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.. Who are you to judge? Judging our pride

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.. Who are you to judge? Judging our pride
1. Who do you think you are?
2. What do you have that you did not receive?
3. If you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?
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We are busy with a series under the title WHO RU2 JUDGE and have concluded that this is a critical series for Logos as the issue of unbiblical judgment is one of the most destructive forces in the life of the church. It not only sets up members against members but it sets up members against pastors and pastors against members. It becomes the foundation of a whole lot of chaos when an attitude of judging one another permeates the body. Judgment has another bedfellow and that is ‘legalism’. The sad reality is that many believers are prone to taking their own prejudice, preconceived ideas, traditions and views of Scripture that might be even be wrong and they turn it into laws for others to keep. At Logos we want to be serious about eradicating this evil that causes so much damage in interpersonal relationships. This whole issue of unbiblical judgment and legalism also causes new believers to feel extremely discouraged because they don’t feel that they make the grade or that they can ever make the grade. They look at other believers who function in the realm of white box – black box rules and just do not believe that they are ever able to cut it.

We have over the weeks looked at the issue of judging and legalism from various angles. We have seen that unbiblical judgment is wrong, we have seen that judgment must be left up to the Lord as He is the only one capable of judging because He sees the things we do not, He knows what we do not know and He knows the motives of a man’s heart. In my last sermon we saw that we need to judge legalism. I was going to get back to it from another angle, but we might do that at a later stage.

In this sermon I want to continue where we left off with Paul and use this sermon to put our pride on trial.

1 Corinthians 4:6-7 (ESV) 6 I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favour of one against another. 7 For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?”

Paul continues his argument about judging and then gives a very simple reason why you should not go beyond what is written. The reason is twofold. Firstly it causes pride as it makes us puffed up. You see, if you make the rules, others will battle to come up to the standards you set and it makes you look good. Secondly it causes division. Where we go beyond the clear standards of Scriptures and set up our own standards, there is going to be division.

The sin of pride is so closely connected to judging, slander and legalism. Whenever a person goes beyond what is written it leads to arrogance which leads to a proud or haughty spirit, because I have become the standard instead of the Word of God.

Now, we all know that pride is one of the biggest sins according to Scripture. It was Satan, that old dragon, that old snake’s downfall from heaven. Three times Jesus says that whoever exalts himself will be humbled. James and Peter say that God opposes the proud. Not only is pride a by-product of judging, legalism and slander, but it is the source of it all. Therefore we need to put it on trial today.

And we need to be careful; it is so close to the chest of all of us, even when we think we are not proud, we can fall into this sin so easily. We need to be so careful, are we better disciples than Peter was? Was he not the one who said ‘I do not know this man?’ So pride is a product of judging, legalism and slander but it is also the source of judging, legalism and slander. So how do we deal with it?

In a previous sermon entitled ‘Judging our Judgments’ I gave you five questions which I borrowed from Dave Swavely by which you can judge your preconceived ideas about a person before you are led further down the path of judgment.

In this sermon I want to give you three simple questions extracted from the text that you can ask yourself to counteract judging and to eliminate pride.

They are right here in the text before us, so we do not have to dig too deep.

  1. For who sees anything different in you?
  2. What do you have that you did not receive?
  3. If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?”

Let’s look at these questions. I will modify the English a bit to make it more meaningful.