To Be or not to Be (the Judge)

The New Testament is clear that there is some judgment you are to engage in and some you are to refrain from.

Judging righteous judgment is commanded (John 7:24). Being hypocritical or hypercriti­cal in judgment is condemned (Matthew 7:1-5).

Judging whether a person is a false teacher, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a spiritual dog or a spiritual hog is expected (Matthew 7:15, 6). Judging a brother’s conscience when he has the liberty to let his conscience be his guide is opposed (Romans 14:13).

None of us has earned the right to judge a brother’s conscience on matters which are indifferent to God. “Therefore, let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way” (Romans 14:13).

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