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Why shouldn't Christians judge one another according to Romans 14?


Romans 14:19

NIV - 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Clarify Share Report Asked November 02 2014 Mini Gayle Giles

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Great question, Gayle! Yes, it is true that Christians should not judge or criticize other believers and shouldn't do things to “make them stumble” (Romans 14:21, ESV). ~https://www.gracesummit.org/Messages/20230402

By causing your brother to eat and thus defiling his conscience, you could be destroying the one for whom Christ died. (Romans 14:15).

Romans 14 "tells us we shouldn't judge our brother if he doesn't feel the liberty to do what we do." ~epm.org

Why not? "Since Jesus is Lord and we all will give an account to Him, we must not judge other believers on non-essential matters". See Romans 14:5-12 ~bible.org

Clearly, the Bible says in Romans 14:3 "Let not him who eats regard with contempt him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats, for God has accepted him."

August 14 2023 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini Kevin Ecker
The judging that scriptures warns us not to do, has to do with judging others before we have repented our own sins. "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?" 

Jesus commands that we judge our brothers when they fall, and help them back on the right path. “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” There are other examples in scriptures which shows Jesus wants us to judge, but we must judge righteously. The Law of Moses says: “In righteousness, you shall judge your neighbour.” We must take care when judging others so as not to condemn their salvation which only God can do.

February 09 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Profile pic Mark Vestal Proud of nothing of myself. Freed by Christ who did it all!
Verse 1 of Romans 14 indicates that the context here is over 'doubtful disputations' regarding one's faith. Some are weaker in faith than others. For instance, if a believer feels that it is better not to eat meat (being weaker in faith), then it would be best to not invite them over for a t-bone dinner. Maybe be a vegan that night for their sake.

In contrast to this, we ARE supposed to 'rebuke' fellow BELIEVERS for acts and lifestyles that are not becoming of ambassadors for Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:20). This would be anything that does not edify the church and what essentially brings dishonor to God.

1 Timothy 5:20
"Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear."

2 Timothy 4:2
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine."

Titus 1:13
"This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;"

Titus 2:15
"These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee."

Paul reminds us in the verses below to first look at ourselves before we approach another believer. It should always be done in 'meekness' and for the purpose of aiding the believer. The idea of 'tough love' is fitting. Our desire to approach them should be out of our love for them as a fellow believer. I think this is the defining of this type of 'judging'.

Judging of 'unworthiness' however is not our place. We are ALL unworthy in God's eyes until we become a believer. Once a believer, we are then seen by God as the righteousness of Him in Christ (2 Cor 5:21). We as Christ's ambassadors are then to live and act in the worthiness that is of this calling. Remember that WE now represent Him in the flesh...we are His 'body' (Col 1:24).

Gal 6:1-5
"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 fulfil 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.
5 For every man shall bear his own burden."

If a believer refuses to change their ways then we are to let them go and 'destroy their own flesh' in order to 'save the spirit':

1 Cor 5:5
"To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."

What we are NOT to do is judge UNBELIEVERS. God will do that:

1 Cor 5:11-13
"But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? Do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person."

August 15 2023 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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