The Difference Between Being Judgmental and Exercising Discernment

from Nov 23, 2016 Category: Ligonier Resources

In this excerpt from our 2014 National Conference, R.C. Sproul reminds us that Christians are called to make judgments regarding what is righteous and what is unrighteous.

Transcript

Jesus was the most loving person that ever lived and would say “neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” He did not judge in the condemnatory sense but He certainly made a judgment of discernment. And that’s where we get confused. When the Bible tells us not to be judgmental, it means we are not to have a spirit of condemnation towards fallen people. We are to love them, be concerned for them, pray for them—all of that. But we are still supposed to have discernment—to be able to distinguish between what is righteous and what is unrighteous.