Question: Why do you judge others when the bible condemns judging? Matthew 7:1-3
Donald Bohanon: The Bible commands and instructs and has always commanded and instructed the righteous to judge in righteousness.
In other words…the person who is doing the judging must be righteous themselves and must use the word of God when applying judgment to gauge if the behavior is deemed righteous or offensive/wicked in God’s eyes.
The verse you provided in Mathew 7: 1-3 is in the context of judging in hypocrisy and or in unrighteousness. Something that’s further confirmed in Matthew 7:1-5 and Romans 2: 1-6. If you read carefully you see the condemnation the Bible speaks about is in the context of being immersed in sin yourself while judging another person.
It states in Matthew 7:5 to get the beam out of your own eye(or depart from your own sin first) and you will be able to see clearly to remove the beam out of another person’s eye or judge another person’s situation. It emphasizes in Romans 2:1-6 that you are inexcusable because you judge while being guilty of the same things yourself. This is the context in which judging is condemned.
Christ judged and condemned the Pharisee and the Scribes every chance he got because of their wickedness and hypocrisy. And warned them there would be a consequence for their behavior.. Matthew 23:23-33. Christ judged and the Bible and Christ instruct the righteous to judge in righteousness and that still applies today.
Christ even went as far as warning the Pharisee and the Scribes that they were behaving hypocritically because they would not adhere to the three weightier/more important matters of the law, one of which included the importance of judgment…Matthew 23:23. Jesus Christ also commanded and instructed his disciples not to judge according to the appearance but to judge righteous judgment…John 7:24.
God emphasizes in Isaiah 61:8 that he loves judgment. God implores the prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 20:4 and Ezekiel 22:2..to judge the house of Israel and show them the abominations of their fathers.
Important emphasis is placed on the abominations their fathers had engaged in and they themselves were engaging in. Imploring Ezekiel to judge that evil behavior by exposing it, calling it what it was and condemning it. In hopes of preventing God’s wrathful and destructive punishment for the abominable sin.
The purpose of judging is to expose evil for what it is before it ultimately spreads to the physical and spiritual destruction of millions. That’s why righteous judgment is crucial especially in this day and age.
Mathew 7: 1-3 is often used and taken out of context as a way to deter people from speaking out against evil and perversion. Satan has essentially distorted the proper application and interpretation of it(by way of false unlearned ministers) as a way to freely promote and advance abominable evil of all forms.
It’s also important to note that you don’t need to be righteous /living righteously which is expressed by living in accordance with the commandments and word of God as a whole, to call evil what it is.
Calling evil, evil, is not necessarily considered judging but simply speaking the truth something that’s strongly encouraged by scripture. But calling evil good and good evil is considered lying, an abomination, and is condemned by scripture and is deemed punishable by death in the lake of fire when judged. Isaiah: 5:20-25, Proverbs 17:15, Revelation 21:7-8.
4 Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause them to know the abominations of their fathers:
King James Version (KJV)
2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations.
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.
2 Timothy 4:2-4
King James Version (KJV)2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.