One of the most misunderstood and
misapplied verses in the Bible is Matthew 7:1, "Judge not, that
ye be not judged".
Webster’s Dictionary defines judge as 1. The
presiding official in a court having power 1. To decide 2. To determine; (Webster’s
While we as Christians are NOT definition ONE — 1. The
presiding official in a court having power. That authority belongs only to
"So then every one of us shall give account of
himself to God."
But – we as Christians are commanded to "1. To
decide 2. To determine" what is "right" and "wrong" according to the word
If you do not "judge" – "right" from "wrong" – you are
traveling a blazing "one-way" course to "perversion" and "degradation"
that will eventually land you in a "lake of fire"! Revelation 21:8
A lot of Christians read Matthew 7:1 and say, "See,
we’re not supposed to judge between right and wrong". And any
sense of declaring someone, especially other Christians, to be
wrong, is "judging" that person.
There are some serious problems with this interpretation.
For instance, if you keep reading Matthew 7, you’ll soon
read in verse 15:
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in
sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." Matthew
Notice these false prophets "come to you in sheep's
clothing"-- in other words they are "masquerading" as
Christians! And yet, according to the Lord Jesus Christ – "they are
ravening wolves." According to the Lord Jesus Christ – Beware: some
"so-called" Christians – are "ravening wolves"!
How can we tell the "sheep" from the "wolves" unless we
"judge" or "determine"?
How can we do as our Lord commanded and "beware of false
prophets" unless we "judge" them by the word of God?
If we do not "judge" or "decide" their error by the word
of God, how do we even know they are in error?
Are we to not "judge" their "conversation", and
"testimony"? Because someone professes to be a Christian should we accept
whatever they say and do as "right" and "pleasing to God"?
Who said the following?
"If we continue on this path, respectable,
industrious and honest, if we fulfill our duty faithfully, it is my
conviction, the Lord God will continually help us in the future. He will
not leave respectable people in the lurch indefinitely. He may test
them, but in the end He lets His sun shine upon them and gives them His
Billy Graham? Jack Van Impee? Billy Sunday? Dwight
Most people don’t know, but Hitler claimed to be a
Christian. In fact, Hitler’s campaign was "Positive Christianity". Because
Hitler professed to be a Christian, should we just "ignore" the terrible
acts he did? Should we read Matthew 7:1, "Judge not, that ye be not
judged" and say "What gives you the right to judge Hitler?" Nonsense. We
as Christians are to expose and "judge" ERROR by the word of God.
The Bible over and over COMMANDS us to "judge".
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge
"But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet
he himself is judged of no man."
1 Corinthians 2:15
"I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say" (1
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at
the house of God:. . ."
1 Peter 4:17
The Lord Jesus Christ commanded "judging":
"Judge righteous judgment" (John 7:24)
"Why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
The Lord Jesus Christ commended Simon in Luke 7:43 for
"judging" and Jesus Christ said Simon was "right" for judging:
"And he said unto him, Thou hast RIGHTLY judged" (Luke
To illustrate the complete "spiritual insanity" and
"perversion" of the "judge not" philosphy, here's an incident with Michael
Sweet formerly of the "Christian" rock group Stryper:
During one of Stryper's "Christian" concert tours, they
hired the "secular" group White Lion as the opening act. During some of
the concerts White Lion openly used filthy, vulgar profanity from the
stage. At one concert White Lion even threw out filthy pornographic
magazines into the "Christian" audience.
In an interview Michael Sweet was asked, how "did you
guys deal with those things when it happened" - Sweet unbelievably
"We felt that we couldn't judge any other group. If
we told them hey, you can't do this you can't do that, we would be
judging them." (On-Line Interview at http://www.michaelsweet.com/interview.html)
Here's a "ton" of Christian young people that came to hear
"Christian" rockers, Stryper — and White Lion is using filthy, vulgar
language and throwing pornography into the young Christian audience and
Stryper doesn't have enough conviction and backbone to even tell them to
stop because — that would be judging them!
What a wicked, ungodly, filthy mess! Hey, try
reading the Bible for a change!
"Them that sin REBUKE BEFORE ALL, that others also
may fear." 1 Timothy 5:20
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of
darkness, but rather REPROVE them." Ephesians 5:11
You parents better beware when you send your Christian
young people to that "Christian Rock" concert!
And people ask me — would you rather "Christian" young
people go hear Stryper or Marilyn Manson — well, there's not much
In 1 Corinthians 5, the Apostle Paul is addressing the
church at Corinth, "It is reported commonly that there is fornication
among you,". Paul did NOT write back and say remember Matthew 7:1,
"Judge not, that ye be not judged". No. Paul does not hesitate to "judge"
this "brother in the Lord":
"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,"
1 Corinthians 5:3
And Paul goes so far as to deliver him unto Satan to kill
him! And the man is a Christian (. . . that the spirit may be saved in
the day of the Lord Jesus)!
"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
1 Corinthians 5:5
Paul even "rebukes" the Corinthian church for NOT
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are
without? do not YE JUDGE them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from
among yourselves that wicked person.
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
3 Know ye not that WE SHALL JUDGE angels? how much more things
that pertain to this life?
(1 Corinthians 5:12 - 6:3)
The Bible CLEARLY, over and over commands the Christian to
"judge" or "determine" what is right and wrong – with the light of the
word of God. God gave us a book – the word of God – and we are to JUDGE
anything and everything by the word of God – and that includes Christian
rock and Christian rockers!
"Them that sin rebuke before all, that others
also may fear."
(1 Timothy 5:20)
"This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply,
that they may be sound in the faith;" [Notice this is aimed towards
The Bible says there are some who "profess to know God"
(so-called Christians) but "in works they deny him, being
abominable" and God says they are "disobedient, and unto every good work
reprobate". How can we possibly obey our Lord without "judging" their
"They profess that they know God; but in works
they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good
How can we "prove" something without "judging" or
"discerning" it with the word of God?
"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."
(1 Thess. 5:21)
The Bible commands us to "withdraw yourselves from every
brother that walks disorderly". Again, how can we know who "walks
disorderly" except we "judge" or "discern" from the word of God?
"Now we COMMAND you, brethren, in the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that
walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of
(2 Thess. 3:6)
Jesus Christ writes to the church at Ephesus:
2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These
things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who
walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst
not bear them which are evil: and thou hast TRIED THEM which say they
are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
The act of "TRIED THEM" is "JUDGING" them! When someone
goes to court they are "TRIED" or "JUDGED"! And the Lord Jesus commends
them for "JUDGING" them! And again, these were so-called Christians,
even claiming to be apostles!
Paul writes in Romans 16:17, and again notice the
application is to "judge" or "mark" other so-called Christians.
"Now I beseech you, brethren, MARK THEM which cause
divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned;
and avoid them."
In Philippians 3, Paul again admonishes us to "mark" or
"judge" so-called Christians:
". . . MARK THEM which walk so as ye have us for an
(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even
weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:"
These are just a few verses that command the "child of
God" to "determine" or "judge" between "right" and "wrong".
The immediate response is – How do we "judge" what is
"right" and "wrong"? How can we "judge" what is "right" and "wrong"? You
say something is "wrong" and "not from God" – others says it’s "right" and
"from God" – how do I know who is "right"?
There is only one logical answer. That answer is simple,
sure and steadfast. . .
By the King James Bible – the word of God.
You can read all kinds of books and articles on a given
subject about what someone "feels", "thinks", "believes", etc. – but
what does God SAY?
Do NOT believe a word, I, or anyone else says, without
FIRST checking what God SAYS:
"God forbid: yea, let God be TRUE, but EVERY man a
LIAR; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy
sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged."
May the Lord help you, as the Bereans, who "searched
the scriptures daily, WHETHER THOSE THINGS WERE SO".
"These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in
that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched
the scriptures daily, WHETHER THOSE THINGS WERE SO."