“It is actually reported [everywhere] that there is sexual immorality among you, a kind of immorality that is condemned even among the [unbelieving] Gentiles: that someone has [an intimate relationship with] his father’s wife [minors, siblings, family members, etc.].
And you are proud and arrogant! You should have mourned in shame so that the man [or woman] who has done this [disgraceful] thing would be removed from your fellowship! For I, though absent [from you] in body but present in spirit, have already passed judgment on him who has committed this [act], as if I were present.
In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I am with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to hand over this man to Satan for the destruction of his body, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”
1 Corinthians 5:1-5 AMP
The Scripture is clear on what to do when perversions become commonplace among a people of God, who instead of remorse and repentance, are filled with pride and arrogance.
Something about corruption multiplies when allowed to mingle without check. The judgment of people, whose brazen disposition negates the purity of God’s way and will, must be evident, lest the malignancy they feature spreads everywhere. This is the dilemma of people in authority to lead.
But how do we do this with “Judge not!” mantra, which is often affirmed by the Scriptural text that admonished us not to judge other? Well, judgment is at the epicenter of God’s kingdom, whose throne is founded in righteousness and justice. Judgment is a tool for justice to be served. It’s a living evidence that GOD, on the throne, is still in charge.
When a servant of God declares God’s judgment, it’s God’s stand on the matter, not the messengers.’ As long as you can affirm the credibility of the source and the authenticity of the vehicle, the judgment is valid and true. So, if you serve God, let Him judge all matters; only communicate His heart, lest you become guilty of judging people negatively.
The challenge however is that the moment you wield that gavel, on God’s behalf or yours, the same gavel is waiting for you when you slip as well. It is the standard, so that each one is keeping the standard of God as they should.
Therefore, here comes the issue; why are we afraid of judgment? Why don’t we like to declare God’s judgment? Are we too careful of being judged too? Are we afraid of finding out that God’s judgment does not take sides . . . He takes over? Let the LORD be God and we all be humans, He comes with judgment someday, for each one, and we all, we should all live as one who would give account of our lives, even the thoughts of our heart.
You need not be afraid of judgment; it is inevitable. Be ready for it! While doing so, you will likely live in a way that would make God’s mercies available to you beforehand.
Peace to you.