Basic Battle Training

Chapter 10: “Tough Love”

The public proclamation of God’s Word and mind is often met with hostility because of the sharpness of the message and the clear definitions it brings. Proper presentation of the message we are charged to bring mandates this consequence and makes it necessary to Biblically answer this oft-heard response.

The form this usually takes is with the charge that we are "Judging"…and that this is a wrong thing to do!  Satan’s attack on this critical function of ministry has resulted in a variety of things detrimental to the Kingdom and of God and the world we live in. That this is a defining issue at all is indicative of the ignorance and lack of solid Bible teaching in today’s Christian culture.

With the enemy’s success in quenching this understanding we see that:

So what does The Bible teach?

Judging is clearly taught throughout the Bible in both Testaments. In this chapter, we will establish we are:

Commanded to judge, that our failure to judge is even sin and that it is impossible not to judge.

We will start our instruction by looking at the passage that is most often miss-quoted by the critics: Matthew 7:1-20:

"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine.... If ye then, being evil, know how to give good much more shall your Father.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction. Beware of false prophets, ye shall know them by their fruits"

Allow us to point out the following facts about this passage:

By clear instruction, the Bible requires us to judge!

The false understanding of judging is seriously compromising the Kingdom of God and destroying out culture.  Christians are supposed to judge and tell the world what a holy God thinks of their sins. The failure to do so has given us a nation infested with pornography, militant homosexuals, drugs, crime, abortion, cults, heresies, promiscuity, venereal disease and aids.

Who’s Judgment?

 The plain fact of the matter is that we are not doing the judging; God is…we are only the messengers! The question is not, "who are you to judge?" The real question is: "who are you not to tell the world what God says?" No human being has the intelligence to tell another about what is right or wrong: only God has that authority. If a person says homosexuality is normal, he is “judging” as much as someone who says that it is an abomination to God. The real question then is this: is the judgment based on God mind, or subjective, sinful, human “intellect”.


 Judging and discernment go hand in hand, and a number of factors need to be determined to properly minister:

Who am I dealing with?  Presenting the Gospel to a 10 year old obviously requires a different approach than preaching to 150,000 militant homosexuals at a sodomite parade. It is also a vastly different situation to be in a foreign country that is unfamiliar with the Gospel, compared to America which inundated with it.

How big an issue is it?  Contrary to popular thought John 19:11 teaches that there are degrees of sin. Someone who slipped a profanity under his breath is not the same as a pornographer!

Am I qualified to make the judgment? This is the main point of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 7. Hypocrisy in relation to one’s life is critical in judging. The pureness of your life not only affects the content of what you are able to deal with, but also the zeal you are able to apply to the problem. Remember: "the measure you meet will be measured to you". In the best of circumstances, this part of ministry will follow caution and the admonition of Proverbs 25:11: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver”


Identifying a sin or behavior utilizing a moniker or descriptive language is a natural extension of judging. Here then are some of the names and description used by the men of the New Testament.

As is then obvious, name-calling has always been a definite part of Biblical "ministry". Remember, our job is to communicate in the most clear and specific manner possible…not based on the reaction of the hearers, but rather to the righteousness of the situation.


Assume that you are a Doctor trained to deal with someone who is ill. As your job is to help the patient with the knowledge you posses, a proper diagnosis is required for the individual to know the severity of his sickness. This is not an easy task. In most ministry instances you will be called upon to minister such truth knowing that it will probably be rejected and you will be vilified for even doing so. But with this rejection remember that:

 His Word will never come back void…but will accomplish its purpose of salvation or final judgment! (Isaiah 55)


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