False Practice of Judging Unbelievers

Far too many “Christian” websites and blogs have articles condemning the behavior of unbelievers. This condemnation DOES NOT COME FROM GOD. Judging unbelievers pushes them away from God instead of drawing them to God. Unbelievers are the harvest. God leaves believers on this earth so that they can proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the good news of God’s grace, forgiveness, love and reconciliation; the Gospel is the offer of a new heart filled with the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

In fact, any social or political agenda has no basis in the Scriptures. Neither Jesus nor the Apostles ever railed against the social or political ills of the day. The Apostle Paul was very clear in his instruction about not judging unbelievers.

1 Corinthians 5: 9-12 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; [10] I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. [11] But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. [12] For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?

There seems to be no end to the damage that false teachers have caused by bringing the Law back into the presentation of the Gospel. Only the children of Israel were ever under the Mosaic Law. The Law was based on works (human self-effort). Under the Law, God defined sin and condemned sin. His message to Israel was that He would bless them if they followed His Law and He would curse them if they disobeyed His Law. By putting the Law back into the presentation of the Gospel, people have erroneously concluded, “If God condemned this behavior, then we should too.” They miss the reason that Jesus came to this earth, died on the Cross and was raised from the dead!

Jesus was born under Law and lived under it sinlessly. By doing so, Jesus fulfilled the Law. He replaced the Old Covenant Law with the New Covenant grace. Now, righteousness and righteous living come through Jesus Christ, not any attempt to follow the Law. Grace is based on the power and work of God, not on human works.

Many will clamor, “You are giving license to sin.” Actually, it is just the opposite; the Bible says that the Law causes sin to increase, not decrease. So, those who try to put a law standard on unbelievers (or believers) are causing sin to increase, the very opposite of their stated intent.

1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;

Romans 5:20a The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; …

God does not expect people to change their behavior before He gives them a new heart filled with His life. The indwelling life of Christ is the ONLY power a person has to live a righteous life. Anything coming from one’s own human strength is self-righteousness, something that God does not value.

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These additional verses will help your understand this blog:
Don’t Judge Unbelievers: 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 2 Timothy 2:4; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Titus 3:2-7

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