Today's Christian thought: Monday January 19th, 2004

Judge not?

How often we hear Matthew Chapter Seven twisted to serve the world of satan instead of being a guiding light for us who are Saved. The homosexuals tell us to not be so judgmental, the leftists in the pulpit tell us to be more tolerant and to heed the warning of Christ to not judge people for those who judge are hypocrites.

While we are going to look at all of Matthew Chapter Seven today, we are only going to discuss how the entire chapter deals with judging and how and by what standards you are to use to judge.

Matthew Chapter Seven

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, 'Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye;' and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?

12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?' 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His doctrine: 29 For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Matthew 7:1-29 ACP/KJV)

The lessons of Matthew Seven, regarding judging, are these: Judge as you want to be judged, judge righteously by using God's Word, the Holy Bible, not the fickle political correctness of the day. For we see that we are not to be hypocrites in our judging, by using one standard to judge ourselves and another standard to judge others.

As we go into verse six, we see that we are not to give up Holy Judgement for the judgement used by dogs. You are to judge actions, government, wars, behavior based upon the rules established by God, not the rules of dogs. How often have you heard the homosexual community say that homosexuality is normal because even the animals display homosexual behavior "Why," they say, "just look at the way dogs interact and the way they lick themselves." That, no pun intended, is dog dung.

Starting in verse seven we see how we are to reach our decision or judgement, where we are to get the information by how to judge, and the standards to judge by. God, through His servant Matthew, tells us to: Ask and Seek. Ask God in prayer and seek in His Holy Word the Bible, for if we as earthly fathers know how to give our children good answers, how much better, more honest and perfect will the answers be in which we receive from God, our Father of creation.

And why are we to use God and God's word as given to us in the Holy Bible as our basis for judging? Because, if we do not turn to God through the words written by His servants, we will be following the wide, well traveled, well paved and straight road to eternal damnation. Not the small difficult road to everlasting paradise.

How much clearer could it possibly be that we are to judge by the teachings of God rather than the fickle foolishness of men, than when God says to us: "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits." But, to avoid following false teachings, words, prophets, judges, and society, you must know both God's word and His Word. You must study the Holy Word of God, you must know how to turn to Him in prayer. And this can only be done by learning from and leaning on God and His Holy Word the Holy Scriptures, the Bible.

For if you avoid the false and seek the Truth, you will be like a strong and mighty home built on high and dry ground out of rock and on a strong foundation of bedrock. But if you ignore the teachings of the Truth and judge using the sin of society, you are like a shack built in the middle of a dry river bed, a home built out of twigs and held together with twine.

The teachings of the Bible, those teachings taught by God so that you can judge correctly were spoken not by some pope or fancy high priest, but by "One having authority," the Lord Christ Jesus.

Guys, whether you be a bum living under a bridge, or the President of these United States living in a palace, judge by God's standards, not the standards of those who tell you that to find the actions of the homosexuals and abortionists to be wrong is to be a violation of God's command to not judge.

Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.

Lord help us to judge by Your holy and incorruptible standards. Amen.

Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.

Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.

The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.

It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.

All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.

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