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Judgmentalism - by Michael Phillips
The Gospel Changes Everything - Part 21
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Ecclesiastes 7:16
May 15, 2011 pm - Last week I sat down at my computer, clicked on a search engine, and typed in the words, 'Why are Christians so ?' The first two sites came up, 'Why are Christians so mean? And 'Why are Christians so judgmental?' 'Mean' and 'judgmental'; this is how a great many people think of us, and we've go to ask ourselves why. It is easy to dismiss their criticism by saying it is another example of light coming into the world and men loving darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. This is true. But it's not the whole truth. Many believers in Christ are very judgmental, and not one of us is entirely free from that sin. Yes, judgmentalism is a sin, and it's a subtle one, too, because it often feels like something else: it feels like holiness, zeal for the Lord, and maintaining the standards of the Bible. These are good things, and we ought to pursue them, but we've got to do it with wisdom and humility lest our enthusiasm for God become the leaven of the Pharisees. Nobody wants to be 'judgmental', of course, and only two things can save you from it. One is to surrender your standards and believe that nothing is more true or good than anything else. The Bible is true for me, the ... More >>>

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