Are Christians Allowed to ‘Judge’ Others? (Pt. 3)

[This post is a part of the “Are Christians to Judge” Series. Be sure to read Part 1Part 2, and Part 3]

The Apostle Paul tells us who to judge

So, what are Christians suppose to do with non-Christians? What is the proper perspective towards unbelievers and the sinful things that they do?

1 Cor. 5:12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?

In the context of 1 Cor. 5, Paul is dealing with a situation where judging needed to occur and it was not.  There was a man in the church who was sleeping with his step-mother and everyone was proud of it!  Obviously they needed to judge him and lead him back to the way of godliness.  The apostle Paul says that Christians shouldn’t be all that upset about what unbelievers do, because we know they are going to sin and don’t care what God has to say.  The point is that Christians in true community are to make sure, not in a domineering or proud way, that we are living in accordance with the good confession of God our Savior, that we really are following Jesus Christ.

We can encourage a non-Christian as to what God would have for them and how God has wants His creations to live.  But with unbelievers we must start with the Gospel. Trying to get them to live morally doesn’t accomplish anything in the scheme of eternity. They will still go to hell and be under God’s wrath. We should seek a better life for them, but first we seek a better eternity.


While there is much confusion on what it means to ‘judge’, realize that our opportunity to assess, decide and determine for other followers for Christ, is exactly what the Christian community is meant for.  We have not been saved to ourselves, but have been given one another so we can stir one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). Simply, we need to be judged in a loving way by others, as they call them blind-spots for a reason. We may not know the intention of someone’s heart, but it is possible to find it out by loving conversation (Proverbs 20:5, Luke 6:45). We don’t judge as to whether or not someone is undeniably going to hell, as Jesus is the final judge. Jesus is the judge of someone’s salvation – not us. But our judging one another is intended for our good and leads us towards the holiness that Jesus would have for us.


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