We hear this said often times jokingly, but are Christians never supposed to judge?  Jesus is quoted in Matthew 7:  “Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”.  Should we conclude that Christians should never judge?  Actually, if we read on, the Bible clarifies that we should judge righteously at least 4 ways:

1)  We judge ourselves first and thereby remove the plank from our own eye for clarity (Matt 7:5)

2)  We only judge believers respectfully within our accountability in the church (1 Peter 4:17, Titus 3:2, James 4:11)

3)  We do not judge those outside the church (1 Cor 5:12) even if we have to  declare what the Bible says on issues

4)  We develop mature leaders who exercise judgement and build the church up by accountability to God’s Word thereby removing criticisms of the church as being full of “hypocrites and phonies.”  (1 Cor 6:1-5)

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