Many, who lack spiritual insight misuse and misinterpret “JUDGE NOT” as permission for anomy and incorrigible licentiousness. This is subtle but far-reaching deception especially in the existentialist world of today. What are the biblical principles for judging what is right or wrong?
1. JUDGING TO TEST/PROVE all things and all spirits for making choices of right and wrong BASED ON INFALLIBLE BIBLICAL PRECEPTS is not the same as JUDGING TO CONDEMN/JUSTIFY someone into eternal destiny of doom or boon BASED ON OUR FALLIBLE OPINIONS. Actions and choices are not to be replaced by Persons and destinies. EVERYONE WILL BE JUDGED BY THE STANDARDS OF GOD’S WORD HOWEVER WE JUDGE OR FAIL TO JUDGE, but the one who uses God’s Word to judge oneself (intentions/actions, choices/decisions, approvals/disapprovals) will not be condemned. SO WHEN YOUR JUDGE YOURS AND OTHER PEOPLE’S CONDUCTS WITH GOD’S WORD, YOU DO THEM AND YOURSELF GOOD.
(31) For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
(32) But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
(16) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
(17) that the man of God may be proficient, having been thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2. That we do not judge people’s destinies BY OUR OWN FICKLE AND HUMAN IDEAS seems to be commonly mistaken to mean that we should not judge people’s manners, morals, doctrines, decisions, etc BY THE STANDARDS OF THE SCRIPTURES. When you measure issues with God’s Word, you are being diligent and obedient to TEST EVERY SPIRIT and PROVE ALL THINGS to ascertain what is godly/right from satanic/wrong in order TO FOLLOW AND TEACH AS EXAMPLE.
(21) Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
(22) Abstain from all appearance of evil.
(1) Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
(2) By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
(3) And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, of which you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
3. When Christ said “Judge not”, He meant that when you write-off or approve-of someone by your own opinion (other than God’s Word does) you are wasting your time and adding to things that will be used to judge you in addition to Biblical Standards. Therefore it is not a ban on discretional assessment as sinful, but a reminder of the need to apply same discretion to ourselves too. Christ’s point is that “ONE WHO COMES INTO EQUITY MUST COME WITH CLEAN HANDS” and “ONE WHO SEEKS EQUITY MUST DO EQUITY”.
(1) Judge not, that ye be not judged.
(2) For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
(24) Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
4. Christians OWE THE DUTY and have been GIVEN THE SPIRITUAL WISDOM and even THE AUTHORITY to judge and choose as well as to teach others IN THE CHURCH to judge and choose after biblical pattern and not after worldly standards.
(21) Then said Jesus to them again, “Peace be unto you: as my Father has sent me, even so send I you.”
(22) And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said unto them, “Receive you the Holy Spirit:
(23) Whosoever’s sins you remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosoever’s sins you retain, they are retained.”
(15) I speak as to wise men; judge what I say.
(1) Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
(2) Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
(3) Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
(4) If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
(5) I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
(9) I wrote to you in my epistle not to associate with fornicators.
(10) Yet I certainly did not mean with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world!
(11) But now I write to you not to associate with anyone named a brother, who is a fornicator, or covetous person, or an idolater, or abusive person, or a drunkard, or a swindler–not even to eat with such a person.
(12) For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?
(13) But those who are outside God will judge. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”
5. Biblical Spirituality is only possible for a heart that is willing to ONLY judge everything by its agreement/disagreement with the precepts of God’s Word as revealed in the Scriptures. EXTRA-BIBLICAL (PERSONAL AND SCRUPULOUS, CARNAL AND HEATHEN) WORLDVIEWS, PRECEPTS AND PRINCIPLES ARE OF NO JUDGING VALUE AND SO ARE INCONSEQUENTIAL FOR THE SPIRITUAL.
(9) But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.
(10) But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.
(11) For what man knows the things of a man, except the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.
(12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
(13) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
(14) But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
(15) But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
(16) For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.