Monday, August 27, 2012

Judging without being Judgmental

In the last century, “fundamentalism” was born out of the controversy over the inerrancy of the Bible. Fundamentalism was perceived as narrow-minded and judgmental. In the last two decades, conservative churches have distanced themselves from fundamentalism. For example, most conservative Baptist churches have abandoned the name ‘Baptist’ for more neutral sounding names, like “Fellowship” or “Community.” One San Jose church names itself after the local mall.

In our culture of political correctness and conflict avoidance, anyone who embraces the inerrancy of Scripture and its claims to exclusivity is perceived as judgmental. But then wouldn't Jesus have to be called judgmental for exposing sin and hypocrisy, calling for repentance, warning of false teachers? How do we comply with Jesus' command to “judge not”? (Matt 7:1)

Well, Jesus also said, “Judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24). The Greek word for judge meaning, “to call into question.” As Biblical people, we must question all things in relation to truth, judging false teachers and their false doctrine, and when necessary, “rebuking them sharply” (Titus 1:13). If we succumb to political correctness, the truth will suffer. May it not be said, as it was in Isaiah's day, "truth has stumbled in the streets" (59:14).


  1. Hi Dr. Greg,
    The hardest part I experience with judging, is that for me it is the insidious nature of the pride that ever lurks within me to want to judge others who just happen to be sinning differently than I do.
    We are ALL in need of a savior.
    Larry Q

  2. Thus, the command to "judge righteously" is pereived as so impossible that we don't "judge" at all; and "truth stumbles in the street" for lack of judging! It occurs to me that if we judge others' behaviors based on the bible, we maintain a righteous objectivity. It is only when we judge based on our viewpoint (the way we think things should be done!) that we do not judge rightesously. In other words, being saints who still sin does not disqualify us from being able to judge sin. If we all wait until we are 'perfect' to judge righteously... well, it will never happen.

    Blessings, Greg