|Romans 2:1 |
1 You would think that this chapter alone would instill enough doubt to silence those who run around telling us that there is no sin and there is no law for those who believe in Jesus. It very plainly states that man must repent; that if he commits evil, or disobeys the truth, or disobeys righteousness, that man will suffer affliction, distress, God's wrath, and God's indignation; and that all men are judged on their works; with no partiality shown by God to any man. This describes the true, fair, just, holy God of righteous, impartial judgments — not the god of Christendom who supposedly shows partiality, excusing privileged sinners who believe in Jesus, while condemning all others. From the word of the Lord within: "Do you agree with any who in their arrogance have stated that God excuses evil in believers? It's not fair, but they don't care. By their evident display of sin, Christians cause my name to be blasphemed among the people. These people no longer represent me; they have caused great indignation."
The later chapters and verses of Romans that Christendom harbors as their make-believe Christianity do not conflict with the verses in this chapter; but Christendom's interpretation of them conflicts with this chapter completely. All scripture is compatible, and if you have to ignore some scripture to believe in selected ones, then your belief is in error. But if Christendom admitted they could not resolve all verses in the Bible, then they would be admitting that they are blind guides, leading their billions of followers into the ditch. Those misinterpreted verses of Romans are explained, (see the commentary and footnotes to each verse in question), how they are compatible with this chapter. But first read this chapter carefully; it is Paul's simple line in the sand, defining sin and its consequences for all men, before discussing some very complex subjects of salvation, sin, faith, and the law. Paul was writing to very mature Christians who had already been freed from sin, whose hearts had been circumcised, and who were waiting for the final union with Christ, so that they would be forever perfected and sanctified, protected from ever falling to sin again.
Christians who read the below chapter, hear, heed, open your heart to truth; do not be like those described by Ezekiel: Indeed, to them you are like a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument, for they hear your words but they do not obey them. Eze 33:32
1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are that judge. For whatever you judge in another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge are doing the same things.1
1 Judge not, so that you are not judged. This does not mean that you cannot judge what is evil behavior vs. good; this does not mean that you cannot judge doctrine in error vs. sound doctrine. This means that you are not supposed to criticize someone else in particular because your criticism is passing judgment on someone else. This does not mean that you cannot write or speak about something in general being wrong, a lie, error, or sin; it just means you are not supposed to criticize someone else in particular. When you have sufficient Spirit of God within you, you may be prompted with words from God to pass judgment on someone else in particular; but that would not be you judging, that would be God. Just like Jesus did not judge himself: Of myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, John 5:30... whatever I speak is just as the Father has told Me to speak. John 12:49-50... the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He [the Son] is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, John 5:19.
The reason you can't criticize others is because every man has a tangle of problems, and only the Lord knows which problem to address with a man in what order. You may see an obvious problem, but you cannot see the many others that are not apparent; and it is likely that there are other problems that must be addressed and repented from first, before the problem you see can be addressed. Only the Lord knows the order to address these problems in each man, and only the Lord can give the person strength to become different. So until you are prompted by the Spirit of God as to exactly what to say and when, and until the Spirit of God is standing by to impart strength to that person, any criticism is totally ineffective. When you criticize others you are only hardening their hearts from hearing the true judgments of God, and so you incur condemnation in proportion to the problems you cause. From the Word of the Lord within: "Never speak critically of any individual or any organization, no matter how deserving of criticism they are."
You are particularly not to judge someone outside the church; per Paul: Who are you to judge another man's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Yes, he will be helped to stand. For God is able to make him stand. Rom 14:4. But as for those inside the church, you are supposed to be careful to not associate with those who exhibit continued lawlessness: But now I write to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of [Christian] brother if he is known to be guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater [whose soul is devoted to anything that usurps the place of God, and how they spend their free time defines what they are devoted to], or is a person with a foul tongue [railing, abusing, reviling, slandering], or is a drunkard or a swindler or a robber. You must not so much as eat with such a person. 1 Cor 5:11. And the Lord tells us how to deal with someone in the church who is sinning: they are supposed to be warned by one, then warned by two or three, then censured by the whole body of believers, — and if they fail to repent of their error, they are supposed to be expelled and shunned, Mat 18:15-17.