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   EXPOSING THE 'JUDGE NOT' FALLACY!



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Published On : July 26, 1997

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A Guide For Members Of The Lord's Army



In his epistle to the Ephesians, Paul makes us aware that we
are involved in a spiritual warfare against the forces of
darkness:

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
places." (Ephesians 6:12)

Being as our warfare is spiritual in nature and not physical
like that which is fought by worldly and ungodly men, it only
stands to reason that the weapons of our warfare must also
be spiritual in nature. Paul again confirms this when he
tells us in his letter to the church at Corinth:

"(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty
through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)"
(2 Corinthians 10:4)

Exactly what are these weapons? Again, Paul not only tells
us what our primary weapon is, but he also describes the
armour which goes along with it for our own protection:

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye
may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done
all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about
with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of
peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye
shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the word of God:" (Ephesians 6:13-17)

Here we see that our weapon is the Sword of the Spirit, the
very Word of God. Paul confirms this again in his epistle to
the Hebrews:

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper
than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing
asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the
heart." (Hebrews 4:12)

In speaking of His ministry on Earth, Jesus spoke of this
very same Sword when He said:

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not
to send peace, but a sword." (Matthew 10:34)

The sword He was referring to is the very Word and Truth of
God which He spoke throughout His time on Earth. It is that
spoken Word which has divided, and continues to divide, the
sheep from the goats, the Children of God from the children
of Satan. In fact, we are told that Jesus is the very
embodiment of the Word of God. He came to reveal the Spirit
of Truth in a flesh and blood human body:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God...And the Word was made flesh, and
dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of
the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and
truth...It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh
profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are
spirit, and they are life...I am the way, the truth, and the
life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
(John 1:1, 14, 6:63, 14:6)

This Word, this Spirit of Truth, is the very same Sword
which we see proceeding out of the mouth of the Lamb of God
when He comes to fight against the ungodly forces which have
taken over the Earth:

"And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he
should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod
of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and
wrath of Almighty God." (Revelation 19:15)

What we need to realize is that our chief adversary, Satan,
also possesses a weapon; and that weapon is also the word.
However, it is not the Word of Truth, but rather the exact
opposite. It is The Lie. In fact we are told that he is the
father of lies:

"...He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in
the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he
speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar,
and the father of it." (John 8:44)

What some Christians may not realize though is that we have
Ole Satan outmatched. You see, while we have a nice shiny
two-edged Sword, all he has are a bunch of darts. But don't
be deceived, don't underestimate him! While his little darts
may not seem as effective or as powerful as our Sword, they
are in fact loaded with fiery poison. Remember what Paul
said:

"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall
be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."
(Ephesians 6:16)

Just like a wasp, or a scorpion, or a stonefish, or a
poisonous viper, once his venom gets into your system,
Satan's words, his lies, can be extremely painful;
destructive, and sometimes even deadly. They can wreak a lot
of havoc! Remember, in the book of Genesis, all it took was
four little words to bring about the downfall of humankind:

"...Yea, hath God said...? (Genesis 3:1)

As I explained above, Jesus made it very clear that words
are real things. They are powerful! They are spiritual! Our
battle against Satan is primarly a warfare of words! If you
read the four Gospels you will see how true this really is.
Jesus fought a constant verbal warfare against the Scribes
and Pharisees. At the same time, He fed the multitudes
spiritually with the Words that give Life. The Word of Truth
uplifts, it heals, it gives hope, it saves. The Lie does the
exact opposite. It condemns, it wounds, it causes doubt, it
damns. Througout the entire Bible from beginning to end we
see a great verbal warfare taking place; the words of the
prophets and people of God, against the lies and damnations
of the evil mouthpieces of Satan.

And what is Satan's primary weapon in this warfare of words?
It is the doubts he speaks to our minds and hearts. This is
why Paul said that above all, most important of all, we must
use the Shield of Faith to stave off his doubt attacks. We
fight against him with the Sword of the Spirit, but we
protect ourselves at the same time with the Shield of Faith.
Faith is the exact opposite of doubts, and it comes by
hearing, by reading, by memorizing, and by obeying the Word
of God:

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of
God." (Romans 10:17)

If Satan can cause you to doubt God, or to doubt His Word,
or to even doubt your worth as a Christian, then he has a
good chance of totally defeating you and neutralizing your
work for the Lord. If he can get you to take your eyes off
of the Lord, or off of His Word, he has won half the battle.
Once he has you looking at yourself instead of looking at
Jesus, you are in big trouble, because you stink!:

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of
the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2)

"O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the
body of this death?" (Romans 7:24)

As in the book of Genesis and elsewhere, one of Satan's most
powerful methods of causing us to doubt God or to doubt our
worth as His children, is to quote the very same Word we all
believe in, albeit with his own special twist to it. It is
like matter and anti-matter. It almost appears the same, but
it isn't. In fact, it is the exact opposite. If you bring
them together, it can cause a tremendous explosion. A
primary example of this can be found in several verses from
the Gospel of Matthew which have probably been quoted more
often by those who oppose the Lord, than any other
Scriptures in the entire Bible. These verses are the
following:

"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgement
ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye
mete, it shall be measured to you again." (Matthew 7:1-2)

It never ceases to amaze me to see how quick the enemies of
The Truth are to quote these verses. In their haste they
totally ignore other things Jesus had to say which add
balance to the meaning of the above Scriptures. I also find
it rather ironic that they quote from the Same Book which
they deny as being the inspired Word of God! These enemies
of Christ constantly accuse Christians of using Scriptures
as crutches to support their views while they do the very
same thing themselves when it is to their convenience. How
can they quote from a Source which they say is not even of
God? It seems a bit two-faced and hypocritical to me. But
you see, that is the way Satan operates. He is a hypocrite
and a liar, and he will use whatever serves his purpose...
and these verses serve him well. These verses have been used
to neutralize many a sincere Christian in their witness for
the Lord. So then, I think it is time to undo some of the
damage which has been done, and to give our fellow workers
for the Lord some ammunition to use when the workers of
darkness try to stifle their witness through the
mis-application and twisting of the above Scriptures, which
by the way, will eventually lead to their own destruction:

"As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these
things; in which are some things hard to be understood,
which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do
also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."
(2 Peter 3:16)

While Jesus did issue the above admonition regarding judging
others, what most people do not realize is that He gave this
commandment to the multitudes who listened to Him speak on
the moutainside during His famous 'Sermon on the Mount'. The
significance of this will be shown in a minute. There are
those who claim that this Sermon was reserved only for His
closest disciples, that is, The Twelve; however, a closer
reading of the Scriptures reveals otherwise. If we read the
verse just prior to the beginning of the actual Sermon, and
those immediately following it, we begin to get a clearer
picture of the events which transpired that day. The very
first verse in Matthew chapter five reads:

"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and
when he was set, his disciples came unto him:" (Matthew 5:1)

Notice that is says there were 'multitudes' present. Jesus
then went up into the moutain, and we are told that His
disciples came to Him. Some have interpreted this as
meaning that only The Twelve came to Him; however, the
closing verses seem to indicate otherwise:

"And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings,
the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught
them as one having authority, and not as the scribes."
(Matthew 7:28-29)

Notice that is says 'the people'. This seems to imply that
there were other people listening as well and not just His
immediate Twelve Disciples. I am not familiar with any
verses where Jesus' immediate Twelve Disciples are referred
to as 'the people'. In other words, when we hear the word
'disciples', we have been conditioned to think of only The
Twelve; but the truth of the matter is that Jesus had many
disciples. Perhaps they were not all as close as The Twelve
who were hand-picked by the Lord, but nevertheless they were
considered disciples of varying degrees. Consider the women
who attended to Jesus such as the various Mary's, Martha,
Joanna, Salome, etc. Consider Lazarus whom Jesus raised from
the dead. Consider the Pharisee Nicodemus who came to Him by
night. Consider Joseph of Arimathaea in whose tomb Jesus was
buried. The main point I am trying to bring out here is that
Jesus was giving general advice for all of humanity to live
by. He was saying that inasmuch as the public at large is
concerned, it is not a good idea to judge each other.

Why is this? Well, for one thing, we will be judged by the
same manner and degree with which we judge others. That idea
alone should stop us in our tracks, but it usually doesn't.
Let's face it, being the humans that we are, sometimes our
judgment and criticism of others can be unjustified, or it
can be unduly severe. Unless we have the Lord's Spirit of
Wisdom and Spiritual Discernment, we may not see or know
things which He is aware of. For this reason, we may come to
false or erroneous conclusions. Most people in the world do
not have God's Spirit, so applying the above verses to their
lives is indeed a wise practice. Looking at it from another
perspective, when we are young children, we are especially
guilty of harsh criticism. We find everything wrong with our
parents and the world around us, particularly when as
teenagers we don't get what we want. Kids have to be some of
the best con artists and psychologists in the world. What
they often forget though is that we were once their age and
engaged in the same things.

From looking at a few other verses on this subject of
judgment, I am wondering if perhaps 'do not unfairly or
unjustly criticize' might not have been a better phrase to
use in translating this word 'judge' in the Sermon on the
Mount. Using this phrase adds a whole new dimension to the
word 'judge' as it is used in the above verses. One thing we
need to understand is that the issue of judging people and
matters goes a lot deeper than what is apparent in these
verses from the Gospel of Matthew. Most folks do not make
any attempt to further research this topic, so they end up
short-changed in their understanding. They simply see 'Judge
not' and they leave it at that. If we really want to get
technical and base our lives on those two words alone, then
we should not even have our judiciary system, because Jesus
said to 'judge not,' right? What I am now going to
demonstrate is that some forms of judgment are necessary,
particularly when it involves those who have dedicated
themselves to the Lord and His Work. As will be seen, there
are really two different kinds of judgment. First, there is
unrighteous judgment, which would be similar to unfair and
unjustified criticism as is implied in the Sermon on the
Mount; and second, there is what Jesus referred to as
righteous or just judgment:

"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous
judgment." (John 7:24)

Notice that in Matthew we have Jesus saying 'judge not', and
now we have Him saying 'judge righteous judgment.' Is this a
contradiction of the Scriptures? The enemies of Christ are
real 'pros' when it comes to pointing out these kinds of
things. Unfortunately, without the Spirit of God, they don't
have a clue as to what The Truth is, or what the Scriptures
really mean. So is there a contradiction in these two
statements uttered by Jesus? Most certainly not, although
for those who are carnally minded it may appear that way.
This verse clearly demonstrates the point I am making. Jesus
made this second statement in The Temple at Jerusalem right
after the Jews had accused Him of having a devil. The Lord
is saying there are two kinds of judgment: unrighteous
judment, (judgment which is not right, unfair criticism),
and righteous judgment, (judgment which is right and just).
In this example, the 'judge not' idea fits perfectly because
the Jews were unfairly or unjustly criticizing Him. They
didn't have a leg, or the Word, to stand on. They knew
exactly what Jesus meant by 'judge righteous judgment'.

Another clear example can be found in the writings of Paul.
He also made a distinction between righteous and unrighteous
judgment. For example, when he was discussing the problem in
the Roman church between those who were meat eaters and
those who were vegetarians, he said:

"But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set
at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the
judgment seat of Christ." (Romans 14:10)

In this case, the spirit of his words is implying negative
criticism, just as the Jewish Elders used with Jesus. When
you cannot back up what you say with the Word of God, then
it is negative criticism. These meat-eating brothers in Rome
were self-righteously judging those who chose not to eat
meat, even though the Lord and the Mosaic Law never once
prohibitted the eating of all meats. Aside from pork and a
few other unclean animals, as well as the drinking of blood,
the Mosaic Law gave the green light for eating meat. As
pointed out in other articles, from the time following The
Flood in Noah's day, the Lord set the standard making it
permissible to eat meat. So then, while Paul is equating the
word 'judge' with negative baseless criticism in this
situation, he exercises righteous judgment when he deals
with the problem of fornication in the church at Corinth:

"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," (1 Corinthians 5:3)

This was righteous judgment because it was based upon Paul's
knowledge of the Word of the Lord. Regardless of whether he
was basing his decision on the Mosaic Law or on a direct
revelation from the Lord, Paul was seeking to establish
God's Will within the church at Corinth, so it was just
righteous judgment. So you see, if you understand the true
rendering of the word 'judge' in the various places
throughout the Bible, it is possible to say 'judge not'
(don't unjustifiably criticize), while still passing
righteous judgment.

So how do we distinguish between the two? With Paul's
example, I have hinted at the answer. In studying the
Scriptures, the answer becomes even clearer. Jesus Himself
provided a direct answer for us when He said the following:

"I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and
my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but
the will of the Father which hath sent me." (John 5:30)

"And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not
alone, but I and the Father that sent me." (John 8:16)

You see, Jesus is saying that just or righteous judgment is
that which serves to help bring about and fulfill God's Will
and Purpose. Everything that Jesus did and said was to help
bring about God's Will, even though it exposed the lies and
hypocrisy of the Jewish Elders in the process. If you think
back on things I have said in other articles, this concept
becomes even more clear. For example, in the Lord's Prayer,
Jesus says:

"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in
heaven." (Matthew 6:10)

And exactly what is God's will for the people of Earth?
Again, Jesus provides a direct answer for us when He says:

"And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one
which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have
everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."
(John 6:40)

Do you see how all of these verses join together to give us
the full understanding of what righteous judgment is as
opposed to unrighteous judgment? God's Will is that all men
everywhere believe in and accept His Son so that they might
obtain Everlasting Life and partake in the Resurrection.
Everything Jesus said and did worked towards this goal. That
is why He said His judgment was just or righteous. In order
for God's Kingdom to be established on Earth as it is in
Heaven, those who practice the works of darkness must first
be exposed and given a chance to accept the Light so that
they too can do their part to fulfill God's Will. When we do
the exact opposite and reject God's Will for our lives by
rejecting His Son, we are not righteous, but rather
unrighteous, and what we say and do will be unrighteous.

Thus, everything that the Jewish Elders said and did was
unrighteous because they opposed and criticized Jesus every
step of the way. In so doing, they were not only opposing
Him, but they were also opposing God's Will on Earth. The
Jewish Elders hated Jesus from the very start because in the
process of fulfilling His Father's Will, He exposed their
hypocrisy. By His example of obedience to His Father's Will,
He showed exactly how wrong they really were. But you see,
as I have stated before, Satan accuses us of the very same
things of which he himself is guilty. They had to show how
wrong Jesus was in order to prove how right, or how
self-righteous they were. They thought they were fulfilling
God's Will with their keeping of the oral and the written
Law, performing animal sacrifices, observing feast days,
etc. Thus, in their self-righteous way, they tried to trap
Jesus in His words at every instant to show Him the 'error'
of His ways. They accused Him of being a blasphemer, a
lawbreaker, a gluttonous man and a winebibber (a drunk), a
friend of publicans and sinners, a deceiver, and a son of
the devil:

"And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves,
This man blasphemeth." (Matthew 9:3)

"The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say,
Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of
publicans and sinners!" (Luke 7:34)

"And there was much murmuring among the people concerning
him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but
he deceiveth the people." (John 7:12)

"And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why
hear ye him? Others said, These are not the words of him
that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?"
(John 10:20-21)

"But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the
prince of the devils." (Matthew 9:34)

As I said above, Satan is a deceiver. Through his human
mouthpieces, he will shout, and he will yell, and he will
point the finger accusingly at the very ones who are
exposing his own sins of fighting against God's Will on
Earth. After all, he is the accuser of the saints:

"And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders,
he, answered nothing." (Matthew 27:12)

"And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he
answered nothing." (Mark 15:3)

"And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently
accused him." (Luke 23:10)

"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come
salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the
power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast
down, which accused them before our God day and night."
(Revelation 12:10)

So the point I am trying to make with this is that as
Bible-believing Christians, anything we say or do which
helps to promote or fulfill God's Will on Earth, is counted
for righteousness in God's eyes. When backed by the Word, it
is justifiable action, even if those who oppose God's Will
accuse us of being self-righteous and judgmental. Anything
which works against God's Will of bringing the Kingdom into
the hearts of men, is unrighteousness. When the Lord
destroys His enemies who oppose His Will, His judgments are
righteous. They had a chance to submit to God's Will, but
they refused to do so. When the Lord destroyed the world and
imprisoned the evil spirits during the days of Noah, His
judgment was righteous, because by destroying all of those
evil people who opposed Him, His Will could then begin to
flourish through Noah and His family. When Abraham obeyed
and believed God, it was counted to him for righteousness
because He helped to fulfill God's Will and Purpose on
Earth:

"For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it
was counted unto him for righteousness." (Romans 4:3)

Abraham was willing to leave behind his parents and family
in Ur and Haran, and take his immediate family and live as a
nomad, believing that God would multiply his seed as the
stars of the heavens and as the sand of the sea. As we know,
he eventually becoming the father of the Hebrew children,
the forerunners of the nation of Israel. You can read more
about this in my article 'The Children Of God And Politics.'
When the Lord later smote Pharoah of Egypt and sent the
plagues by the hand of Moses, it was righteous judgment
because the Egyptians were opposing God's Will. Following
their liberation from Egypt and wandering through the desert
for forty years, when the Lord began to smite their enemies
round about by giving the children of Israel victories in
battle, it was righteous judgment because the pagan nations
opposed His Will. And what was God's Will? It was that they
would eventually establish the nation of Israel from which
the Saviour would eventually arise. Remember, as Jesus said,
His Father's Ultimate Will is:

"...that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on
him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at
the last day." (John 6:40)

The Apostle Peter also brought out this point when he said:

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not
willing that any should perish, but that all should come to
repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

And finally, when the Lord begins to smite the people of the
Earth in the time ahead, and when He ultimately burns the
Earth with fire, it will also be righteous judgment; for
everyone will have had ample opportunity to submit
themselves to the Will of God:

"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same
word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day
of judgment and perdition of ungodly men...But the day of
the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the
heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements
shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works
that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all
these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons
ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and
the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we,
according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new
earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."
(2 Peter 3:7, 10-13)

In discussing this topic of judgment, what needs to be
understood by Christians is that contrary to those who adopt
the 'judge not' mentality, judgment is not reserved to God
alone. He has also given this authority to those who have
dedicated their lives to His service, to helping to promote
and establish His Will and Kingdom on Earth in the hearts of
men. Consider some of the things which Jesus had to say on
this matter:

"Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth
shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on
earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 18:18)

"Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them;
and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained."
(John 20:23)

As can be seen, the Lord gave this power to His Original
Disciples, and as His representatives in these Last Days, we
also have this same power and authority.

So as I said, I know that this 'judge not' attitude is one
tactic that Satan loves to use to try to condemn a great
many Christians. He does it with me, and I am sure he does
it with you too. He says, 'Who are you to judge others? What
right do you have to tell other people how to live and how
to believe when you are such a mess and a clod yourself?
You're just a self-righteous judgmental Christian! Why don't
you shut up until you get your own act together?' Sadly,
sometimes we listen to his lies and we do shut up. We put
down our Shield of Faith, we take our eyes off of Jesus, and
we start looking at ourselves. And that is EXACTLY what he
wants us to do; because once we do that, we stop preaching
the Gospel because we fall under Satan's condemnation when
we see how bad we are. We have all done it. I know I have.
However, when we shut up and stop preaching the Gospel, we
are not helping anyone. We are not fulfilling God's Will by
helping to spread His Kingdom. Instead of allowing Satan to
judge and condemn us, we need to turn around and do as
Michael the Archangel did when he said:

"...The Lord rebuke thee." (Jude 1:9b)

Just admit you're a failure and a clod, and say, 'Yeah Satan,
I am guilty of everything you say I am. I am a dirty rotten
sinner and a scoundrel! But guess what? Jesus loves me this
I know, for the Bible tells me so! Now get lost! The Lord
rebuke thee!'

In the Bible we find plenty of Scriptures which show us how
the Lord's servants are called to a ministry of salvation as
well as to one of judgment. For example, after their escape
from Egypt, the task of leading the children of Israel
became so burdensome on Moses that he had no choice but to
appoint seventy tribal elders to help him judge different
matters:

"And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted
thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy
sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon
me? Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them,
that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as
a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land
which thou swarest unto their fathers?...I am not able to
bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.
...And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men
of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders
of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto
the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand
there with thee. And I will come down and talk with thee
there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and
will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the
people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone."
(Numbers 11:11-12, 14, 16-17)

The purpose of choosing these Elders was to share the
responsibility of keeping the people in line, to keep them
in obedience to God's Will, and it was no easy task. As the
last four books of the Pentateuch (Torah) demonstrate, Moses
was plagued with problem after problem, which is why he
needed the extra assistance to begin with. He was getting
kind of old by this time and his patience was wearing thin.
While he continued to be the Lord's main mouthpiece to the
children of Israel, he would pass on what the Lord gave him
to the seventy Elders who would then make God's Will known
to the rest of the people. With the Spirit of Wisdom the
Lord had given them, they would then judge matters
accordingly. They were in effect ministers of salvation, and
ministers of judgment. Those who obeyed the Word of the Lord
given through Moses and then the Elders, were spared the
wrath of God. Those who disobeyed and got out of line were
consumed by fire:

"And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and
the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire
of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in
the uttermost parts of the camp." (Numbers 11:1)

As I have explained in other articles such as those dealing
with personal choice, every day of our lives we must choose
anew to live for and serve the Lord. It is a constant battle
between the old man of the flesh, and the new man of the
Spirit. Throughout history, God has always forced the people
who are called by His name to make a choice. Consider some
of these verses:

"I call heaven and earth to record this day against you,
that I have set before you life and death, blessing and
cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed
may live:" (Deuteronomy 30:19)

"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you
this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your
fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or
the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for
me and my house, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:15)

"And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long
halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow
him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered
him not a word." (1 Kings 18:21)

During the times of the Judges which lasted some four
hundred years, the Lord also raised up certain individuals
to shepherd the children of Israel and keep them in line to
the Lord's Will. These included such notable persons as
Samson, Baruch, Deborah, Gideon and the like. This is
discussed in some of my other articles such as 'The Children
of God And Politics.' Following the times of the Judges, the
Lord raised up many of the Old Testament prophets whom we
have all become familiar with. In reading their accounts, we
discover that about all they ever did was to constantly
warn, judge and sometimes chastise the kings and spiritual
hierarchy of Israel because of their rebellious ways.
Similar to some of those who shout 'Judge not!' today, some
of those religious elders and hardhearted kings said the
very same things to those who were sent to warn them of
God's impending judgments: 'What gives you the right to
judge us? We are your leaders! How dare you say this is the
Word of the Lord! Blasphemer! Away with you!' Many of the
prophets were persecuted and/or martyred because by the Word
of the Lord they righteously judged those who claimed to be
God's leadership. For example, Jeremiah was imprisoned and
thrown into a mudpit. The prophet Isaiah is said to have
been cut in half after being stretched out on the racks.
Elijah was forced to flee from evil King Ahab and wicked
Queen Jezebel. And there are many other examples. So being a
prophet or messenger of the Lord is not an easy or a popular
task.

As explained previously, this rebellious attitude on the
part of the spiritual leadership of Israel continued right
up to Jesus' day. Even as He set about to accomplish His
Father's Will, the Jews rebelled against it and exposed
their own hypocrisy through their unrighteous judgment of
Him. Their unrighteousness was epitomized when they finally
managed to get the Lord strung up on a Roman cross. Today,
almost two thousand years later, it is we modern-day
Christians who have been delegated the responsibility of
helping fulfill God's Will on Earth by preaching the Gospel
of the Kingdom in the face of mounting opposition and
criticism from an unbelieving world. Every time we open our
mouths to preach the Gospel, we are in effect serving as
God's tools of judgment and salvation; because by sharing
His Word, we are forcing people to make a decision either
for or against God and His Kingdom. Some day soon, as is
already becoming evident, the entire world will get tired of
hearing us. At that time, under the leadership of Satan
incarnate, they will seek to put a complete stop to our
preaching:

"And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my
sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But
when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye
shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour
what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the
Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you."
(Matthew 10:18-20)

"But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up
to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and
ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for
a testimony against them." (Mark 13:9)

"They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time
cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth
God service." (John 16:2)

There are two important things I'd like to point out in
these verses: First, while they think they will be judging
us, look at what Jesus really says. He says that it will be
'for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.' God will be
judging them by what they do to us. Remember, you reap what
you sow. Notice also what John tells us. Just as Jesus and
His disciples were hunted down and persecuted and killed by
the Jewish elders and unbelieving Gentiles, in these Last
Days, we too will be persecuted and killed by those who
claim to represent God's church. They are the false church,
what some believe to be the Babylon the Great Whore of the
book of Revelation. All of these false religionists I and
others are now exposing are the very ones who will be
self-righteously claiming to do God's will when they
persecute and kill us. It happened once before under the
Inquisition, so why not again under an even more oppressive
charismatic spiritual leader?

So then, if we sweep away the smokescreen of all of this
shouting and yelling of 'Judge not!' and finger-pointing by
the enemies of the Word of God, what are we left with? Well,
first of all, as Christians we need to recognize that we are
no better than anyone else. The verses quoted towards the
beginning of this article concerning our sinful nature apply
to us as well. We are all sinners. The main difference is
that, as Christians, we have accepted God's love, grace,
mercy and forgiveness through Jesus' atoning blood on the
cross at Calvary. This does not make us better than others.
We are still human. We still make mistakes. We still sin.
But we are saved by faith from the coming wrath of God and
look forward in hope to our Resurrection from the dead.
Through the Power of God's Spirit working through us, we
have become new creatures in Christ Jesus. We have been
washed and regenerated by the blood of the Lamb:

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become
new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
(Romans 12:2)

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;"
(Titus 3:5)

In short, we have absolutely nothing to brag about. It is
not our own righteousness, but only the righteousness of
Christ. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. He began
this work in us, and He alone shall complete it to the End:

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of
the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2)

"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath
begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of
Jesus Christ:" (Philippians 1:6)

Despite our own sinful condition, as the Lord's current
spokepersons on Earth, we have a job to do; and it isn't
always a pleasant one or a popular one. To tell someone that
they are going in the wrong direction, to inform them that
they are a sinner, to tell them that they are doing
something which is not pleasing to the Lord, is not an easy
task. Yet, as emissaries of our King, it is something which
we are called to do. In the Old Testament, the prophet
Ezekiel received this word from the Lord:

"Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of
Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them
warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt
surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to
warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the
same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood
will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked,
and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked
way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered
thy soul." (Ezekiel 3:17-19)

In order to bring a person into the Kingdom of Light, we
must first show them that they are dwelling in darkness. The
way to do this is by sharing the Word of God with them. As I
said previously, it is a Light unto our feet, and a lamp
unto our path. It also exposes our innermost thoughts and
desires, whether they be good, or whether they be evil. What
we all need to realize is that we have all already been
judged and found wanting by the Lord through His Written
Word. Therefore, when a Christian quotes Scriptures from the
Bible, he or she is merely delivering the Word of the Lord,
much like the prophets of old. He or she is simply telling
that person what the Bible says so that they are aware of
The Truth. The whole idea is to make people aware of their
sinful condition with the hope that they will realize their
need for a Saviour, repent, and make the decision to accept
the gift of Eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord. As
pointed out through the Old Testament examples, it is
through their own acceptance or rejection of that Word that
a person is in effect judging themselves. We have merely
served as their ministers of judgment or salvation. As Jesus
said:

"If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had
sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin." (John 15:22)

"Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto
you." (John 15:3)

If we accept the Word of Truth into our hearts, then we are
cleansed and justified by it. If we don't, then we will be
judged by that very same Truth. This is why Jesus said the
Jewish elders no longer had a cloak for their sins. Once a
person hears The Truth, they are accountable for their
actions. Up until that point, the Lord is very merciful and
very patient. It is as I have said earlier; until we as
parents make the rules known to our children, we can't very
well punish them for breaking them. The Lord treats us the
same way. That is why His judgments are always righteous;
much moreso than our own.

In conclusion, as the servants of the Lord, as members of
His royal household of faith, as soldiers in His spiritual
army, we must fight the good fight of faith despite all that
the enemy might do or say. If we raise our Shields of Faith,
his words cannot do anything to us. They are like puffs of
smoke which vanish away. Here are a few final verses for you
to consider:

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the
praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his
marvellous light:" (1 Peter 2:9)

"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all
men, especially unto them who are of the household of
faith." (Galatians 6:10)

"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but
fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of
God;" (Ephesians 2:19)

"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,
whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good
profession before many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12).

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that
bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth
good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith
unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!" (Isaiah 52:7)

"His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful
servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will
make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of
thy lord." (Matthew 25:21)

If you would like to know more about judgment, please refer
to some of my other articles such as those found under the
Apocryphal Themes Article Group at The E.D.G.E. Online web
site. Did you know that we will even judge angels?

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