My Thoughts . . .

Thursday, 06-17-2021

Jesus in the sermon on the mount said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1).  That passage is often taken out of context by those who do not want their misguided ways corrected.  They attempt to make the person who is trying to help them appear to be the one Jesus is referring to.  If their view is correct, then any judgment given, whether to help or to justify, would be sinful.  

We notice that Paul corrected the apostle Peter by saying he and others were hypocritical (Galatians 2:13).  They were and needed to be made aware of that fact.  Peter accused Ananias and his wife of lying (Acts 5:3-4).  They were.  The Holy Spirit punished them for that sin.  In each of these events the judgments that were made were true and needed.    

Simon, the former sorcerer, wanted to buy the power which Peter and John possessed.  He offered them money.  Peter informed him why he would perish with his money making it essential for him to repent (Acts 8:8-23).  Simon did not protest by charging Peter with Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:1.

Context is important.  In the first paragraph Jesus is referring to someone who condemns another yet continues to engage in that same sin.  Paul was aware of his shortcomings but saw that Peter and others were taking a path that would be devastating to themselves as well as the church.  Peter made his accusations against a man and his wife who were lying to the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit meted out the punishment, Peter just told the couple why before it happened.

Paul corrected Peter to help him and others.  Peter corrected Ananias and his wife because the Holy Spirit was offended by their lies.  Peter corrected the former sorcerer to save his soul because his thoughts were taking him in the wrong direction.

A reader may believe that this article is false teaching.  If so, you have made a judgment.  That judgment could be correct, and your motive is to help me see the error in my article.  That judgment could be incorrect making you just as guilty as you believe I am.  I recognize the possibility of being incorrect and if so, I appreciate the correction.  Why?  Context is important.