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I LEFT MY MIND OUTSIDE THE DOOR OF THE CHURCH

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I LEFT MY MIND OUTSIDE THE DOOR OF THE CHURCH
Is that what you do when you go to church? Is that what the church wants you to do? Many do. Do you think about what you hear? Do you consider what you are hearing?

In this important article we will discuss:
1. Explaining Matthew 7:1-5
2. What we are to judge.
3. Explaining Romans 14:4.
4. Explaining James 4:11-12.
5. Explaining Psalms 105:15
6. How we are to judge.
6A. Concerning specific teachers.
6B. Judging details.

But you say, what about Matthew 7:1-7?
1. Explaining Matthew 7:1-5:
1 Judge 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. KJV

Let's dissect these verses to see what they really mean.
1. In verse 5 we see that he is addressing hypocritical judging, not all judging.
This is a good case that illustrates that we have to take scriptures in context to what is being said and compare scripture with scripture.

Look down at verse 15:
Matthew 7:15-17
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. KJV

Here Jesus is warning about false prophets. Now how are we to beware if we don't turn our brains on?

2. What we are to judge:
The Bible says:
1. We are to judge righteous judgment: John 7:24
2. We are to judge all things. 1 Corinthians 2:15-16
3. We are to judge sin in the church. 1 Corinthians 5:3,12
4. We are to judge matters between brethren. 1 Corinthians 6:5
5. We are to judge preaching, teaching & prophets. 1 Corinthians 14:29 & 1 John 4:1
6. We are to judge those who preach false gospels, false christs, and false spirits. 2 Corinthians 11:1-4
7. We are to judge the works of darkness. Ephesians 5:11

Well, you say, what about Romans 14:4?
3. Explaining Romans 14:4:
4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Ah, I love it when people misunderstand verses that are so easy to explain. Once again we have to look at the verse in context. Let us look at the chapter and see what it is talking about.

Romans 14:1-5
1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

So we see in context that this chapter is talking about matters in which God has not clearly spoken. If it is a matter that is not clearly taught in Scripture, we are to give people liberty as it shows in verse 2, 3, and 5.

If it is a matter in which God has clearly spoken, the only liberty is OBEDIENCE.

Well, you say, what about James 4:11-12?
4. Explaining James 4:11-12:
11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

Well, we have just seen where we are supposed to judge certain things, so what is James talking about here?

He says to speak not evil one of another. What does that mean? Well, truth is not evil is it? And speaking truth in love is not evil either, is it? So what is left? We are not to speak evil about another in the sense of trying to destroy (v. 12), to tear down, or to destroy. It is judging with an evil intent that James is talking about. When one judges sin and error scripturally, it is never with the desire to hurt people

In John 7:52, the Pharisees judged Jesus in this evil manner.
The false teachers at Galatia and Corinth judged Paul in this manner, trying to tear him down in the eyes of the churches. 2 Corinthians 10:10.

James is also talking about judging in a way that is contrary to the law of God. (v. 12). This is talking about judging according to human standards rather than divine standards. The Pharisees did this when they judged Jesus by their traditions. Matthew 15:1-3.

Well, what about Psalms 105:15?

5. Explaining Psalms 105:15:
15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

In the first place, this verse is in the Old Testament where the Spirit of God came on people on occasion to prophesy, and to do exploits.

In the New Testament we need to understand 1 John 2:27.
27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

According to 1 John 2:27 we have the same anointing that the Old Testament prophets had, except that it is always with us, because the Holy Spirit is in us. In the Old Testament, only special people were anointed for service. Today, all real Christians are anointed of God for service.

You are just as anointed as any other Christian, so that verse means nothing today, but a lot of people use it to intimidate people today. You, as a person anointed of God are to judge what another person anointed of God says and does, as we shall continue to see. As for not doing his prophets any harm, we are talking about physical harm and slander, as we just discussed in James 4 a few minutes ago. We have been confronting the negative and wrong use of Scriptures, so let's now talk about how we are to judge.

6. How we are to judge:
1 Timothy 4:1-7
1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;
5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
6 If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.
7 But reject profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.

In verse 1-3 it lists just a few of the false teachings and in verse 7 it lumps them all together as profane and old wives' fables. If it isn't in the Bible, it is just a tradition or a fable invented in someone's mind. In verse 6, it says that I am a good minister of Jesus Christ if I point out to you any false teaching, and there are many. In almost all of the letters they dealt with false doctrines and heretical teachings. We will now look at only a few examples of how they handled these problems.

2 Peter 2:1
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Here Peter is warning us that there would be false teachers in their day and it is the same or worse today.

But what about specific teachers, you say.
6A. Concerning specific teachers.
1 Timothy 1:18-20
18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

Here Paul names specific people.
2 Timothy 2:15-18
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

Once again Paul names specific people. He calls their error in the truth as vain babblings that has overthrown the faith of some.

6B. Judging details:

We are to compare what the preacher or teacher says to what the Bible says. Even Paul was not above having his teachings checked.

Acts 17:10-12
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

Was Paul mad about this? Did he criticize them for doing this? No, if you will read verse 11 closely, you will see that he was bragging on them because they were more noble! He was bragging on them because he knew what was going to happen next.

Acts 20:29-31
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

Now we cannot judge someone's heart or their motives, but we can judge what they teach or say!

Galatians 6:1-4
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

Also we are not to judge whether a person is saved or not.

2 Timothy 2:19
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

We are also not to judge another person's motives.

1 Corinthians 4:3-5
3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

Philippians 1:15-18
15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

So let us not be immature and let us not be drawn into error because we seek to live by love to the exclusion to using Scripture-guided discernment and judgment.

This is one of the reasons the church is so sickly today. It has not obeyed the commands of God's word to judge error.
I will close with this Scripture.
Romans 16:17-18
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

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