From: Good Fight Ministries
HEY GOOD FIGHT! WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE?
Without a doubt, the most common complaint or accusation we hear from skeptics is that we are “judging” and that as Christians, more the reason we shouldn’t be doing it. The two ironies that are somewhat humorous at times are the fact that the very skeptics that vehemently accuse us of “judging” commit the very same act as they hurl insults and names at us in their emails and guestbook posts as “hateful,” “hypocrites,” “unloving,” and the list goes on. Sadly, adjectives of a profane and vulgar manner are often used. The most grieving side of this is when “professing” Christians use the very same adjectives. The second irony is I find that many of these very same skeptics attempt to quote scripture to support their reasons for claiming that we, as Christians, are not to “judge”.
What is Good Fight’s position on “judging” you ask? Well allow me to answer by addressing the very scriptures that the skeptic commonly uses when writing us. Perhaps you’re familiar with them…
“Do not judge according to appearance, BUT JUDGE WITH RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT.” –John 7:24
If only John 7:24 would be the bible verse most remembered when it comes to the issue of judging. It would definitely reduce the number of skeptical comments we receive. As for righteous judgment, please know the judgments made here are done in sincere love and concern for those deceived by Satan’s deceptive devices. We at Good Fight Ministries research, with great diligence, every quote found on our site and video exposés. In fact, in our video, They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll, you will find the majority of the quotes which are used to substantiate the artists’ involvement in the occult, etc. come from the artists’ own mouths, as we provide, in their proper context, audio and videotaped interviews, etc. In fact, these artists do not deny the quotes or their context with which we use to expose them. We are a responsible ministry that gives serious consideration to the consequences of slandering an artist, thus we investigate and research everything ourselves.
Now let’s address Matthew 7:1 , the scripture that records Jesus specifically saying “Do not judge”. Matthew 7:1 is probably the one scripture that is most often misquoted, truncated, and taken out of context in an attempt to tell Christians to stop “judging”.
To grasp the true context, let’s take a closer look at Matthew 7:1-5…
1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
3 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 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.” –Matthew 7:1-5
If you have never read past verse 1, then perhaps you are seeing the true meaning of this verse for the first time. Notice that Jesus did NOT ever say, don’t judge – period. He exhorts us to judge with righteous judgment in John 7:24 and here in Matthew 7:1-5 He says first be sure you’re right with God before pointing out someone else’s sin, thus granting the right to judge.
The correct understanding of Matthew 7:1 is that simple! Verse 5 clarifies and exposes the skeptic’s erroneous understanding of “Do not judge”, by giving the green light, if you will, to judge… so as long as it is not done in a hypocritical manner.
What does the Bible mean that we are not to judge others? — “First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” What Jesus was condemning was hypocritical, self-righteous judgments of others
The Achan Factor — Because of one man’s disobedience the entire nation of Israel had to deal with the “Achan factor” among them before they could come under the umbrella of Almighty God’s blessings once again!
Can ‘Christians’ use Paul’s “Forgetting the things which are behind…I press on” statement as an excuse to not get right with those they’ve hurt? Paul also said: “I also practice ALWAYS having a conscience void of offense toward God and men.” What if you don’t repent? And what will happen when you do? The Third Great Awakening can start with us!!! We can all be happy — ‘ONE’!
The Didache (70-100 AD): Reconciliation was required to attend early church meetings! “Let no one who is at odds with his fellow come together with you, until they be reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be profaned.”
Wes Hall: Many ministers weren’t even called into the ministry. “The reason you’ve gone to seminary is to prove to God…how dedicated you are.” • “Some of you should have been in ministry, and you went into business; and you tried to become the best you could to earn your father’s approval in the natural.”
Francis Frangipane: Beware, It is Easy to Fake Christianity — “The moment we stop obeying God we start faking . . . .” “If our Christianity does not work in this life where we can test it, it is foolhardy to hope it will successfully transport us into eternity . . . if we fail the test, we suffer eternal separation from God.” “Let us re-examine what we have been taught.”
[WordPOWER!] In Psalm 50 God Warns: “You have done these things, and I kept silent. You thought that I was just like you. … Now consider this…lest I tear you into pieces and there be none to deliver” (Hell?)
Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — “There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT.”
The Welsh Revival of 1904-05 by J. Edwin Orr: A Countrywide Asbury-like REVIVAL! The 4 Points: #1 Confess any known sin, and put any wrong done to man right again. #2 Put away any doubtful habit. #3 Obey the Spirit promptly. #4 Confess your faith publicly.