1 Corinthians 6:2 - Judge, but Don't Condemn.
1 Corinthians 6:2 (NKJV) Do you not know
that the saints will judge the world? And if the
world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to
judge the smallest matters?
When someone says that a Christian should
never judge, thats incorrect.
But didnt Jesus say, Judge not,
that you be not judged (Matthew 7:1 NKJV)?
Yes, and He went on to say, Beware of
false prophets, who come to you in sheeps
clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves
(verse 15 NKJV).
Unless we make some kind of judgment, how
will we determine who a false prophet is? There
is a place for judgment. The Bible even says,
For the time has come for judgment to begin at
the house of God; and if it begins with us
first, what will be the end of those who do not
obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17 NKJV).
Also, 1 Corinthians 6:2 tells us, Do
you not know that the saints will judge the
world? And if the world will be judged by you, are
you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
There are many verses that actually teach
us as Christians to judge, make evaluations,
and exercise discernment.
So yes, we are to make evaluations in
judgment. Its very important. But having said that,
what did Jesus actually mean when He said,
Judge not, that you be not judged?
A better way to translate this statement
of Christ in Matthew 7:1 is, Condemn not,
that you be not condemned. Theres a big
difference between the two.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to
make judgments, make evaluations, and use our
discernment. However, we are not to condemn others. We
judge for identification, not for condemnation.
We need to refrain from hypercritical,
condemning judgment. As the late J. Vernon McGee
pointed out, The only exercise some Christians
get is jumping to conclusions and running down
While we should make evaluations in
judgment, we should not condemn other people. [Greg
Laurie from Harvest Ministries;
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1 Corinthians 5:1-13 - Sin In The Church.
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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