Should Christians Judge?

What does God say about judging others?

Should Christians Judge

Christians sometimes get confused with the concept of judging. Biblically we are commanded to judge (John 7:24 says, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make it right judgement”). Then at the same time we are biblically told that we are not to judge. (Matthew 7:1 NIV, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”)

So, which is it?

Jesus knew that we would struggle with judging.  This is why He gave us a strict warning in His Word saying, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure that you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? … You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5 NIV)

This verse is not telling us that we should never judge. Obviously, we make judgments every day between right and wrong. What Jesus is telling us here is to not judge others hypocritically. He is telling us to remove the plank from our own eye so that we may help the other person.

We should not be judgmental of others when our own sins need to be corrected as well.

Just as we are commanded to not condemn others, we are also commanded to not ignore sin. This requires the act of judging others in a biblical way.

It is important to be able to discern the difference between the judging.  There is judging that is mentioned in Matthew 7:1-5 and the biblical kind of judgement mentioned in John 7:24 NIV. “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”

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If I am to see a fellow believer sinning, I am biblically instructed to confront the person. In a respectful and loving manner of course.  Matthew 18:15-17 says, “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just go between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church, and if he refuses to listen to even to the church, treat him like a pagan or a tax collector.”  

The ultimate goal in confronting someone is to bring that person to repentance. We are called to judge sin with the goal of bringing repentance and reconciliation.

God commands us to point out the truth with hope, love, and Christ-like compassion. Ephesians 4:15, “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”

I hope this helped you understand the difference between biblical judgement and non-biblical judgement.

In closing I leave you with this verse. “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.” – 2 Timothy 4:2 NIV

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Written by Rebekah B

Rebekah is a 15-year-old blogger, who is madly in love with her Savior, Jesus Christ. She strives to bring glory to God in all she does in this crazy little thing called life. She loves to read books about theology, psychology, and anything mystery. She hopes that what she writes encourages, and inspires you to walk the narrow road. She blogs at, "The Narrow Road for Teens".

  • Escape The Box

    Nicely written Rebekah. We are to be concerned for those in Christ in the ways you outlined whilst avoiding the judgemental witch hunts we have seen throughout history. It all comes down to the motivations in our hearts as we are transformed to reflect Christ, bearing His image in love and grace.
    https://escapethebox.blog/blog/

    • Thanks so much for reading!

  • Thank you. I believe this needs to be taught more frequently, for many people are pulling the “Don’t judge!” Card to silence our voices and to get us to feel guilty for judging the right way. If we all shut up, and we all stay in our own lane, then no one ever gets in anyone else’s business, and then people can continue to live in sin without interruption and without guilt because there is no one making them feel guilty, which is Satan’s plan all along. We do need to judge in the correct way, and be certain we are not doing so hypocritically, but we have to keep sharing with others the true gospel message and not shrink back out of fear of what others think about us. Sue

    • I love how you put that, Sue! Thanks for commenting and your wise words!
      God bless,
      ~ Bekah

      • Glory to God! You are welcome. Thank you for responding, and for your encouraging words. God bless! Sue

  • Anthony Smith

    Great post!

  • Great post, Rebekah! I believe that as Christians we should only “judge” those that are also walking with Christ, and that we are close to (people that we have influence with) – It all needs to come from a place of love and concern! Never from a place of pride or condemnation.

    I have a certain group of close friends which have permission to judge my life/actions. I ask them for feedback. I know they love me and want to see my fulfill the plans that I have in my life. I’ve found it to be very helpful!

    • Every time we share the gospel of Jesus Christ we judge biblically the hearts of humans and their sin. “For all have sinned and have come up short of the glory of God.” “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.” “You must be born again.” “Repent and believe.” We tell them, too, of how Jesus gave his life up for us on a cross. “He who knew no sin became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God.” Jesus died, “that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” Coming to Christ, by faith in him, means we forsake our former lives of sin and we turn to walk in obedience to our Lord. This is a judgment, so, many spiritual leaders within the church are diluting the gospel to be less offensive to the world, but a non-offensive gospel is no gospel at all, for it leaves people still bound in their sins. (See Lu. 9:23-25; Ro. 3:23; Ro. 6:1-23; Ro. 8:1-17; Eph. 4:17-24; 1 Jn. 1:5-9; Ac. 26:16-18; Jn. 3:1-8; 2 Co. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:24; Gal. 5:19-21.)

      I hear a lot from humans within the church these days who try to get us to stop judging (biblically). They tell us to “stay in your own lane,” and they preach only the passages on judging which say don’t judge, because they want to silence us. They also create this philosophy that says we should only “judge” those who are our close friends, and so we should develop a relationship with someone for at least 2 years before we confront them with sin, because we have to first earn the right to speak to them about sin, but then after 2 years, then what? Now we have become close friends, and so are we going to want to confront them then? Probably not. And, what happens if they die while we wait out the 2 years, and they go to hell, because, even though they may have professed Christ as Savior, they were never born again, because they were never crucified with Christ in death to sin, but they just continued to live in sin as they did before? (See: Gal. 5:19-21).

      What would Jesus do in this situation? He is our model, and the Word of God is to be our guide for what we are to do. We must be very careful, thus, that we don’t follow the model of humans and reject the teachings of the Bible, and not say what we need to say. We, who are called of God, are to proclaim the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light. If a brother or a sister falls into sin, we who are spiritual should restore them, not ignore the sin. Too many people these days ignoring the sins of others within the church and thus we have a situation in the church today the likes of 1 Corinthians 5. This should not be! Sue

    • Thanks so much, Mr. Sanfilippo! I agree, accountability is such a great tool and resource for Christians and one we need to use more often. 🙂 Thanks so, so much for having me!