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 why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
The doctrinal heresies that have been pervasive for the last century are fundamentally a movement for the abolition of law and righteousness. Everyday “Christians” are fast to strike down judgement with the first 7 words of Matthew 7:1 ; “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” – Unfortunately for their sake, Christ here was evidently speaking against hypocritical judgement; not judgement itself. Christ says “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.“
First and foremost, Christ establishes the principle that men who judge, will also be judged by that same measure of works. Thus the blasphemer aught to be careful judging other men for the same crime! Secondly, and often forgotten: Christ commands those hypocrites to abolish their sinfulness so that they then would be worthy of judging others. “Casting out the mote out of thy brothers eye.”
“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.” 1 Corinthians 6:2-4
St Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians to exact judgement upon the unrighteous, later in the chapter he speaks about how “The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God” and prepares a list of transgressions to the law from which they are to judge the members of their society. Paul suggests the elders of the church be functional in this process in verse 5 “I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you?, no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?“
It is hereby conclusive that not only do we saints and faithful followers of Christ have the capacity to judge others, but we are in-fact worthy of judging even the “smallest matters.” Judgement is not only a capacity of the saints, but it is a command given to us directly by Christ “first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.“
Regarding our church, 1 Corinthians 6 teaches that elders in good standing are worthy to judge the lesser esteemed members of the church for the suppression of wickedness and impiety.