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To Judge or not to Judge Deception and Deceivers

Dr. Mike Johnston

                Do ye not know that the saints shall judge [1]the world? (1 Cor 6:2).

Mr. Tolerance challenged Mr. Truth to a debate. Mr. PC was moderator. All the major networks carried it except Fox which was not allowed. All went well until Truth quoted Scripture and Mr. PC accused Truth of being judgmental which sent Tolerance and his crowd into a cheering frenzy; causing Truth to throw in the towel, limp off stage, and hide his head in shame. While this encounter began centuries ago, it has only become obvious lately. Back in 1975 when I was saved, there was still a modicum of light shining through a rapidly darkening horizon. Fundamentalists were standing and truth was creating fresh hunger in many hearts. Hardly anyone paid attention to Satan’s oldest trick in the Book let alone its ramifications once published: impugn the Word of God- yea, hath God said (Gen 3:1), and then present an easier to understand translation contradicting it (Gen 3: 4-5). How my heart aches to watch many of the ramparts of Fundamentalism become defectors of the King James Bible by preaching modernist versions from Romanist manuscripts lacking thousands of words while making audacious claims that it just doesn’t matter. Is it any wonder people are so easily deceived?

Hear me friend. Playing fast and loose with the Word of God is dangerous and demonic; yet it is at the core of the end times delusion. This of course has caused right and wrong to exchange seats at the table with hardly a word from Bible believers. I received a letter from a man some time ago confirming this. He was far more upset with me for excoriating a heretic than he was with the heresies I had exposed. His reason was solely based on one quote from the Lord Jesus pulled from its context: judge not lest ye be judged (Matt 7:1). But was it the intention of the Lord Jesus to silence Christian voices in an unsavory world? I don’t believe it was.  Dr. William MacDonald [2] agrees: 

“Sometimes these words of our Lord are misconstrued by people to prohibit all forms of judgment. No matter what happens, they piously say, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” But Jesus is not teaching that we are to be undiscerning Christians. He never intended that we abandon our critical faculty or discernment. The NT has many illustrations of legitimate judgment of the condition, conduct, or teaching of others. In addition, there are several areas in which the Christian is commanded to make a decision, to discriminate between good and bad or between good and best.”

To be sure, the “judge not” quote is one of the most misrepresented verses in the Bible, and is the one unabashedly trotted out by liberals seeking a gotcha moment allowing them to label anyone who disagrees with them as “mean spirited bigots.” How disingenuous of them to jump to judge us while overlooking another of the Lord’s warnings: ye shall know them by their fruits (Mat 7:16). Is it not possible for these false accusers to understand that in order to know a person’s fruit you must first judge the actions of the person? Or are these scallywags representing something other than integrity? I’ll explain.

Serious Bible students know that the last days herald an unprecedented time of deception. The Lord Jesus warned about this at least 4 times in Matthew twenty-four (4,5,11,24). Paul reinforced Christ’s words with the following prophecy: But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2Ti 3:13).  Peter called them false prophets and teachers bringing damnable heresies (2 Pet 2:1-3); and John revealed them doing all manner of well-staged miracles (Rev 16:14); all in a kind of regal preparation for the man of sin: For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist (2 John 1:7). Much to the dismay of the “judge not” crowd, each of the prophecies above require judgment in order to obey them.

Mutual exclusives: Reason and liberalism           

My experience with liberals in the “quit judging me” camp tells me their entire political and religious position unravels when reason is forced upon it.

First reason: The judicial system in America is based on rendering judgment and Christians are often called as jurors. Are they disobeying the Lord Jesus by fulfilling their civic duty? Nonsense!

Second reason: Christians are to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matt 5:13-14) which mandates that we judge righteous judgment (John 7:24) in two arenas requiring it:  the world and the church.

Third reason: Untold numbers of Scriptures challenge us to eschew evil and embrace good (Psa 34:14, etc) which requires judgment.

Fourth reason: Many more Scriptures give us mandates that are impossible without judging. I’ve listed a few with my comments in [brackets].

  • Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them [take aim at] which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them [marking and  avoiding them is predicated on judging them].
  • Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? (1 Corinthians 6:2)- [we are judges by divine appointment as born again saints of our holy, righteous God!]
  • And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [blame; censure] them (Ephesians 5:11).
  • For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things [Philippians 3:18-19]- [knowing and pointing out these enemies of the cross requires judgment]
  • A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject [Titus 3:10]- [this requires that you first judge the person’s teachings as heretical. If they are, you must reject them]
  • Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)- [again, this requires judgment of a person’s spirit]

Let’s take the tolerance vs. truth test

EXAMPLE 1. An ordained man is a San Francisco preacher. He leads a fairly large church reaching the forgotten and the downtrodden, and in his emotionally charged messages often employs quotes from Jesus and the Bible. Over time he convinces his congregants that the world is about to end but that he is their saviour. Most of them sell their belongings, give him the money, and move to the city of hope in Guyana, South America that is named after him; Jonestown.

EXAMPLE 2. A neighboring group claims to be Christian. They study the Bible, pray, evangelize, promote family values, and generally live lives above reproach. They also have canonized the teachings of a perverted polygamist named Joseph Smith who promoted a plethora of heresies including denying the trinity and deity of Christ, polytheism, baptism for the dead, the deity of man and others. They are Mormons.

EXAMPLE 3. For years major denominations have defected from orthodoxy (Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, some Baptists, etc). Growing numbers of them no longer believe the Bible is inerrant, infallible, and inspired. As such, they support abortion, teach evolution, and ordain women, and preside over sodomite “marriage” ceremonies.

Question: With what you’ve just read about the above groups- and assuming what is reported is factual- if one of your loved ones (son, daughter, sibling), or a dear friend was about to embrace the teachings of these hereticks, would you close your eyes to the truth and simply tolerate them?

If you answered no I congratulate you; you have rendered righteous judgment (John 7:24; see Lev. 19:15), which we are called to do as Christians. May I welcome you to the uncompromising world of Biblical separation (2 Cor. 6:14-17)[3] where I live and have chosen to contend for the faith once delivered (Jude 1:3)! 

In closing 

And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean (Eze 44:23). 

Hear me friend. There’s a clear choice to be made here but there are consequences.

First, if you choose to expose evil for what it is, you won’t be invited to preach in as many churches; you won’t win any ecumenical unity awards; you probably won’t have as many friends as you once did, and if you’re a missionary, you might even lose some of your much needed support base.

However, if you in any way accommodate the politically correct “judge not” mindset, I promise you these sneaky sniveling snakes will slither into your church via television, books, internet, and other means, where they will saturate the willing hearts of your people with so much deceit they will in time convince your friends and church members that you are the problem that must be disposed of [4] and they will set out to do it with a great feeling of divine justification!

That being the case isn’t it high time we started judging deceivers and their deceptions in the Biblical manner to which we’ve been called?

[1] Webster’s Dictionary 1828 defines judging as “hearing and determining; forming an opinion; dooming.” That being the case, judging is our heritage and our future.

[2] The Believer’s Bible Commentary us available for a gift of $34 to PMI. Stamps are welcome.

[3] For more detailed discussion, you may order our tract entitled Biblical Separation.

[4] Arnold Murray of Shepherd’s Chapel is a great example of a vile heretical wolf who turned  three otherwise supportive family units against me when I tried to warn them about his heresies.

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