“The Danger in NOT Judging Sin” August 23

 

The Danger of NOT Judging Sin - While we cannot know another person’s heart, it is a misunderstanding of the Bible to think we are never to judge someone else's behavior. In fact, there is great danger in not judging sin, especially to the person caught up in it.While we cannot know another person’s heart, it is a misunderstanding of the Bible to think we are never to judge someone else’s behavior. In fact, there is great danger in not judging sin, especially to the person caught up in it.

Also read about some things to consider when going through a test or a trial and some of the traps that can lead to sexual immorality.

 

Today’s Readings:
Job 37 & 38
Psalm 100.1-5
Proverbs 23.26-28
1 Corinthians 5.1-13

 

The Danger in NOT Judging Sin

 

1 Corinthians 5.1-13:

For the Purpose of Reconciliation

 

Our reading in Proverbs today has some strong warnings about the dangers of sexual immorality. The Corinthian church had their problems in this area and, instead of dealing with it biblically, they chose to look the other way. In our society today, we might call this “being tolerant”!

Sometimes we even put a biblical-sounding spin on it and say we don’t want to judge.

Read Paul’s words in verse 3 again, “For I indeed … [I] have already judged … him who has done this deed.” While we cannot know or judge another person’s heart or spiritual relationship with God, we are told throughout Scripture to judge sin. Jesus said, “You will know a tree by its fruit.” That means you must determine what the fruit is!

confronting comfortingThe point we most often miss in all of this is the purpose behind it. It’s not so we can be self-righteous or condemning. It’s so a sinning brother or sister can be reconciled to God. If a person stays in a lifestyle of sin, one of two things is true: either he or she is not really saved or they are in danger of God’s discipline (Heb. 12.5-11).

Later in chapter 11 Paul tells these same believers:

“For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”

Because of unconfessed and unforsaken sin, many were weak and sick and some had even died prematurely!

Certainly we all sin in many ways, and many of those things can be covered in love. But gross sins, life dominating sins like anger, abuse, and sexual immorality should be lovingly confronted in a biblical way. This is not easy to do, but necessary, if the body of Christ is to be the pure and undefiled bride she is called to be.

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

Job 37 & 38:

Things to Consider When Going Through a Test or Trial

 

prayer bibleIn chapter 38, God turns the tables on Job and begins to question him! Remember God had already vindicated Job in the court of heaven and He will vindicate him again as He speaks to Job and his friends, but as John MacArthur says in his Daily Bible notes, “… He first brought Job to a right understanding of Himself.”

It’s alright for us to question God, but we must know in advance, we won’t always get an answer, neither will we always understand the answers we get, and we need to be willing to accept that He knows best. Tests and trials are opportunities to trust God in a greater way whether or not it makes sense to us. 

If you are going through a test or trial and struggling to understand, read chapters 38-42 carefully and prayerfully. Ask someone to pray with you and for you as you seek to glorify Him during a difficult time.

 

Psalm 100.1-5:

Praise God in the Trial

 

Psalm 100 is not just a wonderful psalm to declare when things are going well, but when we are suffering as Job was. We need to remember verse 3:

“It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves.”

He created us and He knows what’s best. He loves us and all His plans for us are for our good and His glory!

If you’re going through a difficult season, why not come into His presence with thanksgiving and praise, trusting that He is good and His mercy is everlasting!

And if you let me know. I’d love to pray for you!

 

Proverbs 23.26-28:

Finding Satisfaction in Him

 

The New Living Translation says:

26 O my son, give me your heart.
    May your eyes take delight in following my ways.
27 A prostitute is a dangerous trap;
    a promiscuous woman is as dangerous as falling into a narrow well.
28 She hides and waits like a robber,
    eager to make more men unfaithful.

prayer Bible readingThis passage and many others contain strong warnings about being drawn into sexual immorality. Those warnings aren’t just for men.

There are many men who prey on vulnerable women, just as a prostitute might with a man.

Often it’s emotional attachments that the devil uses to draw us in. It might be a friendship with a co-worker that gradually turns into something else. Or someone  who comes along and begins to pay us the compliments we long to hear from our husbands. These and others are traps the devil uses over and over to lure women away from their husbands and into sin and destruction.

The Bible also uses sexual immorality as a picture of our spiritual adultery against God. How often we choose to go after the sinful things of the flesh and the world instead of finding satisfaction and fulfillment in Him!

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (Jas. 4.4).

Blessings,
Donna

 

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10 thoughts on ““The Danger in NOT Judging Sin” August 23

  1. YES! I struggle with so many in the church who don’t get this part about judging–read discernment. So sad our English language has only the one translated word for a concept that has multiple words used in the original language in the Bible. In such times as these, I believe Christians must be the watchmen at the gates and call sin precisely what it is–and that requires making a judgement call. May the Lord give understanding to His Word in this area to believers and those to whom He may minister conviction when we judge with a righteous judgement.
    Joy!
    Kathy

    • Very well said, Kathryn. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’d rather risk hurting offending someone here, than having them look at me later and wonder why I never spoke the truth when it could have kept them out of some ditch! But more important is because I want to be obedient to Him! Blessings!

  2. In the book of Romans, I recall Paul telling other believers that we are to judge each other but to leave the judging of unbelievers to God. What is your take on that because I think it’s important to call out sin in any person?

    • Shelly, what a great question!

      In Gal. 3.24 Paul also said that the law can show us our need for Christ, “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” So I believe there is a time to when the righteous laws of God can be used with an unbeliever. For example, when I’m sharing the gospel with someone, I’ll sometimes ask them if they believe they would go to heaven if they died tonight. If they say “yes,” I’ll ask why. Oftentimes, they say because I’m a pretty good person. So I’ll go through some of the 10 commandments with them, all the while pointing to myself. “Have you ever told a lie? I know I have.” “Have you ever used God’s name in vain? I know I have.” “Have you ever dishonored your mother or father? I know I have.” I want to help them see that we have all sinned and can’t stand before God based on any goodness of our own.

      But I don’t believe we can hold unbelievers to the same standard as believers. In reality, they don’t have the capacity to understand or obey because they don’t have the Holy Spirit living in them. So while we need to speak up for God’s holy standards, we must know that the truths of God are foolishness to them (1 Cor. 1.18).

      On the other hand, we are repeatedly told to encourage, reprove, and restore one another (Matt. 18.15-17; Gal. 6.1-2; 1 Thess. 5.14). And, as you mentioned, to judge fruit at times. But, even with other believers, the purpose is always restoration (Gal. 6.1-2).

      Of course, it goes without saying that we aren’t to become spiritual fruit inspectors, criticizing every little thing, merely pointing out sin or gossiping about others. There are many things love simply covers and others things that just need to be a matter of prayer.

      I hope I answered your question. Perhaps, you see it differently. I know I don’t have all the answers.

  3. I cringe a lot of the time when I hear people throwing around the “judge not” phrase. It’s SO often taken out of context. Thank you for rightly dividing the Word of Truth. I’ve often referred to Paul’s words on this whole “judging” matter as well. The motive for judging sin in a right manner should always be for the purpose of reconciliation and not puffing up self. Blessings!

    • Yes, it has been misquoted and misinterpreted so much and has hurt the body of Christ, as a whole. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Blessings!

  4. Donna, Very well said!

    I appreciated so much your insights about judging sin.

    I am concerned that many of today’s church’s are taking “loving on people” to an unbiblical level. Like you stated, we can lovingly confront a person’s sin, but loving someone doesn’t mean turning a blind eye to their sin, especially if there could be eternal consequences. Just like we do not turn a blind eye to our children’s disobedience, but lovingly pointing out their sin for the purpose of correcting, restoring and guiding them toward obedience.

    Thank you so much for sharing this edifying post.

    • Well said, Karen. God is the perfect Father, and as you said, if we correct our children, it makes sense that He want want to correct His. And if we are His hands and feet, He’s going to use us to do so. Blessings!

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