Thursday, June 29, 2017

Two False Christianities

Christians are to be whole-Bible Christians. That means that the entire Bible is our authority and is for our benefit. The entire Bible was God-breathed, inspired by the Holy Spirit. Those who reduce and limit the Bible are doing a great disservice and spiritual harm to themselves and others. Here are two false forms of Christianity:

There are those who believe that the only parts of the Bible we truly need to pay attention to are the red letters, the words of Christ Jesus. This is utter foolishness, primarily because the entirety of Scripture is God-breathed, inspired by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the entire Bible is God's Word. A comparison of any Bible with red letters reveals that we do not know with absolutely certainty where all the words of Jesus begin and end. Some  Bibles have certain words in red while others do not. Some Bibles extend the words in red to include other verses that other Bibles do not include, or they end the red letters sooner than other Bibles do. The red letters are rather pointless as no Bible prior to 1899 contained them. The first red-letter New Testament was printed in 1899. The first red-letter Bible was published in 1901.

If you only pay attention to the red letters as your teaching authority, you no longer have anything to judge the creation of the universe. You also have nothing to say that incest, pedophilia, bestiality, etc., are perversions and wrong because Jesus, as far as we can tell according to the red letters, never said anything about them. By relying only upon the red letters as your guide to life, you eliminate all of redemptive history. You eliminate the reason for Jesus' coming and the need for His sacrifice. If you only follow the red letters, you lose the context of why Jesus said certain things and what He meant in saying them.

Claiming that we should be red-letter Christians only makes you a complete and utter fool. Jesus was not a red-letter Christian. Jesus' words were based on the Old Testament. Without the Old Testament, Jesus' words become meaningless. Every time He referred to "the Scriptures" or to "Moses and the prophets," He was referring to the Old Testament. If you only have the red letters, you have no idea what He is quoting or why. You limit yourself in so many ways, including spiritually, when you eliminate all but the red letters. This is not the kind of Christian God intended us to be.

This false Christianity is primarily associated with social issues and used by social justice nitwits. Social justice is an oxymoron because it ignores true justice and fights for societal nonsense that Scripture condemns. This false Christianity was initiated by Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo.

There are those who believe that the only part of the Bible we truly need to pay attention to is the New Testament. Some of them will even try to claim that Jesus did away with the Old Testament. I would like to see a chapter and verse for that claim. If the New Testament is your only source of authority, you no longer have anything to judge the creation of the universe. You also have little to nothing to say that incest, pedophilia, bestiality, etc., are perversions and wrong because the majority of those moral issues are found in the Old Testament. By relying solely upon the New Testament, you eliminate all of redemptive history.

Claiming that we should be New-Testament-only Christians makes you a complete and utter fool. Without the Old Testament, there would not exist the New Testament. Jesus and the Apostles frequently referred to "the Scriptures" and to "Moses and the prophets." By doing so, they referred to the entire Old Testament. If you only have the New Testament, you have no idea what is being quoted or why. You limit yourself in a number of ways, including spiritually, when you discard the Old Testament. This is not the kind of Christian God intended us to be.

While many parts of the Bible are not written to us or about us, nevertheless there are lessons for us from Genesis to Revelation. A true Christian embraces the entire Bible and not just the parts they choose to agree with. God and God's Word are the final authority on all matters pertaining to life and faith—not your feelings, emotions, or subjective opinions!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cain: The First Works Righteousness

"Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance [face or facial expression] fell. Then the LORD said to Cain, 'Why are you angry? And why has your countenance [face or facial expression] fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance [face or facial expression] be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.'" Genesis 4:2b-7
Why was Abel's offering accepted and Cain's offering rejected?

Is it possible that Cain's offering was the wrong type of offering? Possibly, but we are not given that information. To claim that this is absolutely the case is inference and conjecture. While Leviticus 4:25-26, 17:11, and Hebrews 9:22 clearly state the connection between the shedding of blood and the atonement of sin, nevertheless there is nothing mentioned in this passage of such a requirement.

Is it possible that Cain's offering was the wrong quality of offering? Possibly, but we are not given that information. To claim that this is absolutely the case is inference and conjecture. While Abel "brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions," which accords to the law of Moses requiring the sacrifice of the firstborn of livestock (Ex. 13:2; 34:19) and the inclusion of the fat (Lev. 3:9-10, 16; 4:19-20, 25-26), nevertheless the passage does not say that Cain did not bring forth the firstfruits of his harvest, which was also a requirement of the law (Lev. 2:14).

Is it possible that Cain's offering was the wrong heart matter  in offering? Possibly. If we look at two other verses of Scripture, some light is shed on the situation.
"By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks." Hebrews 11:4

"That we should love one another; not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous." 1 John 3:11b-12
Keeping both verses in mind, we are told that Abel's offering was more excellent, being offered by faith, whereas we are told that Cain's works were evil. Which works? Obviously the murder of Abel was evil, but Scripture states his works were evil before Cain murdered his brother. Any evil works we might consider prior to and/or including Cain's offering are merely inference and conjecture. We do not know for certain that his offering definitely was evil.

There is nothing in Scripture to support the idea that Cain and Abel were given instructions, either directly from God or through their parents, with regard to sacrifice. There is nothing in this passage to indicate that Cain and Abel were presenting sin offerings to the Lord. If we assume that Abel's offering was for the covering of sin, then a blood sacrifice is consistent with the rest of Scripture. Nevertheless, Scripture does not say that God had required them to make a sacrifice, nor that He had specified the type of sacrifice.

If God had given them specific instructions to make a sacrifice, and the type of sacrifice they were to offer, then Cain's reaction makes absolutely no sense: "So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell." If he knew the type and quality of sacrifice God was looking for, then he had no reason to become angry. In becoming angry, God had provided Cain a way out, but through pride and stubbornness he allowed sin to rule over him. Rather than be repentant, Cain became indignant. He wanted to make the rules and he did not want to change his ways. The same is true of many of us, including professing Christians.

Since Abel's offering pre-dates the law given by Moses, one cannot turn to the law for support against Cain's offering. Even Abraham's sacrifice pre-dates the law given by Moses, but at least we have a command from God given to Abraham for him to make sacrifice. We see no such command given in Scripture for Cain and Abel. The only information that we are given is that they presented an offering and that Abel's was accepted because it was done by faith.

It may be possible that Cain's offering was entirely composed of all three elements: being the wrong type, the wrong quality, and having the wrong heart matter. However, there is nothing in the passage that supports the idea of them making a sacrifice, nor is there anything in the passage to suggest the type of offering was the cause for God's acceptance and rejection. The passage makes it clear that they had brought an offering (a gift) and not a sacrifice. The passage is silent with regard to the type or the quality of Cain's offering. All we can really do is take the passages Scripture has given us and work with them. If we take, "If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it" (Gen. 4:7), and, "By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous" (Heb. 11:4), it would seem that the problem with Cain's offering lies with his attitude. Furthermore, the passage says "for Cain and for his offering [the LORD] had no regard" (Gen. 4:5a), not just his offering, which hints at there being something wrong with Cain's attitude. Observe what Proverbs has to say:
"The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; How much more when he brings it with evil intent?" Proverbs 21:27
Cain's offering was made entirely by the work of his hands. Based on the New Testament verses, Cain's offering appears to be one of works righteousness (being right before God), an attempt to work his way into heaven. It appears that Cain's offering was not done out of faith. Scripture even tells us, "without faith it is impossible to please Him" (Heb. 11:6).

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bad Company Corrupts Good Character

"Do not be deceived: 'Bad company corrupts good morals.'" 1 Corinthians 15:33

There is a huge difference between reaching the lost, as Jesus did, and hanging out with them so much that you become exactly like they are. The people with whom you associate with will have an adverse influence upon you. It is critical that you be careful with whom you form relationships, especially those outside of the church. Unbelievers can cause even the strongest, most faithful Christians to waver in their faith, adversely affecting their walk with Christ Jesus and their witness to the world. Hence why Paul says, "Do not be deceived." Interestingly enough, this is not the first time in this letter that Paul warns with these words (6:9). We are not to take up the lifestyles of corrupt people—those who will not inherit the kingdom of God. If not checked from the very start, it is extremely easy for people to be influenced by adverse teachings and begin to adopt such perverted ideas and behaviours.

When you associate with people who have worldly morals, you greatly risk imitating their behaviour, their language, and their habits. Before you know it, you are no longer of Christ Jesus, but are of the world. You will be well on your way to denying absolute authority, rejecting the Bible as the Word of God, and accepting the ideology of relative morality. This is especially true of those who are desperate for approval and easily influenced by their peers. There is an old adage that says, "Show me who your friends are and I will show you who you are." The kind of people you choose to hang out with on a regular basis are the kind of people you will become like. If you want to become more Christ-like, you need to hang around Christ-like people.

If you start your Christian walk without using cuss words, and then start hanging around those who cuss often, watch as you start to utilize cussing in your every day conversations. It is easy to start but more difficult to stop. If you are standing on a step stool and you think that you can grab the lost and pull them up to your level, you are sorely mistaken. Every single time, they will pull you down to their level. Scripture warns us against the kind of people and behaviours that we should not associate:  lying (Proverbs 12:22), greed (Proverbs 15:27), gossip and division (Proverbs 16:28), anger and violence (Proverbs 16:29), and lack of compassion (Proverbs 29:7). Paul added to this: "I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a slanderer, or a drunkard, or a swindlernot even to eat with such a one." (1 Cor. 5:11).

There are so-called professing "Christians" who try to justify their sinful actions and behaviours by saying ridiculous and foolish things such as, "Jesus ate, drank, and hung out with sinners." But these people rip the biblical passages entirely out of their context and pervert them to mean whatever they desire them to mean. They do the same thing with Paul's words. But here are the facts, and here is the truth. Jesus said, "I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners" (Mark 2:17). Jesus came to save the lost (Luke 19:10). In order for Him to reach the lost, He had to have some contact with them. He went to where the need was because “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick” (v. 17). He looked beyond culture and societal taboos to the person's heart. He addressed them as they were, spoke the truth to them (Mark 7; Luke 5, 7, 19; John 4; etc.), and loved them.

Jesus did not hang out with sinners, nor did He allow Himself to be influenced by them. Those with whom Jesus hung out and spent vast amounts of time with were the twelve disciples, and His inner circle of three within those twelve. You do not find Jesus hanging out with the woman at the well on a regular basis for five years or ten years. These so-called professing "Christians" go to where the sinners are, meet them on their level, speak nothing to them (because either the sinners do not want to hear anything or the "Christians" do not want to say anything for fear of "offending" someone [Guess what? The Gospel is offensive. Get used to it!]), and get pulled further down to the sinner's level.

As I said earlier, these so-called professing "Christians" also pervert the words of Paul, making them to say something he never intended them to say or to mean: "I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some" (1 Cor. 9:22). They misinterpret and pervert the entire passage from verse 19 to verse 23. Christians have no place being in a bar, a night club, or a strip joint. If you want to reach the sinners who go to such places, you meet them when before they enter or when they come out of such places. You do not go into these places!!! Do they honestly think Jesus would have walked into a strip club, ordered some alcohol, and proceeded to witness to the lost while watching the strippers? That is utter blasphemy! These people clearly do not know the God whom they profess to believe in. They are guilty of idolatry, making a god in their own image to suit their own perverse thinking and desires. It is truly amazing how these so-called professing "Christians" will twist the words of Scripture in order to justify their perverse actions and behaviours.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Choosing To Remember Sin No More

"I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins." Isaiah 43:25

"They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." Jeremiah 31:34

"For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more." Hebrews 8:12

"And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." Hebrews 10:17
According to these four verses, are we to assume that once we have been justified and saved by the grace of God through faith in the person and work of Christ Jesus, that God forgets our sins? No. That is not what these verses say. They do not say that God will forget our sins; they say that He will remember them no more. What this means is that God chooses not to remember them and hold them against us. In His mind, it is as if they never happened at all. But He does not forget them. God is omnipotent. He knows everything. He could not forget anything. Forgetting something and choosing not to remember something are two different things. In forgetting, it is a lapse of the memory. In choosing not to remember, while you will never forget, it is an act of the will.

Not only does God choose not to remember our sins, but we can do the same thing. When others sin against us, it is impossible for us to forget. The old cliché "Forgive and forget" is simply sheer nonsense. We are capable of forgiving trespasses done against us, as we are called and commanded to do (Matt. 6:12; Luke 11:4), but we will never be capable of forgetting. However, we can choose to remember those transgressions no more. We all know how our minds like to drag up past trespasses done against us so that we can cast them back in the teeth of others, reminding them of their failures and shortcomings in the past. We also know that doing so is not Christian behaviour and is contrary to how Christ Jesus wants us to show love toward one another (John 13:34-35; 15:12, 17; Rom. 12:10; 13:8; et al.).

What do I mean when I say that we, too, can choose to remember someone's sins against us no more? Let us say that your spouse has done something again to hurt you, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Automatically, your mind has already dug up all the previous times your spouse has hurt you. What I mean by saying that we, too, can choose to remember someone's sins against us no more, is that when our mind does this, we can choose to ignore those thoughts and put them out of our minds; we can dismiss them. If we are thinking on loftier things, such as Philippians 4:8 commands us to do, doing so will become easier. When your mind dredges up past trespasses, you can look at it as an opportunity to extend further forgiveness to that past sin and push it out of your mind. While you will never forget it, when it comes up, you can choose not to remember it. You do not have to grant it an audience to your thought process and dwell on it.

I am not saying that this will be easy, but like all Christian spiritual growth, it will take much effort and practice. Remember, we are to be emulating Christ Jesus. As Jesus forgives, we are to forgive. As Jesus chooses not to remember, we are to choose not to remember. If we desire Christ-likeness, we need to strive to be like Jesus.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Purity, Not Virginity

Why should people wait to have sex? Here are three reasons:
  1. You could accidentally create another human being. Whether you plan it or not, a child is the natural result of sex.
  2. You could contract a horrible, painful, itchy, burning, smelly STD.
  3. You could cause yourself or someone else emotional harm by sharing intimate behaviour in an irresponsibly casual way. Whether you want to admit it or not, you give a piece of yourself away to every partner you have and it does take its toll on you. When you stand at the altar, every one of your past partners is standing there with you. You are unable to give yourself completely to the person you are about to marry. Whenever you have sex with your spouse, you will unintentionally be comparing them to every other past partner.
But there is an even more important reason why you should wait to have sex: self-control. In the Bible, the only thing God tells us to be concerned with, pursue after, and subdue, is self-control. Everything else is beyond our control, and we are to trust our sovereign God to control them for us. Self-control is our responsibility. The only thing in this life we are able to control and ought to be in control of is ourselves.

Waiting is an act of maturity and discipline. The practice of self-denial and delayed gratification makes you a healthier, happier, more poised, and better moderated person. While self-control is a character trait, it is also a "fruit of the Spirit" (Gal. 5:22-23); it is a virtue. Self-control will enable you to be a better long-term partner in your until-death-us-do-part marriage. A person without self-control is a slave to their sexual desires, and no matter how many times they gratify those desires, it will never make them happy. Yes, they will be happy in that moment, but their overall life will not be happier.

Why do we need to learn to exercise self-control? Self-control aids in sexual purity. Purity is a life-long spiritual practice that does not begin or end with a single act of sex, nor does it begin or end on the wedding night. We have made virginity the goal when it should be purity that we are striving for. Yes, virginity is a wonderful thing, but the goal of purity enables people to choose wisely for a lifetime.

Do not be deceived. Even married people still have sexual thoughts, desires, and impulses that do not include their spouse. Crushes happen. Porn happens. Even Christians take notice of other people they find attractive. Without self-control and the pursuit of purity, how do you expect to not covet after them? This world demands instant gratification and consumes sex like a drug. If we are not careful, a quick brush with porn or a simple crush on a co-worker can quickly spiral into something devastating. However, if we exercise self-control and have mastery over our own sexual appetite, we will be far less likely to fall into the traps of addiction and infidelity that plague marriages today. Without self-control, how do you expect to remain faithful to your spouse "until death us do part"? Self-control is necessary to living a life of purity.

Let us teach our children more noble and honourable reasons for waiting to have sex. While it is not the church's responsibility to do so, even the church needs to teach people more noble and honourable reasons for waiting to have sex. Do not shame people concerning sex, because sex is a wonderful gift given by God for a man and a woman to enjoy all through their marriage. Virginity should not be our goal; purity should be. Purity is not possible without self-control, and self-control is one of the "fruit of the Spirit" (Gal. 5:22-23).
"Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16)

"If by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live" (Romans 8:13)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

If We Are Forgiven, Why Ask Forgiveness?

"Pray, then, in this way: . . . And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. . . ." Matthew 6:9-13

"When you pray, say: . . . And forgive us our sins, For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. . . ." Luke 11:2-4
If Christians are already forgiven—past, present, and future—why are we required to daily ask God for forgiveness? Some professing Christians actually have the audacity and nerve to argue that asking God for forgiveness is unnecessary.
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us." 1 John 1:9-10
There is a difference between positional and practical. If more Christians actually demonstrated their professed love for God by reading His Word, they would know the Bible better and understand this. Why are we to confess our sins? Let us find out from "a man after [God's] own heart" (1 Sam. 13:14). God disciplined David, a regenerate man of faith, because of his failure to confess his sin. Observe how tormented David was until he confessed his sin and obtained God's forgiveness.

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away
Through my groaning all day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer.
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I did not hide; I said,
"I will confess my transgressions to the LORD";
And You forgave the guilt of my sin.
Psalm 32:3-5

Having to ask for God's forgiveness daily for the sins we commit on a daily basis does not mean that we need to "get saved" all over again every time that we sin. Jesus said that, "He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean" (John 13:10). While we have been fully justified, we have not been fully sanctified. Even though the sins we commit as regenerate believers do not in any way nullify our salvation, nevertheless they do fracture our relationship with God. We continue to confess our sin and seek God's forgiveness in order to maintain a clear conscience and a right standing before God and to preserve our fellowship with Him.
"For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified." Hebrews 10:14
We have been eternally perfected by Jesus' single sacrifice.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Misquoting the Bible: Matthew 7:1

"Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces." Matthew 7:1-6
Probably the most misrepresented verse in the entire Bible by both Christians and non-Christians alike, their misuse of this verse by ripping it out of its context and misapplying it is rather ironic. Applying pure and simple logic, the person who presumes someone is being judgmental and references this verse is declaring a judgment upon that someone. Hypocrite much? By pronouncing another person as judgmental, they too have made a judgment. Furthermore, if this is truly what Jesus said and meant, it would be impossible to shepherd anyone. Jesus Himself is passing judgment on those who judge incorrectly.

When Christians and non-Christians misquote this verse as "Jesus said not to judge," they swing it like a gavel in order to initiate immediate cessation of discussion pertaining to another person's behaviour. They use it as a cop-out to escape what they do not want to talk about. Misinterpreting this verse in this way completely ignores and nullifies Jesus' teachings:
"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." John 7:24 [cf. "You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly [righteously]." Leviticus 19:15]

"You will know them by their fruits. . . . you will know them by their fruits." Matthew 7:16-20

"If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. "But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector." Matthew 18:15-17

"Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him." Luke 17:3
Jesus clearly informs us to judge righteously, recognize and discern people's good actions from their evil actions, and to rebuke our brothers and sisters in Christ when they sin. In order to rebuke a brother or sister in Christ, we must first identify that they have sinned. In order to identify a person's sin, we must obviously first judge their behaviour. Without the authority to judge others' behaviours, there would be no permissible authority with which we could uphold governing laws, select leaders, choose teachers and childcare providers, discipline children, or even discern which Bible teachers are profitable for us to listen to. Our selections of spouses, friends, and business partners are all based on judgments of character and ethics. When Jesus said, "You will know them by their fruits," He was telling us to discern between a person who bears fruit and a person who does not. However, we are not to judge those outside of the church (1 Cor. 5:12), only those who profess to be part of it.

Examine the context of Matthew 7:1-6. Matthew 7:1 is not a warning against judging any action or behaviour; it is a warning against self-deception, self-righteousness, and hypocrisy. Matthew 7:2-5 are informing us that if we are going to correct someone, we should expect to be held to the same standard. If you judge with gentleness, you will be judged gently; if you judge with harshness, you will be judged harshly. Do not criticize other people if you are not open to criticism yourself. Matthew 7:6 is a call to discernment, remembering that there is a time to speak and a time to be silent (Ecc. 3:7). Jesus does not command us to say nothing about our brother or sister's sin, nor does He prohibit us from pointing out our brother or sister's sin, or from assisting him or her in removing it.

The speck and the log are of the same essence—wood. This passage is saying the same thing as Paul says in Romans:
"And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things. But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?" Romans 1:28-2:3
Just as Paul says here, Jesus is referring to the hypocrisy of casting judgment upon another person for a sin of the same essence as a sin that you yourself are guilty of committing. You must first overcome this sin in your own life, then you will be able to help your brother or sister to deal with it in their life. Jesus commands us to address this particular issue in our own life first, and then assist our brother or sister in Christ with love.
"Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted." Galatians 6:1