Here is a response to someone regarding a few issues specifically Christian Judgment, unity of the church, and how God speaks in todays society and how it is different than how he spoke to prophets. I will begin with judgment.
Many people of the world and even many Christians seem to think that we as Christians are not to judge each other in how we act or what we believe according to the Word of God and this is very, very wrong. According to the scripture we are to judge a righteous judgment. We are to look at a mans life to determine what fruit not only comes out of his lips, but out of his heart and life. The Scriptures say out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A righteous man produces righteous fruit and Holy conversation an evil man will always eventually speak and talk evil. So here is what scriptures say regarding judgment within the body.
Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
So what does this mean exactly. We are not to judge by outward appearance but a righteous judgment. How do we know what man is righteous and what man is not. Three things. Doctrine preached, they way they speak, and the manner in which they live.
2Jn_1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
Tit_2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
Tit_2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
Tit_2:10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
1Ti_1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
To some men doctrine is not important, but to Christians who hold fast to sound doctrine it is everything. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Any belief system that is not of the Bible is not faith at all but merely presumptuous belief.
Now what comes out of a man in what he speaks becomes evident to those around him. He can hide it from some but his close friends and family know. Also he can hide the way he lives from some but he cannot hide what he believes nor keep his mouth from sinning if he is not of God.
Now I will speak on unity of the church and whether or not sinners should be allowed in if they practice rebellion and refuse to repent.
One thing to think about is because doctrine is so important if someone holds fast to error especially regarding salvation and the way to God you cannot be one with them and treat them as if they are of God according to scripture.
2Jn 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
2Jn 1:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
Don't associate or bid him God speed. Don't even receive him into your home. He is evil have nothing to do with him.
1Co 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
1Co 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
1Co 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
Again you see that we are to judge the church but NOT the world it already stands condemned. If one calls himself a Christian yet engages in fornication, being a drunkard, railer or evil speaker don't associate or even it with such a man. We JUDGE those that are within or say they are of the body.
Mat 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
Mat 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
Mat 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
1Ti 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
1Ti 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
Them that sin rebuke before all. If one continues in sin reject, kick out, have nothing to do with. We must be sound in doctrine that leads to Holiness. Any belief or faith that does not lead to Holiness is devilish and evil.
Now let's address whether or not God speaks like he did to the prophets of old.
Luk 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
This makes it clear that the prophets of old or someone hearing from God directly was UNTIL John the Baptist. Now the Gospel is preached.
Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
God spoke through prophets and they heard from him directly they point to Jesus coming in the world. Now we had apostles and they speak of Jesus already being here. They established the church and sound doctrine. He no longer speaks to men like he use to, to establish doctrine and canon but he speaks to us through the written scriptures.
2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
2Ti 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
2Ti 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
So to sum it up we must practice judgment within the church to be certain we are in the faith and walking in the truth. We must remove willful rebellious sinners from our midst. We also must get our faith from the Word of God in scripture alone. Any such faith that is produced outside of scripture is presumptuous and leads to a puffed up mind and heresy. I tried to make it short and easy to read. If you have any questions please let me know.
May God be with you and have mercy on you,
Your Brother in Christ
James Peters Sr.