I have had many pastors tell me they do not watch television or the news. For years t thought this was good. Now I see it as the church burying its head in the sand and running from the fight for the souls of men.

I was watching the news coverage of the Police officers who were killed in Texas. Everyone who is Christian knows that Black Lives Matter is a tool of Satan and his new world order. But who is giving it legitimacy? It is men and some females who deceive people into thinking they are Christian pastors!

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭6:1-18‬ ‭KJVA‬‬

“We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: but in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. Now for a recompense in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Be´li-al? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

Where are the true pastors who should be setting things straight and calling these receivers to the floor? They have their heads buried in the sand and are doing everything they can to create a feeling of peace that does not come from God, but is of their own making. A peace that comes from avoiding and hiding like a man who climbs a mountain to avoid the world and then claims to be holy!

The Apostles did not avoid the hardship and trouble that came from a direct involvement with the politics of the day. The peace they received was a true peace that did not depend upon them turning off the trouble that came to them as a result of confronting the evil of their times. It was because of their inability to be quiet and avoid the government and the lost people that Gods peace rested upon them!

Even though they were beaten, jailed and nearly killed on many occasion it was the peace of God that carried them through. It is not Gods peace that causes a person to avoid the conflict that must come when confronting evil and those who are deceived. 

Scripture does not tell us not to judge! On the contrary, it tells us to confront those who are teaching deception and lies. It tells us we are to judge those in the body or who claim to be part of the body. How else are the young Christians able to avoid the trap they have set. We are to confront lies with truth and judge those who claim to be of God. We are not to judge those outside because that is for God. 

But as for someone who we know is outside but claimed to be Christian, they must be confronted an showed to be a deceiver who is leading men astray and using their deception to give evil a platform. That must be confronted by men of God to correct the delusion and stop the ability of evil to rise within the body!

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭5:1-13‬ ‭KJVA‬‬

“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. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 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, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 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: therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one, no, not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.”

The so called pastor who organized the evil in Texas calls himself a Gay Muslim Pastor. He is responsible for such evil deceptions as a book titled The Courage to be Gay. In which he claims that Jesus was gay and that gave him courage to be gay. 

He also has claimed that the true Christians in Texas are the Muslims. That should be enough to cause Christians to shun and avoid him, but because he jumped on the black movement he has drawn those to him who are trying to cause division and destroy our nation.

All those who are behind these movements are receivers who try an give legitimacy to evil by calling themselves pastors or men of God and all of them lie. God, has no part in any group or with any man who cause division using evil such as racism or hate or murder. All a person needs to do in order to judge the intent of a man or group is to open the word of God. 

Ephesians‬ ‭4:1-3‬ ‭KJVA‬‬

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

A man of God does not strive to cause division but unity in love and in peace.

Scripture also tells us how to determine if an individual is of God or or the evil one who desires to destroy America, Europe and Israel. It also is in scripture in many locations.

Galatians‬ ‭5

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one another, envying one another.”

If we the body do not start to correct and judge the evil that has infiltrated our society and the body its self. We will be held accountable for those who fall for the deception of the evil in our society. Only by our involvement and correction can we return the body to the holiness it should display and save those young who are falling for the end time deception that is sweeping through our society.

The Christians must wake and involve themselves in society and challenge the lies and falsehood of this evil that is deceiving so many. If you are a pastor you should be preaching each week according to the evil that is challenging our faith each week in the news. From gay Christians to Muslims Catholics and Christians worshiping the same God. You have much catching up to do. If you avoid these topics you are part of the deception!

The Bible Instructs Us to Judge

Verses Which Instruct Us to Judge

Since there are so many verses that will be covered in this next section (on instructions for Christians to judge) we will group them according the protocols that they establish. (In some cases we have included Strong’s Reference #’s in case the reader wishes to look up the Greek word used and see how it relates to judging.) 

In order to conserve space we have not quoted the passages themselves, but have only provided the rule regarding judging followed by the verse references, which establish that rule. As always, we encourage the reader to look up each of these passages and examine them for themselves. 

Judging in general

1. We can know or identify (judge) whether a person is godly or not (their character) by their fruit (words and actions) which we can identify/judge as good or bad – (Matthew 7:15-20, Matthew 12:33, Luke 6:43) 

2. We can judge what is right or wrong – Luke 12:57

3. We are to judge rightly, justly, (1342) according to the judgments of God, not according to man’s wisdom or the outward appearance (3799) – (John 8:26, 1 Corinthians 2:10-16, 2 Corinthians 10:6) 

4. As spiritual men, we judge, examine, investigate, estimate (350) all things – (1 Corinthians 2:15) 

5. We are to judge in small matters – (1 Corinthians 6:2) 

6. We are to judge things that pertain to this life – (1 Corinthians 6:3-4, 1 Corinthians 7:25,40, 1 Corinthians 11:13) 

7. We are to judge and evaluate our own thoughts – (2 Corinthians 10:5) 

8. Our love should abound in knowledge and judgment – (Philippians 1:9) 

9. We are to use the scripture to learn and understand doctrine, to instruct, to reprove, to correct – (2 Timothy 3:16) 

10. We are to be able to discern both good and evil – (Hebrews 5:14) 

Judging ourselves 

1. We must judge and examine ourselves(first, before we judge others) – (Matthew 7:5, Luke 6:32, 1 Corinthians 11:31, 2 Corinthians 13:5) 

2. We must examine and check (3985) ourselves to see if we are in the faith – (2 Corinthians 13:5) 

3. We are to examine ourselves before we partake of communion – (1 Corinthians 11:28) 

4. We are to prove examine, scrutinize, test our own work (1381) – (Galatians 6:4) 

Judging other Christians

1. We can identify when a Christian has sinned against us and refute/rebuke them for it – (Matthew 18:15-17) 

b. First go privately to such a person, if they don’t respond, then

c. Second, we can tell one or two others about it and go to the one who has wronged us, taking these others with us, if they still don’t respond, then

d. Third, we can bring them before the church, if they still don’t respond, then

e. Fourth, we excommunicate them. 

2. We can identify and make judgments about how to help each other with problems if we first examine ourselves thoroughly and are do not also struggle with the same problems ourselves – (Matthew 7:3-5, Luke 6:41-42) 

3. We can assess each other’s faithfulness to the Lord – (Acts 16:15) 

4. We are to admonish and warn (3560) one another – (Romans 15:14) 

5. We can identify and judge those in the church 

6. We can identify, judge (2919), and reprove (1651) those in the church as fornicators (4205), covetous (4123, those greedy to gain, eager to have more, esp. of belongings of other persons), idolators (1496, used of any one, even Christian, who participates in any way in the worship of the heathen), railers (3060), drunkards (3183), and/or extortioners (727) – we cannot fellowship with such people, but must excommunicate them – (1 Corinthians 5:9-13, Ephesians 5:3-7,10-11) 

7. We are to judge disputes between other Christians – (1 Corinthians 6:5) 

8. Church leaders should admonish and warn those in their congregations who they are discipling (1 Thessalonians 5:12) 

9. We are to warn and admonish the unruly or deviating from the prescribed order (813)- (1 Thessalonians 5:14, Romans 16:17) 

10. We are to identify and not fellowship with those who do not obey the Word of God, but to admonish (3560) them – (2 Thessalonians 3:14-15, Romans 16:17) 

11. Judgment must begin in/at/from the house of God first- (1 Peter 4:17) 

Judging Church leadership

1. We can judge whether a person is a false prophet by their actions and deeds – ( Matthew 7:15-20) 

2. We are to judge what our leaders say – (1 Corinthians 10:15) 

3. We are to judge what those who claim to be prophets say – (1 Corinthians 14:29) 

4. We are to judge if a man is qualified to be a leader in the church – (1 Timothy 3:1-12) 

5. We are to rebuke church leaders who have been accused by two or three witnesses before the congregation so others may learn – (1 Timothy 5:19-20) 

6. We are to test those who claim to be apostles – (Revelation 2:2) 

Judging in the Church in general

1. We are to speak the same thing, have no divisions, and be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment – (1 Corinthians 1:10) 

Judging those who are not part of the Church

1. We can affirm the condemnation of those who reject us and the Gospel we hold to – (Matthew 10:14-15, Mark 6:11, Luke 9:5, Luke 10:10-11) 

Judging doctrines and beliefs

1. We are to search, examine and look critically at (350) the scripture to see if what church leaders are teaching us is true and right – (Acts 17:11) 

2. We are to examine, scrutinize, and verify (1381) what God’s will is – (Romans 12:2) 

3. We are to judge what our leaders say – (1 Corinthians 10:15) 

4. We are to be able to identify and distinguish between heresies and approved doctrine – (1 Corinthians 11:19) 

5. We are to judge the words of those who claim to be prophets – (1 Corinthians 14:29) 

6. We are to judge ideas and everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God – (2 Corinthians 10:5) 

7. We must examine, check (1381) ourselves to see if we are in the faith – (2 Corinthians 13:5) 

8. We are to prove, examine, test what is acceptable to God – (Ephesians 5:10-11) 

9. We are to examine, test, prove all things – (1 Thessalonians 5:21) 

10. We are to hold to the faithful word as it was taught from the beginning, which was imparted by those who penned the New Testament – (1 Thessalonians 5:21, 2 Timothy 1:13, Titus 1:9) 

11. We are to study to show ourselves approved unto God, rightly dividing the word of truth – (2 Timothy 2:15) 

12. We are to use the scripture to learn and understand doctrine, to instruct, to reprove, to correct – (2 Timothy 3:16) 

13. We are to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with patience, sound doctrine and all authority- (2 Timothy 4:2, Titus 1:9, Titus 2:15) 

14. The word of God is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart – (Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 6:17) 

15. Believe not every spirit, but try/test the spirits to see if they are of God – (1 John 4:1) 16. We are not to receive in our house/church those who don’t hold to sound doctrine, nor are we to bid them Godspeed or we are partaking in their evil deeds – (2 John 1:10) 

17. We are to earnestly contend for the faith that was once and for all delivered unto the saints *(orthodoxy given intact, complete, understood at the onset, not developed or discovered over time) – (Jude 1:3) 

18. Command that no other doctrine be taught than that given by the apostles – (1 Timothy 1:3) 

Judging spirits

1. Discerning of spirits – a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:10) 

2. We are to try/test the spirits to see if they are of God – (1 John 4:1) 

Study Conclusions

At the beginning of this study we stated that the challenge for Christians is to discern which aspects of worldly culture are the result of our godly influence upon our ungodly society and which aspects of church culture are the result of the influence of ungodly culture upon us (the church). Only by doing this, we said, can we sort out what is Biblically correct behavior and model it without accidentally implementing an ungodly, worldly virtue as if it is Biblically compatible or mandated when, in fact, it is not or is even contrary to the Bible. 

The above study embarked on an examination of God’s Word to see whether or not the tolerance that is prohibitive of judging is a product of ungodly culture or of God. The specific purpose of our examination was to determine if Christians should model the popular tolerance of our day and not judge others or if we should instead reject this notion as unbiblical. To do this we sought to answer the following two questions. 

Is the modern Church convinced of the prohibition of judging others because of a strong conviction based on a Biblical understanding of this topic? Or are we simply reflecting the influence of a culture, which seeks to abolish absolute standards of right and wrong as well as to eliminate any accountability to such standards? 

We have now answered these questions through our examination of the scripture. What we found was that any compulsion that the modern Church or modern Christians have to prohibit judging cannot be said to be based on God’s Word or a solid understanding of the scriptural perspective on this topic. Instead, far from prohibiting judging, the Bible instructs us how to judge and what to judge. This being the case it must be that Christians who prohibit judging are merely reflecting the influence of the ungodly culture around us. 

In completing our Biblical survey on judging we have found that there are approximately 70 passages in the New Testament that address the issue. Of these only a small fraction (less than a dozen) actually contain any language limiting judging in any manner. The remaining 60 plus passages provide an overwhelming and unavoidable message from God’s word that, contrary to the wishes of our culture, Christians are to judge both people as well as behaviors and beliefs with the only following exceptions: 

1. We are not to be angry without cause. 

2. We are not to judge one another for whether or not we continue to practice Jewish feasts or Jewish dietary laws. 

3. We are not to place final judgment on someone – in terms of salvation or damnation/condemnation. 

4. We are not to judge who will be rewarded with a greater position in the kingdom of God. 

5. We are not to judge those outside the church, except to judge them as outside the church. 

6. We are not to judge hastily, improperly, or presumptuously, and without first examining ourselves. 

7. We are not to judge according to appearance, but according to God’s standard of righteousness. 

Therefore since the scripture does in fact require us to judge others in regard to character, behavior, and beliefs/doctrines, we have no choice but to reject the popular notion of our culture and many in the modern Church who uphold that we can’t and shouldn’t judge others. We must discard this unbiblical axiom from our beliefs and practices and instead become familiar with God’s Word so that we can judge as God expects us to. And should any “Brother Hezekiahs” try to tell us that “the Bible is against judging,” we can confidently tell them “uh, no it isn’t, you should read it sometime.”

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