We say Judge not, but God tells the church and the believers to judge.

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

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1. Christians say, 'Judge not'. But God tells, 'Judge righteously'. 

Christians follow churches of their denomination, and they follow their teaching and tradition. However, they have preachers, and none of them care about what the bible says. They teach their own doctrine and so, they are false preachers. If we tell about it to anybody, immediately they will say "judge not." They tell us judge not, because of their sentiment, or the preacher could be their celebrity. They are just blind people following blind preachers. However, let us see why Jesus said judge not. ("Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.") Jesus said it in "Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged." The reason that Jesus told them not to judge is in verses 3-5. Those who judged were hypocrites and sinners, and they judged those who followed Jesus. Then, Jesus judged the religious hierarchy, calling them hypocrites. The next passage is Luke 6:37-42. This is the same incident of Matthew 7:1-5, which is recorded by Luke. The next passage is in John 7:23&24. ("23 If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day? 24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.") The Pharisees were judging Jesus for healing on a sabbath day and Jesus told them judge not. But now Christians tell God's people not to judge the false preachers. It is irony and hypocrisy. We must follow Jesus Christ, but not these ignorant hypocrites. Jesus not only judged them, he also cursed them, called 'owe unto you' to them and he did it openly. His apostles and disciples did the same, and they rebuked them by mentioning their names. So, judge them. Forget those who say not to judge. It is only proper. If you like to study more, please look at this link: "Judgment."

2. God Judges his servants with honor, His people accept them with respect.

("1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. 6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.") In 1 Corinthians 4:1&2, Paul acknowledges that he is a faithful steward of the mysteries of God. In verses 3&4, he says that he does not care if others judge about him, and even he does not think highly about himself. But God will be the judge of all, God will judge Paul very highly, and that is what matters. In verses 5&6 he says not to think highly about themselves but wait for the judgment of God. If God gives them rewards on that day, it will be glory for them. So, do not be puffed up one against the other. So, be humble. We must learn here a couple of things. The ungodly people judged apostle Paul as not to be fit for a steward. They are puffed up by judging themselves as important. So, reject such ungodly people. Judge against such people as false preachers and chose godly people for you. To study in detail, please click on this link: "Levels in Heaven."

3. Judge Spiritual gift of prophesy, but respect the office of Prophets.

"1 Corinthians 14:29 says, Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge." The context is about the manifestation of the gift of the Holy Ghost (spiritual gifts). Here, it is the gift of prophesy. But there are prophets, it is not the gifts operating in them, but God speaks through them, they are the mouth pieces of God, and you better respect them. But you are instructed to verify or to judge those who are operating with the gifts of prophesy. They are like babies, in the process of growth, prone to error, whereas prophets are chosen persons of God. They will not make a single mistake in their prophesy by default. You must accept their prophesy as true. If you like to know more in the topic, please click on this link: "New Jerusalem."

4. Saints in the Church must judge matters between believers, not a Court.

("1 Corinthians 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 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? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. 7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? 8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.") In 1 Corinthians 6:1-8, a church member went to court to settle a dispute. Apostle Paul tells them how such matters should be solved. These people were believers in a Spirit lead church, but not just members in a family. Churches will not take over to settle matters in the world. But it must settle them within the church. Ignorant people take the phrase "judge between his brethren" and apply it to any family in the world. Chapter 6:1 says that the dispute among the members must be taken to the saints in the church, but not to a court. Verses 2-4 says that the saints are more than qualified to be judges. Verses 5-8 is rebuke for not taking responsibility to judge the matters among members of the church. So, the church should act as the supreme court to its members. Let us look at Matthew 18:17&18. It tells about a man, takes his dispute against his brother to the church. ("17 .. tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican. 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.") If the brother neglects the church, the church must reject him, and he will be a heathen and a publican. God will also endorse the judgment of the church. So, he will be rejected of God, and so, he will lose heaven. That is, God is with righteous judgment. So, we must judge righteous judgments. If you like to know more in the topic, please click on this link: "Restore, be Saved."

5. Church must judge sinning perverts, even to bring curse of God upon them.

1 Corinthians 5, is about sexual sin. Sin of fornication in this context needs explanation. It was the first century; Jesus Christ is still the foundation of the church; new believers were added to him; just converted from being gentiles; so, they must be taught the new Christian way of life. Most of them were doing well, but some of them still needed correction. We must know a little about the culture, just to grasp the gravity of the situation. Even now, in 20th century, polygamy is an accepted practice among Hindus and Muslims. In many tribes, even now, men and women, if they have dispute with their wife or husband, they will take someone else as their new wife or husband. It is accepted there. Homosexual life is not only accepted among us, but it is encouraged. If we are not careful to be politically correct, we may face the consequence. Now, we may imagine what could have been the standard of Gentiles, who were living 2000 years ago in Corinth. Have empathy towards them. When they were converted and came to live as Christians, extremely high standard of life was expected from them. However, there were just a few carryovers; one man had his father's wife for himself. It is stupidity and bias to blame it on the entire Corinthian church, saying that the Corinthian church was immoral. A few theologians have done this for a few reasons. They are not of God. Conversion of a gentile to become a believer was a big sacrifice.

("1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:")

"In 1 Corinthians 5:6, apostle Paul rebukes the church saying, Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?" Since it was allowed in their previous culture, it was not a big deal to a few of them. Apostle Paul warns them saying, if you allow this, it will spread like the leaven. So, nib in the bud; eradicate it completely, and now. So, there were two judgments taken against this sinner. One: "2 says, he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you." So, they must judge to expel him from the church. Two: Verses 3-5 say that the church and the apostle are given power to curse him on behalf of Jesus Christ; to inflict a sickness, which could be like cancer, for him to die. He was given to Satan to be destroyed. So, he was punished here on earth; it could give him a chance to repent; and if so, his soul may go to heaven. It is the responsibility of the church to keep the church pure. It may look odd now, because our churches are denominational organizations, whereas their church was from God, was spiritual, and the presence of God was with them. If you like to know more in the topic, please click on this link: "Righteous Judgment."

6. God has given superior power to the apostles and to the church to judge.

("Matthew 18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.") In Matthew 18:18-20, Jesus was talking to his disciples, those are to be apostles; they were given the power to send people to heaven or hell. Wherever they gather in the name of God, the presence of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ in the omnipotent Spirit was with them. So, they have the tremendous spiritual power to judge people. It is not a hoax, it is true, even though it is not talked about. "Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Again, Jesus has given tremendous spiritual power to Peter in this context and then to men. Our theologians and preachers do not know how to handle Spiritual authority and power. So, more than 95% of the preachers say that there was a grievous mistake done, and say that Jesus did not say what he has said. And they try to bail Jesus out of the hole. But, in truth, these pastors are ungodly lunatics, who do not know anything about the Spirit. ("John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.") In John 20:21&22, Jesus Christ has given his disciples the Holy Ghost. The next verse is mindboggling. Jesus Christ says in 23, "Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained." Practically he gives authority to take a person to heaven or to reject him from heaven. It is to judge a person eternally. They are put in the place of God to judge, which our preachers do not know how to handle. If you like to know more, please click on this link: "Escape Hell."

7. Judge yourself so that you may not be judged by God and be destroyed.

("1 Corinthians 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. 21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. 22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. 23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.") In 1 Corinthians 11:20-32, Jesus Christ has given two rituals side by side to remember his death. Most churches do not know the difference between Lord's Supper and the Communion; they think that both are the same. However, one is a social potluck, the church calls it as Lord's supper, that the believers must eat together for social fellowship. The Corinthian church did not eat together, and so the apostle rebuked the church. The next is called holy Communion or breaking of the bread. This is a holy ritual, and we must take part in it with reverence. Spiritual people understand the significance. But fools ignore it, and God will destroy them. If you have sin in you, better do not take part in the communion until you rectify your sin. "1 Corinthians 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep." Here sleep is death. It will not be only death of the body, they will burn in the lake of fire for eternity, for insulting God in a simple ritual. Christians do not know the Spiritual reality and the gravity of the punishment. It is a serious matter. "31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world." God tells you to judge yourselves so that you may not fall into the wrath of God. Judge yourself and surrender yourself to God. And enjoy heaven with God. Study the subject from the link, and enjoy the original lesson. Thank you. Here is the link: "Lord's Supper, Communion."

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