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We enter this morning into the topic: Christian judging. A most prevalent & pernicious problem within the church. Listen to the following for an illustration (see if you can find yourself in there somewhere): “Oh Lord I thank You for making me better than those Pharisees, the ones that I read about in my chapter for the day. Oh Lord I thank You for making me better than those Pharisees, and I pray you’ll help these other folks to see it more our way. Bob & Betty Bokervate they seem to always walk in late, Don’t they know that Jesus wants them to be here on the dot? Dale and Dotty Dillontate they didn't’ put much in the plate, I think if they can’t give more he should get a better job. Deacon Bill & usher Jim they still have to use the book for hymns, if they’d memorized like I’ve done they wouldn’t have to cheat. Pastor John he prayed too long, he should know there’s something wrong when people out her get so bored they start to fall asleep. Oh Lord there’s something I’ve been noticing these people are not focusing on what they’re supposed to do and what they’re supposed to say. If they can’t get it right they’re no better than those people in the Bible, the ones that I read about, there name was Pharisee.” Humorous is some ways and yet dealing with a very serious and deadly sin. In the same way the Lord will address the sin of judging, with what at first sight may be humorous, but is making a very serious point: the sin of judging is not a laughing matter. 3 Indictments and 2 Directives of Christian judging, so that the church would be humble, holy, and walk in love. I. Indictments: (1) Being Judgmental is Sin; (2) Being Judgmental is Foolish; (3) Being Judgmental displays Spiritual Blindness. II. Correctives: (1) Judging is to be done with Humble Love; (2) Judging is to be exercised with Wise Discernment
It was early in the morning, a slight chill still lingered in the air though it was gently being driven out by the warmth of the rising sun, which was slowly creeping above the horizon dragging with it the light of new day. Jesus had just gone into the temple where “all the people were coming to Him; and [as was His custom] He sat down and began to teach them.” Then suddenly and abruptly the peaceful morning scene is broken by the brash rudeness of a small group of religious teachers forcefully dragging along a frightened and confused woman, and coming to where Jesus was, roughly stood her in the middle of the temple area and the startled crowds. Then, amid the confusion of the multitude, all wandering eyes slowly began to focus on the woman. Then, looking at Jesus with a distinct air of arrogance and accusing disdain the religious leaders said: “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” Jesus, undisturbed by their brashness slowly knelt down and began to write on the ground. Then, amid their incessant accusations and questioning, stood upright, looked them in their proud and glaring eyes and said: “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Silence overtook the scene. In an instant the drowning and deafening noise of the voices of the attacking leaders ceased and at once all that could be heard was the nervous breathing of the woman, still standing in the midst of the crowd, and the restless shifting of the audience as all eyes intensely strained to see reaction of the leaders. Then, the silence is broken by the sound of stones falling onto the marble floor of Herod’s temple, the gradual exit of the hostile leaders; then broken again by the voice of Jesus, who looking at the woman said: Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.’ - so goes the account of the adulterous woman (John 8). - There is a legitimate question of whether this was part of the original text, you can decide. I hold that it probably wasn’t, though it is possibly a true account. In either case, it does line up with the character of the ministry of the Lord while on earth, and illustrates well the hypocrisy of judgemetalism, and the Lord’s teaching in Matthew 7:1-6, where we again turn our attention and consider the Lord’s instructions regarding Christians and judging.