The attitude of “Judge Not Lest you be Judged” is so prevalent amongst many of today’s confessing Christians that any call for discernment or self-examination by someone other than themselves is deemed to be judgemental and unloving. However, that is not the Biblical perpective. Yes, we should not judge with hatred in our hearts, but that does not remove the accountability factor that should exist between brothers and sisters in Christ. As iron sharpens iron so to people improve one another. We should be willing to be rebuked and exhorted by our brothers or sisters in Christ as we strive to increase in holiness. Unfortunately it seems that many confessing Christians have no desire to be holy, and when one seeks to exhort, discern or rebuke in love, they are deemed to be judgemental and unloving. When you back a dog into a corner it bites; that’s the saying right? And so the question must be asked…is one truly born again if there are no marks of sanctification in their life and they are not pursuing holiness? For those who claim to believe and be saved yet live a life that is contrary to Biblical Christianity and show no signs of submission to Christ John Piper suggests the following (and I must confess I agree)
“The Bible makes it plain, I believe, that people who persistently refuse the command of Jesus’ lordship have no warrant for believing that they are saved. Such people should not be comforted that they are saved simply because there was a time when they “believed” gospel facts or walked an aisle or signed a card or prayed a prayer. In fact, Jesus seems far more eager to explode the assurance of false “professions of faith” than he is to give assurance to people who are intent on living in sin. Where does he ever bolster the “eternal security” of a person unwilling to forsake sin? I am not saying that only perfect people are saved. There are no perfect people on this earth. We sin every day and every good work we do is tainted with sinful remnants of corruption. I am saying that a person who goes on wilfully rejecting the commands of Jesus for his life has no warrant for salvation.”
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?