It’s interesting to realize that we are actually meant to judge!

The most common misrepresentation in human history is the false phrase- “Thou shalt not judge!”. I also describe it as the most ‘taken out of context’ statement from the Bible. Well actually many are, so let’s refrase that to- ‘another important out of context statement’.

Let’s get the verse out of the book.

Matthew 7:1-6
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. See it now?

It’s clear. He was simply stating that worse people shouldnt judge people better than them, but that we should first be clean of evil stuff before we can judge others of such. Which makes sense.

Evil people in his day who hadnt learned his teachings and accepted his ways, the ways of God, were trying to judge. They should not judge! Only good people should and can judge. Imagine an adulterer trying to tell someone not to kiss. He cant and shouldnt, let a good husband, and priest judge the fornicating kid.

See it again-

Lu 6:37
37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. 39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. 41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye. 43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.It is possible to cast out our beam! We can repent and stop adultery, and rape, and murder, and hate, and drinking alcohol, and partying, and gambling, and then we can and should judge and help our brother remove his mote too!

People who should be appointed judges-

1Ti 3:2

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach, 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Now when we judge, we should judge right. How can a co-sinner judge right? Impossible, hence upright people can and should judge and judge right-

Joh 7:24
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Now read through this expansive explanation, account and injunction-

1Co 6:1
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 matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. 7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? 8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

Next we read this chapter where we are even reprimanded for not having judged fornicators and adulterers in our midst, they should have been in mourning, for the prson who did the crime should have been executed. It goes further to say that we should do so in Jesus’ name (refering to the gravity of our judgement), and send the perpetrators flesh to the devil(which means- death) so that his spirit may be saved in the last day. This translates, that people guilty of such crimes have no simple redemption, but to be saved, must be judged and their flesh given to the devil=death, so their spirit, which matters most, can be redeemd and saved in the last day.

Some translate it softer to meen, such should be ex-communicated from the church to be saved, but i argue, that does ex-communicating in any way save? Does kicking a person out of church to the evil society save? But notice this quote explicitly said, that the mourn worthy casting out, saves the spirit.

1Co 5:1
1 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. 2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 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, 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 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 Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Notice also that when the adulteres was brought before Jesus, he failed to condemn the stoning act thrice, till he finally stood and challenged the people on whether they werent equally adulterers/sinners.

Finally his verdict was that ONLY those non adulterers/ not guilty of such, should cast the first judging stone. Note here that, the first stone judges. So he in other words said that the judge should be redeemed, and then the latter stones may be cast by anyone else.

Joh 8:7
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

At this time, he had just started his ministry, and we wouldnt expect that these equal adulterers were converted in the word.

‘He who is without sin, cast the first stone’

This is similar to other Biblical teachings-

‘Only people without sin may enter the kingdom of God’

Hence it is clear that, If anyone will possibly enter the kingdom…if anyone can be without sin to enter the kingdom, then these/such persons may cast the first judging stone on earth.

Jesus said he came not to change the laws, and that anyone who did so or taught the changing of the least law will be the lowest in heaven.

If he wanted to stop this judging law, he would have said it directly– ‘Law so and so is now no more’, etc. But rather he showed lenience and pardoned a sinner, which judges still do today, and warned her to desist. And said nothing about the law of God being cancelled.

Mt 5:17

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.