Time and Time again I hear this saying “Only God Can Judge” or people take from scripture “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” followed by many more verses. In this article Im going to go over what the bible is referring to and what the bible actually means. Before I go over what The bible says I want to make it VERY clear, We are ALL sinners and fall short of the glory of God, as christians our goal is too learn from our sins and use them to better ourselves in righteousness helping others see their sin and bring their eyes to God.
Let’s look at this verse from the KJV Bible “Judge not, that ye be not judged. 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. Matthew 7:1-5 (THIS IS THE #1 VERSE USED TO PROVE A POINT OF NOT JUDGING)
This verse does not mean that we should never make judgments. This simply put is do not Judge in a hypocritical way, like I said before we are all sinners. He is telling us to take the log out of our own eye so that we can help the other person. We shouldn’t be habitually critical of someone when our own sin needs to be corrected as well.
Just as believers are not to condemn others, we are not to ignore sin. In a sense, this requires the act of judging others in a biblical way. It is important to know the difference between the judging mentioned in Matthew 7:2-5 and the righteous kind of judgment that comes with discernment. John 7:24 says, “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
If a believer sees another believer sinning, he is instructed to confront the person in a respectful and loving way. Matthew 18:15-17 says, “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.” (How could we possibly address someone else’s sin if we weren’t allowed to judge that it was a sin to begin with?)
The ultimate goal of confronting the person is to bring repentance. In this sense, we are called to judge sin always with the goal of repentance and reconciliation.
Here is some verses on judging that come from the bible.
“The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments” –1 Corinthians 2:15
“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” –John 7:24
“Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” –Proverbs 31:9
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” –1 John 4:1
It’s like watching someone run straight for a cliff. If you really care about the person, do you just sit back and bite your tongue? Do you say, “Well, I wouldn’t do it, but it’s not my job to judge?” Do you say, “Well, I know it’s wrong for me, but they should be allowed to decide what’s right for them?”
As Christians, we need to be discerning. We need to be able to take a stand and say “This is right” or “This is wrong.” We need to be able to make wise decisions and help our friends and family do the same. As Christians, we should judge, and we should judge wisely. Our Christianity, even our lives, depend on it.