve committed. If I was given over to anger, like Bob, or sexual perversion, I would hope someone would confront me and show me my error so I could repent:
So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
We are to make a Judgment and beware of False Prophets (and I would submit that actions speak louder than words):
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
We are not to Judge as the Pharisees Judged:
And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
We are encouraged to Judge for the benefit of the brother:
My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
Paul the Apostle sure did Judge within the church:
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.
Sounds like the Bible “simply” says we might want to Judge some things…and we might want to Judge pastors who lie about sin and cover it over and remain in it.