The Most Misunderstood Passage In The Bible: "Do Not Judge"
By: Pastor Bill Nesbitt
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:41 AM
Someone asked me if I knew why his pastor left his church? I said I didn’t know. A few weeks later he said he heard that his pastor had a couple of girlfriends on the side. I said that I was sorry and always hated to see a pastor disqualified. This fellow said, “But it is like my mother says, ‘Do not judge.’”
Is his mother correct? Matt. 7:1 says, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.” On the TV show “The View”, that is Whoopi and Joy’s favorite saying. They believe you can’t judge the gay lifestyle or a couple living together. The world takes “do not judge” as a blanket statement. Judge no one for any reason! But that is not what God means in this verse. Here is the meaning in its context:
Jesus is not saying no to all judgments but no to sinful, self-righteous judgments. For example, “That person is not like me, so they can’t be as holy.” “They drink beer so they can’t be a Christian.” “They have a tattoo so they must be loose and ungodly.”
This sinful judge will criticize someone for missing church while they themselves are the biggest gossip in the church. Deal with your own sin first!
But you can judge according to Biblical truth. Pride is a sin. Lying is a sin. If you are a pastor and you have two girlfriends and a wife that is sin. It is appropriate to confront all of these sins in gentleness and seek to have these individuals confess and repent.
Finally, in the future when you say that homosexuality is a sin and someone responds with, “Do not judge”, you can rightly say that is not what that passage means. Did you hear that Whoopi?