When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.
It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.” 1 Cor. 5:9-13
I know this is a lot of scripture to quote, but as I read that this morning, I couldn’t help but think the church as an over generalization tends to get it wrong. We are so busy judging the sin, declaring our stance and forgetting to love that we have already gained a reputation to be judgmental people. When it comes to those of the world, we have to love them to Jesus. Take them where they are, let God work on their heart, and then help them to see their own wickedness. Plant seeds of God’s love.
Yes, Jesus says not to judge others, but it is as a warning. Church, we should be judging the sins of the church because we should be holding ourselves and the church to the standard of the Word of God! Notice, I said ourselves as well. In the same passage Jesus says to not judge he talks about removing the speck from your own eye. Before you cast a judgement, before you talk to someone who is living in sin, seek God and repent that you do not have that same sin in your life. And if and when you approach someone, do it in love. Don’t make them feel cornered or belittled.
Finally, to those being judged, who should be people who claim to love God and serve Him, do not be offended. It is easy to put up a wall and become defensive when someone points out a wrong in your life, but if you truly love God, it is meant to help you to grow. Do not give into your own wickedness by refusing to see what God is plainly trying to tell you. Either you want to live for God or for the sins of the world. Make your choice, but don’t blame the church if you are unwilling to change. Rather, repent, seek council, and turn from the snare that is entangling you.