Here are some of my thoughts from today’s radio and internet broadcast.  The word “judgement” can have diverse meanings.  Not all “judgement” is bad and some “judgement” is necessary to the life of the Church.

Positive Judgement

Synonyms = Discernment / Discrimination / Discipline

Purpose = To protect of the weaker person / preserve the church / eliminate false gospels / proclaim and produce God’s Righteousness in each disciple.

Fruit = Restoration of Christian brother or sister who is given over to sin / Unity among the Church

Negative Judgement

Synonyms = Conviction / Condemnation / Offensiveness & Offended (remember, that those who are easily offended by others are demonstrating a form of negative judgement)

Purpose = Self-satisfaction / Self-Righteousness /Unwillingness to let God be God.

Fruit = Alienation of individuals / Separation from other local congregations / Disunity in the Body


Often we get so focused on our “motives” that we excuse our actions.

In truth, most times we don’t even understand our own heart… so while the motives behind our actions are important to God, they are also less easily discerned (judged).  So it is better to focus on the fruit of our actions as the primary evidence of our faithfulness.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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