Judgement According to God
The other day I wrote about the Francis Chan sermon I had listened to on YouTube, “When God Doesn’t Listen”, in addition to what I wrote about the other day there were some other points he made that I wanted to make sure I wrote about, judgement.
Unfortunately in today’s world, many people who call themselves Christians are under the impression that God calls us to judge others. The truth about the subject of judgement is actually completely opposite of what most seem to think, we as Christians ARE NOT in any way called to judge people who are not Christians, that’s God’s job, not ours, ours is just to love those people with the love that God has given us. But, also something that most people don’t realize is this, we’re supposed to judge those in the church. People who call themselves Christians yet live in sin not only hurt themselves and those they’re around them but the whole body. If we’re wrong before God, we take others down with us, if we’re sinning, we hurt ourselves, and if we’re part of the body, hurting ourselves hurts and makes the whole body sick. This isn’t just about one of us sinning, it’s about all of us in the body of Christ. We can’t all be in unity if we’re living double lives and hiding things.
I thought that was an interesting point that I had really never thought of before. I always just thought about how we weren’t supposed to judge anyone at all, that our job was to love. But looking at the verses he mentioned in his sermon, it is our job to call other Christians out for their sin, to let them know they need to stop and if they don’t we need to, as the Bible says, “have nothing more to do with them”, that seems a bit harsh but if people aren’t following the Bible but are still living in God’s name, harshness is what they need. And certainly if they eventually turn from their sin and start living for God again, we should most definitely be the first ones to welcome them back with open, loving arms.
Just something to think about.
1 Corinthians 5:12 – What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside
Titus 3:10-11 – If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them. For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.
Matthew 18: 15-20 – “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector. “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbidt on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permitt on earth will be permitted in heaven. “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”