Judgment by the sword

“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” James 5:19,20
“Don’t judge me, only God can judge me.” ‘We mustn’t judge others, only God can judge them’.
Just a few more thoughts on the “don’t judge” mindset. (From a previous post on my facebook page.)
How can we tell truth from error if we don’t judge? If this is the case, that we aren’t to judge anyone or anything, then that makes truth subjective, that makes real truth of no meaning because everyone has their own truth. It gives people an easy out from correcting others.
**I have added a comment that someone made on my facebook page below. It is well worth the read as it is well thought out, well written and factual.
Read the verse at the top again and really let it sink in. If we convert someone who has erred from the truth, or strayed from the truth (more definitions at bottom of post), then we have saved a soul from death.
Now, I ask those who adamantly declare that we aren’t to judge, how is one supposed to convert the person who has erred if we aren’t to judge them? How are we to bring them back to the truth if we aren’t to judge them?
If we aren’t to judge their falling away from the truth, how can we lead them back to truth?
I think that perhaps some of these people are actually worried they may upset or offend someone by calling out their sin, which I can totally understand. I get it. Nobody wants to upset anyone.
I also believe, now this may sound harsh, that those people who keep browbeating people with the ‘do not judge’ comments don’t actually know the truth, they don’t know Christ and they don’t know the word. If they knew all these things they would know that it is totally scriptural to judge others in the faith with righteous judgment, in love.
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17
We are to sharpen each other so that we can be more useful to each other in the Body, and more effective in the world for God’s purposes.
We don’t want to be so dull and blunt that we are of no use, and by not judging error and sin according to the word of God is being dull and blunt. It’s not being useful, in fact it’s the opposite.
Another thought on this.


God’s word is not a blunt tool that has no use. God’s word is sharp, it cuts. It’s not for itching or tickling people’s ears with feel good words, it’s a sword that cuts! But it is to be wielded correctly, not just swung around without care and being mishandled and misused.

If we are not sharpening each other with God’s word, then we are of no real use. We are simply being a blunt tool used by the Enemy to ‘love’ people into hell.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
**Here is the comment from Jerry T from a conversation on my facebook page.
“I know a lot about the “judge not” heresy as I was once a practitioner of it in a time I lived in sin as a young, immature believer and it is not of God at all. The following was posted by me on a friend’s page after being requested to contribute to a discussion on the topic of Biblical judgement. It is a shame that I have to spell this out for people but the following came after prayer and a Holy Spirit led study of the Scriptures:

1. Scripture makes it clear we can judge but not with hypocrisy or our own thoughts. And it must be done with love just as it must be through the rightly divided Word of God by the leading of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 7:1-5, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

2. Any time the Word Of God condemns judgement, it is always in the context of unrighteous judgement. It is either prefaced or explained in the preceding or following verses. No where in Scripture is righteous judgement condemned. (Matthew 7:1-5; Romans 1:26-31; Romans 2:1-16; James 4:11-12)

3. Righteous judgement is only for the believer, not the lost. (1 Corinthians 5:9-13)

4. It is done only for the purpose of restoring a brother or sister to a right relationship with the Lord. It is not to tear down nor is it to condemn and it must only be done with Christ like love as it is for the purpose of building up a brother or sister in the faith (Galatians 6:1-5, Ephesians 4:29-32)

5. Righteous judgement protects us from false teaching and unsound doctrines. No where in Scripture are we encouraged to accept anything and everything that claims to be of God. (Matthew 7:15-20, 1 John 4:1-6)

6. Righteous judgement protects us from negative spiritual influences (Proverbs 13:20, Romans. 16:17-20)

7. Righteous judgement allows for the selection of Godly church leaders when used by the leading of the Holy Spirit through the rightly divided Word of God. (1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:10-16)

8. We can, through the leading of the Holy Spirt in the Word of God discern the difference between Christ-like love and worldly lust. (1 Corinthians 13)

9. Through righteous judgement, we will know the difference between a babe in Christ and a mature believer. (Hebrews 5:12-14)

10. As someone delivered from this heresy, I know the only ones who embrace the “judge not” heresy are the ones who are living in sin and are angry their sins have been exposed. (John 3:20-21)

In closing, righteous judgement must be done through the leading of the Holy Spirit, through the rightly divided Word of God, and only in Christ-like love with the purpose of restoring a brother or sister to build them up in the faith.” ~ JT

Definitions of ‘err’: “go astray deceive err seduce wander be out of the way.
to (properly cause to) roam (from safety truth or virtue)
1. to cause to stray, to lead astray, lead aside from the right way
a. to go astray, wander, roam about
2. metaph.
a. to lead away from the truth, to lead into error, to deceive
b. to be led into error
c. to be led aside from the path of virtue, to go astray, sin
d. to sever or fall away from the truth
1. of heretics
e. to be led away into error and sin”

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