Here’s The BIG Difference Between “Judge Not” and “Watch Out” In Our Society

Written by John DeGroff on January 23, 2016

There seems to be a current trend among some  Christians when it comes to dealing with liberalism that often borders on political correct cowardice.   After all, we’re Christians and Christians aren’t supposed to judge, right?  We’re told in Matthew 7:1,2: “Do not judge, or you will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged.”

Okay, got it.  But how do you balance this with the apparent contradiction which is found further on in Matthew’s Gospel in the same chapter, verses 15 and 16:  “Watch out for false prophets, they come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.  By their  fruit you will recognize them.”  So, is there a balance within this contradiction?

These words in Matthew are the words of Christ, and on the surface, there appears to be something of a conflict.  But, the Bible explains the Bible.

To put it into the more eloquent King James English, “Judge not lest ye be judged” (Mat.7:1)  is aimed directly at believers and their relationship with other believers within the community of Christians.  For a more detailed look at how this is to be accomplished, pretty much the entire book of James (written in the first century by James, the brother of Jesus) explains it in detail.

Using King James English again, Mat. 7:16 says:  “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”  This speaks not only of false prophets within the church, but of outside, secular sources as well.  It balances judgment with awareness.

It’s not judgmental, or un-Christian, or even hypocritical to call out those who would destroy us.  By the recognition of the fruits they’ve born and understanding the consequences thereof, we as Christians have every right to not only call out the “wolves in sheep’s clothing”, but to act to remove them from power and influence.  It’s not only our right, it’s practically our duty and our reason for being here.

We have every right to start asking these questions:
What are the fruits of the Democrats/liberals/progressives?
What are the fruits of Planned Parenthood?
What are the fruits of the liberal news media?
What are the fruits of Congress?
What are the fruits of the Supreme Court?
What are the fruits of the Obama Administration?

…and while we could continue on with an almost endless list, I personally think that the one question that should be foremost now in the 21st Century is…What are the fruits of Islam?

Granted, this is an incomplete list.  Feel free to add to it.  Nonetheless, in each and every case, if you’re honest, it’s not hard to see what fruits have been harvested by those mentioned above.

Remember, judgment is balanced by awareness.  For close to eight years now, we’ve been seeing what happens without balance.


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John DeGroff
John DeGroff is the original bass player for the Christian rock band Petra. He currently plays for the band GHF which is comprised of other original members from Petra. DeGroff has extensive experience as a freelance music journalist and newspaper reporter as well as an on-line music reviewer. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and lives in Warsaw, Indiana where he is employed as a care giver for mentally challenged adults.