Are We To Judge Other Christians?

But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you” (1 Cor 5:11-13).

The answer is YES! The other day I was reading a book and came across some people’s reasons for their rejection and resentment of Christ. The “inconsistency of some Christian” was listed among the others. Our actions and attitudes are the biggest witness about Who Christ is. We can quote the Bible to others. We can tell them how sinful they are. We can tell them they will spend an eternity in hell. But the love of Jesus shining through our actions and attitude will do more than anything to show who Jesus really is. We in the church are quick to judge outsiders and then we let Christians slide on their inconsistencies.

In 1 Corinthians Paul gives us clear instructions on how to handle this issue. He says in 5:11,”But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler–not even to eat with such a one.” Here he tells us not to associate or eat with a Christian who is living opposite God’s Word. He then goes on to say in verse 12, “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?” And he gives a final instruction in verse 13, “But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.”

My prayer is for Christians to take the name seriously and act like we know Him and let the Holy Spirit change us into who He wants us to be. When we see a brother sinning go to him in gentleness and love so the name of Christ is not harmed. If we are no different than the world we have nothing to offer them.

Jim Mihalko

President of d.u.I. Ministries

www.duiministries.com

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