Twisted Scriptures Part 2
September 1, 2019

Twisted Scriptures Part 2

Passage: Matthew 7:1-2
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This is the summary of the sermon that Pastor Randy shared Sunday, September 1, 2019. It was part 2 in a new series called ‘Twisted Scriptures’. This particular message was titled, “Do Not Judge, Or You Too Will Be Judged?”. The key portion of scripture was Matthew 7:1-2. Other key verses were: Matthew 6:31-34; Matthew 7:1-5; Romans 14:4; James 4:11-12; Galatians 6:1-2; 2 Corinthians 7:8-11; and Micah 6:8.

In brief: Maybe the only Bible verse that the unbelieving world knows is Matthew 7:1, ‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged.’ And they like to use this verse when they are talking to Christians who may lovingly (I hope) talk to them about their behavior, attitude, decisions, or basically – their sin. If we speak up about the biblical truth of an issue they will throw at us the ‘Jesus quote’ or the ‘no-judging clause’ in order to shut us up.

But it’s not just the world who would use this ‘no judge clause’ to defend their behavior – Christians use it too – to justify or rationalize their behavior. 

These verses in the beginning of chapter seven do refer to judging – the wrong way to judge. We are called to stand up for righteousness and speak against sin, but we are not the jury, judge, and executioner when it comes to dealing with the sin of those around us. When people misuse these verses in Matthew 7:1-5 it is because of three reasons:

1. They have a wrong view of God – we are not the final court. We don’t have all the information; motives; heart’s intent; etc. Only the Lord God can condemn, so when we do – when we harshly condemn another person for their sin – we are putting ourselves in the place or above the Lord.

2. They have a wrong view of others – when we pass judgment upon a person we are thinking that we are somehow superior to others. We assume that other people – those sinning – are inferior and unworthy – but the truth is we don’t know a person’s heart and don’t know our own heart, which is the third point.,

3. They have a wrong view of themselves – when we judge harshly we are forgetting how weak we are in and of ourselves – and that it is only the mercy of God that prevents us from being cast away.

But these verses in Matthew 7 are NOT saying that we shouldn’t ‘judge’ at all. It all depends on how you view the word ‘judging’. We are told in Matthew 7:3-5 that we are to help or confront someone in sin, but we are to get the plank out of our own eye first, before we can get the splinter out of theirs. We are to humbly go before the Lord to make sure our hearts are right – not perfect – but humbling recognizing our sin – and then lovingly go to the other to restore them.

Galatians 6:1 teaches us this truth, as does 2 Corinthians 7, since 1 Corinthians was all about Paul correcting/judging the Corinthian church. But he did so in love.

It should break our heart to have to speak to a brother or sister about their sin, but when we do so in love, we just that the Lord will heal and restore.