OF COURTS & JUDGMENTS

Why isn’t it given to man to judge and condemn one another?

INTRODUCTION:

The why and how of Christian faith which advocates not to seek the courts and judgment of men is sadly lost to its people even though it’s very foundation rests on the soon-to-come righteous Judgment of God.   Therefore it is hardly surprising that the same is true of all, even of those outside of Christian faith yet professing to believing in the Judgment of God!

The question is:  How can they who while professing to believe in the Judgment of God do not suffer themselves to wait for it but hasten to carry out judgments on fellow-men by themselves?  Don’t they prove themselves liars and God-haters beyond doubt by their very actions?

For this is what they do: Instead of LIVING THE FAITH, while they may, BY SEEKING AND OBEYING HIS SURPASSING RIGHTEOUSNESS IN EVERYTHING AND ESTABLISHING THEMSELVES WORTHY TO STAND BEFORE HIM, they live and judge by THEIR OWN warped and decadent standards of righteousness.  And in their haste to exalt themselves, again not waiting for the Appointed Time (for the One, who Alone is able to exalt or to bring low – Ps 75:6-7), they become self-appointed masters and judges of fellow-men who are no more or no less guilty than themselves! 

DO NOT JUDGE: 

This is why the Word of God exhorts, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  (Matt 7:1-2)

It is because men remain blind to the fact that they are not equipped to save even themselves, forget about the rest of the world, that they very presumptuously sit judgment on one and all. 

The truth is it is not given to man to sit in judgment or condemn one another.  PRIMARILY BECAUSE he is himself subject to Judgment.  It is only given to him to choose for himself the salvation of God and to likewise lead others to it. Therefore anything else he attempts is useless for there is none who is righteous among men.  Be absolutely sure anyone who claims otherwise is a liar and a blasphemer for equaling himself with God.

BE YE SAVED!:

Just as Jesus exhorts, first save yourselves (or first take the plank out of your own eye), then go about leading others to His righteousness so that they may be saved too.  Refer Matt 7:3-5.  At best this is all one may do for oneself and one’s fellow-men.  For this is the will of God concerning each one of us.

Read Jn 8:7, “… ‘If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’”   Mind, Jesus said ‘if any one of you is without sin’ AND NOT ‘if any one of you hasn’t committed adultery’For this is exactly the secondary reason why God has not given to men to judge as the sin-ridden man is just not up to it.  And that is why we find those who had assembled there to stone the poor sinner to death drop their stones and leave.

Notable is also the fact that Jesus on His part does not condemn her, instead with a reminder not to sin again (Jn 8:11), He lets her go scot free.  Why?  BECAUSE JUST AS IT WAS PROPHESIED THE MESSIAH CAME TO SAVE AND NOT TO JUDGE OR CONDEMN THE WORLD (Jn 12:47-48).   “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” (Jn 3:17).

For here’s the FIRST MOST IMPORTANT THING we ought to understand in this context:  Only He who is able to save is worthy to judge the world, and He will do so at the Appointed Time so that all who seek His salvation may find it and be saved ahead of it.  

Besides, if we care to observe, the very manner in which judgments are carried out by men itself (for theirs is the judgment of the body) testifies to their unworthiness as judges.

Let us understand judgment is not labeling and punishing the already perishing body.   Whether one hastens its destruction or not, the body will most definitely perish, both of the wicked and of the righteous alike.   So what indeed are these hollow judgments men presume to carry out?!!   

The Judgment of God, on the other hand, is the eternal judgment on the eternal souls of men.  Because, only the souls of men are eternal and worthy to be saved.  The reason why Jesus is called the Lover of our souls.

Who among men is equipped to carry out this judgment against the soul?  The Word of God reminds, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.   Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”  (Matt 10:28).

And therefore here’s the NEXT MOST IMPORTANT THING we ought to understand:  Judgment of God to those who are perishing is ETERNAL DEATH and to those who are being saved is ETERNAL LIFE. 

Lastly, the fact that true to human nature, the question is bound to arise, let us address the same: What about the convicts who inspire and demand immediate gratification in us by way of prompt judgment – the felons, the rapists, the pedophiles, the murderers, the thieves, the swindlers, the false accusers, the persecutors of the innocent etc. etc. etc. out there? 

The clue to its answer is in this question and the warning which follows:  Do we still doubt in the righteous Judgment of God that we ought to seek justification for ourselves by choosing to compromise as and when it suits us?   Heed the repeated warning:  Do not take God’s Name in vain! 

Allow me to elaborate:  And I repeat, again, and yet again, that at best, man can only be saved and seek to save.  Beware and be on your guard for this is the only Way:

  • The first step to salvation is CONFESSION, an acknowledgment of one’s wrongdoing.

  • Followed by TRUE REPENTANCE which can only take place with the full knowledge of the Word of God. 

  • Thus we would allow for the salvation of God to begin its work in them when followed by confession they would have FORSAKEN their evil ways and started growing in the daily fellowship and counsel of God so that the enduring fruits of the Spirit will instead begin to show in them, WHICH IS THE RIGHT RESTITUTION,  the living testimony to their newfound status as children of God JUST AS IT IS FOR EACH ONE OF US.

“Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” (Jas 5:20).

As for those (believe it or not who number more) who refuse to repent and forsake their evil ways, THE SOLUTION for the sake of the rest, lies in PREVENTION OF CRIMES by incarceration or imprisonment, even solitary confinement, where necessary, for one is BOUND to then come face to face with one’s sin-twisted soul, so that at the Appointed Time it shall be revealed if one had sought God and yielded to Him or not ahead of His Eternal Judgment.

CONCLUSION:

Contrarily, and in conclusion, let it also be known that the legal systems of this world in which we take immense pride so as to have come to bank upon them, Christian or not, advocate silence instead of confessions, abet crime instead of nipping it at the bud, adjudicate victims instead of the perpetrators, in short, basically ignore the divine laws of God to arbitrate on behalf of their ever vacillating laws.

In their attempt to protect the guilty they hound the innocent.  Their dignified lawyers go about lying, twisting and breaking their warped laws to argue on behalf of their guilty clients; never confronting one another with the Word of God, never allowing for true remorse and repentance but perennially unleashing violence upon violence, wickedness upon wickedness; rapes upon rapes; robbing little children of their innocence; vandalizing the weak; and killing and destroying everything and everyone in its wake – themselves, the criminals they defend and the weak and vulnerable out there waiting to be victimized!