‘A brother who has a beam in his own eye should not be judging the brother who may have a mote in his eye.’ In other words, you cannot judge another for his sin if you are guilty of the same sin. However if you take care of that sin you can help your brother. The fact that His (Jesus’) whole ministry was a judgment against the Pharisees who wanted him to agree with their way of practicing Judaism. To the Pharisees he said to their face, “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matt. 12:34). He stood up to them to their face and called them “hypocrites,” “blind,” “blind guides,” “whited sepulchres,” “serpents,” and a “generation of vipers.” (read Matthew 23 to find out who the real Jesus is, not the tolerant scrawny mild manner milksop that some portray). John 3:19-21 “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” That’s judgment is it not?
Jesus in John 7:24 said to the people: “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment”, so he is telling us to judge, and he is not contradicting himself elsewhere. Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets!” (Matthew 7:15) HOW could we obey and “beware” of “false prophets” unless we test them – that is judging.
The apostles teachings are from Jesus and the spoke far more on testing and judging than even Jesus did, they named names (eight of them in the New Testament, as the prophets did in the Old Testament) and were correcting the church in their letters.
For all those who write into these blogs complaining that the writers, such as myself, are being judgmental, hopefully this will put into context WHY certain things are written and why the things written are not being judgmental. There’s a big difference between throwing a person into a deep, murky pool and being the one to stand in front of that pool, warning them what’s in there and to ‘step away from it!’