(Mat 7:1&2 NIV) “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
This verse is quoted often by both Christians and nonbelievers. It is thought to mean do not say, or imply anyone else is wrong in what they say or do and if you think that they are then do nothing about it. It may come as a surprise, but that has to be an incorrect understanding of the verse.
First we are supposed to become like Jesus. He certainly pointed out the errors of others.
If that is too vague then consider 1 Cor 5&6. These two chapters clearly say that we should judge others: even angels. Paul had already judged the sexually immoral man in chapter 5 (5:3) and that man was to be turned over to Satan; not protected.
It is not possible to obey the instructions spelled out in chapter five without judging others. It is clear that it is other believers that we must judge and not unbelievers (5:12&13). Nonbelievers do not have the Spirit to guide them as we do. God will judge them because they would not turn to Him, which leaves the penalties of all of their other sins.
Could the common understanding of 7:1&2 come from Satan? If we follow that interpretation no one can be chastised for leading others astray. We can not be held responsible for not confronting someone; which is an unpleasant task. A priest can take advantage of a child to satisfy his sexual perversion and others say “Do not judge lest you be judged” and God is dishonored. Satan and his followers are the only ones who benefit from not speaking up when wrong is committed in the Church. The Church is disgraced and by implication so is God.
Jesus had zeal for his Fathers house, but we are too afraid or weak to speak up. There is no zeal here. If you think that you should be silent because you sin, then we all should be, because we all sin. If that were the case no one could speak up and 1 Cor 5&6 is nullified.
If you think that I am wrong I would be interested in how you reached that conclusion. Make no mistake; every man does what is right in his own eyes. The trick, if you want to call it that is to make what is right in God’s eyes the same as what is right in your eyes. Do you think that it is right in God’s eyes to let someone continue to preach in error without at least saying something about it? If someone says that you are wrong be very careful that your pride of what you think you know doesn’t keep you from considering you might really be wrong.
Because Mat 7:1&2 can not mean “do not determine others are wrong and take action against it” what do you think it means?