Should Christians Judge Others?
We often hear from the modern preacher that Christians should not judge others; to judge is not Christian; that we are committing a sin if we judge others. Is this true?
Even if you know just the basics of the Bible, you should question this, that it will become obvious that what you were told is not the truth.
For starters, there is the book of Judges in the Bible. This was a system godly government. This was how God wanted His People to live. In other words, when people did wrong or had a disagreement with each other, they were judge by other people. These other people were sinful, yet we were to judge other people when they did wrong. This was at a time when Israel was most in obedience to God, before we followed in the footsteps of the heathen and set up our own laws with kings ruling over us.
There are about 170 places in the Bible where the word ‘judge’ appears. This does not take into account the word ‘judgement.’ So, let’s take a look at some of these verses.
And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. (Exo 18:13)
When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws. (Exo 18:16)
And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee. (Exo 18:22)
Here we read that Moses judge the people. ‘And let them judge the people at all season,’ can not be plainer enough.
Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. (Lev 19:15)
‘but in righteousness shalt thou judge they neighbour,’ can not be more plain. That means we are to judge others.
Then the congregation shall judge between the slayer and the revenger of blood according to these judgments: (Num 35:24)
Here we are told to judge people, to judge those that are criminals. But we should judge according to God’s judgement, which are found in the laws of the Old Testament.
And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him. (Deu 1:16)
That we should judge righteously.
Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment. (Deu 16:18)
And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment: (Deu 17:9)
And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel. (Deu 17:12)
In Deuteronomy 17:12, there is judgement of a case where a man shall die. This, of course, is capital punishment, which the world system is against.
I could go on and on, as a book can be written on this. But I will only add a few more thoughts.
Judging The News
We commonly judge the news. We judge if what CNN, BBC and reporters tell us is the truth. We judge if what the government’s official conclusion on 9-11 is the truth. And we judge if what the NASA and the astronomers tell us if the truth. We listen to the globe earth believers tell us is the truth. And what have we found out? We found out that they are lying. You would not be a flat earth believer if you did not make many judgements along the way. And, with these judgements, there came judging the person/organization/government that what told you. And with this judging we came to the conclusion that they are liars! That means we had to judge the person, organisation and government involved.
Most people are hypocrites. For example, while most Christians and non-Christians believe that we should not judge others, what do they do? They vote for judges when they run for office; they vote for President who appoints judges on the Supreme Court where that person serves for life. If they are against judging, why do they vote?
Why do these so-called pious people say we should not judge but in the next breath they lam blast some politician or some law that was passed? They do it because they can hold two contrary beliefs and believe both are true. I say that is a form of insanity, but that is another topic.
Why Are We Told Not To Judge?
Why are we told not to judge in the first place? The answer is simple, if you were the enemy and you wanted to have laws that were contrary and even directly opposite of God’s righteous laws, you would want the people to believe this – especially Christians. Why? Because you would be safe and not called into account for crimes you’ve committed. If we had Christian laws as the laws of the land, how many politicians do you think would still be in Congress? The building would be empty!
The enemy has been quite successful in that they have conditioned the people to have cogitative dissonance: they don’t want people to follow God’s laws, but they want them to support ungodly laws.
Everything We Do Is Judgement
Do you realise that just about everything we do is a form of judging? We judge if we should be friends with that person. We judge on if we should go to the shop today. We judge if we should cross the street right now or wait a few seconds. Most people will use the word ‘decide’ but that is just a synonym – it’s still a form of judging.
Judge The Act and Not The Person
You may have heard jew-Christians say that we should judge the act and not the person. Well, where do you find that in the Bible? Christians think that you can spit the person from the act and that the act is guilty party; an abstract, non tangible. It’s like saying that guns kill people, when it’s people that kill people. They think that outlawing guns, people will change. No, it’s a person that did the crime, not the act itself. If someone murdered someone, do you think that this act, this murder, did it all itself and not the person? That the person behind should be put behind bars (they should be put to death)?
This is what God calls ‘a double-minded person.’ We also read in the Bible that a double-minded person is unstable in all his ways! In the above example, a person would say that it’s the act and not the person; that we should not judge the person, but what does he/she do? They judge that he should be put in prison. If they are really consistent in what they believe, why not let him ago? After all, it was this intangible act, this ‘Mr Murder’ that caused it. So put Mr Murder in prison and not the person. But this is a sign of a mentally unstable person; a double-minded person.
The Law Has Been Done Away With
We often here the lie that ‘the law has been done away with.’ Well, you won’t read that in the Bible. Only the sacrificing of animals have been done away with. But what has the ‘Law Breaker’ (most Christians done? They judge that God’s law has been done away with but they judge that we should have man-made laws! Can you figure that one out?
A book can be written on this but I hope that this will be enough to show you that we should give righteous judgement according to God’s Law.