When Christians Should Judge One Another

I came across the below post from Generation Cedar. The subject of judging is extremely misunderstood within the Body of Christ. We do not judge to condemn (only God can do that), but we do judge to exhort and admonish those living in sin or participating in unrepentant sin. 

Why do we do this?
  1. To restore a brother or sister (with gentleness) who has trespassed
  2. To keep the sin from spreading and causing greater harm
  3. To keep His bride pure
Jesus Christ commands and expects His bride to be pure. He also calls His bride to help keep it pure. One way that is done is by lovingly and biblically pointing out the sin in another believers life. We must first "remove the plank from our own eye, so that we can see clearly to remove the speck from our brothers eye. -(Luke 6:41-42) when doing so. 

Those that take issue with biblically and lovingly calling out the sin of another believer and potentially cutting off fellowship with that person, do not desire to see Bride of Christ holy, pure and distinct in the world.

Here is the post...

I heard it yet again.  One of the members–not just a member, an active “teacher/leader” in a church involved in an inappropriate relationship, evident to all.

Then there’s the man I know openly living with a woman.  Each of them had spouses just months ago.  They are active members of their church.

Another story is the church secretary/wife/mother–making meth in her home where she lives with her young children and husband.

The praise and worship leader who “really doesn’t know what he believes”–an admitted atheist.  (“But he’s so talented!”)
“For certain persons have crept in unnoticed…ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ….these are spots in your love feast…” Jude
I could give more examples.  You probably could too.  Is the Bride of Christ content to ignore the Word of God and bring shame to the name of Jesus? 
Where are all the courageous Paul-teachers, since we obviously can’t read for ourselves, reprimanding what is so clearly a violation of God’s precepts?

Yesterday’s devotion was from 1 Corinthians.  Read carefully:
“It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you…And you are proud!  Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this?….Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are.
I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”
Paul’s words cause the hair on our necks to stand up today. “But we aren’t to judge!” is our favorite phrase because it’s easy.  Paul says, we ARE to judge. “But we all sin–we can’t judge!” Yes we do.  But understanding sin as the Bible speaks of it is crucial. We all sin and fall short of the glory of God. Yet the Bible commands us to “not sin”.  Is that a contradiction?

No.  Sin is to be abhorred by a child of God. (“I write this to you so that you will not sin.” 1 John 2:1) And yet, none of us is without sin. The difference? It should hurt us (David describes even physical pain from unrepentant sin), it should grieve us, and we should do all we can to avoid it (“If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off.”

So to commit sin and hate it and repent of it is entirely different than to comfortably live in it.  That difference must be distinguished in order for us to live in accordance with God’s Word.

We aren’t called to judge the church because we are sinless, but because having the spirit of His redeemed, we are commanded to hate sin and judge it.

And why then is it so important–this urging from Paul to the church? It seems so harsh!  But, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” Our very love of the Bride of Christ–His people–should compel us to follow His provisions for protecting her.
“But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”
Then this morning, Oswald Chambers brings more clarity to this issue:
“None of us liveth to himself.” Romans 14:7.
“Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible for other souls spiritually before God? For instance, if I allow any private deflection from God in my life, everyone about me suffers. We “sit together in heavenly places.” “Whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it.” When once you allow physical selfishness, mental slovenliness, moral obtuseness, spiritual density, everyone belonging to your crowd will suffer. “But,” you say, “who is sufficient for these things if you erect a standard like that?” “Our sufficiency is of God,” and of Him alone.”  -Oswald Chambers
Sin is serious. My unrepentant, stubborn sin will taint the church of God and cause others to stumble. And not only will I give an answer, but those who did not love me enough to “hand me over to Satan so that my spirit may be saved” (1 Cor. 5:5).

Sin forced Jesus to the excruciating cross.  To the children of God, our love for His immeasurable grace should constrain us from the love and pursuit of sin.
“But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving….Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not become partners with them;  or at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”  Ephesians 5:3-8
I wanted to add an important note:
In Matthew, Jesus gives specific instructions on dealing with sin in the church.  It should be noted that Paul’s admonition would surely include/presuppose the action Jesus tells believers to take in Matthew 18:

“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”