The judging of our fellow brothers and sisters needs to stop! In our family worship night we just read Jesus sermon on the mount and it definitely took on new meaning for me when I read “stop judging”. People in the hall are making comments about vampires and how watching the Twilight movies is bad. How banal, how unimportant!
We need to support one another. We need love and understanding. We need “mercy and not sacrifice” as the scripture says. I have seen some brothers hold the bar so high they are standing on their tip toes with their arms raised as high above their heads as their body allows. If we are a harsh judge, then we will be judged harshly. That’s a sobering thought. Sobering indeed.

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15 Comments on Stop Judging!

  1. Dennis says:

    Rom 14:4 Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.


  2. Anonymous says:

    James 4:11 Quit speaking against one another, brothers. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother speaks against law and judges law.

    James 2:13 For judgement is without mercy to the one who hasn’t shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgement.


  3. Andrew says:

    This past Sunday at the Public Talk I had to cringe when the speaker kept going on and on about how the churches in christendom teach pure lies only. While I agree that the churches do teach a number of false doctrines, do they really teach ONLY lies? Do they teach the truth about God creating us? Do they teach Jesus died for our sins? Do they teach we must do to others as we want them do to us?
    One of the reasons Jesus condemned the Pharisees was that they were so judgmental and self-righteous. I believe this is one of our greatest faults as JWs. The speaker said while Christendom is totally confused about prophecy and the book of Revelation, we as JWs understand all these matters. This I believe to be far from the truth. Although the churches as I mentioned teach a number of false doctrines, we as JWs also teach false doctrines.
    Being raised a JW it is so hard to stop judging. If we can control our tongue our mind betrays us and starts to judge harshly our brothers. The publications are filled with scathing judgements of christendom, but it is so so easy to notice the speck in our brothers eye and not notice the rafter in our own.


  4. Amos says:

    Dennis says:
    October 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm
    Rom 14:4 Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.

    The truth of the matter is that all those who are part of the “Body of Christ,” belong to him, hence we are not in a position to judge this one….or any other one for that matter, lest we not be judged according to our own sinfull standards.



  5. Jolly Roger says:

    Just another brick in the wall.


    • DanielB says:

      Here we have need for definition of the word “judging”.

      What is seen from how Scripture uses this word is very important. For example, in these times, one often says to a close friend or one’s own mate, “STOP JUDGING ME!” And this response is most often blurted out in protest that the other had expressed merely USE of judgment. And I could site many scriptures here, that encourage the use of good judgment as being good discretion, for the person walking with God.

      I have noticed that the “judging” of others, as the Bible disuades christians, is a more serious matter. It means that one determines that the other is not even worthy of life.

      And this is the Judgment for our wise Master to determine in it’s time.

      So a good point to gain from this understanding is that someone is in your face over “JUDGING ME!”, simply explain that you care about that person, and encourage good judgment.


  6. A M says:

    I heard the same talk about the twilight movies even a magazine had a poster at the theaters of a movie resembling the twilight movies lol….only god could judge us and if it’s really not all that bad and there is no specific biblical or moral or legal implication and if it does not bother ur conscience then do as u please


  7. Willie says:

    If one’s activity does not bring one closer to the LORD, then a professed Christian has no business doing it. Anything that smacks of the occult, wizards, witches, spells, situations of an evil nature, etc., are NOT edifying and don’t represent the mind of God, which we should desire to cultivate and demonstrate by our thoughts, words, and actions.


  8. JJ says:


    I appreciate your Christian conscience on this
    matter. It is bible trained. The point that perhaps you are not seeing the way some of us do is that it is for each individual Christian to pray about and decide what they will or will not watch. The Wizard of Oz contains spellcasting, sorcery, etc. Should I TELL you not to view that film? Am I authorized to do so? Not according to Paul in Romans 14.

    A previous article on this topic
    may be helpful- it is below:


  9. Willie says:

    “Slavery to Men” was a very interesting article JJ and I see where you are coming from. I wouldn’t want to be told what to do any more than the next person, for if our actions don’t come from the heart–an honest expression of loving righteousness and hating iniquity–it’s all window dressing anyway and Jehovah God can see right through it.
    “The Wizard of Oz” was to my generation what Harry Potter is to the current generation and no, I never saw the movie all the way through; but, I have walked into the room when some of my grandchildren were watching it–but not at my house. The more our youth are exposed to the devices of Satan, the more they are going to be comfortable around them. According to Luke 16:13 it is a fact: You cannot serve God and mammon.
    I don’t believe I told anybody what to do; I just stated a couple of principles according to my understanding of the Bible and you can do with them what you wish–even ignore them.
    The mind is the space where the battle takes place and everyone has to fight his own battles. I know that I am a lot stricter on myself now than I was fifty years ago. Maturity should yield a closer walk with the Lord, and we wouldn’t expect “a babe in Christ” to act like a mature Christian any more than we would expect a toddler to act like a judge; BUT… we know that Jehovah God will pick the ripe fruit–not the green.


  10. JWB says:

    “Do not become righteous overmuch, nor show yourself excessively wise. Why should you cause desolation to yourself? Do not be wicked overmuch, nor become foolish. Why should you die when it is not your time?” [Ecclesiastes 7:16, 17; NWT]

    “The Pharisee thought himself so righteous, and adulterers and even the tax collector wicked and far below him; yet it was the apparently wicked tax collector that was more righteous in God’s sight. And Jesus said on another occasion to the self-righteous chief priests and older men of influence: ‘Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and the harlots are going ahead of you into the kingdom of God.’ That is, after abandoning their oppressions and immoralities. (Matt. 21:23, 31, NW) The self-exalted Jewish religionists were not righteous and wise according to God’s Word, but according to their traditions of men, which Jesus said went counter to the commandments of God. (Matt. 15:1-9) Their righteousness was all outward show. It was so bogged down in fussiness over ceremony and ritual and minor matters that it never did get around to fulfilling the weightier matters. (Matt. 23:23-32) These Jewish religionists were both righteous and wise, but only in their own eyes and in their own conceit. Certainly they were not so regarded by God and Christ, for they were told that the eternally destructive judgment of Gehenna awaited them. (Matt. 23:33) In righteousness such as theirs they were to perish.” [Watch. 1953 Jan 15, “Questions from Readers” (Ecclesiastes 7:16, 17); discussing Luke 18:9-14]

    As a side note, some people think the “Wizard of Oz” is an allegorical story. So, like “Animal Farm”, what appears to be a fictional story on the surface may contain an underlying story representing historical events. This may or may not be true, but does it really matter who is right? If one were purposely filling one’s mind with “the deep things of Satan” (Revelation 2:24) then of course how could one really say he is proving faithful to God? However, to start judging people on the basis of their watching a film featuring a pantomime-style collection of characters including a wizard (who isn’t really one anyway!) and a couple of witches (one good and one bad), I think is a bit much. And let’s not forget that the story itself revealed that it was just a dream, with Dorothy’s friends, family and neighbours being the ‘actors’ in it.


    • Amos says:

      I do agree with Willie that it is not at all apropriate for one of Christ’s Brothers” to be filling their mind with anything that can be, or is satanic, occultish, ETC.

      The simple question to ask oneself is; “Would Jesus watch it, or do it?” The answer to this question, sorts out who really are “Christs Brothers.”

      What I personally do believe however, is that it is a conscience matter, & nobody has any right to tell another adult what to do. This is where I dissagree with any person, organization, group or cult, that oversteps this right of every adult individual.


  11. greybeard says:

    1 Corinthians 6:12, “All things are lawful for me; but not all things are advantageous. All things are lawful for me; but I will not let myself be brought under authority by anything.”


  12. Amos says:

    My sentiments exactly Greybeard.


  13. Willie says:

    LET US KEEP THIS IN CONTEXT: Nobody was judging anybody by the movies they watch. Greybread just used “The Wizard of Oz” as an example.
    I like the way Amos put it: “The simple question to ask oneself is: ‘Would Jesus watch it, or do it’? The answer to this question sorts out who really are ‘Christ’s Brothers.’ ”


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