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WHO IS HE TO JUDGE?


Introduction.

We have started a new series entitled “who are you to judge?” These are some of the words most often heard from the mouths of believers and unbelievers alike.

In the last sermon we saw that there are three sins used by the devil that are used more than any other to upset the unity of the body. More churches are split due to these sins and they are legalism, judgment and slandering.  The church once again needs to realise that the devil goes around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. The church while victorious is not immune against Satan, we are not invincible and therefore when it comes to these sins we must not be fatalistic and just accept them. On the contrary we must put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil or the events of evil comes, we can stand.

Sadly these three sins are tolerated as unnecessary evils in the church that cannot be dealt with and must therefore be accepted. People set up legalistic standards, that put other believers down, or weigh them down with guilt, but the legalistic person is left alone to their devices. People judge one another and we look the other away, and many believers actively pursue the venue of slander and others join in, instead of rebuking the slanderer. Just last week a perso who has been actively involved in slandering me, said to me on the phone that he will keep on doing it it because what he is saying about me is the truth, and therefore not slandering. I have heard this so many times where someone will say, ‘I am not gossiping about my neighbour because what I am saying is the truth.’ When is slandering sin, only when it is a lie?

We are so often told to just accept slandering because you cannot stop it. Now I know that this is often how we feel. Let me state upfront, I can handle slander against me, I do not exist for my glory, my integrity at the end of the day is not what matters, but church family it is about the glory of God, it is about the Name of the Lord, it is about the unity and leadership of the church, and it is about protecting the church from this evil. We cannot stand back and observe blatant legalism that is unbiblical; a continuous unbiblical judging of one another and the subsequent slander that has been guilty of splitting and destroying more churches than any other sin ever has. I know we cannot control what comes our way from outside, the Lord has to judge that, but we are not going to tolerate these sins at Logos.

In my previous sermon we put the whole issue of judging under Biblical scrutiny and unbiblical or wrongful judging was found guilty as charged. You can study the sermon notes from that sermon on the internet.

While our sermon series is entitled, ‘who are you to judge?’ I want to ask the next very important question today, namely – ‘who is He to judge?’

1 Corinthians 4:5 (ESV) 5 Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God”.

One of the biggest problems we deal with in our Christian society today is that man wants to be big and God must be small. We see ourselves as the standard of Christian living and judge those who do not make the grade, we set ourselves up as judges over people whether they are believers or not and how well they are doing. Man is big and God is small, when we are okay with it if someone has sinned against anybody else and God and we will counsel that person that all that can be forgiven, but just don’t sin against me, and you will not be forgiven, because I am bigger than God. In our last study on 1 Corinthians 4 on judging we realised that we are incompetent to judge as we do not have all the knowledge and detail and we ourselves are sinners. We don’t even know ourselves most of the time, how can we know others so well that we can judge them.

For today’s sermon, we see that there is another reason we should not judge and that is that there is an important event on the way. Any judgment before this event is inappropriate. What is the event? Paul says “do not pronounce judgment before the time”. What time are we talking about? Well, the text is clear – it is “when the Lord comes”. So there is a court date set in place, and then only the true judge will appear, and then only the real motives of a man’s heart will be made known, and the things done in darkness will be disclosed, and then only will a true righteous verdict be handed down. In trying to put a nail in the coffin of legalism and judgementalism, Paul is emphasising the second coming of Christ and basically telling us to back off as far as judging one another is concerned. We must spend less time worrying about sorting out everybody and everything else in this life and spend more time worrying about eternity, when the True Judge will judge all things. He will either be your Saviour or He will be your Judge.

So Christ is the judge, but who is He to judge?