“No one calls for justice,
Nor does any plead for truth.
They trust in empty words and speak lies;
They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.” Isaiah 59:4
“ The way of peace they have not known,
And there is no justice in their ways;
They have made themselves crooked paths;
Whoever takes that way shall not know peace.
Therefore justice is far from us,
Nor does righteousness overtake us;
We look for light, but there is darkness!
For brightness, but we walk in blackness!” Isaiah 59:8-9
“Justice is turned back,
And righteousness stands afar off;
For truth is fallen in the street,
And equity cannot enter.
So truth fails,
And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.
Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him
That there was no justice.” Isaiah 59:14-15
We can see from these Scriptures that the word “justice” appears 5 times in only 5 verses. What does this word mean?
In verse 4 and 9 it means:
From H6663; the right (natural, moral or legal); also (abstractly) equity or (figuratively) prosperity:— X even, (X that which is altogether) just (-ice), ([un-]) right (-eous) (cause, -ly, -ness).
In verse 8 and 14 and verse 9, it means;
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From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style:— + adversary, ceremony, charge, X crime, custom, desert, determination, discretion, disposing, due, fashion, form, to be judged, judgment, just (-ice, -ly), (manner of) law (-ful), manner, measure, (due) order, ordinance, right, sentence, usest, X worthy, + wrong.
In the King James Version of the Bible, the word used in all of the places that “Justice” is used in the New King James is the word “Judgment”. This is a word that so many of my brothers and sisters in Christ avoid like the plague. Whenever it comes to this word “Judgmen! t” or “Judge”, such fear comes on people that they call you “Judgmental”, oh so many times. “Our Church” is in such a mess worldwide and yet we sit like ostriches with our heads in the sand and quote “Don’t touch God’s anointed” as if these leaders are above reproach. It makes you think doesn’t it? Jesus described how trees were either good or bad and the fruit from each tree would also be good or bad. How will we know what kind of fruit it is if we do not judge it? Do we judge the shape of an apple or banana in the grocery store before we eat it, of course we do. Ah…people are not apples or bananas though, I believe that we can agree there. Then we read “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” and we stop there. What if we have it all wrong? What if we have the wrong defi! nition of “Judging”? Let’s take a look.
NOTE: Justice or Judgment is not just a negative thing. It also refers to positive judgment or recognition for something that is well-done. This is also a very important aspect of justice and judgment!
Let’s take a look at John 7:24, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” So are we to judge or not? That is the question.
Let’s take a look at Isaiah 1: 21-27
How the faithful city has become a harlot!
It was full of justice;
Righteousness lodged in it,
But now murderers.
Your silver has become dross,
Your wine mixed with water.
Your princes are rebellious,
And companions of thieves;
Everyone loves bribes,
And follows after rewards.
They do not defend the fatherless,
Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.
Therefore the Lord says,
The LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel,
“Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries,
And take vengeance on My enemies.
I will turn My hand against you,
And thoroughly purge away your dross,
And take away all your alloy.
I will restore your judges as at the first,
And your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.”
Here we see God is saying (I believe) the city has become corrupt, there is mixture everywhere, the purity of God is polluted with rebellion and filthy lucre, and now we see the words ! “Judge not” (in verse 22) the fatherless. (in the ! King Jam es Version) Now we see that God is angry because we are not judging the fatherless. (Many other versions use the word “defend” here for judge…that puts a new light on judging…eh?)What does this mean?
Well… God is also saying to them that the city was full of judgment and righteousness and it seems to be a good thing, because judgment and righteousness was replaced by “murderers” and we know that it not a good thing. He is contrasting “good” with “bad”. He is contrasting “judgment and righteousness” with “murderers”. Maybe we have this whole judgment thing wrong. Certainly we should not condemn people. Maybe we have mixed up “Judgment” with “Condemnation”. We know from Romans 8:1 “[There is] then now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus.”
The word “Condemnation” here is defined:
From G2632; an adverse sentence (the verdict):—condemnation.
This word has to do with “adverse sentence”. We have no right to do this sort of thing, as we are not God. When we love each other (with the Godly kind of love, not the mushy love of man), we could not condemn our brothers and sisters anyway. What about Paul when in 1 Cor. 5:1-5 where it says:
“It is actually reported that sexual immorality exists among you, and of a kind that is not found even among the Gentiles. A man is actually living with his father’s wife! And you are being arrogant instead of being filled with grief and seeing to it that the man who did this is removed from among you. For even though I am away from you physically, I am with you in spirit. I have already passed judgment on the man who did this, as th! ough I were present with you. When you are gath! ered tog ether in the name of our Lord Jesus and my spirit and the power of our Lord Jesus are present, hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.”
So we have our dear brother Paul passing judgment and then he instructs the church to turn him over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh to save his spirit on the day of the Lord. NOTICE: Paul tells them to do this when they are gathered together in the name of Jesus and Paul’s spirit and the power of Jesus is present. So…maybe we have to be careful what kind of place we are in when we judge things or people.
Let’s look at more examples. Paul is instructing Timothy in 1 Tim. 18-20
“Timothy, my child, I am giving you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies made earlier about you, so that by following them you may continue to fight the good fight with ! faith and a good conscience. By ignoring their consciences, some have destroyed their faith like a wrecked ship. These include Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I handed over to Satan so that they may learn not to blaspheme.”
Here we see another couple of people being turned over to Satan. The purpose was to teach them how ‘not to blaspheme’. Is this love? Yes indeedy it is! It is God’s kind of love! The end result is the most important thing here! The immediate comfort is being sacrificed in order to save the person from ending up in hell, even though he is called “A Christian” Maybe this is a new view of Love, God style. What do you think?
I would like to point out something else here that so often comes up. I hear over and over again, “Don’t mention any names of ministers.” Paul should have been chastised then for naming the names of two men in the instruction ! to Timothy. These guys were Christians and their names are lis! ted in t he Scriptures.
Let’s look at another example:
While Ezekiel was in the presence of the elders, God appeared to him and instructed him. He led him (in the Spirit) to the north gate of the inner court,
“Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary? Now turn again, you will see greater abominations.” So He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, there was a hole in the wall. Then He said to me, “Son of man, dig into the wall”; and when I dug into the wall, there was a door.
And He said to me, “Go in, and see the wicked abominations which they are doing there.” So I went in and saw, and there—every sort of creeping thing, abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed all around on the walls. And there stood before them seventy men of th! e elders of the house of Israel, and in their midst stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan. Each man had a censer in his hand, and a thick cloud of incense went up. Then He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, ‘The LORD does not see us, the LORD has forsaken the land.’”
And He said to me, “Turn again, and you will see greater abominations that they are doing.” So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the LORD’S house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz.
Then He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Turn again, you will see greater abominations than these.” So He brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house; and there, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of ! the LORD and their faces toward the east, and they were worshi! ping the sun toward the east.
And He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their nose. Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.” Ezekiel 8:6-18.
There is so much here that I would like to expand upon.
1. God is showing Ezekiel greater and greater abominations that the representatives of God’s people are doing in secret. God is revealing the terrible secret things that are occurring right in the midst of the church.
2. God is revealing names…” And there stood before them seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and in their midst stood Jaazaniah the son ! of Shaphan. Each man had a censer in his hand, and a thick cloud of incense went up. Then He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, ‘The LORD does not see us, the LORD has forsaken the land.’”
3. Notice in verse 6 that God says, “…to make Me go far away from My sanctuary”..Ah now we are getting the heart of the matter. This kind of sin causes God to move FAR AWAY from His sanctuary. How is it different now? Do we think that we are better or under more grace than these men and women of God? The bar is raised much higher for us now, for we have the Holy Spirit living right inside us. There is a higher standard for us! In the old days, you had to commit fornication, now you only have to think about it to be guilty.
Let’s get back to Ezekiel and ! remember, Ezekiel was in a meeting with the elders when this v! ision ca me upon him. He knew these guys! They were people that he had fellowship with day in and day out. These were not blank faces of unknowns. They were familiar people (who had familiar spirits operating in their lives). Their sins were being revealed by God to His son Ezekiel. It was the same as mentioning their names.
So…Maybe we have got this whole issue of judgment all mixed up after all.
· God is mad at the people in Isaiah because they had let judgment go
· God is saying that judgment is a good thing (Godly judgment)
· Paul is naming the names of people who are polluting the church of Christ
· God is naming names and showing faces of transgressors to Ezekiel
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is accepta! ble to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.” Eph. 5:8-13
In verse 10 we see the words “finding out”, and the definition is:
From G1384; to test (literally or figuratively); by implication to approve:—allow, discern, examine, X like, (ap-) prove, try.
Now in verse 11 we see that we are instructed to have no fellowship with the works of darkness but to “expose them”. The definition for this is:
Of uncertain affinity; to c! onfute, admonish:—convict, convince, tell a fault, rebuk! e, repro ve.
Can you see that this definition is instructing us to “Tell a fault” “Convict” “Rebuke” or “Reprove”
1. How can you know the works of darkness or the “unfruitless works” (in KJV) if we do not judge them?
2. Once we do judge them, it looks to me that it is our duty as Ambassadors for Christ to expose these works of darkness. This is a very serious thing!
3. Paul tells us: For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.” 1 Cor. 5:12-13
I am not for a second suggesting that you start to try and fix every person in your life’s problems. We need to remember about the speck and the beam. (Matt. 7:3) We need to remember to put ! others before ourselves. (Phil. 2:3) We need to remember to obey the order of Matthew 18 (look it up). We need to have been crushed by the weight of God’s purging before we set out to indiscriminately speak of justice or judgment.
The things that are so obvious that only a blind man would not see them though, these are easy to discern. The state of the Church at large is sick and I believe part of the problem is that people have been so reluctant to “Judge” anything, and to “Not touch my anointed”. This stance has allowed the disease to fester without much healing. We accept everything that looks supernatural as being from God. We have Christian ministers practicing going through walls, covering themselves with tattoos and saying, “It offends the religious people”, talking to angels (nonchalantly having everyday conversations, but in the Bible, they fell on their faces as dead men), (what! about female angels…I don’t see that in the Bible), spea king motivational words and stories without the cross or the blood because it is not “seeker-sensitive”, blurting out that we are all going to be “millionaires” and yet we give all of our money to the preacher who brags about the size of his house and his many imported automobiles. What is going on? Is God asking you and I to stand up against this atrocity? REMEMBER: “Evil flourishes when good men and women, do nothing!”
This article is not exhaustive or all-encompassing! I am not trying to convert you to start becoming a judge of all people on the earth. We need to be very careful! I am suggesting that we have been sold a bill of goods about this whole concept of judging the corruption in the body of Christ. We are accepting so much New Age, Occult, Witchcraft, False Prophetic, Ear-Tickling Messages as we all travel from place to place. We are like dumb sheep that just avoid discerning between the g! ood and the evil and so it flourishes and expands at an alarming rate.
A very popular group of Christian ministers who are supposedly on the cutting edge called a friend of mine’s friend and told the pastor that if he brought the group to his church that he would be guaranteed to make $40,000.00. Who would not want that kind of money to apply to a good purpose for his church? All you have to do is compromise just a little and the cash will start to roll in. Has “The Church” become a marketplace? Has it become a corporate lucrative business? Have we become so much like the world that we do not even have to camouflage it anymore? It is usually the way that satan operates. He starts subtly and then in order to showcase his own pride, he gets so obvious and laughs that no one even sees him anymore as “the enemy” but as “a friend”. Does this message make your blood boil? Send us your feedback as always.