Should I Judge Another Person?

Well – we are constantly told the answer is no by non-Christians and Christians alike… but what does the Bible say? It’s clear. We are to judge but to judge righteously and JUSTLY! The word ‘justly’ being all important, and of course to get this right is far more difficult than it sounds relying on our own understanding and clouded by our own sin.

We should never judge a book by it’s cover, but what if we need to make an educated judgement about what kind of person someone is by assessing their deeds, actions and the words they speak (for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh) for ours and others protection, it must be done in complete humility, submission and by calling upon God’s Holy Spirit for guidance.

However if we are asking the question; “should Christians judge a person’s eternal salvation?” – common sense says the answer has to be no way! That and that alone is up to God. So this kind of judgement I believe, is what The Bible is talking about when it says; “judge not, lest you be judged.” There is no contradiction, as always it’s about context. And if in one place the Bible tells us to judge righteously – and in another it says judge not – we must find the context and read all around these two statements since both are the inspired word of God and both must be correct in their proper context.

In The Bible it appears that it’s OK to make judgements on a person’s actions righteously – but NOT their heart or eternal salvation

As always – I could be wrong but this is certainly my understanding of the ‘to judge or not to judge’ issue. The fact is – we all make small judgments all day long about people’s behaviour according to what we hear and see them doing – in fact it’s unavoidable and part of life. So when The Bible says ‘judge not’ I surely it has to be talking about not judging someone’s heart, motives or place in heaven. In any case – there by the grace of God go I.

Is Purgatory Real

little-devil-illustrationIt’s a nice thought… that we all get a chance to clean up our act before we go on to the great gig in the sky! But common sense tells me that this is a man-made doctrine, designed to keep people coming back to church, since we all know that people’s main concern is; am I going to heaven

The short common sense answer to the question; does purgatory exist is; of course not! It’s just another concoction by the church to keep us coming back and ultimately filling the coffers. If you are Catholic and reading this I am terribly sorry to burst your bubble but Jesus was very, very, very clear that man is to live once – then the judgement. He didn’t say; man is to live twice – once on earth – once in purgatory, and then the judgement.

It is also worth noting that Jesus talked of hell more than any other person in The Bible so for all those that say; naa… it’s just a description of x, y, z, be very careful who you listen to – your workmate, the guy at church or Jesus Christ – the one whom the entire Bible is based on. Jesus said very clearly hell was made for the devil and his angels.

For those that think; a good God wouldn’t allow people to suffer in hell! you might consider then why he allows innocents, men womwn and children to suffer incomprehensible sufferring on earth where God’s spirit actually resides with us in the form of The Holy Spirit. If that’s you, you may want to read this article.

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God offers us salvation through Jesus. Matthew 1:21, TLB. “And she will have a Son, and you shall name Him Jesus (meaning ‘Savior’), for He will save His people from their sins.” Acts 4:12, NIV says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”


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Salvation means we receive eternal life if we enter into a personal relationship with God.

John 17:3, TLB. “And this is the way to have eternal life -by knowing You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one You sent to earth!” John 3:16, NIV says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

There is only one way to salvation and its not the easy road.
Matthew 7:13-14, TLB.
“Heaven can be entered only through the narrow gate! The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide enough for all the multitudes who choose its easy way. But the gateway to Life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.”

Salvation is given to Christians that endureth to the end!

Salvation and forgiveness cannot be earned, it is a gift.
Ephesians 2:8-9, TLB.
“Because of His kindness, you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves; it too is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it.”

Receiving salvation is a powerful, personal response to the gospel including repentance for sin. Acts 2:37-38, TLB.
“These words of Peter’s moved them deeply, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”And Peter replied, “Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.”

Receiving salvation is simple, direct, personal, and public.
Romans 10:8-10, TLB.
“For salvation that comes from trusting Christ–which is what we preach–is already within easy reach of each of us; in fact, it is as near as our own hearts and mouths. For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord, and believe in your own heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.”

Matthew 11:28-30
Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Matthew 18:14
Whether of them twain did the will of [his] father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

Matthew 22:9-10
For many are called, but few are chosen.

Matthew 22:14
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not!

Matthew 24:14
When Jesus heard [it], he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Mark 2:17
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Mark 16:15-16
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Luke 2:31-32
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Luke 3:6
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, [the same] loveth little.

Luke 7:47
And they shall come from the east, and [from] the west, and from the north, and [from] the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

Luke 13:29-30
Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one [consent] began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel [them] to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus:
for he shall save his people from their sins”

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Do I need to Repent Every Time I Sin and How can I Repent?

Answer: If you were married, when you trespassed against your husband or wife which we all do from time to time, would they disown you and leave you? Of course not. Would they forgive you? Hopefully yes. Would they forgive you if you didn’t repent yet they tried to patch things up and make things well? Hopefully yes.

Now – having trespassed against your loved one – would you apologies – even though you know they would very likely forgive you even if you didn’t? Of course you would, as it’s the right thing to do! Even though you know you may do the same thing again (very likely) and your spouse will some days hurt you – think of how good it feels when someone says they are sorry even though you were happy to let things go and move on – it’s a wonderful thing to swallow your pride and apologise!

So therefore brothers and sisters – I propose so it is with God. Once you have accepted his gift of salvation – his son – no man can take away your salvation and God will do everything possible to get you into the ark – and yet, imagine how it pleases God when you acknowledge your mistakes and ask him to help you reform the part of your character that is lacking in self control or wisdom etc.

God bless you all!

Bible Verses to help with Repentance

Worry doesn’t accomplish anything. Psalm 37:8, TLB
.”Stop your anger! Turn off your wrath. Don’t fret and worry -it only leads to harm.”

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