“To Judge Or Not To Judge”

Posted: July 13, 2016 in Abolish Judges?, Dispensations, Gospel of John, Government

John 8:15

It really shouldn’t surprise us that our country and the world are in the mess that they are. When more and more people are doing what is right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25) and lawlessness abounds (Matthew 24:12) God’s righteous judgment isn’t far off. Sometimes He intervenes directly as He did when He brought on the universal flood of Noah’s day (Genesis 6-8).  But most often He uses other nations.  He used the Babylonians to punish the idolatrous Jews (Daniel 1:1, 2). Jesus is the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8) and He will take vengeance against those who have defied Him and wronged others (Romans 12:19).

Warning. The Apostle Peter warned us about false teachers and those who twist the Scriptures to their own advantage (2 Peter 3:16). They allegorize (change) the clear teachings of the Word of God to try to avoid having to do what God tells us to do. Do you know what the unforgivable sin is (John 16:9)? If you’re a Christian, do you know where to find your rules for living? While all the Bible is for us, not all of it is addressed to us. If you believe that the rules for the Jews, found in the Old Testament, differ from Christians’ rules found in the New Testament, you believe in “Dispensations.” (If you’re confused about this, ask for our FREE “Dispensations Chart.”)

Favorite. One of the favorite verses today among the lawless ones is, “Judge not that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). Without considering the context which also tells people to have righteous judgment (Matthew 7:5, 6, 15, 16; See John 7:24), many of them brandish anyone who might not celebrate their sinful lifestyle.

Imagine. Try to imagine what a sporting event would be like without rules for the game and without judges (umpires). Suppose a country dismissed all the legislators, judges, and the executive branch of government which is supposed to uphold the laws through the police force. Would you really want to live in such a society? What if someone bigger than you bullied you? Would you want the police to protect you? If there were no judges, how could you take someone to court if they violated your rights?

Bribes. What if the judges are bribed and justice is not served (Proverbs 17:23)? Do you think that this doesn’t happen? Do you think the omniscient God (Jesus) doesn’t know or isn’t aware of what is going on (John 2:24, 25)? Nothing is hidden from His eyes (Hebrews 4:13). He even knows about our motives for doing what we do and will judge everyone accordingly (1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

All Knowing. The omniscience of God can be a comforting thought to those who have been wronged unjustly (1 Peter 2:19), and who know that God will make it right someday (Romans 12:19). But it should also frighten the lawless unbelievers because their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever will be determined by the wicked works they did on earth (Jude 1:13; Revelation 20:11-15). Of course such people will try to dismiss from their thinking any future judgment by simply denying God’s existence and/or by believing in the annihilation of the wicked rather than judgment which is inevitable (Hebrews 9:27).

Admonition. “Be wise, O kings [rulers, presidents, leaders]; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son [Jesus], lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him [Jesus]” (Psalm 2:10-12).

Confess. Great or small, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, wise or foolish, strong or weak – We will all face Jesus some day (John 5:22; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15). Everyone will bow the knee and every tongue will confess (admit) that Jesus Christ is Lord (i.e. the God-man), to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11). This is not teaching universal salvation (See Matthew 25:41, 46).

Faith. Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead? If not, why not now? We can’t be saved by our good works lest we should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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See also http://www.gotquestions.org/do-not-judge.html


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