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:
“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.”
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. 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 obvious 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 are 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.
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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