Friday, December 2, 2016

Let's discuss that "judge not" thing....



Many believe that it's bad to "correct" another who has fallen from grace ... that if they say anything to that person, they are "judging." But that is not true. Scripture commands us to help our brothers and sisters "get themselves right with YHWH/Yeshua" again, or else their blood will be on us! 

Ezekiel 3:18 If I say to a wicked person, 'You will certainly die'; and you fail to warn him, to speak and warn the wicked person to leave his wicked way and save his life; then that wicked person will die guilty; and I will hold you responsible for his death. 19 On the other hand, if you warn the wicked person, and he doesn't turn from his wickedness or his wicked way, then he will still die guilty; but you will have saved your own life.

20 Similarly, when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and commits wickedness, I will place a stumblingblock before him - he will die; because you failed to warn him, he will die in his sin; his righteous acts which he did will not be remembered; and I will hold you responsible for his death. 21 But if you warn the righteous person that a righteous person should not sin, and he doesn't sin; then he will certainly live, because he took the warning; and you too will have saved your life." (CJB)

If someone has "fallen from grace," it is your job to speak up and tell them how and why they're "off the mark." This holds true, even if the person happens to be a Hebrew Roots or Messianic "big wig" teacher.

So many of "our" teachers have "fallen from grace" over the years, yet people continue to promote, and even defend these teachers and their teachings. The truth is, Scripture reveals that "teachers" are held to a higher standard and should be as blameless before YHWH as is humanly possible because they should KNOW Scripture inside-out (James 3:1).

If they've committed sins against Him, it usually turns out to be a "deliberate" sin - for which there is no sin sacrifice! (Please see our article: https://www.therefinersfire.org/deliberate_sinning.htm) People who committed deliberate sins during Israel's 40 years in the wilderness, were killed because YHWH commanded that HIS people "rid themselves of such evil from among them."

Yet, today, we seem to be all about "forgiveness" of anything including deliberate sins. That is why churches and synagogues reek with "religiosity." Many insist on watering down the Word.

This "judge not" thing is a two-way street. YHWH's people are to be accountable not only for themselves but for each other. Truth remains to be Truth, no matter how many ways we humans attempt to twist it. When Y'shua returns, he will be vomiting from his mouth all those who are "lukewarm" (Revelation 3:16).

Many reading this will counter: "But scripture says 'Don't judge, so that you won't be judged'!", quoting Matthew 7:1. What they fail to see in that verse is that Matthew goes on.  Verse 2 says "For the way you judge others is how you will be judged..."  Judgment is always to be  made with Torah as the standard of judgment - not your own interpretation.  Torah is the only measure of sin.  So when you have pointed out a person's sin according to transgression of Torah, you are not judging, but you are judging righteously. 

2 comments:

  1. It is my understanding that a "judge" is a person who has been appointed to pronounce a verdict. There is only ONE Who has that authority from YHWH, and it is Yeshua. We are warned to not pass a verdict (a judgment), but we are instructed to hold each other accountable for our sins. And yes, Divine Law is the blueprint we are called to obey... or God's Fingerprint, if you will.

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