Summary: Are we permitted to judge others? In this 6th sermon of the series "Taking Up Your Cross in Today’s World" we will examine what the Bible teaches on this. Bel Aire Baptist Church 2/17/02
Is it Right to Judge?
6th in series of
"Taking Up Your Cross in Today’s World"
The Holy Spirit has been convicting me to preach a sermon on what does it mean to judge and to rebuke. This has been a difficult sermon to prepare, because many may not agree with what I have to say, but I feel it needs to be said. To those whom the gift of discernment has been given by the Holy Spirit, may understand better what I will be trying to get across. There is a lot of evil in today’s world and some of it may even be masquerading as goodness in our churches. We must be able to test the spirits and determine the good from the bad. Thus we must be able to judge the fruits of a person’s works.
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.
12 It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
13 while we wait for the blessed hope-- the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.
In the passage that we just read we are told to say "No" to all ungodliness and worldly passions. We should not be involved in anything that is sin and evil. Today there are so many groups out there in the world that are trying to convince us that their views are good and best for our nation. There are the pro-abortion groups that tells us that the taking the life of an unborn baby is OK, because it is just a glob of tissue and the woman has a right to do with her body what she wishes. There are the homosexual groups that are trying to convince people that their lifestyle is normal and acceptable and that they should have all the rights of a traditional married couple and even to pastor churches. There are the sex-crazed groups that are telling us that pornography and sex with children is acceptable. There are the cult groups telling us that Islam is a peaceful religion that worships the same God that Christians worships. There are groups telling us that witchcraft is acceptable to teach to our children. There are groups telling us that we Christian are bad because we are intolerant to all of the above groups of people. Jesus was never tolerant to evil or sin. He rebuked the sinful person and if that person repented, then He forgave and encouraged that person.
In the verses that we read, we are told that while we wait for Christ’s return, we are to do what is good, and also teach, encourage and rebuke with all authority. To be able to say "No" to all ungodliness and to rebuke others, we must be able to make judgments on what is good and what is evil. I have been told so many times that we are not to judge, but if we are not allowed to judge then how can we determine the difference between righteousness and sin?