I have recently started reading books by Erwin Lutzer. I’m currently reading “Who Are You to Judge? Learning to Distinguish Between Truths, Half Truths and Lies.”
“Can I judge without being judgmental?
We live in a world that tolerates everything but judgment. What we don’t realize is that right judgment is the key to right living. Who Are You To Judge? is Lutzer’s word to a culture that hates being told how to live and to a church called to purity.
After explaining the difference between judging and being judgmental, Lutzer guides Christians in discerning various critical issues, including miracles, matters of doctrine, and godly engagement with entertainment and culture.
With a passion for biblical truth and intolerance for lies, Lutzer is compelling and gut-honest. Who Are You to Judge? calls us to not only embrace the truth, but also to live according to it, speaking the truth in love to a world so desperately in need of both.”
I just wanted to share a few quotes from Lutzer:
We as Christians have settled down to a comfortable kind of Christianity that demands very little and therefore, in turn, makes very little difference in the wider culture. When the world takes a step in our direction, we embrace it without a twinge of conscience. But a church that has made its peace with the world is incapable of changing it.Erwin Lutzer
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.Matthew 7:1-2
Chapter 1: Why are We Afraid to Judge?
The church, which is called to INFLUENCE THE WORLD finds herself influenced BY the world.
“Many Christians feel no obligations to share their faith with others. They believe their own convictions are good for them, and it would nice if others became Christians, but they do not see any urgency for others to hear the Christian message!”
- This thought of his really made me think. It’s true! We become so complacent in our walk with God that while it would be “nice” for others to come to know Christ, we don’t feel that obligation to talk to unbelievers.
- I have so many friends and family members who are unbelievers and desperately need to know Christ. I hope I never become so complacent that I forget they need the Lord.
“We have preferred to be quiet, standing by and watching our culture drift, feeling helpless amid the swelling tide. In our timidity we have lost the credibility that is needed to be a compelling witness to the world
Chapter 2: Judge Not, That You Be Not Judged:
Should We Stop Making Judgements?
“What, then, did Jesus mean when He said “Do not judge, or you too will be judged? To put it briefly, He was teaching that we should not make Pharisaical judgements. We are NOT to be Pharisees, who loved to judge and therefore judged the wrong things, or even if they did make right judgements, made them for the wrong reasons. They exhibited a “holier than thou” tone in everything did and said. We could say that Jesus is warning us “Don’t become a Pharisee, but DO make righteous judgments.”
“Similarly, grace did not humble the Pharisees, for they minimized their own sins but magnified the sins of others.”
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.Matthew 7:3-6
“Though blind to his own sins (speaking about David) he saw the sins of others with clarity.”
Y’all! This book is so good! It’s really eye opening! Lutzer makes so many good points. I would definitely encourage you to read it! I found this copy on Thriftbooks.com