“Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). There are probably few other passages in the Bible more widely quoted and misused. Once again, an old question has resurfaced, this time regarding the appropriateness of rebuking others in sin: “Are we to never judge anyone under any circumstances? If we should, when should we and why?” Many good exchanges are being held on Facebook, blogs, forums, email lists, and other internet-based mediums; however, they are not the first discussions on this matter. It was not too many years ago that this question was hotly debated. Many good sermons, writings, and debates were produced during this time, deeply probing the issue. Like Isaac, who “dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father”, and who “called them by the names which his father had called them”, we may benefit from “words fitly spoken” by restudying and reacquainting ourselves with wisdom produced through wars of recent generations past and thereby hopefully avoid fighting again the same battles (Genesis 26:18; Proverbs 25:11).
These articles were rediscovered using their respective Scripture and word indices.