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Judging

Judging

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JUDGING
To judge or not to judge? That is the question.
by Kevin Robert Kans on Tuesday, October 12, 2010
To judge or not to judge? That is the question.
No this is not just some line from a Shakespearean play but rather a question often brought up in the church. As is frequently the case with many biblical truths, the
Christian's role in exercising judgment on others is found in a tension between warnings to avoid judging others and admonitions concerning how best to judge
others.
JUDGING
To judge or not to judge? That is the question.
by Kevin Robert Kans on Tuesday, October 12, 2010
To judge or not to judge? That is the question.
No this is not just some line from a Shakespearean play but rather a question often brought up in the church. As is frequently the case with many biblical truths, the
Christian's role in exercising judgment on others is found in a tension between warnings to avoid judging others and admonitions concerning how best to judge
others.

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JUDGING
To judge or not to judge? That is the question.
 
by Kevin Robert Kans on Tuesday, October 12, 2010To judge or not to judge? That is the question.No this is not just some line from a Shakespearean play but rather a question oftenbrought up in the church. As is frequently the case with many biblical truths, theChristian's role in exercising judgment on others is found in a tension betweenwarnings to avoid judging others and admonitions concerning how best to judgeothers.The Hebrew name Jehoshaphat means "Jehovah has judged." This is not you or mejudging but rather simply acknowledging that "This is what God says." If God says inthe Bible that something is wrong, and a church or certain individual does somethingcontrary to what the Bible says, we are not judging them, but rather it is the Word of God that judges. This is what it means when the Bible says,
"Judge with right judgment" 
(John 7:24). Judging with right judgment means judging with God'sjudgment, not with our own.
Anakrino - To Discern
The Greek word for "judge" is . If you put the prefix in front of the word , you get avariation on the idea of judging, which is "to discern."
"But he who is spiritual judges [anakrino] all things, yet he himself is judged [anakrino] by no man." 
(I Corinthians 2:15).God, in His Word, commands us to anakrino (discern). It is not a privilege, a right, orsimply something that is advisable; but it is a commandment. We are commanded toanakrino, and if you do not discern, it will cause you to lack wisdom. Those whopractice wisdom cannot be judged by anyone. Why? Because they anakrino (discern)in accordance with I Corinthians 2:15.
Diakrino - To Decide
"I say this to your shame. It is so, that there is not among you one wise man who willbe able to decide [diakrino] between his brethren?" (I Corinthians 6:5).
 
 
Another prefix which changes the meaning of krino is "dia." Diakrino means to "rendera decision" as to whether something is right or wrong. Is someone's behavior morallyright or wrong? Is it scriptural or unscriptural? Is it of God, of the flesh, or of thedevil? The Holy Spirit speaking through Paul commanded us to diakrino. We are notpermitted or privileged to diakrino, but we are commanded to diakrino. It is not thatjudging is acceptable. Rather, to fail to judge is unacceptable.
Kritikos - To Discern Between Soul and Spirit
"For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and  piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and ableto judge [kritikos] the thoughts and intentions of the heart" 
(Hebrews 4:12).Cells called erythrocytes are stored in the red marrow of big bones, like the femurand the tibia. On the outside there is the bone and on the inside there is the marrow.But in between there is, figuratively speaking, a gray area; a place where even withthe aid of a microscope, it is difficult to tell where exactly the bone ends and wherethe marrow begins.The Bible says that the relationship between soul and spirit is like that. Takeprophecy for example. Was that from someone's imagination or was it God's Spiritspeaking through their spirit? It is very difficult to tell the difference. Man is a three-dimensional being. You can separate a body from a soul; but you cannot easily tellwhere the soul ends and the spirit begins.
When people say, "The Lord showed me this" and "God told me that," it is difficultto know if it is someone's imagination or God's Spirit speaking to their spirit. Themind is a good servant, but a dangerous master. There are people out there whoare prophesying with their own mind, so discern prophecies carefully by drawingfrom the Word of God.
 We are called to kritikos (to discern between the soulish and the spiritual). The Wordof God enables us to separate the bone from the marrow, the spiritual from thepurely soulish.
Krisis - Heaven or Hell
"But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother?  for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ" 
(Romans 14:10).There is a kind of judging that we are not called to do. The Greek word is<span>krisis</span>. For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given alljudgment [krisis] to the Son (John 5:22). The ultimate determination of heaven and
 
hell belongs solely to the Lord Jesus Christ (The Word). We never krisis and arestrictly forbidden to do so.
Krites - The Judge of All
We must remember that God is the ultimate Judge of all the earth (Genesis 18:25;Isaiah 33:22; James 4:12), and Jesus, being the Son of God, functions as Judge as well(John 8:16; James 5:9; I Peter 4:5).
"To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven,and to God the Judge [krites] of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
"(Hebrews 12:23).In addition, we as Christians are forbidden to judge others when human judgmentinfringes on God's perogative as Judge.
"Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or  falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand" 
(Romans14:4).
"Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bringto light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of thehearts: and then shall every man have praise of God" 
(I Corinthians 4:5).
"Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and  judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judgethe law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who isable to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?" 
(James 4:11-2).
Hupo-Krites - Pharisees
Christians are forbidden to judge others when such judgment entails intolerance of another's sin coupled with blindness of one's own sin (Matthew 7:1-6; Luke 6:37; John8:7; Romans 2:1-4)If we are going to stand up and confront other people in the church about somethingbeing wrong, we had better make sure we are not guilty of the same thing.Here the prefix is added to giving us the English word hypocrites. This is what Jesusmeant when He said:
"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beamthat is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the

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Luke 12:1-5 (King James Version) 1In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trod one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. 3Therefore whatsoeve
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