Ground Zero For Self-inflicted Pain
You can count on the devil for a lot of distortion, and one such area is an amazing ability to twist the Scriptures to confuse the mind. It seems everywhere I go, I hear people, and many of them followers of Christ, saying "Well it's not my place to judge."
Friend, nothing could be further from the truth. The Scriptures do give you the right to judge righteousness from unrighteousness. Jesus told us plainly that "you'll know a tree by its fruit."
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. [Matthew 7]
Where we go wrong is blatant ignorance between being judgmental and wise judgment. The Scriptures do not give us the right to be judgmental; and, being judgmental comes when you make character assessments about a person without knowing the situation or the backstory.
The older I get the more I realize that I must be slow, in fact, very slow, to form an opinion about a person or a situation until I know the facts. That doesn't mean, however, that I'm not given the right to make righteous assessments. Even still, watch your assumptions, for they can lead you to a whopping lot of crow eating.
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Jason Cruise is the founder of Mission. Mission was created to "vindicate the fatherless" in a country known as Moldova. To learn more go to www.themissionvision.net Jason is a well known speaker traveling across the country sharing his love for Christ at wildgame dinners and conferences. Jason has created many valuable resources for the outdoorsmen to take them deeper into their walk with their Creator. These items include DVD's, Bibles, and Bible studies.