Christians should stand up for ALL that is True and Just and Holy and Right. And True Saints should speak out against what is SIN and EVIL and UNHOLY. Compromising is being LUKEWARM. See Revelation 3:16 to see what GOD does with those who are lukewarm.
---Gordon on 2/1/08|
mike-simply that forgiveness is denying yourself the right to rightfully judge anothers wrong against you and allow God to work the situation out for His plan. Jesus taught this as one of His commandments Luke 6:37, 17:3-4, Mark 11:25.
As we grow in the Holy Spirit, we become less Pharasitical to point out sins to condem people.Instead we look for ways to allow God to change them.
Not every situation is similar. We weigh things by the complete word of God and submission for His plan.
---yochanon on 1/7/08|
to yochanon - I have concluded that christians & pastors do not 'deny them'selves' which christ commanded. so I see that christians do not have the spirit of god bec. they do not obey this commandment. what has forgiveness got to do with 'denying self'.
---mike on 1/7/08|
DO YOU KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG.That is type of judgement that you must use .If you don't know the fruits of the spirit.Then you don't know good from evil.If someone ask you,are they wrong by doing a certain thing,and you tell them .You are judging.I said that,to say this.A child is in an
intellectual dark side state of knowing.
What you want them to know have to come
frof the rarents,or they will get it from somewhere else.The STREETS MOST LIKELY.
---Jack_8773 on 1/4/08|
Sometimes God will allow us to judge other people. In defending Jesus, someone needs to. Unbelievers will not. So!
---catherine on 1/4/08|
Mike-I've been through worse, yet I forgave them. this is precisely the problem. Lack of love and respect for Christ's words. If people would judge themselves, they would not be judged by God. Deception is part of the whithorseman's tactic on Christians Matt 24.
The only way to ensure your're not is to obey Christs commandments and pray in His Spirit. We know we know Him because we keep His commandments. (1 John 2:3 and 3:22)Take care.
---Yochanon on 1/3/08|
to yochanon - isn't 'denying yourself' christian doctrine? I do not see christians 'denying' themselves. what about 'running another mile for your brethren'? if christians are not 'denying them'selves', shouldn't they be rebuke? duh
---mike on 1/3/08|
Mike-early Christians used appropriate rebuke against lawless personalities who did not obey Christian doctrine. It should be used if necessary, to get them to repent from sin.
Defining someone's behavior in comments that reflect false doctrines, is not wrong. The Bible even warns us against teachers who cause people to stray from Christ,even subtly. No one is above discernment. The white horseman is riding today, Being a Berean is vital.
---yochanon on 1/3/08|
to rita - really, what pastors & christians do is IGNORE the so called rebuke. then rename that rebuke as JUDGING to shut up the person who is rebuking so they can defend themselves bec. pastors & christian do not want to be told what to do. they have this thing called SELF INTEREST.
---mike on 1/3/08|
You cannot build someone up by praising their wrong doing. Rebuke sometimes has to come before you can start to build up. It's rather like first having to knock down a condemned building before you can replace with a new strong safe one.
---RitaH on 1/3/08|
pt 1 to yochanon - rebuking is building somebody up?why do christians always point to sin when you discuss issues. I read comments about joel osteen & the same christians, rick warren are negative about his teachings. is that rebuking is that building somebody up?
---mike on 1/2/08|
pt 2 - most of the reasons or 'teachings' I heard from the church always point to sin or not biblical especially when people are suffering. how can pointing to sin be a solution to a person's problem. typical christians are just'experts in the 'verses.'
---mike on 1/2/08|
There is a difference in judging in condemnation to destroy someone, than correcting them to build them up and put them on the right path. Looking at scripture from a right mind of obediance is difference than looking at it to cover our sins of rebellion. The word of God is written to make us wise to our own behavior and others.
---yochanon on 12/25/07|
The Bible says we are to know people by their fruits. It also says that "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks". We are to be fruit inspectors...not critics!
---speedy on 12/25/07|
so where is the line between judging & rebuking? doesn't pastors judge in their sunday services when they always point to SIN? and when you rebuke or correct them or expose their sins, pastors & christians will jump to conclusions that you are judging them?
---mike on 12/24/07|
If you think Christians who judge are wrong, then you yourself are being judgmental. There is no escaping making judgments. So just do the best you can.....
---InimicusStultitiae on 12/17/07|
Listen well.We should not pre-judge one
another.That is ,to condemn a person before they do anything.We should,however judge
what is right from what is wrong,and what is evil from what is good.
How can you tell your children what is,
and what is not if you yourself have no idea.So we must have knowledge from God
to desern right from wrong, and what to throw away,and what to keep.Read my profile
and keep in touch.I am jack8773 and i speak for the Almighty Himself.
---Jack_8773 on 12/17/07|
Thou shalt not judge is not a prohibition. We are allowed to judge as long as we are prepared to be judged by the same yardstick. We have to make judgements every day between right and wrong.We must not condemn.
---cheryl on 12/16/07|
Christ needs no one to defend Him. He can do the job Himself. All we, as Christians, have to do is present Him to others. How they respond is not our responsibility but only the job of the Holy Spirit. We are not to judge either, but we can be "fruit inspectors." This inspection only applies to other Christians,it's to be done with love and understanding, not condemnation.
---wivv on 12/15/07|
Even Paul said, "That he had already judged you". It is all done under the supervision of the Person of the Holy Spirit. When one of God's people steps over the line or steps out of line you will know it, because God will let you know it. No need for any other teacher. That's it.
---catherine on 12/14/07|
What do you mean by "defending Christ?"
---Jack on 12/13/07|
We were not called to defend Christ because the Word of God does not need to be defended, we were called to spread the good news of the gospel.
What we need to do is just state the Word of God and they will hear it if they are open to the Word of God.
We are not called to condemn and Judge one another, lest you be judged.
So do not get caught up in pointing fingers and condemning one another, or you just might find your self fighting against God. Acts 5:38-39
---Shawn.M.T on 12/12/07|
Hi Kella, good question! :) I think the difference is often a matter of kindness and humility. Are we sharing what God has done for us, in love, or are we bluntly telling someone their sins without looking first at our own? For example, someone who yells at people for smoking (a lady I used to know well) and yet her tongue was sharp as a knife.
---Mary on 12/12/07|
Yes! Christians or anyone else can judge, according to what is written in the Bible. For example, to say that Mary is blessed among women is absolutely correct and scriptural. To say that Mary is holy, is not correct and not scriptural.
---Mima on 12/12/07|