Sending a link to a young pastor friend of mine a few weeks ago, surprised me
with his response, as I endeavored to apprise him of  leader of a large Mega
Church who was previously found guilty of  extortion and was also found guilty  of
sexual sin, and now was in the news again for another flagrant crime against the
commands of God and also against the laws of the land.

My friend had responded by basically sending me a quote from an author who
wrote about a man who had seen a brother commit a sin and then condemned
him for his sin.  And the story ends with the man repenting for judging his brother
of his sin.  

I wrote back to my pastor friend and said, "I guess my forward about this fallen   
leader in the church, has prompted you to believe that I am judging him, rather
than praying for their restoration.  I do not want to get into any kind of
disagreement or debate with you regarding this subject, but as a pastor friend, I
felt my sharing was not one of judging but rather one of apprising you of those
whom scripture shows time after time by way of their actions, have not produced
“good fruit”, but rather quite the contrary.  Personally, I find no joy in seeing or
hearing of a “fallen one”, but rather it breaks my heart as it is hurtful to the body of
Christ and to the name of my dear Savior, Jesus Christ.

Quotes from these men of old are indeed weighty but we must not forget what
God says in His word, and that is, all of the secret and hidden things will be
revealed, and I believe this man and others like him, are more of the ways by
which God brings the "works of the flesh to light".  For these kinds of pretenders
in the faith, we do not pray that they will be restored to their position of pastor or
etc, but rather we must pray for their salvation!  Many like this, become “sheep in
wolves clothing” and lead many poor unsuspecting and ignorant believers right
into hell with themselves because they lack knowledge and maturity of God's
truth.  True Christians who have fallen, are those who hate their sin and turn
around by “producing fruit in keeping with their repentance” verses those who
cloak themselves with masks of deception using God as a means to their own
end which is usually financially related or motivated.

My wife, Patricia, did a much needed teaching we both felt was sorely lacking in
the church, regarding the subject of “Judging”.  The message on video is called,
“What You Are to Judge”.  It gives clear insight as to the difference of basically
two scriptures. One being “Do not judge lest you be judged” (Matthew 7:1) and
the other is found in  
1 Corinthians 2:15 “But he who is spiritual judges all
things”……because we have the “mind of Christ”.
 This teaching breaks down
the difference between the two, which seem contradictory to one another, but are
explained in detail and basically ends up saying that we are not given
permission to “judge any man”, but we do have the responsibility as growing
Christians to have opinions in regards to peoples actions, words and views, and
we are given the mandate as leaders in the church as per
1 Corinthians 5:12 to
judge within the church:
“What business is it of mine to judge those outside
the church? Are you not to judge those inside ? 13 God will judge those
outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you."

There are those who are endowed with wisdom and are fit for the office of
judging between differences and the sinful circumstance that have arisen and
must be dealt with in these issues, lest they fester into great and horrendous
trouble within the church causing division with sexual sins, heresy, error and
apostasy.  He that is spiritual, judges all things, not “all men”, but between the
differences in the church and also the sinful circumstances, all of which come
into the sphere of the spiritual nature or the realm of the Spirit.  

Matters with habitually sinning saints in church must be dealt with as it becomes
infectious to the body of Christ.  As mature Christians we are to judge the spirit
that leads these people.  But before we can do that we must ourselves be
spiritually minded and must be found obeying the precepts and principles of
God by sincerely and earnestly practicing them ourselves.  I am not saying that
we have reached full attainment of being “spiritual minded”, as we both have a
lot more to learn in all areas of our spiritual growth and walk.  

In Matthew 7:1 Jesus was saying “Judge not lest you be judged” , was to those
who were unregenerate and had not His mind in the matters of relating to one
other.  By this He meant to stop making rash, critical and unjust judgments of
each other.  This type of judgment is in effect a “condemning or critical spirit’,
which comes from the carnally/fleshly minded man or woman.

It is impossible to not form an opinion of conduct that we know to be evil.  It
would ludicrous to ignore the discernment and discretion of the Holy Spirit when
He is witnessing the evil conduct of an individual or group of people.  To ignore
this evil behavior for what it is, would be is in violation of God’s word.             
Psalms 25:9 “The humble will he guide in judgment: and the humble will he
teach his way”.

If you are interested in seeing this video or audio message, I have linked both for
your convenience.  It happens to be the most viewed of all of our videos, which is
saying that believers really are interested in this subject and are looking for
clarification on the confusion of things that they are seeing in the church today.  

It is my desire that you understand as a leader in God's Church, the difference
between critical and harsh judging verses judicial judging, which is given for the
benefit of protecting God's flock against apostate wolves in sheep clothing.  It is
okay for us to disagree on certain matters that are gray areas, but not on the
matters which could affect and infect the precious inheritance of Our Lord, Jesus
Christ.  I hope this short letter clarifying the difference between these scriptures
and the video will be of help to you in understanding that I was not being critical
in sending you the link, but rather to be helpful in seeing a soul that desperately
needs saving, rather than in a position of leading a flock.  Jesus says,
Matt 7:15-
  "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but
inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them.