JUDGING AND WARNING ARE NOT THE SAME

JUDGING AND WARNING ARE NOT THE SAME

—  Mary A. LaClair

It is good to warn. We are told to warn. Warning is not judging.

“Who are you to judge?” ”Tolerance, Tolerance, Tolerance!”. These are worn out buzz words which many non Christians use. Sadly we too often take our direction from them – letting non Christians tell us how to act.

Should this be?

I think we rationalize this way, ‘We mustn’t let them say we are un-Christian, therefore we must adhere to what non-Christians think Christianity is…

However, when we try to please them, we run the risk of being controlled by non-Christians with the result that, however unknowingly, we bow the knee to the devil. It is easy to see where this can and does lead.

What allows it to continue? Acquiescence. How can we correct this?

Let’s look at how the Master handled these situations Himself and perhaps we can effectively respond to some of this liberal rhetoric and no longer be pulled in by its deceit.

The words Jesus used are these:         seek bible

“Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.’” Matt 22:29 KJV

When someone tries to trick us we can reply the same way. “You err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God”.

Accusations of ‘thou shalt not judge’ most often come up when a proper distinction between right and wrong is being made by Godly people. These accusations usually come from those who want to continue in their sin without challenge. Someone told me, ‘It is possible to non-offend people right to hell.’ They are right.

Never did Jesus ever tell anyone to go ahead and keep on sinning.

He forgave and after warning said, “Go and sin no more.” He often followed that up with, “lest something worse come upon you.”

John 5:14

Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well.Book Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”  NKJV

The trouble comes when we identify sin.

It is safe to say that approval is sought in an effort to override a sinful conscience. However, God given guilt cannot be over-ridden by man’s approval. Ask any divorcee or any homosexual and even consider post abortion trauma to see if human approval relieves the pain. In all honesty, the answer has to be, “No, approval of man does not erase the pain.”This is why we are told to warn both the wicked and the righteous away from sin, see Ezekiel chapter 3 and chapter 33 which further states that if we don’t do this, when the Lord tells us to that we will be held responsible. Chapter 33 mentions our countrymen while chapter three mentions our Nation (which at that time was Israel).

We are also told to warn persons within the church of otransformerbvious sin, and after several warnings to put them out of the church. In this we are specifically told to judge the brethren. Those who would tell us not to judge are in err because they do not know the Scriptures.

Liberal opponents jump the gun and prematurely charge ‘judgment’ when a mere warning is made. In this instance, by their own measure they judge gavel downare guilty themselves of judging and doing exactly what they charge to others. When they accuse others of judging, they themselves are making a judgment call that we are judging when we may be merely giving a warning, as God would have us do.

We should not let the ungodly effectively silence the Godly through the use of false accusations and intimidation. We must remember that the devil tried to get Jesus to abandon His mission through the misapplication of the Scriptures. Old slewfoot is still up to his old tricks. He wants us to abandon our mission to warn.

I have learned to reply, “I’m not judging you, but consider yourself warned that someday you will face the eternal Judge who is able to issue a life sentence. Warning is not judgment.”

Judgment more often requires action; not mere opinion.judge hand n gavel

Warning is not judging.

To see when we ARE to judge go to:

https://theproverbs120column.wordpress.com/category/judging/we-are-to-judge/    other articles may be found at this site under category “judging”  Thanks for reading.

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Even more pertinent in 2015. Ryan Dobson writes as if he were sitting in an easy chair in your living room making good conversation. he explains: “Moral relativism doesn’t follow its own rules, the rules it judges everyone else by We’re tolerant of all — except you, and you and you There is no standard for right and wrong – except when you violate what we say is right” .. He then explains how he confronts, and wins, people with this mindset. It is full of common sense . After reading my copy, I ordered several other copies for people in my circles who wonder how they can have civil dialogue with opposite thinkers. [[ASIN:1590521528 Be Intolerant: Because Some Things Are Just Stupid]]We are encouraged to ‘exhort’, Ryan encourages those with that gifting of exhortation. I highly recommend this book. It is easily read.

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AN EYE FOR AN EYE, A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH, BLOW FOR BLOW IS ALSO RESTRICTIVE

“AN EYE FOR AN EYE AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH”

PART ONE: Restrictive for self-control

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR PART TWO: PERMISSIVE ARTICLE, THANKS!

Mary A. LaClair

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“Levitcus 24:17-22

“If anyone takes the life of a human being, he must be put to death. Anyone who takes the life of someone’s animal must make restitution—life for life. If anyone injures his neighbor, whatever he has done must be done to him: fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. As he has injured the other, so he is to be injured. Whoever kills an animal must make restitution, but whoever kills a man must be put to death. You are to have the same law for the alien and the native-born. I am the LORD your God/” (NIV)

Is this permissive or restrictive? We will see that it is actually both permissive and restrictive. We will look at the restrictive side first, here in Part One.

Having raised three active, rambunctious boys all close in age, to successful adulthood is what taught me the deeper meaning of this axiom. It’s too bad so many people take it as a final statement of being permissive—it is not only permissive, it is first restrictive. Let me explain.

Contrary to man’s ways, Christianity wishes us to love our enemies and actually do good to them. Wow!Try to teach THAT to three eight year old boys in the middle of a squabble. They would think it stupid. Christianity and church would not be very appealing. Well, be honest, wouldn’t you think that? Even I still have some problems with it at times….lots of times.

With the young boys, what started out as a friendly goose pile of two eight year olds and one seven year old turned into a not-so-friendly tussle before it escalated into the first stages of a full out fight, with shouts for intervention by Mom. But, what made that which started out as friendly, end not so friendly?

“He punched me in the back and pulled my hair besides stepping on my toe when all I did was step on his toe! That’s not fair!”                                                                             tooth animated-gifs-teeth-003

Telling him to ‘love him and do good to him because he stepped on your toe’, just wouldn’t work. Well, truthfully, it wouldn’t cut it with me either.

Therefore Mom found herself instructing them that if someone stepped on their toes, they could only step on the other’s toes back, and only as hard as it was done to them, no harder. One could NOT under any circumstances return it with a punch in the back and a hair pulling. That’s when I learned that ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ is really a restrictive guideline, one which is used to teach the beginnings of self control.

What I learned in raising boys was that we must tame and train the human side of us before we can train the spiritual side of us.

The physical comparison is that when we are babies we can’t run and leap without first learning to crawl, then standing, then walking: all of which take place over the course of time. Each generation and each individual has to learn this. Justso, we must take baby steps on to spiritual goals just as we do towards physical goals. We can’t start out loving our enemies and doing good to them, when what we really want to do is to punch ’em out. It’s just not natural.

A first step: learn that the punishment cannot exceed the crime. We are not to over-punish our enemies. Try getting that through to an upset youngster (or adult for that matter).

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth is merely the first step on a long journey. It is not an end to itself nor is it a final statement of Christianity; it is merely a baby step along the way. Each generation, each individual has to follow these steps; each generation, each individual has to learn to properly temper punishment and anger before he can properly love unconditionally.

To skip these steps and jump ahead to simply ‘loving the enemy’ too often leads to approving of wrong actions. We need to be very careful about this. When we run too fast and try to jump too far, we fall down. This is not good for the runner or the spectators.

We need to be careful not to jump ahead of these steps.  Greasy grace is grace that overlooks all things and forgives everything; and it is not godly. We need to be diligent.  Concerning due diligence you will find good information in the article linked below, and listed under this site’s category “Judging” .

https://theproverbs120column.wordpress.com/category/judging/warning-is-not-the-same-as-judging/

Self control must be learned at an early age. Sorry to say, many adults have not attained it. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, is a first step in taming the human spirit. It is first restrictive.

It is also permissive “life for life: for intentional criminal activity: please see: https://theproverbs120column.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/life-for-life-a-form-of-justice-for-intentional-criminal-activity/

Thanks for reading!