THE SIN OF unrighteous Judgment…
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? Romans2; 1-4.
Sin produces in our heart a critical, negative spirit, which makes us despise whole categories of people. But the sin we hate the most in others, we are sensitized to by our own guilt. We are measured by our own value judgements of others, and our criticisms of them reveal what we really do not know about ourselves. Most of the time we tend to judge on the same we also do in ourselves and that is because the sin has got hold of us which causes frustration in us and then this colours and infects our thinking, our feelings and taints everything that we say and this kills every word that we speak out, after this will create what we call the sin of unrighteous Judgment. If we already have a sin of say sexual immorality in us and we judge others on the same subject and we see them as bad then in us we have passed on the unrighteous Judgement and to judge wrongly not based on the truth of God is sin, so as person you conceive the sin of unrighteous judgment.
Frustration is an enemy in any Christianity ministry in the body of Christ Jesus. It will always colour our thinking, infect the word we have, and give us a jaundiced perspective on the life of the church. If we are to represent God’s heart and be good servants, we must learn to master our frustration. Dwelling on past rejections will keep us self-centred instead of Christ centred, which will obviously cause a distortion in our vision and infect the judgement we may give on a given case. When you look at Paul’s epistle to the Romans2, Paul was telling the Jews who had conceived the sin of unrighteous Judgement on the gentiles but the initial problem that Jews were frustrated by the law and they thought law was saving them and hence they became obsessed with law and they wanted anyone to be like them minus understanding that through Jesus Christ the law could be fulfilled and brought to the limelight. They never wanted the gentiles who were not Jews born from Israel to have part in God except through the law and therefore the gentiles were seen in a distorted view as people who could not be drawn to God except by observing the law and then could be counted as worthy before God. But this was a sin of unrighteous Judgement and to me Paul saw that there was a problem that also the Jews were not upright before God since they were doing the same things they were forcing others to do.
Surprisingly they refused and were lording it over the people and forcing people to obey the law and to them they knew only through the law one can could access God not through Jesus Christ and therefore they could condemn people who were not like them not forgetting that themselves were under damnation of unrighteous sin after the fall. So frustration caused them to judge wrongly the gentiles who were by nature not Israelites. The Jews did not understand the judgements of God, the mercy of God, the law and the prophets and Faith.
They were blind since they read the law in the letter not in the Spirit. they read the Holy Bible as a story book for things that happened long time ago, they took the bible as another book in the library reading the bible like reading a love letter and do things that you read from the letter minus whether it is true and without understanding.
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2corrinthians3; 6.
This is sometimes interpreted to mean that the literal interpretation of Scripture, the interpretation that takes it in its strict grammatical sense and makes it mean what it says, kills; but that some spiritual interpretation, an interpretation that “gives the spirit of the passage,” by making it mean something it does not say, gives life; and those who insist upon Scripture meaning exactly what it says are called “deadly literalists.”
This is a favourite perversion of Scripture with those who do not like to take the Bible as meaning just what it says and who find themselves driven into a corner and are looking about for some convenient way of escape. If one will read the words in their context, he will see that this thought was utterly foreign to the mind of Paul. Indeed, one who will carefully study the epistles of Paul will find that he himself was a literalist of the literalists. If literalism is deadly, then the teachings of Paul are among the most deadly ever written. Paul will build an argument upon the turn of a word, upon a number or a tense. What does the passage mean? The way to find out what any passage means is to study in their context the words used. Paul is drawing a contrast between the Word of God outside of us, written with ink upon parchment or graven on tables of stone, and the Word of God written within us in tables that are hearts of flesh with the Spirit of the living God (v.3) and he tells us that if we merely have the Word of God outside us in a Book or on parchment or on tables of stone, that it will kill us, that it will only bring condemnation and death, but that if we have the Word of God made a living thing in our hearts, written upon our hearts by the Spirit of the living God, that it will bring us life.(2) No number of Bibles upon our tables or in our libraries will save us, but the truth of the Bible written by the Spirit of the living God in our hearts will save us.
In the same way the Jews or the Pharisees had the word of God not written by the Holy Spirit and therefore they were outside the word of God, it was not a living word residing in them. They were not living the life they proclaimed and the word of God was dead in them why? Because they did not practice what they preached. First of all they were also under judgement of God as sinners and they never acknowledged they were sinners and yes they could not be saved by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Their limitation was that they moved around with scriptures and never lived by them inside their hearts, so the word of God was outside written on grave stones not the hearts done by the Spirit, so their judgement was not spiritual, it was physical and that is outside appearance. So they conceived the sin of unrighteous Judgement. When you read something from the bible and do not understand its spiritual meaning you are reading it like a letter and this kills because you will transfer unrighteous judgement to another person because you did not understand it. However if you read the bible in the Spirit then you will have full Spiritual interpretation of the message and this will help you and save you at the end of the day, firstly you would speak about what you know and understood, you have comprehensive meaning of the scripture.
This is what Paul had to say on the sin of the unrighteous Judgement
If you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” Romans2; 19-20.
The above scripture reveals that if we teach others to repent and we are not repenting we ourselves, that means we have a sin of unrighteous judgement, we would have judged others to repent when we ourselves have not yet repented and that blasphemes the name of God amongst the people we are in who have not yet known God. And that is what Jews used to have in the days of Jesus Christ, they used to judge others of the same things they claimed not were in them but in reality they were doing them but just because were not caught in the act they thought they were not sinners.
And that is the sin of unrighteous Judgement in other words, they feared God not since they wanted to look good before the followers but inside their they were not rotten. So you who convict a thief to be in hanged on the cross, are you yourself not stealing? Aren’t you robbing God in tithing? That would be a case of sin of unrighteous Judgement, of course the judges always pass the judgements in the court on the same issues they do, but just because they are judges nobody has caught them in those actions, we presume they are okay and tend to guard them, but in the process if the judge made a prosecution or a ruling on the case yet he does the same things then he has passed unrighteous Judgement to the convicted person just because for him he was caught and that is the sin of unrighteous judgement.
You who say that he or she is a prostitute, what are you doing? Are you in honorable marriage accepted by God? If you are condemning a Prostitute yet you are also in the marriage that is not from God and the parents have never accepted you in the Family don’t you know you are also a prostitute? Don’t you know that if you do things that do not come from God is a sin and if you do not have a honorable marriage before God is prostitution? Then why do you judge a prostitute yet you are also in prostitution marriage. That is what we call the Sin of the unrighteous Judgement.
Do you remember the woman caught in Adultery? This was the sin of unrighteous judgement caused by the Jews, Pharisees against the Woman just because for her she was caught and they were not caught in adultery but in them they also had sins that were worse than the woman caught in Adultery. So these people did not understand the mercy of God that was to be revealed in Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ had come to save sinners and change them to his nature which was not understood by the scribes, Sadducees, Pharisees.
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you, “Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John8:3-11.
The teachers of the law were doing the same things of adultery except they were not caught in the very act and so they wanted to kill the woman because she was caught red handed but Jesus Christ being the good judge saw that they had passed a unrighteous Judgement to the woman and so he started writing down their sins also everybody saw his sins there and they had to walk away. This means the people judged the woman and yet they were doing the very things if not things that were similar to the woman and that makes it a sin of unrighteous judgement. In this case the teachers of the law saw the judgement of death but Jesus Christ saw the woman needed mercy and Salvation and his judgement was right which is contrary to the Pharisees. The woman deserved according to the law and that was true but the people in the judgement seat had issues also with the law therefore they could not have passed the death penalty yet also were doing the same things, they were reading the law in the letter that kills not in the Spirit, in the Spirit Jesus Christ saw the woman needed help and she had been obsessed with adultery and she could not help herself until she was caught in the very act red handed, Jesus Christ himself had come to give life and help us overcome sin then the woman needed that hand of Jesus Christ to overcome the Adultery sin which Jesus did by showing mercy of God towards and gave her the grace to continue in the new life.
Most Christians are behaving like the teachers of the law, they judge on the same things they do but just because they are not caught or not brought to light, they appear innocent and holy but in reality they are sinners. How many Christians have boyfriends, or Girlfriends today? And they say they are born agains? Yet they condemn the prostitutes on the streets just because they are seen by everybody in the public and they forget that themselves are prostitutes only that they are hidden in their houses.
If we continue judge others minus judging ourselves and see whether we are in the same category we only keep in darkness thinking we are saved yet we are not saved. Sin produces in our heart a critical, negative spirit, which makes us despise whole categories of people. But the sin we hate the most in others, we are sensitized to by our own guilt. We are measured by our own value judgements of others, and our criticisms of them reveal what we really do not know about ourselves. (Sin leads to sin). The people once you are caught in the very act they would want you to be killed there and then even when they are doing the same things like you minus knowing the mercy of God and Grace of God, what God would have judged in that area of activity. A person who is upright with God must understand the Mercy of God, the Grace of God, Judgements, Law, ordinances, precepts of God and the entire word of God. Before you conclude in any matter you must always know what God would have said in that matter.
We should not only judge according to the public opinion when you are not sure of what the Word of God says and what God says in that matter, meaning as Christians we must understand the judgements of God, his entire law, his precepts, ordinances and the entire word in the Spirit not in the letter that kills. It’s not about reading the scriptures and move around with it when actually the word of God is not living in you and you are living in the word of God.
You who teach about repentance must also repent, and you who condemn sinners must also condemn yourself first that you are a sinner and believe that you have no life except by the mercy of God. If we find it easy to give negative words, then we have no understanding of the grace and goodness of God. If, as the prophetic person involved, we move out of a sense of frustration with events, or rejection in the ministry, then it is easier to prophesy our own opinions. Also we must ensure that we are not living with any negative influences over our own lives that can infect the prophetic word Leaders too can be at fault in this area. There is a need to care for our prophetic people, to give them love, accurate feedback, loving kindness and a framework of discipleship. (Pitfalls of a Prophet).
In most cases the prophets see more than others in the entire ministry and they see things in black and white, so if they do not understand the ministry of Jesus Christ, they will be more critical and this will make them at times pass unrighteous judgement and in most cases this happens if the prophets have been rejected in the society when God actually had given them word and this will bring rejection, and frustration to them which leads to bitterness and this can lead produce unrighteous judgement and that is a Sin, instead of giving a word of correction we might give a word of praise and that already distorts the message and the word of God.
Jesus Christ and the Jews.
Jesus Christ had issues with Pharisees on the same subject of unrighteous judgement because they were blind and we interpreting the scriptures in the letter not in the Spirit so they had serious with Jesus Christ.
Not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. The Jews there were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?” John7:14-15.
The Jews had issues with Jesus Christ, because they thought that anyone to have knowledge should have been taught by the college and this they already got biased about Jesus Christ since they did not see him attend any school of their law class. They judged Jesus with appearance and from the area where he grew from and this gave them a distorted view of Jesus Christ and never acknowledged his teaching, those who do not acknowledge the teaching of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit will eventually deteriorate and end up in destruction. The Jews never accepted the teaching of the Holy Spirit who was unseen because they were blind. The only concluded that Jesus Christ could not teach them since he had not studied like they were taught in their colleges and you see they judged wrongly because they did not know about the college of the Holy Spirit who was with Jesus Christ throught his whole teachings.
What did Jesus Christ reply?
Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”
“You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?”
Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all amazed. Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a boy on the Sabbath. Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath? Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
Jesus Christ tells them that anyone who wants to know his teaching must choose to the will of God and that is when we can know about realities of God and see his real view of what he really meant than moving around with scriptures and say we know Jesus Christ. The Jews thought knew Jesus Christ simply he had grown in the village of Nazareth so they did not know about Spiritual side of Jesus Christ and his realities, they only knew about the messiah in the law with physical eyes and this limited them to their understanding making them produce the sin of unrighteous Judgement. They did not have a correct view of Jesus Christ, if they had known they would have been observing the law of Moses in spiritual meditation which would have saved them because they would know who Jesus Christ since he was spoken of in the prophets and Laws of Moses as they claimed but because they were breaking the law so they could not understand Jesus Christ what a disappointment and a frustration to the Jews.
Most Christians conceive the sin of unrighteous Judgement simply they do not know Jesus Christ word and his divine Holy Bible. They too understand like the Jews who knew a savior would come according to scriptures but when he came they did not know him because they have never took time to understand the manifestation of God and his will.
The Jews did not give a correct judgement on Jesus Christ, simply they did not understand the teaching of God through the Spirit. They referred Jesus Christ as a carpenter’s son.
Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Mark6; 1-3
The Jews had known Jesus as carpenter but they were limited to his knowledge, wisdom, understanding, his source of power and this gave a distorted view of Jesus Christ in the eyes of the Jews simply they did not understand the will of God, his manifest. It was true Jesus Christ had those sisters and brothers and the mother but it was limited to Spiritual understanding, so the Jews judged according to appearance not with Spiritual eyes to reveal true Judgement of God and how Jesus Christ was seen in the Spiritual reality of God. The Jews lacked Spiritual insight of God and his word. They made unrighteous Judgement (God’s Righteous Judgement)
In this Jesus Christ had something to say,
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. John5; 39-40.
That seems that the Jews were not reading to understand the works of God through the scriptures but they were reading them just to show people they know the scriptures are located and yet the same were not knowing what Jesus Christ through those scriptures that they may be saved. Knowing the scriptures does not save anyone if you are not living by them or in other words you must have the word of God living in you. Quotation of the bible when you are not practicing it is wastage of time and that is what call reading the bible in the letter not in the spirit. At the end of day Christians will end up like the Jews who knew the scriptures and were never living the scriptures, so they did not know who Jesus Christ was. And the same happens today Christians conceive the sin of unrighteous Judgement simply they did not understand the word of God.
The word of God is studied in the Spirit not in the letter because letter kills since through it we continue the way we are, and never understand the realities of God. The realities are spiritually discerned.
This Paul had to say something and it a bold aligning for Christians to do in order to progress to the Heavens even better.
But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world. 1 Corrinthians11; 32.
Before we pass on judgement lets first test ourselves with God and know that we are upright with him, and that would be after we have acknowledged sin in us and examined ourselves that we may not be condemned with the world because the world does not judge righteously.
Christians examine yourselves whether you are judging righteously in the same things you do. Because if you judge in the same things you do yourself or you may be ignorant about them you are committing the sin of unrighteous Judgement like that of the Jews.
What is the way forward?
The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments. 1 Corrinthians2; 15.
We can only judge by the Holy Spirit who is able to see everybody in his state and then you can give a word of Judgement if he has truly revealed because the Spirit of God searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
We can always make judgements on things God has revealed to judge on by the Holy Spirit and his word. If the word of God says that those who do not repent and believe in Jesus Christ to be saved, they shall be in Hell, if they die without fulfilling what the word of God requires them then they shall be in Hell and that is the truth of God in his divine Holy bible.
Nevertheless we should not judge in areas we also have same weakness and are committing the same things because that would be the sin of unrighteous judgement.
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs28; 13.
For Jesus Christ calls out like this:
Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.
Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.
Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.
But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.” Proverbs8:32-36.
If you have life do not disregard this message but if you have death then you disregard this message because this message comes from the Holy Spirit.
I remain Asher Namanya the bondservant of the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ whose glory endures forever and his word abides forever.
May the good Lord our God give you peace and reveal to you where you have rotten that you may be saved. Through it you may know the power he has exerted on Jesus Christ even when he raised him from the dead that you may know his promises and your call in Christ Jesus for the best of the coming age to come.
Blessed be the Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever Amen. Who died and gave us his life to live