The Iron Pen #70
"...graven with an iron pen and lead..." Job
Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.
God & Country
"The Bible is the Chief moral cause of all that is good, and the best corrector of
all that is evil, in human society; the best book for regulating the temporal concerns of
men, and the only book that can serve as an infallible guide to future felicity. It is
extremely important to our nation, in a political as well as religious view, that all
possible authority and influence should be given to the Scriptures, for these furnish the
best principles of civil liberty, and the most effectual support of republican government.
The principles of genuine liberty, and of wise laws and administrations, are to be drawn
from the Bible and sustained by its authority. The man, therefore, who weakens or destroys
the divine authority of that Book may be accessory to all the public disorders which
society is doomed to suffer." Noah Webster - 1833
Martyrs of the Reformation
"I would sooner read five lines of the Bible than hear five masses In the
Church." (Anne Askew - Martyred for her faith at
Smithfield in 1545)
Is It Right To Judge?
David L. Brown, Th.M.
Is it right to judge? An increasing number assert it is not! Often, those who make that
assertion parrot, Judge not, that ye be not judged, and even characterize those who
dare to discern as "squint-eyed legalists." But, the truth be known,
those that practice sin often depict those who practice righteousness as intolerant
legalists in an effort to defend their sin under the guise Christian "liberty"
while denying the moral absolutes of God and their accountability to Him.
To be sure the Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to "judge righteous
." (John 7:24). An examination of the entire verse makes it
clear that there is a judgment that Christ commends and a judgment that Christ condemns.
In order to be sure that we "judge righteous judgment" we need to follow
the following biblical guidelines.
Our judgments are
To be of ourselves first Romans 2:1-2
Not to be based on outward appearances John 7:24
To be based on neither human passions nor personal preferences
Neither to be made hastily nor with insufficient facts Proverbs
To be according to the Scriptures Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 3:16
To be made under the control of the Holy Spirit not the flesh
Further, the Bible clearly reveals four different areas in which believers are to
exercise spiritual discernment and make judgments.
4 Areas The Bible Commands Us To Make Judgments In
We are to make
Moral Judgments: Between Right & Wrong 1 Thessalonians 5:21
Doctrinal & Philosophical Judgments: Between Truth & Error 1 John
Practical Daily Judgments: Between Worldliness & Godliness Titus 2:12
Fellowship Judgments: Between Steadfastness & Compromise 2
It is clear for the Bible that righteous judgment is to be part and parcel of
every believers life.
(Taken from my 24 page booklet "Is It Right To
Sound Biblical Advice From John Bunyan
(John Bunyan 1628-1688 was an English Baptist Preacher who was jailed for 12 years for
his preaching and while in prison he wrote Pilgrims Progress and eight other
Daily bring thy heart and the Word of God together
"Daily bring thy heart and the Word of God together, that thy
heart may be leveled by it, and also filled with it. The want [lack] of performing this
sincerely is a great cause of that unfaithfulness that is in us. Bring, then, thy heart to
the Word daily, to try [examine] how thou believest the Word today, to try [examine] how
it agrees with the Word today. This is the way to make clean work daily, to keep thy soul
warm and living." (Psalm 119:9-11; Psalm 17:4-5)
Let thy heart be more affected with what concerns the honor of God,
and the profit and glory of the Gospel
"Let thy heart be more affected with what concerns the honor
of God, and the profit and glory of the Gospel, than with what are thy concernments as a
man, with all earthly advantages. (see John 15:8; Matthew 6:33; 2 Thessalonians
This will make thee refuse things that are lawful, if they appear to be inexpedient. (see
1 Corinthians 6:12 & 10:23) Yea, this will make thee, like the Apostle of old, prefer
another mans peace and edification before thine own profit, and to take more
pleasure in the increase of the power of Godliness in any, than in the increase of thine
own goods and interests." (Philippians 2:1-8)
Reckon with thine own heart every day
"Reckon with thine own heart every day, before thou lie down
to sleep, and cast up both what thou hast received from God, done for Him, and where thou
has failed and been wanting. This will beget praise and humility, and put thee upon
redeeming the day that is past; whereby thou wilt be able, through the continued supply of
grace, in some good measure to do thy work before thee." (see Psalm 4:4-5; Psalm
103:1-5; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Philippians 2:13-16).