Do Not Judge Is An Enemy Tactic To Wreak Havoc.
Matthew 7:1-2 says, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment, you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure, you use it will be measured to you.
The scriptural passage quoted above is the most misused text in the world, especially in the Christian fold, why? Because many Christians and their leaders have too many skeletons in their closets.
It’s doubtful that someone sane will see a pilot that is on duty and already drunk, yet with another bottle of alcohol without questioning him or maybe reporting such to the authority. Why? So that he will not wreak havoc in many people’s lives when he taxi. I believe that’s good and sound judgment.
This scripture of “judge not” is manipulated, and often misinterpreted by especially unbelievers and many professing Christians. Often you will hear people saying “judge not!” As if Jesus’s followers are dumb, or maybe Jesus swore an oath with them that He will tell those who believed in Him not to make any judgments whatsoever. Jesus Christ is not saying here that believers in Christ are not to judge, He meant that we should judge carefully and honestly, while judging we should not fail to be mindful of our own character because we are called to be manifesting and reflecting the very character of God. In fact, Jesus calls us to use caution and discernment in making judgments, and making sound judgments is part of Christian discipleship and calling.
Let us look at the book of Matthew 18:15-20.
Verse 15 says, “If your brother wrongs you, go and show him his fault, between you and him privately. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. 16. But if he does not listen, take along with you one or two others, so that every word may be confirmed and upheld by the testimony of two or three witnesses. 17. If he pays no attention to them , tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a pagan and a tax collector. 18. Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be what is already forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be what is already permitted in heaven.
Believers in Christ with Christ mind, please kindly reread verse 17 “If, as a believer, we’re allowed to call the attention of another believer to his or her wrongdoing, then what makes us think that we’re not entitled to draw attention, or rebuke someone that is demonstrating craziness?
Did Christians get it wrong? Yes! Where? Jesus says, “And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a pagan and a tax collector. Undoubtedly, the Body of Christ missed it right there and they are still missing it till the present, How?
Jesus was not talking of ex-communication. Matthew 9:9-13
The scripture says, “As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s office; and He said to him, Be My disciple . And he rose and followed Him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold many tax collectors and sinners came and sat (reclined) with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, why does your Master eat with tax collectors and those sinful? But when Jesus heard it, He replied, those who are strong and well (healthy) have no need of a physician, but those who are weak and sick. Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice and sacrificial victims. For I came not to call, and invite to repentance the righteous, (those who are upright and in right standing with God), but sinners, (the erring ones and all those not free from sin).
In the above passage, we can see clearly that Jesus Christ accepts and fellowships with sinners (even tax collectors) without lowering His standard, where did Christians get their own ex-communication strategies from?
What is paganism or pagan?
Paganism means an umbrella term covering a much different traditional religion and belief system. While Paganism may term as a spiritual way of life, its origin is rooted in ancient nature religions. An example of pagans is gentiles! That is you and me or what we represent before we are born again.
What is a tax collector?
A tax collector is a person who collects unpaid taxes from other people or corporations. To know more about tax collectors, look at the ones in charge of collecting taxes in your country. Another example of a tax collector is the author of the book of Matthew which you and I are reading.
If I May Ask Again, From Where Did Jesus Christ-Followers Get Their Own Idea Of Treating Pagans And Tax Collectors As Trash?
Believers in Christ, the ones that called us into His assignment had already given us His template and instructions on how to be running his assignment, why do we always bother ourselves about many religious myths and fallacies of daddy g.o and bishops all around ministers’ conference, congress or seminar notes?
In conclusion, what the scripture is saying is, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” John 7:24. And any believers in Christ that cannot do that successfully is not yet born in the spirit.