The tyranny of, “Judge not.”

I was recently surprised, by the suggestion of a local church leader, that it is wrong for us to judge people. He said of a particular new church leader, “We must respect her,” (because of her office), and “I do not want her judged.” He then went on to generalise that we must not judge anyone.


As is my normal practice, I did not enter into debate or argument on the spot, but could not reconcile this ‘judge not’ teaching with my reading of the Bible. I believe that the Church, and our whole society, is under a bondage to the false doctrine that, ‘It is wrong to judge anyone, ever.’

In the church, if you question a doctrine, teaching, or practice, you are...