Scripture Reference: Matthew 7:1-6
Sermon in a Sentence
Christians are not called to suspend all critical thinking or the practice of discernment, but we are prohibited from having a self-righteous, hypercritical spirit that presumes to sit in judgment over others.
- The Command: “Judge not!” does not mean to never exercise judgment, but rather to not be judgmental.
- The Warning: A judgmental, hypercritical person will receive from God what he or she dishes out to others.
- The Sin behind the Warning: Hypercritical people are hypocritical people because they ignore their own faults while presuming to expose and correct the faults of others.
- The Proper Approach: We must remove the judgmental attitude from our lives and then seek to rescue and restore others as God directs us with hearts filled with humility and compassion.