Is it wrong to judge? Many would say yes and that the Bible speaks against it. That would be true, and yet it’s not quite as simple as that. Let’s take a look at Apostle Paul for a minute. I’ve often wondered if the Apostle Paul would be welcomed in modern Christianity, or would he be labeled as being judgmental?

I think we would not.

Paul was known to “set in order” the priorities, attitudes, doctrines, and followers’ lifestyles. I believe we would be quick to condemn him for “judging” our intents, our traditions, our hearts, and our willingness to cut corners on the full message of the Gospel.

What Does it Mean to “Judge?”

The verb “judge” means to form an opinion or conclusion through careful weighing and testing. It’s NOT a BAD word or concept as the world would have us see it.

To Discern is to Judge

The Bible states that we should discern (judge) between wrong, right, and ALMOST RIGHT and between good and evil. We are to test everything. Testing and discerning are synonymous with judging.

We don’t judge the person, but we are to discern (judge) the act, deed, teaching, lifestyle choice, etc., according to scripture and determine it to be wrong, right, or almost right. The Word of God is the plumb line to which we measure all things.

When Jesus said not to judge others, He did not mean that no one can identify sin for what it is, based on God’s definition of sin.

Are Any Judgments Wrong?

Is it ever wrong to judge? Yes. Here are five.

  1. Superficial judgment is wrong. Passing judgment on someone based solely on appearances is sinful.
  2. Hypocritical judgment is wrong. When we point out others’ sins while we ourselves commit the same sin, we condemn ourselves.
  3. Harsh, unforgiving judgment is wrong. We are “always to be gentle toward everyone.”
  4. Self-righteous judgment is wrong. The Pharisee in Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector was confident in his own righteousness. He judged the publican from that proud position; however, God sees the heart and refused to forgive the Pharisee’s sin (Luke 18:9–14).
  5. Untrue judgment is wrong. The Bible clearly forbids bearing false witness (Proverbs 19:5). “Slander no one” (Titus 3:2).

Back to Apostle Paul…

Paul judged. He judged pastors and those who claimed to be Christians. He judged their priorities, attitudes, doctrines, and lifestyles. He was quick to remove people from the church who would not abide by the teachings of the Word of God. He stood for God, and his judgment was righteous before him. Demons, and many men, feared him — and rightfully so.

Because of the way we perceive “judging,” I don’t think the Apostle Paul be very welcome in many Christian circles today. And if they did, they’d be SUPER quick to point out how he’s out of line, judgmental, and intolerant. I wonder how he would respond.

Is it Wrong to Judge?

After reading this. What do you think?

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