We have all heard someone say, “Only God can judge me”. Most people think it’s Biblical and some even give an enthusiastic, “Amen!” when they hear it. However, this phrase is unbiblical and the person saying this phrase is running away from accountability from their Christian community, which is also unbiblical.

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Why is this phrase unbiblical?

It surprise you to discover the Bible actually teaches Christians are commanded to judge fellow Christians, but not unbelievers (1 Cor. 5:12,13). Obviously, this judgment is intended to be conveyed through a loving, non-hypocritical, and humble rebuke.

Being a Christian involves accountability to God and to fellow Christians. This accountability is meant to help the Christian grow in their walk with Jesus. Sometimes, I can be living in a sin and I might not even know that it’s as bad as it is. Therefore, I need a brother or sister in Christ to lovingly tell me that I’m doing something wrong. After being corrected, I can finally correct the habit and get my relationship with Jesus where it needs to be. This judging must also be done in love (Ephesians 4:15).

Jesus never said that Christians should never judge, but instead He said, “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment” (John 7:24). Jesus actually commands us to judge! Christians are meant to judge, but we’re meant to judge in the correct way (i.e. with love). We need to always build each other up and correcting each other is a way to help build one another up.

Saying “Only God can judge me” means you don’t want accountability, yet Christianity is all about accountability from both God and man.

People who say this unbiblical phrase often want all the comfort of being a Christian (i.e. Jesus loves me or Jesus died for my sin), while not wanting any of the conviction of being a Christian (i.e. you need to work at ridding sin from your life or you need accountability from your Christian family).They want others to be never tell me that they’re doing something wrong. This can’t happen though.Article-1-PIC-B

If I were ok with a Christian sinning, then that would reveal my heart is in the wrong place. Jesus hates sin and sins hurts our relationship with Jesus. In other words, If I were ok with you sinning, it would mean I was fine with you hurting your relationship with Jesus. I can’t and won’t be fine with that.

If you say this phrase, stop running away from accountability. If you don’t want correction, then don’t be a Christian. The Christian community is meant to love each other. Loving each other involves correcting others in love when they fall into error (Matthew 18; 1 Corinthians 1:11; Galatians 6:1).

Accountability is what Christianity is all about. Being told that you’re doing something wrong isn’t enjoyable, but it’s
profitable. It’ll help us become more Christ-like.

Let’s keep growing in Christ and learn to love those who love us enough to say things we need to hear, not just what we want to hear.

Jordan Kranda
Follower of Jesus. Husband to Ariel. Master’s of Theology (Greek Track) Graduate. Future Pastor. Present lover of cheese, Blink-182, & watching sports.

19 COMMENTS

  1. You said “This judging must also be done in love (Ephesians 4:15). Jesus never said that Christians should never judge, but instead He said, “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment” (John 7:24).”

    Who gets to determine that how you are judging is done “rightly”? You? How do you know that how you judge is being done in love? Because you feel good about the way you’re doing it? Because “God told you” that you’re doing it in love? Because in your mind the way you interpret scripture is right, therefore how you judge is right? How do I know your motives are pure? Last time I checked all have fallen short of God’s glory. Who gets to set the standard of whether your judgement is holy or not?

    You said “The person who says, ‘Only God can judge me’ is usually seeking to flee from accountability.”

    Hmm, that sounds like a pretty big assumption to make about someone when you’re not really even sure of their motives or their past pain and hurt. Why don’t you just try loving on someone and praying for them before you pass judgement on them, or trying to “lovingly” correct them? Also, you have to be given PERMISSION to have accountability in someone’s life… you don’t automatically just get to go around judging people left and right when you have no investment in their life or in their heart.

    You said “They want all the comfort of being a Christian (i.e. Jesus loves me or Jesus died for my sin), while not wanting any of the conviction of being a Christian (i.e. you need to work at ridding sin from your life or you need accountability from your Christian family). They want others to be never tell me that they’re doing something wrong. This can’t happen though.”

    Again, HUGE assumption you’re making about people here. And there is no “work” that one CAN do to rid themselves of sin because 1) Christ already rid it from the believer, that work is finished. 2) We are to accept our new identity in Jesus Christ as BLAMELESS and HOLY and WALK in that new identity. There is no working or striving or sweating we have to do to earn the conviction of being a Christian. The conviction of being a Christian is that I am delivered from my sin, I am created a new man spotless in the eyes of God and I walk in that newfound identity.

    You said “If I were ok with a Christian sinning, then that would reveal my heart is in the wrong place.”

    It’s not about being ok or not being ok with a Christian sinning. It’s about understanding the correct relationship you have with God now and the right identity you must assume because of Jesus. When I assume other believers are who God says they are in spite of residual sin I am calling out their new and now true nature as a child of God. I no longer ascribe their sinful nature to them because God no longer does. God no longer accuses, and so therefore nor do I.

    You said “Loving each other involves correcting others in love when they fall into error (Matthew 18; 1 Corintihans 1:11; Galatians 6:1). Accountability is what Christianity is all about. Being told that you’re doing something wrong isn’t enjoyable, but it’s profitable. It’ll help us become more Christ-like.”

    I disagree here as well. Loving each other as CHRIST LOVES involves seeing them with the eyes and heart of Christ- meaning our new natures. Accountability is not what Christianity is all about, love is. If your definition of love is correction than you have an Old Testament view and theology of God which you’ve ascribed to Christ and to the Church. Christ fulfilled that law and ushered in a new one of Grace. Being told that you’re doing something wrong profits you if you live by the Law and Ordinances. Putting shame on someone only calls out their old sinful nature.

    I couldn’t disagree more with most of your perspective here.

    • Sounds like someone wants to go his merry way without correction. God’s word, new testament in Romans speaks of God giving them up, those who are rationalizing their way to hell in their sex sin.
      I want a open transparent walk with brotherly accountability thank you.

  2. Thank you for writing this! We are seeing this problem seemingly grow into truth in epidemic proportions here in the United States when, as you pointed out, there is no truth in it.

  3. Well said! Thanks for writing about this truth. We would all be better off if we would take the time to really hear what our brothers and sisters in Christ are saying to us instead of always being defensive and accusatory.

  4. Awesome post Jordan! May God keep blessing you and using you in a powerful way to speak to the lives of many including the youth, that Him and His word may transform their hearts.

    God Bless.

    • Thanks, Tiffany. I truly appreciate your encouragement. I will keep honoring Jesus. His love motivates me to keep going. All glory to Jesus. God bless you.

  5. Thank you for writing this! I’ve been thinking about this very topic now for a few days and wanted to write something about it as well!

    Raul.

    • My pleasure, Raul. You should write something,too. More people need to write about this topic. Let me know if you write something. I want to read it. God bless you.

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