Only God Can Judge Me

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (English Standard Version)

 9I wrote to you in my letter(A) not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10(B) not at all meaning(C) the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters,(D) since then you would need to go out of the world.11But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone(E) who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12For what have I to do with judging(F) outsiders?(G) Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13God judges[a] those outside.(H) “Purge the evil person from among you.”


Awhile back I wrote a post entitled “Do Not Judge Others” because I wanted to address the issue of judging others.  A lot of Christians and non-believers usually stick by this statement.  We as humans have a way of avoiding responsibility when it comes to our actions.  We that we are all human and that we all make mistakes.  As believers we say, that we all have sinned or whoever is without sin cast the first stone.  And they are all true.  Of course most of the time we take those words out of context and miss what the Holy Spirit was saying….  “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”, Romans 3:23 is not about judging but putting all of mankind on a even playing field between Jew and Gentile.  Its about all of the believers regardless of nation has righteousness by faith through Jesus Christ.  Before this, early on in the chapter Paul by the Holy Spirit crashed any thoughts that we might have about us seeking God or doing good before salvation or even having the forethought to search for Christ.  The chapter finishes by asking the question” Romans 3:27(AR) Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. “
 
So if you want to applying judging others then you must stop boasting by telling others not to look at the fruit we produce.  As far as Christ telling the crowd “he who is without sin cast the first stone?” , first the crowd was filled with religious self-righteous boasting people.  They were like the people Paul was addressing in Romans 3.  Now assuming that we are addressing Christians who are throwing out “do not judge others” we have a lot to talk about.  It is actually to much to go into detail but I will try to address the problem at hand with Christians resisting correction.
 
On the other hand if we are talking about non-believers the answer is simple.  Like 2-pac said only God can really judge you and He will.   
 Just as Paul said: 1 Corinthians 5:12For what have I to do with judging(F) outsiders?(G) Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13God judges[a] those outside.  
All we are to do as Christians is to offer them Jesus Christ and teach them the Gospel.  We are to share with the world the message of reconciliation through the redemptive work of Christ Jesus on the cross.  We are to plant the seed and allow the Holy Spirit to regenerate their hearts.  It is not our jobs to condemn not convict, the is the work of the Holy Spirit.
 
But the correction, rebuking and building up of our brothers and sisters is our duty.  Any believer who is seeking to run from or avoid the council of the shepherds placed over them by God is running from God’s command not man’s.
 
2 Timothy 4:1-3 (English Standard Version)
 1(A) I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,(B) who is to judge the living and the dead, and by(C) his appearing and his kingdom: 2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season;(D) reprove, rebuke, and(E)exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3(F) For the time is coming when people will not endure(G) sound[a]teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
 
1 Thessalonians 4:7-8 (English Standard Version)
7For(A) God has not called us for(B) impurity, but in holiness. 8Therefore(C) whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God,(D) who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

 It usually comes down to that we just don’t want people to tell us anything and so we rebel.  But we are not rebelling against pastors or churches or even people.  We are rebelling against the Holy Spirit and his instructions being taught to us by God’s chosen vessels.  If what’s being told doesn’t align with scripture then we have a serious problem. But is the council of the Minister is biblically sound then we must comply with the word of God.
 
1 Peter 4:15-17 (English Standard Version)

15But(A) let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or(B) as a meddler. 16Yet(C) if anyone suffers as a(D) Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God(E) in that name. 17For it is time for judgment(F) to begin at the household of God; and(G) if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who(H) do not obey the gospel of God?

Judgement starts with us but what we are to not be judged by is none believers as they have no standing to pass judgement on God’s elect.  Especially those of who hold to traditions that claim salvation by doing them or following rituals.

Colossians 2

16Therefore let no one(AK) pass judgment on you(AL) in questions of food and drink, or with regard to(AM) a festival or(AN) a new moon or a Sabbath. 17(AO) These are a shadow of the things to come, but(AP) the substance belongs to Christ. 18Let no one(AQ) disqualify you,(AR) insisting on asceticism and worship of angels,(AS) going on in detail about visions,[d](AT) puffed up without reason by(AU) his sensuous mind, 19and(AV) not(AW) holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

20If with Christ(AX) you died to the(AY) elemental spirits of the world,(AZ) why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21(BA) “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22((BB) referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to(BC) human precepts and teachings? 23These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in(BD) promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are(BE) of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

Understand this, to cast off the instruction of other Christians and to ignore the reprove of ministers is dangerous.  More so to cling to “only God can Judge me” willingly puts your soul under the same judgement and fate as the world which is lost in sin.  When we ascribe to being judged only by God in such a arrogant and boastful way our pride gets in the way.  We puff ourselves up as if we have just done something profound.   We are not humbling ourselves to instruction and sanctification.  We say that the path that God has prepared doesn’t apply to us.  We become like King Uzziah who though he knew better than God, so he died a leper only and separated from God.

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