19 March, 2007

How to Judge

I hope it got your attention. Actually, I have been studying the issue of Biblical judgment for over a year now and am amazed at how much scripture has to say on the subject of false teachers, sin, and judgement.

However, about all I have heard on the subject from Christians is that we must not judge at all. And to make it worse, a person who refuses to go along with deception or is concerned with public sin or false teaching is considered the sinner! Woe to those that call evil good.

This was a constant refrain at my former mega from leaders who were engaging in deceptive practices. They were the leaders, the chosen ones to direct ministries, so we should never question anything. But when you see lying, cheating, deceit, bad stewardship and downright sin what should you do? Most keep quiet because they have bills to pay. I was too ignorant of the correct Biblical teachings of judging to know what to do. Everyone quoted the words, "Matthew 18" but now I see it was totally used out of context by people who should know better.

With my study Bible, I researched this subject for quite a while and was always frustrated that I could not find one source that put it all together in one teaching. Until now.

Here is a link to a Bible study from Pastor Bob Dewaay titled: Discernment in an Age of Deception; Defining the Believers Biblical Call to Judge.

Print this out, get your study Bible and prayerfully test this teaching. Quit being deceived by mere 'hirelings'. (John 10)

A 'shepherd' will hold their staff and flock accountable within scripture. A 'hireling' will pretend that success, unity and relationships are more important than anything else.

1 Peter 4

16Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

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