Judging (Matthew 7:1) is often misquoted by those who are not open-minded to God's Word. A careful examination of the context of the Scriptures shows that judging (discerning) is demanded. In order to take the mote out of thy brother's eye, we have to discern that he has a mote in his eye. Since we will all be judged by God's Word, how can we go wrong by judging righteous judgment according to His Word?
||Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, "Let me remove the speck from your eye"; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. (NKJV)
||"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."
said] He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has
that which judges him -- the word that I have spoken
will judge him in the last day.
|1 Corinthians 5:12,13
what have I to do with judging those also who are outside?
Do you not judge those who are inside? But those
who are outside God judges. Therefore "put away from yourselves the evil person."
|1 Corinthians 6:2-5
not know that the saints will judge the
world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?
||Holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. (NAS)
||Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from
the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that
he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will
save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.