Jesus said in Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Does that mean we can’t ever judge anybody at any time?

No this passage is not saying that we should never judge others. When Jesus declared , “Do not judge, or you to will be judged”, He was forbidding a judgmental, critical attitude that reads wrong motives into what others do and views their actions in the worst possible light.

Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

Galatians 6:1

Paul was telling the people in the church that it is their responsibility to watch over each other so if one sins the church can bring the sinful Christian back to spiritual fellowship. Notice that the people who judge, do so gently.

We must evaluate the beliefs and actions of spiritual leaders to judge for ourselves whether they are truly God’s servants. Does what they teach agree with the Bible and do they live according to God’s plan for all of us.

Judging others is wrong when it stems from a self-righteous attitude, reveals a critical spirit or presumptuously interprets motives. But judging is right and helpful when it flows from proper motives, when it uses God’s Word as the standard and when it leads to corrective action.

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