by James Merritt

Should You Be The Judge?
James Merritt
Matthew 7:1-6


1. We are going to study what I believe is the most misunderstood, misused, and misapplied verse in all of the Bible. In fact, it is probably the world's favorite verse. People who normally scoff at the Bible, reject its teachings, and ridicule its content, love to quote this verse at just the right time to shut the mouths of their critics.

2. I want you to listen to the following statements:

1. Homosexuality is a sin. Homosexuals need to repent of this sin in order to be right with God.

2. All pre-marital sex is wrong. Two people living together out of wedlock, are living in adultery.

3. Abortion is murder. It is the killing of a human being and those doctors who perform abortions, except for rare exceptions, are guilty of taking innocent human life.

3. Now when those statements are made the world immediately trots out their favorite verse in the Bible: "Judge not, that you be not judged." (v.1)

4. Now this raises the question, "Should you be the judge?" The answer of Jesus was not an unequivocal no, as some people think. The answer of Jesus was,

"It all depends." In this passage Jesus tells us to be watchful of three things - logs, dogs, and hogs. You've got to use some type of judgment to identify any of them or all of them. Jesus gives us here three principles to help us answer the question, "Should you be the judge?"

I. Destructive Judgment Is Wicked

1. "Judge not, that you be not judged." (v.1) The word for judge is the Greek word krino, a word which has twelve different shades of meaning. It can mean to choose, to separate, to determine, to adjudicate. But sometimes it means to condemn in a censorious fashion. That is the meaning of the word in this passage.

2. Now there is a difference between confronting the sin and condemning the sinner. John chapter 8 tells us about a woman who was caught in adultery. The P ...

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