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'JUDGE NOT'.................Scripturally true or false?

It is true that Jesus told hypocrites not to judge others, but first judge themselves and get their own house in order. (Matthew 7: 1-5 in full context.)

(A hypocrite is one who for example confesses with the mouth and believes with the head that Jesus is Saviour and Lord. But his or her actions prove otherwise - that they are not saved from known sin, and do not even expect to be, though perhaps even manifesting the gifts of the Spirit.)


Jesus went on to judge ( discern between) true and false prophets, pentecostals, Christians generally and professed ways to heaven. Also the methods of judging. (Matthew 7: 13-27.)

For example, He judges an adulterous woman who had repented, as forgiven and acceptable to Him, on the condition that she sinned no more - did not play the hypocrite. (John 8:11.)

And for the hypocrite who repents, Jesus showed that such a one's role is to judge/correct/restore his brother. (Matthew 7: 5.)


Judge, in the sense of discern and classify as either good or evil, is a Biblical requirement of all Christians who have applied the rule to themselves.

Paul commanded the Corinthian church to judge and even excommunicate the sinner in their church, saying that, otherwise a little leaven would leaven the whole lump - surely an explanation of Christendom today. (1 Corinthians 5: 6-13.)
(This known sin of 1 Corinthians 5 is not to be confused with unknown mistakes common to new Christians and even older ones, requiring simply instruction as in           1 Corinthians 3 & 11 etc.)

Paul went on to say that true Christians are going to judge even the world and angels!

Peter said that God's house is where judgement must begin............... (1 Peter 4: 17,)

In addition to the necessity of all known sin in the true Church to be judged, we are also told to judge so-called 'prophecy', false prophecy having always been a major curse among the so-called people of God. (Deut. 13: 1-5, 1 Kings 22: 20-23, Ezekiel 13:16,
Jeremiah 8:10-11, 23:16-17, 28:1-17, Micah 3:5, 2 Peter 2:15-16; for it to be judged: 1 Corinthians 14:20.)

However the Scriptures are clear that we do not judge our brother on non-moral non-scriptural matters such as what he eats (short of abuse of his body), or of what days we go to church.


But one of the most important judgments we are called to make is the judgment which Adam and Eve failed to make and apply, namely, to wrong doctrine - doctrines of devils (speaking lies in hypocrisy).

Jude classified as the number one doctrine to receive such judgment and be contended against as the doctrine of 'unconditional grace' (Jude 3 & 4) - that 'the Blood covers unforsaken sin' - and his whole book goes to  prove just why.

And yet, here in this doctrine is the cornerstone of so-called "Christendom", beginning from the medieval church (and before) and their selling of indulgences, to today's "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you'll be saved forever - irrespective!"

The first converts of the true Christian Church were told by Peter to "Repent and be converted that your sins may be blotted out," (Acts 2 : 38, 3:19), and hypocrites in this order dropped dead! (Acts 5) Paul said that his ministry was one of "testifying repentance towards God, with works worthy of repentance, and unfeigned faith in our Lord Jesus Christ," (Acts 20:21, 26:20, 1 Timothy 1:5.)


There was a man sent from God whose name was Martin Luther, and he judged the church as the 'harlot' church.

Every man of God who has ever risen, before and since John the Baptist, has done the same. And out of that 'harlot' church (garishly parading the blood of Christ) comes forth the remnant blood-washed bride of Christ, clothed in fine linen, clean and white, the righteousness of separated ones - unspotted by the world - no defacto flirtation with sin or corrupting of the Word. (Revelation 17, 19: 7-8, 21, 3:4 & 5, James 1: 27.)


"Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil which shall not break my head." (Psalm 141:5.)

"Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith." (2 Corinthians 13:5.)

"Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall heap themselves teachers, tickling the ears." (Timothy 4:2-3.)

(Jesus said): "For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which 'see' might be made blind." (John 9:39.)

"The Word of God is sharper than any two edged sword, dividing asunder of soul and spirit."    (Hebrews 4:12.)

"Them who are of full age discern both good and evil." (Hebrews 5:14.)

"Thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars." (Rev. 2:2.)

(Jesus said): "My judgment is just, because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father Who sent me." (John 5:30.) 

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  • Brother Donald Wilson
    April - 2001