The Joshua Stone
One of the most misunderstood Scriptures in the Bible is:
Mth 7:1 "Stop judging that you may not be judged; for with the judgment you are judging, you will be judged,"
Are we not to determine if someone else or group are sinning against God and need adjusted, or appropriate for us to associate with? Are we not directed to judge another's faith?
How do you exhort or reprove without judging?
2Tim 4:2 "Preach the word; be at it urgently in favorable times and difficult times; reprove, reprimand, exhort, with all patience and art of teaching."
How do you bare your brothers sins openly to him without judging?
Mth 18:15 "Moreover, if your brother commits a sin, go and reveal his fault between you and him alone."
How about judging others spirituality specifically, and then comparing it to our own? Yea, we are directed to do that as well.
Gal 6:1,2 "Brothers, even if a man takes a false step before he is aware of it, you who have spiritual qualifications try to readjust such a man in a spirit of mildness. But keep an eye on yourself, for fear you too may be tempted."
So in Mathew 7 what was Jesus speaking about when he said "Stop judging that you may not be judged"? Jesus was further declaring the hypocrisy of the Jewish elders by pointing out that you do not judge others by your standard of service, but by righteousness in conjunction with the Way of Christ. The Pharisees were judging others by there level of service, and schooling, if you hadn't been schooled in their synagogues, you were considered unlearned. Yet Jesus points out that, that kind of judging reveals ones own hypocrisy, however all throughout the Bible we are indeed directed to judge our brothers and those around us as to holiness, and level of spirituality, but not as the Pharisees in displaying works, in order to determine level of faith.
Mth 5:20 "For I say to you that if your righteousness does not surpass that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will by no means enter into the Kingdom of the heavens."
Stop measuring other men according to yourself, and your works, because the standard at Mth 5:48 is, "Be holy because God is holy." We are to determine and judge constantly what is good and bad in ourselves and others as to what is holy, but not to compare our level of service to others as the Jewish elders in the first century to show how others should work in the kingdom of God, but we are to judge as to holiness.