Tuesday Morning Bible Study 

June 23, 2020 

Pastor Carolyn Sissom 


In view of the present contradictions in our justice systems and explicitly the Supreme Court, today’s Bible Study is to declare the Word of God concerning righteous judgment.   


It goes without saying that the children of the King do not condemn or criticize others.  Those who have a critical spirit will reap what they have sown (Gal. 6:7-8).  However, this obvious principle must be balanced.  Satan has twisted this principle to keep us from standing up and making righteous judgments.  There is a prevailing doctrine today that says as a blanket statement that Christians are not to judge.  This doctrine has created a weak church.   Meekness is not weakness.   


  1.  Old Testament words for judge mean “rule, execute judgment; to be    correct, or to render a correct decision.” 

  1.  Some New Testament words are:  

  1. Krites – same as Old Testament. 

  1. Dikastes – “a judicial hearing; justice.” 

  1. Anakrino – “to investigate, question, ask, discern” 

  1. Diakkrino – “to separate throughout; discriminate, discern, to decide or to judge, to distinguish.” 


New Testament words for “JUDGE” are positive rather than negative.  Still, some references are used to tell us that Christians are not to judge, while it is obvious, for example, that parents render judgments concerning their children; those in authority judge between people; civil judicial systems make judgments. 


In Matthew 7: 1-5, Jesus instructs us how to judge and does not forbid judgment per se; however, we are not to condemn or criticize others.    


Mat 7:1-5: Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 


Paul instructs us in Romans 14:4,13, that we are not to criticize or bring others into bondage by condemning them.  That is why Paul left the dietary habits and the observing of days to the discretion (judgment) of the individual. 


To the Corinthians, Paul wrote, “judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts.  Then each one’s praise will come from God (1 Cor. 4:5).  


In James 4:12, again we need to note from the context of 4:1 and 4:4 whom James is addressing.  He is addressing those who cause wars, adulterers and adulteresses.   


Jas. 4:12 - There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another? 


The point of my message today is that we cannot take these Scriptures and say without qualification that Christians are not to judge (render wise decisions; discriminate, etc.). 


While it is true that those who are unqualified are ever giving free advice, it is also true that JUDGEMENT (JUSTICE) is rendered by those whom the King has called, appointed, chosen, anointed, and confirmed. 


1Co. 2:15: He who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.  


1Co. 6:1-3:  Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?  Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?  Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? 

Psalm 119:66: Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe Your commandments. 


Pro. 28:5:   Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand all. 


Pro 29:4: The king establishes the land by justice, but he who receives bribes overthrows it. 


John 7:24: Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. 


Those who are given the responsibility of judgment have judged themselves (1 Cor. 11:28).  These are proven ministries who have met God’s requirements.  The Grace of God gives us liberty; but once we have crossed over into ministry, we live our life to please God.   The Lord has many ways to prove us, humiliation, justice may be denied, sacrifice, etc.  This self-examination is atonement, following the pattern of Jesus.  


Luke 6:41: Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? 


Though we are all reluctant, before we make a judgment, we shall consider the beams in our own eyes.  Only then will civil and spiritual ministry render pure and righteous justice in the earth. 


It seems that God’s judgment is on the earth.  I am before the Lord to judge myself daily.  When I am preparing to preach and teach the Word of God, I place myself under that Word to judge myself by the Word.  


We are always measured by our own measurement.  There will be a people who come to Christ’s measure.  There will be a triumphant, overcoming, victorious Church.   


Eph. 4:13: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 


That is the calling and vision of Eastgate Church.  Will that happen to any of us?  Probably not as long as we are in our earth suit, but that is the high calling for Christ’s Church. 


Matt. 7:6: Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. 


Jesus is saying that we will have to discern dogs and hogs.  This deals with a stewardship of truth.  We must learn to recognize and discern a dog or a hog.  We will then make a judgment to walk away from these people.  This is a hard saying.  I didn’t write it. 


Jesus referred here to a priest throwing a piece of a sacrifice from off the altar to the dogs.  Then he noted that swine are only concerned with the desire of their flesh.  If we give pearls to swine, they will turn and tear us to pieces once they discover it is not maize or corn.   


Dogs refer to the mongrels that roamed the streets of the city of Jerusalem.  Recently Mike Thompson gave a Word about the “barking dogs” in Washington D.C.  The terms dogs and swine speak of those men who are unsaved, or who are carnal, backslidden, fleshly and foolish.  Their god is their lusts.  They are ever greedy and craving for natural or carnal teachings and concepts, for they do not appreciate, want, understand, or value the things of the Spirit.   


We are rich and we are clean in Jesus.  Our heritage is HOLY AND IS A COSTLY PEARL.  The things of the Spirit are priceless/valuable. 


We must be able to discern a dog or a hog.  Also, we must be able to discern those who are clean.   


We know from Facebook, there are those who are devilish and do not understand things of the Spirit.  We are not sectarian or exclusive, but if they try to fight and argue with us, then we are not called to those people.  Jesus wants us to know who are dogs and hogs. 


Matthew 7:7-11:  Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 


Jesus reveals to us that God is good and loves us.  God shows that love by giving only that which is good to us. 


All truth is veiled and hidden.  We as sons and children of God must seek it out.  Father desires to give to his son.  Everything he gives is good, perfect and advantageous.  He will not deceive us.  He will not manipulate us.  God deals with us in perfect truth.  If we ask for the Holy Spirit, we will receive the Holy Spirit.  One does not receive the Holy Ghost Baptism on the basis of personal holiness or some “high” degree of spirituality.  The Baptism is a Gift.  This is also true of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. 


We do not beg for this Divine benevolence.  God would not have his children to be beggars.   


We have not because we ask not (James 4:2). 


Matthew 7:12: Therefore, all things whatever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. 


This principle is not to be observed as some religious duty.  This is not to be done pharisaical or for our own interest.  The world system says you help me and I will help you.  This is the Golden Rule, the sum of the law and prophets written on the tables of our hearts. 


This is the divine nature.  Because God is love, He demonstrates that love by doing the truth.  As His children, we by the same nature of the Spirit of the Son from within us do, practice and demonstrate the Word of God (law and prophets). 


The Scripture further reveals two things that are in our human nature: 


  1.  Man’s intense love of self (whatsoever you desire that men should do to you, do also unto them.) 

  1. Our own desire or will for mankind – your vision of what man should be. 


Matthew 7:13-14:  Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. 


There are three realms of Christian maturity.  These are vividly picture in the three entrances to Moses’ Tabernacle: 


 The gate, the door and the vail. 


The entrance to each of these three dimensions is ministered to us abundantly. 


 2 Pet. 1:11: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 


There are no shortcuts. 


Gate – Outer Court, Born Again, 30-fold, Feast of Passover, Little children, gleanings, Jesus the Babe. 


Door – Holy Place, Spirit-filled, 60-fold, Pentecost, Young men, Harvest, Jesus the youth. 


Vail – Holy of Holies, mature, 100-fold, tabernacles, fathers, firstfruits, Jesus the man. 


The sons of God walk the road of most resistance and pressure.  


Psa. 119:35Make me to go in the path of your commandments; for therein do I delight. 


The gate is narrow.  There is only one way and one road. 


We walk with the few who choose life. 


We must be guided or led in this walk.   


Ps. 23:3: He restores my soul; 
He leads me in the paths of righteousness 
For His name’s sake. 


Matt. 7: 15-20: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.  You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?  Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them. 


The root determines the fruit (nature of the tree).  What are we inwardly?  We are either rooted in LIFE (Jesus) or DEATH; either the tree of life or the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  We are filled with and minister either blessing or cursing.  Each of these trees produces its own fruit.   


Our speech (confession) betrays our roots or nature.  We cannot produce the fruit of the Spirit, i.e. the nature of King Jesus without a change of nature.  Every tree will bring forth.  All of us are creators of something.  Is it life or is it death?  Is it sweetness or is it bitterness?  What kind of fruit are you creating? 


False prophets are described here.  While they have a love of money which is the root of their evil fruit, a true prophet has a love for fruit. 


  1.  A true prophet will bring you to Jesus, not to themselves. 

  1. Their sheep’s clothing is false praise and false humility.  Their motives are for their own increase and gain. 

  1. They disguise their thorns and thistles (death, the curse). 

  1. They shall be hewn down. 


People who are gifted and talented without being fruitful “cumbereth the ground” (Luke 13:7).  


Through this COVID19, I am watching the LORD, not just for a reset, but for a reformation.  I am persuaded we are coming to the end of an “age.” If so, the dealings of the LORD will be in a new realm.  


Revival will touch us individually or corporately as the Church, whereas reformation touches the nation and the nations.  We can be in revival in a local church and the nation can still be sinking spiritually, morally, and ethically.  Revival brings the dead church back to life.  The true spirit of revival is to bring to life again what was once alive.  Revival is a statement from God that the Church needs to repeat her first works.  Jesus returns us to His life!  Our first love, new birth and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Perpetual Revival is to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit.    Revivals are the signposts of imminent reformation.  They are like a hand and glove fitting perfectly together.    


Reformation is highly unlikely without some type of individual renewal.  Reformation shakes us to the core of our being nationally and internationally, producing a new kind of wineskin that is conducive to the present emphasis of the Holy Spirit.  Our focus is “Go ye into the whole world”.  COVID19 has affected all nations.  


A war is going on in our cities, townships, nations and continents.  Wicked spiritual assailants have set themselves against everything we cherish and hold dear:  our values, our morals, our liberties and especially our seed.  All can hear the thundering hooves of wicked steeds in every sector of society.  Two opposing kingdoms with very different agendas are vying for the same turf: control of the nations!  The commander-in-chief, King Jesus, has already provided the winning strategy with His finished work. 


Carolyn Sissom, Pastor 

Eastgate Ministries Church 

Quotes from sermon by Carolyn Sissom June 5, 2005, The Fig Tree;  (passages were taken from “the Sound that changed Everything by Stephen Everett;” Sermon on the Mount by Dr. Kelley Varner.  

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