Judging other Christians

This is very brief, and does not begin to do justice to this important subject, but I want to shed some light on judging within the body of Christ. It is vital that we love one another, and are prepared to give Godly correction in love, but if a fellow Christian continues in sin, then we are told to judge them and see them as an outsider. Consider this passage:

1 Corinthians 5:11-13 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

The kind of judging in Matthew 7 that we are not to do, is a different kind of judging which involves condemnation or damnation. While we are not to condemn or damn others, we are to judge the righteous judgement, as God’s Word tells us:

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

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