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19. "Judge Not Appearance, Judge Righteous Judgment"

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment
john 7 verse 24

There is always a lot of talking about "judging". As soon as you want to expose a false teacher, calling him by name and explaining as to why the teachings is false, you will always find one or two or more people who want to defend their post-modern stance of INTOLERANT "TOLERANCE" by "quoting" "jesus" and they say: "Judge Not".

However, as we see in the quote above, that is only a very little part of the complete message. The complete message is not to judge a judgment according to appearance, but to judge a righteous judgment.

Yesus never told His disciples not to judge. Disciples of Yesus are ordered to check out if these things are so, when people come in His Name to teach all kinds of things. Paulus says that he judges, Yesus tells us to judge righteous.

So, what is a judgment according to appearance? Lately, I have been judged according to my appearance. And the funny part of it was, that I was judged according to my appearance because I judged a righteous judgment.

It was during the exposť of a false teacher, a self-proclaimed "spiritual leader" who had a terrible hermeneutics (bible explanation) and outright false teachings. Someone told me that because of the appearance of this false teacher, an appearance this person had judged as similar as that of my person, I should not judge.

It's odd. People who sincerely claim how a Christian should not judge, fortunately do not practice what they preach.

For we HAVE to judge.

We have to judge whether the teachings of self-proclaimed spiritual leaders, christian leaders, are in accordance with the Bible. We have to judge those that are "inside", Peter says. (Note: It was Paul, not Peter, as an attentive reader remarked)

No, not according to appearance. For everyone can have a certain skin color and dreads or not. You do not see it on the outside. You can see a man's face but you can't see his heart, I heard someone sing one time.

So what do we have to judge?

The teachings and claims that someone makes, especially when they are given in the Name of Yesus Kristos. Especially when someone comes and "preaches the gospel", then we have to see whether these things are really so, as the biblical phrase goes.

The bible commends the people from Berea, who searched the Scriptures daily to see whether the things Paulus told them were so.

A good Christian teacher will motivate, support and call on "his" audience to check and double check and this good Christian Teacher will be happy with every critique when it's solid.

For we are to be happy with the truth. And when we claim to be Christian Teachers, when we bring things in His name, we must be willing to be checked and we must be willing to stand corrected.

And we can only be corrected when our brotherman has judged a righteous judgment.

As far as I'm concerned, people can not come to me and tell me "judge not". For they, when they say a thing to me like that, have already judged themselves. They have judged that they have to tell me not to judge. And this should make it obvious and clear how an unconditional "judge not" will never be on the "menu" of the Disciple of Yesus Kristos.

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