Christians need to switch on their brains and start to judge. Let’s be judgemental - exactly as the Bible instructs us! By Alan Franklin.
04/10/2013

In our books we set out to correct error. One of the great errors of the age is that we – Christians and in fact all decent people – have to tolerate almost anything, from rampant perversion, sick TV shows, sex education for little children and unlimited immigration by those whose religion promotes hatred of us and who are set on our destruction. None of these things is true. 

Here are two great quotes which sum up the truth the western world has become too lily-livered to face. “It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.”
- W. R. Inge, dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, in 1915.

Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.”
- Karl Popper, On the Paradox of Tolerance, in The Open Society and Its Enemies, 1945.

In our book Cults and Isms: True or False? I put it like this in a chapter called “The Watchmen on the Wall.” As the world’s finances teeter and crash, global solutions are increasingly propounded as the way forward, coupled with global “spirituality.”  Former British Prime MinisterTony Blair, now a Middle East “peace envoy”, has said he wants to unite religions. He declared on May 29, 2008: "I'll dedicate the rest of my life to uniting the world's religions……. faith is part of our future and faith and the values it brings with it are an essential part of making globalization work."  But faith in what, exactly?  Faith in “Mother Earth”?  Faith in faith?  

"The world abounds in false faith and we will be exposing much of it in this book. "The green religion and mother earth fantasies are a major part of our education process, also known as brainwashing. Ask any western child what the biggest dangers in the world are and he or she might well say something like: global warming and religious fundamentalism. You can be a fundamentalist greenie and allow no alternative views – debate about global non-warming, for example - to be broadcast or printed. But woe betide anyone who holds that the words of the Bible are literally true, for that makes us - and Pat and I believe that the Bible is God’s book - dangerous extremists.  

"There has been a deliberate blurring of the differences - total, 100 per cent diametrically opposed differences, between fundamentalist Muslims, whose aim is to kill people and wipe all opposition off the face of the earth, and committed fundamentalist Christians, who follow the example of the Lord Jesus and seek to teach people that He is the only way to heaven and that we must follow God’s laws of morality and sexuality as laid out in the Bible – the Maker’s handbook. Not a popular concept among the trendy bishops and homosexual priests who pollute many of the world’s pulpits, at least in the west.   

"Here’s Tony Blair again, working to change the thinking of Christians in relation to homosexuality. Ruth Gledhill, religious correspondent of The Times (of London) quotes Blair as follows: 'In my Faith Foundation I have a lot of links with some of the evangelical groups in the US and elsewhere and actually I think there is a generational shift that is happening there.  If you talk to the older generation, you will still get parts of the Bible quoted. But if you talk to the younger generation of evangelicals, this is something they wish to be out of, ­ at least in terms of having their position confined to being anti gay.'

 

The Bible repeatedly refutes this, of course, and in Pat's chapter "Some things every Christian should know" she writes:

Judging(1)

“Don’t judge, or you’ll be judged!”  This is often used to gag Christians, and it is taken out of context.  Never let anyone stop you using your brain - your God given critical abilities to judge the truth of a matter.  The New Testament was written in Greek and there are five Greek words for judging. Three types of judging we are commanded to do.  Krino (pronounced cree-no) is the root word in most cases for judging. Krites (pronounced cry-teez) is Greek for a judge or magistrate.  

"We have the mind of Christ.  1 Cor 2:15,16  We must ana-krino -  use our discernment, judge what we hear and what goes on. “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.”  1 Cor 14:29.  The men of the church are to judge anyone who claims to give prophecies from God.  Christian men today should publicly judge the “prophets” who started the Mormons, the Seventh Day Adventists, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Bahai etc. 

"Christian men are commanded to ana-krino – judge what is said, judge what is taught.  If you refuse to use this God-given authority now, why should the Lord give you a position of authority in His 1000 year reign?  There are many standing up today claiming to be prophets, and Christian men must judge what they say.  Deuteronomy 18:20-22 teaches us the test of a true prophet, that what he prophesies must come true; otherwise he is a false prophet.  Dia-krino – to decide. You should decide disputes within the Body of Christ, the assembly. 

"You should not sue each other in civil court cases. “I speak to your shame.  Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you?  No, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?” 1 Cor 6:5 This means not to sue in civil court.  It does NOT mean to cover up crimes that should be heard in criminal court.  Great wisdom and discernment is needed here.  Some churches have covered up crimes which should have been reported to the police.  Paedophilia in the Roman Catholic Church is the glaring example.   Hiding the crimes and protecting the priests and the reputation of the Roman church was put above the clear duty of protecting children from molestation. 

"These ongoing crimes clearly needed to be reported and dealt with.   Kritikos –to critically examine, analyze, think for yourself, weigh things up.  We must examine and critically analyze what is said and taught and done in our churches.  Of course, this does not mean to criticize people for every little thing, but when it is something important, we have to analyze. Hypo-krites – hypocritical judging; judging other people for something we are also guilty of.  This we are forbidden to do. 

"Before you open your mouth to judge someone else, stop and ask yourself if you are doing the same thing yourself.  If you judge someone hypocritically, for a sin that you are also committing, you will be judged, publicly exposed as a hypocrite.  This is the word the Lord Jesus used in Matthew 7:1 when He said: “Judge not (hypocritically), that ye be not judged.”  Be very careful what you judge people for! Krisis, krina –  eternal judgement, heaven or hell, on the basis of belief in the Lord Jesus or rejection of Him.  This judgement is not for us, but for Christ alone. Not even the Father judges anyone, for He has given all judgement to the Son. John 5:22. There are two judgement seats in the Bible:  The Greek words are thronos and bema.

  1. Thronos.  For the unsaved.  Unsaved people will be judged at the Great White Throne of Revelation 20:11-14, where the degrees of punishment are determined, and, since all these people (most of whom thought of themselves as being good) have rejected the Lord Jesus, they are cast into the lake of fire.
  2. Bema Seat. (pronounced bee-ma) For Christians.  This is the judgement seat of Christ, 1 Cor 3:12-15, where rewards for service will be given.  The bema was where rulers in ancient Greece handed out rewards to Olympic winners; this is a type of the mercy seat in the Holy of Holies, where mercy covered the Ark of the Covenant, with the Law – the 10 Commandments – inside it.  The Lord’s great mercy covers all the sins of all those who put their trust in Him.  We should be serving the Lord now in whatever way He gives us, so that we lay up some treasure in heaven and so that we can get some reward at His judgement seat.  The private things which no one but God sees will no doubt get great rewards.  These rewards are not for our achievements, but for our faithfulness in whatever the Lord has given us to do, whether it be raising children, cleaning the church, preaching etc. 

 Here are some relevant scriptures.

·         “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”  John 7:24.  

·        For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed.  1Cor 5:3

·        “I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.”  1 Cor 10:15

·        ‘Let two or three prophets speak and let the others pass judgement (diakrino).’ 1 Cor 14:29

Other relevant words:

Gnome (pronounced no-may) – to give an opinion.  “Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord:  yet I give my judgment …” 1 Cor 7:25.  Paul was careful to draw a distinction between his own opinion and doctrinal commands of God. Di-kaioma (pronounced die-kay-oh́-ma) – to give a judgement opinion, pontificate, to give a judicial opinion.  Christians should certainly be judging by giving their judicial opinions on many matters in the world today.   



[1] We learned this teaching on judging from Jewish Bible teacher Jacob Prasch, of Moriel Ministries, and you can find it on the web at www.moriel.org

 

My( Alan's) chapter concludes: “We do not need fables and follies, we need godly leadership. We must concentrate on saving souls rather than healing minds, with so-called Christian “psychology.” We need the faith in God that sent missionaries round the world and built Britain and then America into the greatest nations on earth, something astonishing for a nation of Britain’s size, just as it is astonishing for Israel to be so strong today.

 "A nation without true faith - not faith in faith, but faith in Jesus - cannot stand for long. God judges nations in many ways and Britain has now lost its sovereignty, with America about to follow suit, while most people are too lazy and ill informed to have noticed. We must start making judgements, for the claim that tolerance must be our guideline for life is itself an intolerant statement.

 

"God honors nations that honor Him, rather than question all that He has set out in His book – the Maker’s handbook, the book that guides us through life to everlasting life. Nations need conviction so that storms do not shake them and our democracy is failing as we have turned to man from God and our freedoms are following the Bible out of the door.

 

"The more we break His rules, the more rules the godless governments impose, until soon, all freedom has gone. We are almost at that point in Europe, just awaiting a word from Brussels to act against evangelical Christians.  A Baptist mother in Germany was arrested at gunpoint for teaching her children at home.  The family had to flee to Austria  The rule was brought in by Hitler, who wanted state control over pupils’ minds - just like today.

 

"John the Baptist cried: “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world!”[1]  True justice and mercy will occur when the Lamb returns as a conquering lion - and the Hebrew prophets used this image to symbolize the Second Advent. The Messiah was pictured as a roaring lion who comes to pour out the wrath of God on those who have rejected the Lord’s grace, mercy and love.  “The Lord shall roar from on high and utter His voice from His holy habitation; He shall mightily roar upon His habitation; He shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.”[2]

 

"Chapter ten of Revelation shows Jesus at His second coming, portrayed as a mighty angel who returns to earth with the scroll open in His hand. He comes to claim the earth for His saints – us - who will rule with Him. Using Old Testament imagery, the passage says He will cry out “with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth.”

 

 "Woe to the fallen world. It has ignored God’s ultimatum and faces His wrath. But one day soon, every knee will bow. Meanwhile, the deceivers are here. Their time is short and in the following pages we expose them.

Maranatha- come, Lord Jesus.” 

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[1] John 1:29 and 36

[2] Jeremiah 25:30.

 

 
 
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