August 25, 2009
We get ask all the time why we would have a website Ministry like this one. Lots of folks remind us that we cause division instead of showing "love" and the majority of those who feel that way also remind us that we are to "Judge not.....".
This verse comes from Matthew, Chapter 7.
Let me include it here from the KJV Bible.
1Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. 6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? 12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
First and foremost, we are not judging anyone's salvation or their soul, we are judging their teachings and techniques by simply pointing out what we believe to be a number of Preachers and Churches that are teaching things which are not Biblical.
In Matthew 7:1-5, It is plain that we are not to judge someone for doing something that we are also doing. That would be hypocritical to do so. We must be certain of our stance before we say anything to anyone about what is being taught. This verse is so misconstrued by preachers and teachers that laymen believe it says we are not to judge at all. It says nothing of the sort. We are to just be certain we do not harbor the same problem as the one we are addressing. There is a tremendous difference between the two thoughts. IF, we have the same problem, we are to get things in our own lives straightened out before we are authorized to address anyone else with the problem we previously had.
The Lord goes on to tell us in verses 15-23 that there will be many false teachers who will teach not as His Word instructed and we are not to follow them. They will claim to be of God and do many miracles with signs and wonders but will not be truly of God and He will tell them to depart from Him as He never knew them. What this is telling us is to beware to not fall prey to someone just because they seemingly perform miracles and do many wonderful works. We are to test them against the Word of God.
So many say that if has to be of God or that certain preacher would not be so popular and have such big crowds. This means nothing as Satan has millions of followers and he certainly is not of God. Learn to look past the miracles and study each preacher/teacher and see what is behind it all. If it is money or fame...BEWARE.
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