Call Me Judgmental

Those who are the people of Elohim cannot succumb to the will of the ‘politically correct,’ nor to the notion that whatever one does is ‘okay,’ and that no one should say anything about bad public behavior.
What is the most glaring wart on society right now? The notion that when one tries to bring light to any error in our society, that this person is high-minded, or ‘judgmental.’ I am certain that if Yokhanan HaMatbil OR Yeshua HaMashiakh were alive and ministering in our country today, they BOTH would have been executed handily, in far less time than they were in Yisra’el in their own day. These two men pointed out the sins of the KING, and of those in ‘public power,’ for their hypocrisies. They chided rich men for loving their money more than Elohim, they exhorted prostitutes to stop that sin, they exposed the wrong of sexual promiscuity, publicly. Were they in the US doing these things, they’d be in the headlines, accused of being judgmental, self-righteous, and worse.
If anyone criticizes our government in our day, simply because our current potus and many of his appointees are black, one is called a ‘racist.’ Never mind that folks like myself could not care less if he were white or black, but are speaking about, to quote Martin Luther King, Jr., the CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER, and addressing the sins in their decision-making and how they lead this country. It has affectively become a crime in this country to disagree with anyone, especially if that disagreement points in any way to the Almighty’s Sovereignty and His definition of what is right.
Today, anyone who speaks out for any righteous cause is immediately vilified, and therefore many believers are quiet about what is RIGHT. Praise Elohim for the likes of Franklin Graham and Donald Trump. Say what you will about either one of them, but they are finally directly addressing issues that virtually all other public figures tap-dance around, lest they ‘offend’ someone.
Recently, Sarah Palin was accused of being racist just for mentioning what she believes to be the bad behavior of the current first lady. She did not ONE TIME mention her race or skin tone, or besmirch her ethnically in any way. But, simply by virtue of the fact that the first lady is black, Sarah Palin is therefore racist for criticizing her at all, because she is white. Are you kidding me? White people must refrain from criticizing any black person who is spending the people’s money, or any person not white who is supposed to represent ALL the people, just because they are white? Any time white people open their mouths, they are racist? That is the very depth of ignorance framing the public conversation, and the death of free speech, and it’s time ALL people put a stop to it, by SPEAKING UP.
Within the body of Messiah, yes, go ahead and call me judgmental. Anyone who knows me at all knows that I could not care less what homosexuals do on their own time and behind their own doors, what politicians do, what the general public does. But, when someone names themselves a ‘brother,’ confesses faith in Messiah Yeshua, claiming to trust in the one who died on the tree to set us free from the sins of this world, and then goes against the very fabric of that faith, you bet your boots I have not only a biblical right, but an obligation to speak up! To judge. NOT to condemn, but to call out the ERROR in that person’s behavior. And yes, it is ‘judgment,’ and yes Abba expects it of me, and of anyone else named as a brother, IF that other one is doing something that is contrary to His Word and detrimental to the Body. Like it or not, we are commanded in the Brit Khadasha to have NOTHING to do with a person who calls himself a brother, but who regularly does something which the Almighty calls sin.
Kol 2
“Beware, lest any man mislead you through PHILOSOPHY and VAIN DECEIT, after the teaching of MEN, after the principles of the WORLD, and not after Mashiakh. For in HIM is embodied all the fullness of Elohim. And it is through Him that you also have been made COMPLETE, for He is the head of all principalities and powers.”
2 Tim 3
“Know this, that in the Akharit HaYamim disastrous times will come. And men shall be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, proud, conceited, BLASPHEMERS, disobedient to their own people, ungrateful, wicked, false accusers, addicts to lust, brutal, haters of good things, traitors, hasty, boasters, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of Elohim; having a SHADE of the fear of Elohim, but far from the power of Elohim; FROM SUCH TURN AWAY.”
So, when someone who claims to know Messiah brings heresies into the public eye, count me judgmental. When someone professes to believe in Messiah Yeshua, yet entertains the doctrines of men, it is incumbent upon us to be judgmental!
“I wrote to you in an epistle not to associate with immoral persons. I do not mean that you should separate completely from all the immoral people of this world, or
from the fraudulent, and extortionists, or from idolaters; otherwise you would be obliged to leave this world. Now what I have written to you is this: you are not to
associate with any person who is known as a brother and yet is immoral, or fraudulent, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortionist; with such a person you must not even break bread. For what business have I to judge those who are outside the congregation? But you may judge those who are within the Congregation. Elohim will judge the outsiders. Therefore, put away from among yourselves those wicked persons.”
The purpose of distancing oneself from a proclaimed believer who does not follow The Way is to provoke repentance. But today, most people’s hearts are so deceived and hardened by sin that they respond to the piercing of the Ruakh HaKodesh, which is what they ‘feel’ when the Congregation rebukes them, by accusing the Congregant of being “judgmental.” “Don’t judge me,” they say; WHY NOT? You’re erring against The Way, and you’re hurting YOURSELF, and if you are in the Congregation genuinely, you’re hurting the Body of Messiah. And concerning some of the errors that warrant this judgment, it is ‘adultery’ against Messiah. So, call me judgmental! But respond to the Ruakh when Elohim tells you that your dalliances are SIN! “Choose you TODAY whom you will serve! As for me and my house, WE SHALL SERVE YHWH.”
It is precisely the LACK of ‘judgment’ within the wider Body of Messiah that has most of the ‘world’ accusing people of faith of hypocrisy! “Friendship with the world is ENMITY against Elohim!” What is wrong, and what people subject to this ‘judgment’ mistakenly conclude, is ‘condemnation.’ Never have I ‘condemned’ ANYONE. That is indeed not our place. To condemn someone is to say that because of their error they are therefore ‘condemned,’ or ‘doomed’ to a fate of destruction. That ‘judgement’ is left to Messiah alone. “There is therefore NO condemnation for those who are in Messiah Yeshua.” [Rom 8:1] It is not our place to ‘condemn’ anyone. But, as scriptures instruct, it IS our place to judge those who profess His name but repeatedly err against His Way. Especially if they stand in a public place committing these errors, seeming to boldly proclaim that error as if Abba sanctions it or turns a blind eye to it. He does not.

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