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What Is A Judgemental Christian

Why is it that unsaved people are so quick to cry "judgemental" when Christians criticize the behavior of others? Christians are supposed to recognize sin and avoid it, not pretend it doesn't exist or accept it. I don't think I'm "judging" when I point out wrong actions.

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Rocky //If one is to judge rightfully, then is it wrong?

When a church starts to believe they cannot judge others by their behavior and beliefs is when they depart from the clear command to discipline its members. Eventually, anything can be tolerated and believed.

Judgment is clearly of necessity in governing the church. sorry to disagree.
---leej on 9/12/11

Leej: If one is to judge rightfully, then is it wrong?

I beleive so. The fist sentence "Judge not, that you be not judged." is the commandment. The second sentence "For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you." is the punishment for disobeying the commandment, not a qualification that negates the first. Note, see my earlier post distinguishing between "judgment" and what might be considered righteous counselling with love, focusing on the act and not the person, and on error not sin.
---Rocky on 9/12/11

//First, judge not that you be not judged..

It seems at times that this is about the only verse people can quote when they get criticism, even if the criticism is constructive.

the full verse -

Mt. 5:1-2 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.

If one is to judge rightfully, then is it wrong?

Jesus, in answering the criticism stated -

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

The judgment that is condemned is from one who cannot see for the log in his own eye.
---leej on 9/11/11

What is a judgmental Christian? Just read some of these blogs and it will become obvious. I think the concept of judging includes four important concepts. First, judge not that you be not judged. Only God can judge or determine sin. We cannot. We might observe actions that appear in conflict with the law or Word, but we cannot judge sin in another. Second, judgmental people often wrongly generalize from an action to the person. Instead of just recognizing the action is wrong, they label or judge the person, focusing on one error to label a person while ignoring all the many times the error was not committed.(continued)
---Rocky on 9/11/11

john 8:2
oh so what did christ do when the teachers & pharisees caught a woman in adultery.

wooo hooo STONE HER TO DEATH! forget about the man who did the same!
---mike on 8/24/11

and you are a true christian john?
the pharisees were wrong when christ healed on a sabbath.
---mike on 8/24/11

//Christians need to stop trying to make non-christians act like christians. Only God can change people.

And we have on this forum the cultist who would tell us that they are Christians but have deceived themselves.Do we keep silent?

Jude 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
---leej on 8/24/11

Christians need to stop trying to make non-christians act like christians. Only God can change people.
---Scott1 on 8/24/11

I think most of the unsaved probably don't recognize sin for sin. I believe Christians are encouraged to judge the actions of others (in love), but not judge the mind (i.e. motives). Only God knows what one's thinking. 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
---Jason1072 on 8/23/11

---John on 8/23/11

We humans are all judgemetal. I do not shy away from calling myself judgmenttal. I do however restrict myself to using the Bible to judge by.
For an example I hear someone address a priest as "father" I judge a person as going against what the Bible says.
Matthew 23:9 "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven."
---mima on 8/23/11

Hello! God bless..perhaps, the way you may approach the "unsaved "person most people,like JMM teaches " we are too sensitive" we not all but,many are (honest about it) we must admit deep down .... before we come into "relatinship" with the Lord! take them aside alone better pray first! james1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom,he should ask God. Love of Jesus...
---ELENA on 8/23/11

When talking about judgment do not forget these Scriptures, first Corinthians 6:2-3,

"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?"
---mima on 3/1/10

Mt. 18:15-17 If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Ga 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
---Lee1538 on 2/27/10

I am not well versed in the bible but I could have sworn it says.....let God be the judge. As a Christian, if you see something that is not right....pray for the sinner do not point out thier flaws or make a scene showing you are better than them. If you really believe in prayer, than pray and God will answer your prayers. There is power in prayer.
---mickey on 2/26/10

The unsaved who cry 'judgmental' are lost in their sin, and don't want to hear the truth. An unbeliever's Spirit is dead to the things of the Lord, and can't understand them. But Matthew 7:1-5, Luke 6:41-42, and John 8:7 are sacred words to the unsaved and most immature Christians.
Ezekiel 11:19, Matthew 4:17, John 3:6, 8:43-45, Romans 6, 8:16, 1Corinthians 2:12-16, 3:2-3, 2Corinthians 1:22, Galatians 4:6, Ephesians 2:1-3, 1Timothy 4:1-2, 2Timothy 4:3-4, Titus 1:15, Hebrews 5:11-14, James 3:14-15, 1Peter 2:1-2, Jude 1:18-19, Revelations 21:8.
---Glenn on 2/25/10

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We are NOT to judge those outside the church, for they are already judged by God.

We can and are obligated to Judge anyone inside the church. A righteous judgement.
---PASTOR_JIM on 2/24/10

//Why is it that unsaved people are so quick to cry "judgemental" when Christians criticize the behavior of others?

Because they like everyone do not want someone to point out their sinfulness.

Unfortunately about the only verse in he Bible that they knows is 'judge not least you be judged' Mt.7:1, few if any know the following verse - 'For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you'.

As Christians we may JUDGE what is right or wrong or whether what a person is doing is right or wrong.

'Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment'. John 7:24

But in a constructive manner so it can be of benefit to everyone.
---Lee1538 on 2/23/10 has been my experience that Christians do substantially more judging without relationship than non-believers. If our motive is to help others remove sin from their lives, we need to invest in those people by showing love authentically. We get ZERO jewels on our crowns if we say all the right things with the wrong heart and wrong motives and no one listens. If you love people with the same kind of love that Jesus lavishes on ALL PEOPLE (God so loved the WORLD), there will be no drawing back.
---Dale on 2/22/10

You are not. Infact, if we ignore sins in others we are in disobedience. It is not the true Christians, I feel, who are doing the judgings today. It is the unbelievers. Jesus, was against hypocritical judging. That's it. Satan will use this misreprentation of scriptures to get us to draw back, my friends.
---catherine on 2/22/10

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Speak the truth in love. Truth is powerful, but without relationship, even the truth can come across as judgement. There is only ONE Judge. A non-believer is going to feel judged if he/she doesn't have real relationship with the one spelling out the truth. If your motivation is pure and if you have shown real love, then most non-believers will listen. We can criticize believers (and we are called to) with more vigor because we share the same cultural background and hopefully the same Holy Spirit. But to the non-believer, criticism without relationship is nothing more than hypocrisy. Be humble. Be authentic. Show LOVE always!
---dale on 2/21/10

aren't we to criticize the sin but love the sinner and not judge him or her? and any criticism should be done in love. unfortunately us humans can't seem to seperate criticism of the sin and judging the sinner very well. we find it very hard not to condemn the sinner and the sin rather than just the sin. whoever we are. christian or non christian.
---hudson on 1/29/09

Well said, Duane Dudley Martin!
---Gordon on 3/14/08

melissa: (2)

Jesus said "let he who is free of sin cast the first stone".
And also "remove the splinter from your own eye before criticizing the beam in your brother's eye".

We shouldn't dare criticize anyone else's behaviour unless our own is lily-white.
---StrongAxe on 3/13/08

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As long as it really *is* wrong, Melissa (o:

And as long as you are criticizing your own wrong things, at least as well and effectively as you criticize others > "nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock." (1 Peter 5:3)

So . . . part of your example would be to point out how *you* are wrong, so they have your example of honesty, plus can learn right from wrong, using *you* as a teaching tool.
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/13/08

It's like telling your Children to be Careful "IT'S HOT and you'll burn yourself IF YOU DO THAT"!(Theirs Consequences to YOUR ACTIONS)
It's outta Love and for their protection we warn them about things, This should be your reason for doing it too!
I know it's Mine.
Can I truely Love MY Neighbor IF I Don't warn him of the things to come?
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 3/13/08

"Why is it that unsaved people are so quick to cry "judgemental"
when Christians criticize the behavior of others?
---melissa on 7/3/07"
Why is a christian passing judgement before unbelievers?
1 Corinthians 6:6: "But brother goeth to law with brother, and
that before the unbelievers."
---Nana on 3/13/08

Even Jesus spoke in parables to those without.
Proverbs 9:7: "He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame:
and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot."
Proverbs 9:8: "Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a
wise man, and he will love thee."
Proverbs 25:12: "As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold,
so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear."
---Nana on 3/13/08

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If i warn you that your about to trip & Fall because your not watching where your GOING,
IS that Judging?
I'm NOT pointing a finger at you when i say these things, My arms are opened and my hand is out for any to grab, AND I WANT NOTHING IN RETURN, MY reward comes from MY Father..
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 3/11/08

Read and enjoy judging others. God's people don't have many rights anymore. God gives us some rights and Judging others is one of them.This world is in a mess because we fell to judge others. You are sinning against God if you fell to judge. Read on..." The mouth of the Righteous Speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of Judgment". [Psa. 37-30] People have refused to judge, so there is NO peace. Evil prevails.[Isa. 59-8]."The Saints shall judge the world". [1 corin 1:10]
---catherine on 3/11/08

We should not hide our lamps under beds (whatever) but shine out to show people the way. IF we see someone is deceived, it is charitable to show them that they are. If they won't receive it, pray for them. If they become your enemy pray for them. Be careful, sometimes the swine tear you to pieces in the process of you trying to help them.
---frances008 on 3/10/08

If you are young in the Lord, and a baby Christian, then mind your own business. If you are a fully grown Christian and have much understanding of the tricks of the devil and the consequences of speaking out, then expose evil. There is a proper time for everything. Don't go into battle half-armed.
---frances008 on 3/10/08

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I am a judgmental Christian. From reading the word God I judge the lost to be headed towards hell. I pay little attention to what people call me but I try to be distinct and clear in the message of salvation offered to them by the Lord Jesus Christ.
---Mima on 3/10/08

James 5:
19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him,

20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 3/10/08

1 Thess. 5:
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, WARN them that are UNRULY, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 3/10/08

Titus 2:
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world,

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ,

14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 3/10/08

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Why is it necessary to point out wrong actions? Where in scripture does it say we are supposed to do that? We are supposed to recognize sin and avoid it, but not point it out, as far as I can tell.

I prefer to love the unbelievers to the Lord and let the Holy Spirit do the job of pointing out the sin in their lives to them.
---Madison1101 on 3/10/08

The Father's vision will give you prophetic utterance that calls those things that be not as though they were because you have seen them as they really are in Christ. When Father's vision becomes your vision, the prophetic utterance you begin to speak over yourself and others is the beginning of the fulfilled prophecy which, by the way, is the prophet's reward.
---Linda on 7/16/07

Here's a simple but profound truth:

If you want the dog, don't call the cat.
---Linda on 7/16/07

Linda, so true that we need the Fathers vision.
---Christina on 7/15/07

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Your not judgmental dear, your sharing what you believe is truth..your right, there are a lot of us who see wrong yet turn the other way..God bless you as you share
---jana on 7/15/07

"Rebecca D>>>People ought to look in the mirror at themselves. We just don't know how bad we really are.>>Noone does."

On the contrary, we don't know how glorious we are in Father's eyes. We need His vision.

And we all, with unveiled face, are beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into that same image just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
---Linda on 7/14/07

As a side note, prophecy is for encouragement, edification, and comfort. I find none of that in the statement, "We don't know how bad we really are" and the agreement of, "No one does." If all you see is yourself, you are looking in the wrong mirror.
---Linda on 7/14/07

Christians are suppose to recognize sin and point it out. That does not make us judges. We are to do it with an eye to help or resolve the sin ,the person is dealing with. We all know we have sinned but this should not prevent us from pointing out wrong actions. There is a difference.
---Robyn on 7/14/07

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Rebecca D>>>People ought to look in the mirror at themselves. We just don't know how bad we really are.>>Noone does.
---catherine on 7/13/07

Christians are being watched not only by sinners but by other Christians as well. They watch to see if we mess up, and when we make the first mistake small or big, they go blabbing it all over. So our Christian walk must be on the strait and narrow path. We are going to make mistakes, sin. No matter if we do good, or if we do bad, someone is going to blab and judge.
---Rebecca_D on 7/13/07

I think there is a difference when judgeing those within the faith verses judging those outside the faith. I think it was paul who state we will Judge angels, When makeing a Judgement we have to be sure that we are not attack the person but what the person is doing or saying.
---Marcia on 7/13/07

I need always to ask myself, in my judgment am I more righteous than this other person? If the answer is Yes, then I am self-righteous. It is as simple as that....
---JohnS on 7/13/07

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A Judge passes the sentence a solicitor prepares the evidence/case. Pulling someone out of fire requires a great deal of effort, because they are spiritually sleeping from the (SIN) smoke
they are unaware of the danger. Until that person is clearly awake and can see the danger(saved) they will remain sleepy until that smoke(sin) takes it's toll. I give God thanks My mother(saved NOV o6), Her husband (saved NOV 06), Both sons(saved), both sisters on their way, working on both brothers and dad.
---Carla5754 on 7/13/07

ONLY GOD alone can get the Glory because he showed up in their lives and turned their sadnesses into Joy. He proved to me when I thought it was impossible that ONLY He and He alone will WORK on the Desires of your heart, if you only put everything in his hands and continue to Stand Up for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Never be ashamed. FOR It is the POWER of salvation. All things will work for His good. I praise God for his word!
---Carla5754 on 7/13/07

How do Madison et al. know that the Holy Spirit isn't using Christians to point out the faults of unbelievers? God is sovereign not only of the ends but also the means. Similarly, it is the Holy Spirit who effects conversion, but He uses the preaching of the Gospel as His means.
---Ktisophilos on 7/13/07

Is it wrong to judge people as being judgemental? ,)
---Ktisophilos on 7/13/07

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Christians are commanded to judge. Jesus told us: "Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment." (John 7:24).

Jesus forbade only hypocritical judgment, where the judge finds a speck in his neighbour's eye while he has a plank in his own.
---Ktisophilos on 7/13/07

The bible says that in all of your getting, get understanding. When we judge righteously according to scripture, we are to do it in love. Most of the time when so called christians judge, it is done with a holier than thou attitude. Remember to make sure that the plank is out of your own eye before you judge what is in the eyes(lives)of someone else. In the matchless name of Jesus Christ.
---queen on 7/13/07

Why do sinners wrongly blame the righteous Christian? it is because "the light is come into the world, and mankind loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, else their deeds should be exposed." John 3:19,20.
---Eloy on 7/13/07

We all have judged someone, somewhere down the line. We are not perfect. It is our human nature to judge others. It is easy to judge someone. Me I am guilty as charged. I try not to though. But my Lord, it is hard when you see someone who's pants are down to their knees, underwear showing, earrings everywhere with spiked green hair. I try not to laugh, but when you see someone like that in public, how could one not laugh?
---Rebecca_D on 7/12/07

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I keep thinking about how the Bible stated that Jesus did not come to judge the world, but to save us. I don't read anywhere in the scriptures where he met unsaved people and then began to berate them, judge and condemn them about their lifestyles. He always dealt with them in a very loving compassionate manner. As Christians, we had better search our own hearts carefully and relate with the lost in the way that our savior modeled for us. Then,they would probably be more receptive.
---Felicia on 7/12/07

Madison, although it says unsaved cry judgmental, it does not specify that the "others" being judged are christian or could be either...however, I am in agreement with you.
---christina on 7/4/07

Christina: Reread the original question. The question talks about unsaved people being criticized by Christians. I do not have a problem with a brother pointing out an offense to another brother. That is scriptural. The original question is about Christians pointing out unsaved people's faults.
---Madison1101 on 7/4/07

Christians has the right to judge righteously. We can judge a person by the fruit that they bare. and how much fruit they are producing. If someone is doing something wrong and we see it, it is our job to tell them in love what their doing is wrong. That isn't judging, that is being your brother's keeper. If that person doesn't take heed to you say, take two or three witnessness talk to them again. if they still refuse, then turn it over to God and let God deal with them. If we do this, we done our part.
---Rebecca_D on 7/4/07

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Though we are told not to judge, (I wondered about this too), we are also told that if we do judge to judge with righteous judgement,right? This is one way I heard it answered.
I think you can't maybe always judge a person't motive, what's in their heart, their punishment, but you can know by the Word of God if an action is wrong..But you don't always know what made a person do as they did
---Karen on 7/4/07

Messiah highlighted sin mainly when confronted or asked. Wonder how He carried Himself when socializing with sinners as He did? Must've been something about Him they liked in order for Him to get the invitations He did. Most don't extend invitations to people who turn up their noses, are disgusted by them or continuously quote scriptures to highlight their offenses. I wonder why they liked to hang out with Messiah, but don't like to hang out with Believers today who also used to be sinners themselves?
---AlwaysOn on 7/4/07

Because we are to "Judge nothing before the time, until the LORD comes, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsel of the heart." Whatever a man extends outwardly, he will gather into himself. Jesus did not come to judge the world, but rather to save it. If one judges by the law he is not a doer of the law, but a judge. We are called to judge no one other than ourselves. A critical spirit serves no purpose.
---joseph on 7/4/07

Madison: "Why is it necessary to point out wrong actions? Where in scripture does it say we are supposed to do that?"

There IS a time and place.
Matthew 18:15
"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over." there's more scripture, but I believe the key is loving the brother, not in a spirit of condemnation, with the hope of restoration.

---christina on 7/4/07

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It depends on what you point out and how you point it out. If you see someone doing something wrong, don't burst out Your sinning, so your going to hell. That is the wrong thing to do. If you see someone sinning, talk to them in a Godly like voice and tell them in love. If they take heed to your advice, then great. If not, at least you pointed it out to them. People (especially Christians) does not like the word stepping on their toes. because that means they have to change their wrongs.
---Rebecca_D on 7/3/07

The biggest judges in this world are the unbelievers. How come? Because they shoot off at the mouth about things they know absolutely nothing about. A true Believer will be corrected by the true God. Unbelievers, it is not your place to correct a Person of God, Because you do not know the things of God. Unbelievers are on their way to Hell, Believers are on their way to Heaven. Also, come down off your pedestals, and put God way,way back up on His. God back on His.
---catherine on 7/3/07

We are to show God's love, and share the good news. Not everyone is open to hearing the truth. There will be times you are persecuted or rejected when trying to witness. But take heart, and stand firm on your faith. Examine your heart and the manner in which you are going about this though, for without love--your effort is in vain. In Christ there is truth, so be bold, but there is no condemnation, so be loving and gentle in your approach. Correct, but don't criticize. God Speed!
---Katie on 7/3/07

We are told not to judge unless we have things in order ourselves( take the beam out of your own eye before you take the sliver out of someone elses).
Also, just rebuking is only one part of our instruction. We are told in (2tim.4:2) not only to rebuke but to reprove, which means to not only show what is wrong, but to show how to correct.
One more thing, always do it with a spirit of love, not condemnation.
---john on 7/3/07

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People avoid judgmental Christians. They'll walk across the street to avoid meeting you or leave for the parking lot when they see you in the store.
On the blogs, they are simply ignored. There are a few who feel they are some sort of an authority figure and should admonish you, give you some tongue lashing. They've elevated themselves to judge.
I believe the concensus here on previous blogs, that the blogs are not the Church. If that's the case, then all of the admonishments are meaningless.
---Paul on 7/3/07

I partially agree w/ Madison when he said, "love the unbelievers to the Lord and let the Holy Spirit do the job of pointing out the sin in their lives to them."

I do believe that we are not to "punk out" by saying that we are waiting on the Lord to "work-on" the person when He tells us to confront or talk to the person about it.
---Rickey on 7/3/07

Also many times folks will say you are condemning them when you are telling the truth & they become defensive. That is not a time to back off because you feel like you're hurting someone's feelings.

In Acts 2 Peter didn't punk out when he began preaching. God never gave us a spirit of fear.
---Rickey on 7/3/07

Malissa, If something is not right it is wrong but some people don't like to told their wrong. Jesus was direct and to the point, he made no bones of sin, but he gave an alternative to it. unsaved people and''Christians'' dislike to be told. IN Proverbs explains says a wise man will thank you otherwise you will always come under attack by unwise people.(parapraised)
---Carla5754 on 7/3/07

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Do you think any of the mormons will heed warnings about the cult they have joined themselves to?
They're looking forward to polygamy and all of the other perks they've been promised. Pointing out their doctrine of demons seems to fall off of them like water off a duck.
We can hope that exposing false religions and doctrines will help someone out in blog land that is perched on a ledge, ready to leap into mormonism.
---Overland_Park_KS on 7/3/07

Judging the mormon or any other unbeliever is not our job. Exposing false doctrines is our job. A critical and judgmental spirit is not of the Lord. Weigh your words carefully when pointing out flaws and shortcomings, lest you fall into the same temptations and become a victim of your own critical, judgmental words.
---Overland_Park_KS on 7/3/07

greetings.There is the true believer where the golden rule rules.There is the others.The others have an unwritten code of "others" ethics where as the true believers have theirs written in stone.The "others" do not have their's come from the golden rule or any 'commandment'.The "others" do not enlist the assistance of the spirit of truth to give them clarification on righteousness and sin.
---earl on 7/3/07

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