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Judging Our Brethren By Our Own Personal Standards

Outline by Brian A. Yeager

I. Introduction: Think about self-righteous, opinionated people for a moment...

A. Self-righteousness has long been a problem amongst those proclaiming to be God’s people (Proverbs 30:12-13).

1. The mindset of “holier than thou” (Isaiah 65:2-5 and John 7:40-49).

2. Even boastful of their “religious deeds” (Luke 18:9-14).

B. When we begin to judge others we’d better make sure we are in a position to judge even if our judgment is right (Matthew 7:1-5 and John 8:1-11).

1. We’d better be careful who we condemn (Luke 7:36-50).

2. Even when we correct an erring saint, who are we to consider (Galatians 6:1)?

 

II. Body: Every Christian MUST understand that he or she is NOT the measuring stick for anyone (II Corinthians 10:12-18).

A. We are clearly instructed not to rely upon our own wisdom (Proverbs 3:5-7 and I Corinthians 4:6).

1. If, aside from God’s ways, you think you personally have some great wisdom you’d better think again (Isaiah 55:6-9 and I Corinthians 3:18-20).

2. Furthermore, we should all understand how far we will go if we fall into the trap of justifying our thoughts above another’s (Proverbs 21:2 and Galatians 6:3).

B. There are times wherein you may think something is more important than someone else and you BOTH are right (i.e. Romans 14:5-8).

1. In such cases, you’d better NOT judge the other (Romans 14:9-12).

2. Consider the danger of wrongfully judging a brother or sister in Christ in situations wherein there is no clear sin involved (Romans 14:13-21).

3. If you are accusing a brother or sister of sin, you’d better be sure you’re right (Proverbs 18:13 and John 7:24)

C. Some applications to illustrate the points we’ve covered...

1. Provided a brother or sister is not erring (i.e. financial responsibilities are met – I Corinthians 16:1-2, I Timothy 5:8, etc.); the way he or she spends his or her money is not your place to judge (Acts 5:1-4). *Point being, in verse 4, your money is under your authority.

2. When you look at the households of fellow saints, some things should concern you (Proverbs 24:30-34, Ephesians 6:4, Titus 2:3-5, etc.) other things are not your place even though what you think is important in your home is not in theirs (Ephesians 5:22-24).

3. You may have your opinion regarding physical fitness, food choices, etc., but you better hold your opinion (I Timothy 4:1-9) provided your fellow saint is not clearly erring (i.e. Proverbs 23:21).



III. Conclusion: Consider that when we create our own standard we get into trouble with the Lord… Romans 10:1-3

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