Do You Build Up Or tear Down Your Brothers and Sisters? PT2
At the onset of this sermon, can we PLEASE point out the MISUSE of Matthew 7! “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” —Matthew 7:1 niv
It is a phrase that has been used countlesss times during contentious conversations or in defensive moments when someone is confronted about their behavior: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” These famous words from Jesus are recited by many but profoundly misunderstood. One could easily argue that Matthew 7:1 is by far the most frequently misapplied verse in the entire Bible, used and abused by both Christians and non-Christians alike.
Those who mishandle this verse often use it as a “shield for sin,” a barrier to keep others at bay, allowing them to justify living as they please without any regard for moral boundaries or accountability. Their objections sound like this: “Aren’t we all sinners? What gives us the right to make moral judgments about someone else? Isn’t that God’s job?”
However, when we take a closer look at the context of Matthew 7 and the teachings of the rest of Scripture, it is clear that this verse cannot be used to substantiate unrestrained moral freedom, autonomy, and independence. This was not Jesus’ intent. He was not advocating a hands-off approach to moral accountability, refusing to allow anyone to make moral judgments in any sense.
Quite the opposite...(read more here)
On to today's part 2 of Galatians..do you help those who slip from the path of Christ? Or, do you kick them while they're down? We are to MINISTER to them, HELP them up, GUIDE them along, LOVE them back to health! This is where Matthew 7 comes in, minister them, show them what Christ says about their action, let them know YOU TOO could or have slipped just as they and your you're there to love them back, NOT KICK THEM. This is the problem of most "churches" today..THEY SHOOT THEIR WOUNDED! DON'T be that church....