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Why Can't We Judge Others

Many times I am asked by people WHO AM I TO JUDGE? They use Matthew 7:1, but will not read what follows.

Those who Say we are not to use SOUND BIBLICAL JUDGEMENT, I ask why not.

Those who say we are to judge, I ask why.

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I try my best not to judge, but for some reason I think humans do judge, whether it be right or wrong. I do know we should discern people, but there is a diffence in doing that and judging someone. I believe that discernment comes from the Holy Spirit living within you and judging people is carnal.
---Angela on 10/12/07

Hello Rob, let me see if I can do justice to this passage on Matt. 7:1, "Judge not" or "Judge." Each passage in Scripture has a context. The problem arises when one person takes a legalistic view of a passage and goes all the way to the right, and another person takes the same passage and goes all the way to the left. There is no legalistic view that we should take on any passage which is something most do here, with complete disregard to other passages.
---Mark_V. on 10/8/07

#2. Rob: verse 2 reveals the reason why we should not judge in those cases, "For with what judgment you judge you will be judge" As the context reveals, this does not prohibit all types of judging (v. 16). There is a righteous kind of judgment we are suppose to exercise with careful discernment (John 7:24). "Censorious, hypocritical, self-righeous, or other kinds of unfair judgments are Forbidden."
---Mark_V. on 10/8/07

#3. Rob: The difference in judging is the intend for which we judge. You see in order to fulfill the commandments that follow in this context, it is necessary to discern dogs and swine (v. 6). from one's own brethren (vv. 3-5). Many have made it a legalistic view of judging, but it is the intend of the judging that is in question. God is the only One who really knows the heart. Now verse 7:6, has it own context. This principle is why Jesus Himself did not do miracles for unbelievers later in (v. 13:38.
---Mark_V. on 10/8/07

#4. Rob: This passage in v. 6 is to be done in respect for what is holy, (the intend) not merely out of contempt for the dogs and swine. Nothing here contradicts the principle of verse 5:44. That verse governs personal dealings with one's enemies. This principle governs how one handles the gospel in the face of those who hate the truth. Each action by us, whether to judge or not, has to have the right intend when we do judge and when we shouldn't.
---Mark_V. on 10/8/07

Well, do I have news for you. God's people are going to judge the angels and unbelievers.. It will be part of our jobs when we get to heaven. In the meantime, God gives us that right to judge sin that are stinking in people. And here goes. SIN, makes a person ugly. Sin, does strange things. Causes people to do strange things, sin causes people to say stupid things. But most of all sin can cause a person to miss heaven and wound up in hell. Why are so many people following Satan?
---catherine on 10/8/07

We are called to judge but to judge the actions of people and not their hearts for God alone knows the heart and is His alone to judge.
---Marty on 10/8/07

Hebrews 3
12Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

13But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

14For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end,

---Matthew_from_LA on 10/8/07

2) Your issue is not with me but with God, because God said to remove youself from any brother or sister who remains in wickedness. Paul said and I quote "Therefore put away from yourself that wicked person." I'm going to give you a couple of more scriptures and after that I am not going to discuss this any longer.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/8/07

1 Timothy 5:20
20Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

1 John 3:8
He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/8/07

Hebrews 3
12Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

13But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

14For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end,
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/8/07


"Denna also learn the difference between judging and rebuking."

If you are going to rebuke someone you are telling them they are doing something wrong. If you are telling somebody they are doing something wrong then you are making a judgment on their behavior of your interpretation of scripture.

I just wanted to make sure we got this all out here and straight.
---denna7667 on 10/7/07


I will say this IF I said that then I apologize. A drunk, an addict, liar, thief, adulterer can all be forgiven. BUT they must repent from their heart.

Can you me, or anybody else say some one has repented from their heart? No. Only one knows our heart. Only one has the right and ability to judge somebody's heart.

Acts 15:8 a "And God, who knows the heart...
---denna7667 on 10/7/07

If I know a Christian who is in s sin they refuse to repent of I will do what Paul said and remove myself from that person so hopefully they will come to their senses and repent. I will be called a judger for it, but what I am doing is rebuking and admonishing. If someone tells me "You are judging" I'll simply tell them I am obeying the Word and that there is a difference between judging and rebuking. Too many today tolerate sin.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/7/07

2 John 1:9-11
10If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

11For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

I will be called a judger for refusing to allow a Mormon, JW, Christian Scientist, or Scientologist in my home. I will be called a judger for refusing to tell them "Gos bless you".

In response I say
Acts 5:29
....We ought to obey God rather than men.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/7/07


You called me a judger once beofre, Denna, because I said a Christian who is a drunkard and doesn't repent is deceived and on their way to hell when that is what the Word says, not me.

Galations 5
21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/7/07

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I don't believe in the false Gospel of OSAS(which the site you are on calls a false Gospel) therefore I understand if a fellow Christian goes back to the World they are in big trouble. It is my duty to acknowlegde that and help them come back to the faith by correcting them and warning them. If they refuse to be corrected then I have to rebuke them and remove myself from them because that is what the Word says to do! Call me a judger if you want, but I will continue obeying the Word.
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/7/07

He that is spiritual (mentally open to true intelligence) judges (investigates, questions and discerns) all things that he may make sound wise decisions. Yet he himself is judged or scrutinized of no man. "He that speaks evil of his brother and judges him, speaks evil of the law, and judges the law: But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but rather a judge. There is only one law giver, who are you that judges another." Refs. Zec.7:9>Mic.6:8>1Cor.2:15-4:11>.James 4:11
---Josef on 10/7/07

"Thus speaks the LORD of host, saying Execute true judgment, show mercy and compassion every man towards his brother. What do I require of you but to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." His word directly to me reads as follows "Lower your pride, recognized your personal defects and shortcomings, as well as My ability to compensate as you abide in My Word. Become familiar with Me and you shall live revived and refreshed with renewed inspiration and peace."
---Josef on 10/7/07

The wise biblical judgement of a man, is to leave all judgement to the Son. For even the Father Himself judges no man, but has committed all judgement to the Son. It is the Word which He has spoken that will judge man in the last day. Until then we are to judge self, and speak as one who will be judged by the law of liberty. Concerning those things perceived outwardly of the senses, we are to judge nothing before the time of our LORD'S return. He will make manifest the counsel of the heart.
---Josef on 10/7/07

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Denna-"For some reason I just dont see the word judge anywhere looking at the original."

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Denna also learn the difference between judging and rebuking. The Bible tells us not to judge but it does tell us to rebuke and admonish other brothers/sisters who are in unrepentant sin.....

---Matthew_from_LA on 9/29/07
---Matthew_from_LA on 10/7/07

1 Corinthians 5:9-11

9I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

10Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters,...

11But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such an one no not to eat.

---Matthew_from_LA on 10/7/07


The words "rebuke" in the verses you quoted below are as follows:

Luke 17:3 & 2 Timothy 4:2 the word rebuke comes from Greek epitimao -- pronounced: ep-ee-tee-mah'-o from censure or admonish, by implication, forbid

In Titus 1:13 rebuke comes from elengcho -- pronounced: el-eng'-kho of uncertain affinity, to confute, admonish:

For some reason I just dont see the word judge anywhere looking at the original.
---denna7667 on 10/6/07

Luke 17:3
So watch yourselves. "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.

2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the Word, be prepared in season and out of season, correct, rebuke and encouragewith great patience and careful instruction.

Titus 1:13
This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith
---Matthe_from_LA on 10/4/07

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The problem with judging is none of us have the heart of Jesus to judge righteously.

One commentary put it well when speaking of Jesus about judgment, "What he designs to prohibit is rash, uncharitable judgments, a fault-finding spirit, a disposition to condemn without examination of charges."

Then there is, Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
---denna7667 on 10/4/07

We need to look up the meaning of the word Judge. It's not what you think it means. A person qualified to give an opinion is one definition. What qualifies us to judge another? "All judgement has been handed to the Son." We are NOT qualified to judge anyone, amen? A judge is one who has authority to judge. What authority do we have to judge? Isn't our authority to trample upon serpents and demons and over all the power of the ENEMY?
---Donna on 10/3/07

The Bible does encourage us to judge the outward behavior of others and take action accordingly (e.g. "from such turn away" 2 Tim 3:5). However, The judgement of the motives of others' hearts and their ultimate salvation is the sole province of God, and this is the kind of judgement we should avoid.
---jerry6593 on 10/3/07

When our Lord says do not judge, he does not mean that it is wrong to pass an unfavorable judgement on the conduct and opinions of others. We are to test everything(1 Thess. 5:21). We are to test the spirits(1 John 4:1). What our Lord forbids is a fault finding spirit, blaming others on matters of indifference, rash and hasty judgements. We should believe all things and hope all things about others, and be very slow to find fault. This is Christian love(1 Corinthians 13:7).
---Cynthia on 10/2/07

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"Misjudge not, that you all be not misjudged. Judge righteous judgment." Matthew 7:1+ John 7:24.
---Eloy on 10/2/07

"We, as Christians shouldn't judge, but we can be fruit inspectors." Only God is allowed to judge the non-Christian, but the Christian can be a "fruit inspector" to other Christians. But, remember that we can't pick a splinter out of a fellow Christian's eye, if there is a beam in ours. Also, know the whole story before "fruit inspecting." Talk with that person, it may clarify your understanding. Don't present an "holier than thou" attitude.
---wivv on 10/2/07

From my own personal experience I have learned those people who tend to ask "WHO AM I TO JUDGE" tend to be the very people who know they are in error.

I also have noticed those who have nothing to hide, tend to be those people who are open to being and having their lives examined and also encourage people to follow the example found in Acts 17:11.
---Rob on 10/2/07

Rob, because Jesus said, "JUDGE NOT" lest ye be judged. In the same way you judge others, you will be judged.
Second because God sees NOT as man sees, God judges by the thoughts and intentions of the heart, not by what He sees visually. We need to take the log out of our own eye BEFORE we take the speck out of someone else's eye. IF you are pointing out someone else's sins, deal with your own and don't worry about someone else's sins..God didn't call us to do that, right?
---Donna on 10/2/07

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Live by the sword, die by the sword. We have no business judging others. You start judging others, you'll find a heap of trouble on your doorstep. Judge others, you'll find yourself standing in a trash heap of bitterness, regret, and hardness of heart.
---Michelle on 10/2/07

greetings.We often judge others by race ,color,creed,knowledge ,lack of knowledge,poor living standards,wealth,work ,joblessness,moral conduct,attitudes,etc.This list can go on and on.At all times we are to harmless as doves and wise as foxes.We may sup with publicans and sinners but remain steadfast in faith and duty.We also must refrain from casting pearls to the swine.
---earl on 10/2/07

Please read St Matthew ch 7 and other scriptures referring to judging. We are to be our brothers keeper, for one thing. If we a bro/sis erring, we as christians should try to restore or help this sis/bro. That is not judging. That is showing love and concern for another. Some people say you are judging so they can justify their sin. If you buy into this lie you will feel convicted and leave them alone. This is what the devil want you to do.Don't give in.
---Robyn on 10/2/07

I think we mostly don't uderstand others "situations" therefore we judge ,even if we have experienced the same.I still find it easy to judge even by a slight sneer in attitude/facial expression. I have came along way.I try to remember when Christ said ,forgive them ,they know not what they do. The world is in such a shape because of our attitude and greed, which is another result of wrong interpretation of what "LIFE" and loving our fellowman is all about.As in lovers of ourselves etc.
---grace on 10/2/07

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I agree with Jack. I think this is similar to the phrase that God loves the sinner but not the sin that he/she is committing. We must be discerning about the sin that an individual commits and, when possible, point it out them in love for that person. Sometimes, so that we do not become tainted by another person's sin, we must remove ourselves from it (and the person).
---Ritah on 10/2/07

Many times folks won't agree with a person when they are pointing out a sin in his or her life & to knock the person off they will accuse them of judging although He, the Holy Spirit, is convicting them.
---Rickey on 10/2/07

Galatians 6:1 shows that we are to help someone who is in sin to get out of it.
It points out that we are to help them not condemn them.

We are to use sound biblical judgement because that is what are faith is established in. The bible is our guide book so to speak.
---Rickey on 10/2/07

I believe in judging people! And I believe that that judgment should be according to the Word of God. For example I judge all man liars because the Bible says all men are liars yet God speaks the truth. For example I believe it is contrary to the Word of God to pray to mary, to saints,or honor people like Joseph Smith and his outrages unbiblical story. We must necessarily judge men by the word of God including ourselves, each and every one of us.
---Mima on 10/2/07

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Jack did a great job of sorting out this dichotomy however, there are also times within the body of Christ that a person may walk lawlessly. If the person is confronted yet continues , this affects the entire body (a little leven spoils the whole lump). In these extreme cases, the bad seed(so to speak)needs to be removed. Yet the Bible teaches that we do not remove a person as an enemy but rather to let that person experience separation that he might repent.
---splaa6685 on 10/2/07

Isn't because Jesus forbade it sufficient reason?

Do you want the same standard you judge others by to be applied to yourself at the Last Judgement?

Where did you get the idea that YOUR judgement was necessarily sound or biblical?
---Jack on 10/2/07

to Rob, Two great questions. The Lord has been teaching me the difference. The word 'judge' in Matt.7:1 means to condemn. Most christians love that because it requires nothing of them but to quote that one verse. In John 7:24 Jesus also commands us to 'JUDGE RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT'. The church is not to crazy about that commandment.This requires effort on our part such as discerning between good and evil.This involves judging things,not people(cont'd)
---Jack on 10/2/07

cont'd - Many today don't have a taste for that because it makes necessary to judge ALL THINGS according to what God's Word says. Many are too afraid they will learn the TRUTH about God's opinion of some secret sin that they love and are unwilling to give up.God's RIGHTEOUS Judgment is written and can-not be changed. This is what all men will be judged by. Both the Do's and the Do-not's are of equal importance.Can't wait to see what responses you get.
---Jack on 10/2/07

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