— JUDGING the fruit of others? Yes! We are instructed to do so (Matthew 7:16, 20).
Yet, pride refuses to be corrected and therefore conveniently pulls out and uses the “judge not” verse out of context … refusing to read just a bit further where Jesus says we will know others “by their fruit” which must mean He wants us judging the fruit of others (Matt. 7:15-20) … otherwise He would never have spoken these words. Rhetorically, Paul asked: “do not ye judge them that are within?” (1 Corinthians 5:12) Jesus says that we are to “Judge righteous judgment.” (John 7:24) Believers, when needed, and only if they are mature and have the sin out of their own lives (Matthew 7:1-5; Galatians 6:1-2), are to “judge righteous judgment” – that is, to discern the fruit and attempt to help other saints. Those who don’t accept the LORD’s correction will perish (Hebrews 12:5-12, etc.).
IF I AM REAL, I will pray this like David did:
“Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.” Psalms 141:5
If I am truly a man after God’s own heart, I will humbly ask Him to send others of His people to rebuke, correct, or admonish me when needed. What would a true disciple of Jesus ever be afraid of? Why would one not want the light of truth to shine on his darkness or error? –Because that person would love the darkness of his sin more than the Savior (John 3:19-21). This would prove his apostate condition. Hell awaits.
If the BIBLE reveals ANY mere human being to be unsaved, even if we think we are saved, WHY is that anything but a good thing? After all, isn’t that the mercy of God, showing us we need to turn to Him before it’s too late? – “While He may be found”? (Isaiah 55:6-7)
“Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” Isaiah 1:16-20
Please allow me to say right here that God be praised for those along the way who have preached God’s pure Word which revealed my error and sin. This then brought God’s conviction, repentance, and refreshing (Acts 3:19). God is good.
Was Paul the apostle of Christ just being unnecessarily harsh, rude, or sadistic when he warned the Corinthians who had not yet repented to repent before it was too late? Here it is:
“And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” 2 Corinthians 12:21
Note that it was only those who had not repented who were in trouble, not those who had repented. Read the verse again beloved.
The way the kingdom of God works… There are people who have not yet repented of condemning others for sins God has already forgiven them of (because they repented). So, the self-righteous who condemn them, are still in sin, separated from God. When and if they do repent, they will openly apologize to those they have wrongly condemned. That alone will be the proof of their repentance. Until they do such, it’s clear that they have not repented before God. God will severely judge and eternally condemn any person who sows discord among the brethren, digging up past sins and using them against His children (Proverbs 6:16-19; 16:27-28). Hell awaits all unrepentant railers (1 Corinthians 5:10-12).
The person who is not teachable clearly reveals his backslidden, hell bound condition. Like Saul and Judas, he has hardened his heart against the LORD (1 Corinthians 5; Hebrews 3:12-15).
—- ARE we eager to correct and yet UN-correctable or UN-teachable ourselves? David prayed, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.” (Psalms 141:5)
If you go to correct someone, are you willing to listen to correction in that same transaction?
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” Galatians 6:1-3
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