How often do you hear these words? It seems like just about every time a Christian has a disagreement with someone the first words that come out always seem to be: who are you to judge me only God can judge me?
Other than John 3:16 I would have to say Matthew 7:1 is the most quoted verse. Everyone from Christian to non-Christians seems to know this verse.
However it is so often misquoted, Jesus is talking about making hypocritical, self-righteous judgments.
God tells us of the judgment that will come and tells us if we live in sin we will face that judgment and also gives us the penalty for sin, which is death (eternity in hell).
So when a Christian talks about sin and says that the Word of God calls lying, stealing, homosexuality, abortion, adultery, idolatry, fornication, and disobedient to parents sin, it’s not because they decided these things were sin, GOD tells us they are in the BIBLE. And when a Christian says the punishment for these and other sins is death it is not because we decided that punishment, GOD did!
It’s like if the superintendent of the schools says anyone caught with drugs will be expelled from school, no exceptions and then a student is caught with drugs and the principal expels the student. The principal was only following through with the instructions given by the superintendent. Maybe this is not the best analogy to illustrate the point but I want to help you understand. As Christians we are only sharing what the Word of God says, we didn’t make up the sins, and we didn’t create the punishment for the sins. But rather we are only warning others of the judgment that is going to come.
We as Christians were at one time also dead in our sins, on our way to face the judgment of God. But God made a way for us to be reconciled to Him, through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And if you Believe in Jesus, repent of your sins (turn from them), and follow Him. You too can be forgiven and set free from the consequences of sin.
By Ricky Gantz
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