We are often told not to judge. It’s a common misunderstanding of something Jesus said in Matthew when He addressed those who hypocritically judge others but not themselves. In fact, Jesus said, “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”, Mt 7:5. It’s not that the brother doesn’t have an issue and it’s not that you can’t help a brother with that issue, and it’s not even that we have to be perfect before we can judge others, but Jesus wants us to be honest about ourselves by looking first in the mirror. Judge yourselves first, then you can see better to help others with their splinters.

Supporting the need to make judgments, 1 Corinthians 6 says judging and discerning are necessary for the church to clean out the leaven of sin that Paul described in chapter 5. Those who won’t or are afraid to judge rightly cannot be Leaders in the church. The mention of sexual immorality in chapter six and ‘defrauding’ in 6:8 makes me think of the defrauded father in chapter 5, seeing that his son has taken his wife, should first be able to come to the spiritual church leaders for resolution before heading to the court (Also compare with 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 where sexual immorality and defrauding a brother are mentioned in the same context).

So judging or discerning are necessary functions of life. It’s impossible to walk in the light with Jesus Christ without knowing what is darkness. And it’s impossible to save souls unless we know what is lost and what is saved. God bless you. Dan Mayfield

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