What Does The “Judge Not” Bible Verse Really Mean?

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Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged

There is a verse in the Bible that says to judge not. It is found in John 6:37. It is part of the famous sermon on the Mount given by Jesus. In it we find some very important principles to live by and to apply to our Christian lives.

Christians have been known to be some of the most judgmental people on the earth and I am sorry to say that their reputation is well deserved at times.

Whether they pass judgement on people’s sinful nature, or they pass judgement on pet doctrines that they disagree with, or even pass judgement on which form or flavor of Christianity is the most spiritual, this proclivity to judge others must be spoken out against.

It breaks the heart of God. So let’s take a look at why Jesus plainly said to judge not.

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The “Judge Not” Bible Verse.

Luke 6:37-42
Do Not Judge Others
37 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
39 Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? 40 Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.

41 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 42 How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

The difference between right and wrong and judging

First let me start off by explaining that there is a difference between understanding the difference between right and wrong and judging. I am not supporting some type of relative morality.

Right and wrong exist and are absolutes that is found in the Scriptures. However the pronouncement of sentence (judging) is different.

Judging is when you not only see the wrong someone is doing but then declaring a punishment or sentence upon that person.

For example, recently I read a blog post about a well known pastor and leader of a group of churches that according to the Scriptures is handling an accusation of abuse in one of his churches poorly.

If we have learned anything by the way that the Catholic Bishops handled this type of situation, it is that accusations of abuse should be taken seriously and handled with transparency and not covered up.

This pastor, instead of dealing with the situation, decided to use his pulpit to denounce and pass judgement upon the one who is claiming they were abused.

This type of behavior is wrong.

However I do not pass judgement on this pastor.

I do not say He will burn in hell for it, or that calamity will befall him for doing this. I just call it wrong.

That is the difference between knowing right and wrong according to the Bible and passing judgement.

Why Do People Feel The Need To Judge Others?

People pass judgment on others because it gives them a feeling of superiority.

When people find others that they can point fingers at make people look at the failings of others it makes them feel that they must be doing better than average.

Remember when you were a kid and you got caught doing something by your parents?

Did you ever try to snitch on your siblings about their bad behavior in order to get your parents to stop looking at your behavior?

Many people fall into the temptation to try to make the Christian life one of living up to a certain performance ratio and they want to look like they are performing up to that standard. So they go around pointing out and judging the failures of others.

People pass judgement on others because misery loves company.

Many people who feel condemned themselves want others to be in the same boat as them, so they make that happen. They feel that they are not good enough, not loved enough, not performing up to whatever standard they have set for themselves, so they put people in the same box as they are in.

I have seen this many times in churches that have a superiority complex where they feel that their pet doctrine or their pet method of expressing Christianity is better than all the other methods so they judge others on their lack of conformity to their pet doctrine or method.

They gather a bunch of people who feel the same way and if anyone strays they are condemned and those who are not part of their cliche, they are unenlightened to the “new or best” way or method.

People judge others because they actually are trapped by the same or similar sin.

I remember early on in my Christian life a situation where a well known pastor and evangelist would get on TV and blast people dealing with sexual sins. He held them over the pits of hell all the time.

Later it was discovered that he himself had a problem with pornography and soliciting prostitutes.

Many times people judge others because they are trying to either make up for their own failings or they are acutely aware of that particular sin because it resides in their own life.

Jesus put it this way. “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?

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How Do We “Judge Not”?

  • The first step to not judging others is to place God back where He is supposed to be in our lives and worldview. He is the righteous judge. Gen 18:25 He is the only one that has the right to pronounce a sentence and deliver punishment. We have to stop playing God in this area of our lives. We have to stop pronouncing sentences and trying to punish people.
  • The second thing we have to do to judge not is be secure in ourselves and our own relationship with God. I do not sentence or condemn those that disagree with me. I have no desire to place Baptists, hard line Pentecostals, or liberal Methodists over the pits of hell, or call upon God to hurt them in any way. I have no desire to prove that my expression of my faith is any better than anyone else’s. I am secure in who I am and in who I belong to. It eliminates the need to be right.
  • The third thing we have to do to judge not is be willing to be honest and transparent with people. How can you judge someone else when you know and are honest about the fact that you struggle with the same thing or similar things. The reason I know that pointing out people who disagree with me from the pulpit and saying God is going to “Get em” is wrong is because there have been times in my own life that I have been tempted to do this and it was wrong for me. That is why I can “judge not”.

So I ask you, what ways can you suggest we get better at obeying Jesus in this command to judge not?

What things have you learned that have helped you in this and what are some of the positive things you have experienced when you made the choice to judge not?

Now that is something to think about!


Pastor Duke

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Duke Taber
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of L.I.F.E. Bible College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.Pastor Duke specializes in healing hurting churches and bringing revival, renewal, and restoration of the presence of God to the body of Christ in America to make the church spiritual again.Pastor Duke has a few limited dates available to speak in other churches. If your church needs a fresh move of the Spirit of God or has gone through a painful and wounding season, click here.Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world. He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center.

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