we judge others?
not, and ye shall not be judged."
(KJV Luke 6:37)
This is part
two of the answer to the above question. If you have not read part
one, you may wish to start with part one.
not people: We now see that Jesus is telling us to not judge
other people. This makes sense, we have no way to know someone else's
thoughts or motives.
do need to judge the behavior and speech of others.
2 Corinthians 6:14 tells us that we should not marry a non-Christian:
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with
unbelievers". How can we tell if someone is a believer
or unbeliever? We judge their behavior. James 2:14-26 shows us that
we see another's faith through their behavior.
1 Corinthians 5:1-8 tells us that if someone is an unrepentant sinner,
that person should be "turned over to Satan" by excluding
the sinner from Christian fellowship.
terrible that you should boast about your spirituality, and yet
you let this sort of thing go on. Don't you realize that if even
one person is allowed to go on sinning, soon all will be affected?
Remove this wicked person from among you so that you can stay pure."
(NLT) - 1 Corinthians 6-7
judge other's behavior: Throughout the Bible we see that we
are to judge the behavior of others.
not punish: However, we are not--as Christans--to punish them.
Punishment is to be left to the proper authorities (government)
not support sin: On the other hand we should not support sinful
behavior, nor should we protect people from the consequences of
we shun unrepentent sinners?