Who Are You to Judge Me? Let’s Talk About Christianity
We discuss our overly judgmental ways as Christians and the effect this has on the kingdom of Heaven. We have the power to judge but do we have the power to condemn?
Sermon’s Text: Romans 10:1-13
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” v.13 New King James Version
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Have we, Christians, become like the Jews during Jesus’ day? During Jesus’ day the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Chief Priest had taken the law and molded the law into their vision. Those Jews knew absolutely everything there was to know. They knew so much that they even told Jesus that he was not the Son of God! No matter how often Jesus would explain and prove witness of Himself the Jews were not buying it because they knew he was not the Son of God. Based on what they “knew”, Jesus did not hail from Bethlehem nor was he an heir to David’s throne so there was absolutely no way he could be the Christ. We would wonder to ourselves, how could they judge a man they really did not know?
We have become too much like the Israelites of Jesus’ day – we (Christians) know everything. We know how folks should look, act, dress, talk, and carry themselves. We know what is best for the people; No? We sure do act as like we know everything. We feel we know so much that we have the power to both judge and to condemn! Now watch this. Jesus, when he stood in the midst of the Pharisees, he boldly called those men hypocrites!
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. – Matthew 23:13-15
What is hypocrisy? It’s the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; in other words, not someone who does not practice what they preach. Are we like those scribes and Pharisees? Are we now nothing more than a bunch of hypocrites? Let’s talk about Christanity
How did we become a Christian? How does one go about becoming a Christian? Is there a secret handshake? Is there some form of registration where you receive a membership card? In our text, we see that becoming a Christian only a couple of things. You must confess with the mouth the Lord Jesus. You must also believe in the heart that God has raised him (Jesus) from the dead (v.9). Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (v.13). Are there any other requirements outside of confessing and genuinely believing in the death, burial, and resurrection to be saved? No! However we have decided to come up with our very own rules and requirements for one to be saved.
We’ll tell folks that they should go to church every Sunday or else they can’t be saved (gain Salvation). We go so far as to telling folks that they must tithe to receive blessings and salvation. You must have the proper attire when walking through the doors of the church. We even hold baptism over the heads of people.
Here’s a bit of truth that need to be taught. There are going to be many so-called believers who “go to church” every Sunday, spread their word, and their truths and Jesus is going turn them away from entering into the kingdom of Heaven.
Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:22-23 NKJV
Jesus did not tell us that we had to pay money to enter into His kingdom. Jesus did not tell us that we have to dress a certain way to enter into His kingdom. Baptism, is a significant ordinance that we perform as it shows we identify ourselves with Christ yet baptism is not what saves. It is faith that saves! – John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9. We are changing and straying from the very foundation of Christianity – faith! Faith in Jesus Christ!
Paul had a prayer and a desire for his brethren (vv.1-4); He wished for his brethren (fellow Israelites) to be saved. I have this very same wish for all of my loved ones, family, friends, acquaintances, strangers, and even those who wish to see me fall flat on my face. All of us Christians ought to want for all of our neighbors to join us in salvation yet we don’t act that way. We are too busy going about establishing our own righteousness (v.3). What happens when we go about establishing our own righteousness? We begin to teach and preach on opinions instead of according to the Lord! This begins to lead to more and more false teaching which does nothing but corrupt the truth! There are many people teaching, what they think and believe to be right, but it could not be any further from the truth. You can tell when the Bible/scripture has been perverted and taken out of context. It’s one thing when Satan and his followers are doing the perverting but it is something else when believers are doing the perverting.
We are judging people based on what they are wearing when they walk through the church doors. We are judging people based on what they have or do not have to put in the collection plate. We are completely shaming fellow believers from the high horse and it’s getting absolutely ridiculous. I read a story recently where a church, First African Baptist Church in Bainsbridge, GA, kicked a 92 year old woman out of church for not tithing. There was another story out of Tample, FL where a young woman received a notice because she was not contributing at least $50 a month. What are we doing? Jesus turned over tables and whipped up the temple because the people had turned it into a den of thieves (Matthew 21:13). We are shaming folks who have confessed and believed in their heart something greater than the shoes on their feet, the clothes on their back, and what they have to put in a collection plate!
For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” v.11
Who are you to judge anybody? Let’s talk about this thing, let’s look in the mirror and look at ourselves – it’s time correct things! We think just because, “I got religion”, that it gives us a right to go about acting any kind of way. Israel, during the time of the old prophets carried on the same exact way and was punished for their actions. There are going to be consequences for those who are glorifying in their own righteousness. There are too many believers who feel people should be submitting to their way instead of submitting Jesus’ way. Jesus taught faith in Him, not faith in other men. Jesus taught love, not wrath! It is time for us to stop playing God! God is the only God! God is the only judge!
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. v.4
Christ is the end of the law. Christ is the final judge of everybody. Notice, there is no scripture that says the man or the woman wearing a fancy suit will be the final judge of others! Man does not have the capability of judging on the level of Christ’s final say so! We make a complete mess of judgment. We struggle with judging people daily – who is good and who is bad? We struggle with moral judgments daily – what is right and what is right. It’s all a feeling for us. The Jews feeling was that Jesus was not the Christ based off of what they thought they knew. We do the same thing nowadays – we judge based on what we think we know. Christ is going to judge on what He knows for a fact!
Who are you to judge anybody? Are you God? Stop putting words into God’s mouth – he don’t need your help!
Don’t ever let anybody tell you that you can’t be saved. Don’t ever let anybody tell you that you aren’t saved if you have confessed and believe in your heart Jesus Christ. Don’t ever let somebody judge how you Christian. We all give glory, thanks, and praise in a different way. The way I communicate with the Lord may not be the same as you. My prayer is special and it is between both me and the Lord – not for anybody else to judge. The way I honor and glorify His name is for the Lord – not for man! Here is something we need to understand:
One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
All of us believers are the Lords; we submit ourselves only to Him – not to other people (believers and non-believers).
We Christians need to slow our role and understand how to judge before we go about jabbing our little fingers into someone’s chest. It is human nature to judge – God gave all men the morale to judge right from wrong. However, God did not give us the power to condemn anybody! Don’t go about condemning people because you do not have the power to do such a thing. The only thing judging with condemnation will accomplish is the dissuading of non-believers from Christ.
Remember, the scribes and Pharisees were called hypocrites because they were shutting up the kingdom of heaven from men. We should not be running people away from heaven. It is a fine line we must walk with persuading non-believers to Christ. Our persuasion must not cross the line of dictation. We cannot dictate our ways nor can we force our belief on anybody, because that does not but cause people to turn away – persuade and know when to turn it over to the Lrod.
We should not be closing off the kingdom of heaven. We should be persuading non-believers to the kingdom of heaven. We should not be running non-believers away from Jesus Christ but nudging them in the direction of the True Light. Let this word guide you spiritually my brothers and sisters in Christ. Are you a sinner? Let this truth touch you… All it takes is a confession that you believe in Jesus, and believing in the heart that God raised him from the dead. You can be forgiven of your sins, and you will gain salvation through faith in Christ – nothing more than that is required. The kingdom of Heaven is a welcoming place to all, even you, if you confess and believe in your heart Jesus Christ.