Just as a matter of conversation and not argument, may I say that there just may be another side to this "judging" theology.Now I agree there are ministries and pastors that I don't agree with and I would not use their material to line a birdcage HOWEVER I am smart enough to know that attacking such ministries would not go well with me with the Father.
Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
I will abide by His Written Word and it will go well with me.
Open up your eyes. Some who have been accused have long disappeared because they were found to be lacking.
Most of the ministries that are falsely accused these days are growing and seeing more fruit then before.
Because God is with them guiding their steps and He is their Defender.
Just as there is with every situation there is always extremes on both sides of the issue and in fact both can at 1st light appear to be correct.
That being said, the passage of Jesus Matthew 7:1 is one of the most quoted Scriptures and it is almost always done in disregard of it's context.
"Do not judge or you will be judged".
Unfortunitally a lot of people use that verse to keep those who who cricize them from doing so not matter what it was that they were doing.
I agree that when we first read the command of Jesus to "Not judge others" we think that we are not to say anything negative toward someone else.
But "context" says something different.
The Scriptures that we use to "Not judge" others does not mean that we should not use discernment. Right after Jesus says "Do not judge", He then says.....
"Do not give dogs what is sacred, do not throw your pearls to pigs"...…...That is a judgment.
Then in verse 6 He says...………."Watch out for false prophets, by their fruits you will recognize them". That is a judgment.
How can we know how to discern who are "dogs" and "pigs" and "false prophets" unless we have the ability to judge on Bible doctrine and deedes observed????
I believe that Jesus is actually teaching us as believers that we have His permission to observe and tell what is right from wrong.
Then, it seems to me that when we use the Bible's words to not judge others, does not mean that all actions are morally the same or that truth is relative.
It is my understanding that the "truth" of God is eternal, objective and the same as the character of God. Then that being the case, anthing that contradicts the truth is a lie...……...but right there is the proof for when we call anything a "lie" we have just passed a judgment.
You see when the preacher or teacher or person of God calls murder a sin it is to pass judgment. I do not believe any of us would want the Pastors of the Church of God to stop calling sin ………….sin, but when they do, it is judging those who have sin in their hearts. That is in fact exactly what God tells to do....
2 Tinoth 4:1...……..
"Be instant in season and out, I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead by His appearing and His kingdom to "preach the Word", reproving, rebuking, with instruction and patience".
It is my belief and understanding that when Jesus told us to "Not judge others", He did not mean that we can not and should not identify sin for what it is and call out those who are in sin and demand repentance from that sin.
Just something to think about.