The Judge Not Debacle
If you only read the first verse of Matthew 7 you might just belong to the "judge not" crowd of bible readers. If you continue reading the remaining 4 versus in its proper context though, it goes as follows:
Matthew 7:1-5King James Version (KJV) 7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 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?
5 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.
The key is in verse 5. It teaches against hypocritical judgment. Its not saying not to judge, because we are commanded to judge righteously.
John 7:24 "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
Leviticus 19:15 "Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour."
Proverbs 31:9 "Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy."
1Corinthians 6:2-3 "Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?"
Etc, etc, etc...
We are not to judge hypocritically, meaning while guilty of the EXACT SAME sin:
1."Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things."
2. "But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things."
3. "And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?"
This is beside the fact that repeating what's already written is NOT judging.
We are doing what we are supposed to scripturally.
Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.