This morning we will be defining judgment as it pertains to everyone. The first thing we must do is put what James is saying in context. Let’s look at the who, what, where, when and
why in order to get a full and true understanding of what He is writing to the brethren.
Who is the brethren—then and now.
What is Judgment—not discernment. Judgment is a final sentencing.
Where are the brethren--- James is writing to the brethren scattered abroad but he is giving instruction to all who are in close contact with each other.
When does this apply---present tense—it always applies.
Why -------is the subject of today’s sermon.
Why do we judge brethren?
Why do we judge ourselves?
Why do we judge God?
Why must we be judged?
Our text reads;
11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a
doer of the law, but a
12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest
The first and foremost point we need to bring from this text is that James is clearly giving a command.
Do not--- speak evil--- of one another, ----brethren.
This is so clear and so final we should all shudder at the thought of disobedience. There is obviously a penalty involved.
Who are the one another?
The Brethren, the saved, the blood bought, born again, spirit filled children of God.
The “Chaycid”—the faithful within a relationship.
This is where we will begin our definition of discernment so there will be no mistakes or misunderstandings.
Throughout the New Testament we are warned of the ungodly.
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity;
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to
31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable,
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
And from such people turn away!
Now are you being commanded to do something?
Yes!---Turn away from such evil. Have nothing to do with them; don’t even look in their direction.
Are you being asked to Judge the brethren. No!
You are being told to discern who the brethren are by their actions.
And if anyone fits in any of these categories in anyway, turn away. Have nothing to do with the ungodly.
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked
Sadly this pertains to many members of so called churches today.
Discern what is evil and separate yourself from it, even if it means leaving a professing house of God, this is commanded in the Bible.
You are following the commandments in the Bible and having nothing to do with the evil that is being practiced by the ungodly. That is discernment.
Just because it says church on the sign out front and has people claiming to be Christians inside, doesn’t mean there is anything holy being practiced. Satan’s goal is to deceive everyone seeking the
Lord, even dressing up his children and parading them as Christians. If you find yourself in a house full of hypocrites, don’t say anything; just get up and
Now for the Brethren,
Discerning the brethern is easy if they are truly saved and walking in the Word of God by the Power of the Holy Spirit.
This is truly a brother in Christ, so; 11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren-----.
When we think about what was going on when James was writing this letter, we must think about what was most likely being said against the brethren.
These were Jews being converted from the Law of Moses to the Perfect Law of Liberty.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Each church, each group of new Christians was learning to live a new life by faith in Christ.
Each had their own idea’s of where, when and how often to meet. Being free meant they could worship God any and all the time instead of designated places and times.
Without prescribed rituals and ceremonies.
Free to worship, as we are in this country.
All-be-it Satan is doing his best to stop us at every turn.
But here is where we see judgment come in.
Everyone has their own idea of right and wrong when it comes to worship. Even and especially those who came from such a strict set of laws; it would be difficult at best not to succumb to that manner
of practice again; there by claiming you were doing it right and everyone else was not.
Speaking against the method or the order or the amount or times any group of Christians truly worships God-- is evil. It is judging your brethren.
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
------ He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law:
The perfect Law of Liberty glorifies God by allowing us to praise our Lord and Savior anytime, anywhere, anyway the Bible says.
Sing, pray, preach, teach, exhort, witness, gather and give.
There is no set days or times or rules.
We are free to Glorify God by the Power of the Holy Spirit that works in us.
And so is every other true House of Worship and true Christian within!
But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
Being a doer of the law means –Freely you were given, freely give.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable
Judging another true Christian is to say that they are not free to worship God as the Holy Spirit leads. They must conform to what you think is right.
Now you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
Why do we judge brethren?
Pride is why there is so much division in the church.
Pride is why we see ever so little unity in the Spirit.
Pride makes us judge our Brethren.
6“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Why do we judge ourselves?
We judge not to tear ourselves down but to build ourselves up!
Did you know that?
Speaking evil of someone is for our glory.
In our sinful thoughts, we look better because we’re not like them.
We don’t worship God that way; we’re more worthy or righteous because we see flaws in other Christians.
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be
exalted. Luke 18:10
We not only judge our brethren to be less but judge ourselves to be greater at the same
4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him
But the worst is yet to come!
2 Timothy 4:1
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
God has given Jesus Christ the authority to be both our Savior and Judge.
This means we must love Him as our Savior and fear Him as our Judge.
But when we judge others to be less and ourselves to be greater we stand before the throne and proclaim our righteousness without Christ!
We ignore the only one worthy of righteousness.
We place ourselves at the right hand of God to proclaim who is a servant and who is not.
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
God help the church today!
This is why I have been stressing we must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a one on one relationship.
Jesus is your personal Savior. He is also your personal judge!
Pride casts its eye’s on everyone else to see who it can step on next in its climb toward heaven.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you
Focus on your own heart condition and not others.
Become one of the “Chaycid”—faithful within a relationship.
Walk in Salvation ---Not in Judgment!
Freedom from judgment is in Jesus Christ.
We are free to love and live for Him and when we do we are free from all unrighteousness which God has already judged through Jesus.
Our most gracious Heavenly Father, we thank you once again for Your Word of truth, Your guidance, and Your promises that we may rest on and have Joy in. We ask Lord that by your Spirit we will have a
discerning heart, knowing the brethren by their fruits and always speak with wise and encouraging words toward them. Fill us Lord with the desire to reach out to those who do not know You or of You,
that they may answer the call of Your Holy Spirit and not fall into the world of the ungodly.
Teach us to walk with humility in Salvation and not fall in the sin of Judgment.
In the Holy name of Jesus we pray; AMEN!
Pastor Steven Freede
Cornerstone Independent Church
Original Sermon Date 10/21/12