Judgmentalism is a codicil of pride and fear. It is expressed anxiety, the hope of being able to control the uncontrollable. Those who judge others do so in the hopes of convincing themselves that whatever their brother or sister is currently suffering can be prevented and they won’t experience it themselves. The judgmental believe they are speaking truth but instead, their pride, fear, and need to control have deceived them into a mental state of denial. Though their words may hold some factual truth, they are devoid of the empathy of common experience and the spiritual insight that combine with facts to form genuine truth. When human beings place themselves in the seat of God to judge others, they succeed in condemning themselves by the spirit of condemnation that embitters them. There is no joy in wrongly perceiving others and taking it upon one’s self to judge them.
Judgmentalism helps no one and those caught up in it are the most helpless of all. The empty-truth by which they measure others proceeds from ignorance of ultimate truth. It isn’t possible for one human being to know the full measure of another person. We can’t know where they’ve been, why they are where they are, or their final destiny. Those things are known only to God. The ground upon which every individual and God stands, is Holy Ground. Those who insert themselves between God and another, to judge them, are trampling Holy Ground. Nothing good from comes from judgmental words and actions; they produce greater suffering and increase hopelessness. To be personally guided by a spirit of judgment is to be possessed by the spirit of the antichrist. Even those who claim the Name of Jesus and pronounce judgment upon others are deceived by the antichrist spirit. “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” and when those who claim to be in Jesus pronounce judgment they are speaking and acting in opposition to the One who bought them with His blood! All things opposed to Christ are antichrist and there are many antichrists in the world, today. Some call themselves Christians and their wrong actions suppress the truth and lead others astray. The antichrist seeks to delude the world into denial of the ultimate truth, Jesus; and it is most pleased when the Spirit of Love, Grace, Salvation, Hope, and Joy are replaced by a spirit of judgment and condemnation, of others.
There is no experience less joyous than to live beneath a cloud of judgment. This is spiritual, emotional, and psychological abuse. Often, it comes in the guise of helpfulness from those who claim that if you follow their instructions, you and your life won’t be such a mess. When others set themselves above you and point to themselves as the ideal, beware! These people don’t care much about the suffering of others but want to use others to benefit themselves. By creating an emotional and spiritual fog of Judgmentalism around those who suffer, they are able to hide their true intentions and gain psychological control over hurting people. (Those prey that fall easiest to their tactics often, were raised in a fog of parental judgment.) By these methods, they gather followers and lift themselves to positions of power. Indeed, believers don’t fight against physical enemies but against the false spirit that lifts controlling people to high positions of power in the world. Judgmentalism is the enemy of believers and by it the devil disables many who would otherwise, live a spiritually fruitful-abundant life. Judgmentalism suppresses the full truth of Jesus and delivers death.
Maintaining joy when others judge, requires the response of love. Respond to false-judges in the knowledge that God loves you and you love God, then turn to your brother and love him, despite the bad spirit that oppresses and deludes him. Embrace Jesus, who is ultimate truth, and seek relief from human judgment in Him. By living the way Jesus directs us to live and not according to the judgments of others, we are enabled to overcome any judgment pronounced against us by people seeking power and control. Resist the antichrist spirit of judgment by maintaining a straight-ahead-focus on Jesus and the words of judgmental people won’t cause you to turn to the right or the left. Thus, you are maintained in walking the narrow path. No matter how some may wrongly assess you, be guided by the Holy Spirit, accept His admonishment, and walk in the Way with God in joy!