To Judge or not to Judge / Matthew 7:1-6 (Sermon Audio and Notes)

Posted on December 10, 2013


This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of December 8, 2013. This message deals with the issue of judgment and accountability. This post contains an audio recording of my sermon, plus the sermon notes. The sermon notes are not a full transcript of the sermon.





Matthew 7:1-6

People today love to toss around this verse, yet most fail to understand what it really means.

Many people use it as a shield against criticism. Any time their sin is pointed out, they cite this verse and say don’t judge me.

As the context reveals, this does not prohibit all types of judging

Matthew 7:16

How will we know someone by their works, unless we apply some judgment?

In fact, there is a righteous kind of judgment we are supposed to exercise with careful discernment.

John 7:24

It is absolutely necessary to apply judgment, in order to discern “dogs” and “swine.”

Matthew 7:6

These people were practicing a very hypocritical judgment.

These are just like those who Jesus is speaking of in Matthew 7:3-4

Just because some people will judge in a hypocritical way, doesn’t negate the need for righteous judgment.

We have a duty to acknowledge sin.

Ezekiel 3:16-21

However, we must first recognize that we are also sinners.

When we recognize that we are deserving of the same fate, we will come humbly to the lost.

We should never take on a pretentious, arrogant, holier-than-thou attitude.

John 8:7

That was precisely the attitude that the mob displayed in this scene.

They had no interest in redemption, only condemnation, and that is not our job.

Our approach should be out of genuine love, with the goal of bringing people to faith and repentance.

Galatians 6:1 requires that we recognize and address the sin. We need not be perfect in order to do that.

We all have a duty to hold each other accountable. We cannot use our own imperfections as an excuse not to do so. That is not what Jesus intended, and is sinful in and of itself to not try to correct a brother.

The Bible gives clear instructions on how to approach a fallen brother.

Matthew 18:15-17

Notice that the first meeting is one on one. This serves to protect the offender from public shame.

Its only if that is unsuccessful that more help is enlisted.

The goal is always repentance and restoration, and sinlessness is not a requirement for correcting a fallen brother.

We should never forget that the goodness of God leads you to repentance.

It is not God’s will that any should perish.

2 Peter 3:9

Our will and attitude should mirror God’s.

That same goodness that lead you to repentance, can lead anyone to repentance.

Never forget that no one is beyond God’s saving grace.

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