“Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.” -Matthew 23:24
It is true that the Church and its members are called to be fruit inspectors. We are just that, and that without a scriptural doubt. As a matter of fact, we are to judge men by their fruit.
“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” -Matthew 7:16-19
Furthermore, Jesus teaches us how to judge (Matthew 7:1-6).
Jesus commands us to judge righteously (John 7:24).
Judging is the character and exhibition of spiritual life (1 Corinthians 2:15-16).
We are to judge matters between the brethren (1 Corinthians 6:5).
We are to judge the truth concerning what is being preached within the Church (1 Corinthians 14:29).
We are to judge doctrine and teachings (2 Corinthians 11:4).
We are to judge by reproving the deeds and workers of darkness (Ephesians 5:11).
We are to judge false Christianity (1 John 2:18-20).
We are to judge false prophets-teachers (Matthew 7:15-16).
One day, Christians will judge the world (1 Corinthians 6:2).
These are just examples in the New Testament.
In Deuteronomy 4:5-6, the Old testament Scripture commands us:
“Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments (Making distinction as to what is right and wrong according to the Lords Law-Exodus 20), even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes (As to how we are to seal with transgressors), and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”
Now, I write this to make this point: Of late, a famous preacher passed on into eternity and I noticed that there were quite a bit of posts talking of him now being in Heaven (I am not making the claim that he is not there). How did they know that? After all, these were the same ones that continuously declare that we are not not to judge as to whom goes to Hell and yet, Scripture is very clear and I quote:
“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” -John 8:24
Where, I ask, do the unrepentant sinners go (Transgressors; 1 John 3:4)? They go to Hell. It’s not scripturally difficult to judge between the holy and the profane.
Ezekiel 44:23 tells us:
“And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane…”
Are we not to emulate the Christ, my friends (John 14:6)?
“And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:” -Matthew 25:32
Now, as I pondered this, I began to think within myself that the very people, the biblically illiterates, that are telling us that we are not to judge anyone by declaring that they were unrepentant, profane (Websters 1828 Dictionary: Not sacred; secular; relating to secular things; polluted; not purified or holy;) sinners that ended up in Hell are now making themselves the judges by telling us who is holy and who is going to Heaven.
Friends, look at society and the moral decay of America. These hypocrites are the same ones that have stood as the self-proclaimed standard bearers (Isaiah 52:11), who have become a reproach to the nation and they want to tell us who is going to Heaven?
Their version of Jesus and what Heaven holds are clearly not the same as the ones in the Bible (Hosea 4:6).
Look at the Hell that they have helped create here on this earth for their lack of knowledge and apathy (Matthew 5:13-Titus 1:16).
True, I am not the judicial judge here. Yet, I am referring to the Judge’s word (Psalm 9:16-17).
Therefore, in conclusion, I write this to whom it applies: Twist not Scripture the way that Satan twists Scripture. No doubt, these blind guides strain at the gnat and swallow the big camel.