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Isn’t telling a Latter-day Saint that Mormonism is wrong judgmental? (Shouldn’t we just leave them alone?)

By Eric Johnson  We are often asked, “Why are you (at MRM) so judgmental?” Often cited is Matthew 7:1 and Jesus’s instruction “Judge not lest ye be judged.” First of all, please don’t take our position as being antagonistic or hateful toward any individual. We care very much about the LDS people. Indeed, if we “hated” Mormons […]


Judging. Typically, anything that is said contrary to another belief system. Thus, Matthew 7:1 (“Judge not, lest ye be judged”) is used to say that nobody has a right to tell another person that his faith is based on falsehood. However, Jesus did not that His followers ought to “make righteous judgments” (John 7:24) and to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1). The very idea that someone would say it’s “wrong to judge” would appear to be self-refuting because that statement, by itself, is a judgment statement.



Is Judging Always Wrong? A Closer Look at Matthew 7:1

By Eric Johnson 

Are making judgment calls always wrong? If not, is it wrong to critique what Christians believe to be doctrinal error? A common proof text used by Mormons who insist that their church is above criticism is Matthew 7:1, which says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” “Why do you judge?” is an admonishing question we have heard countless times asked by those who believe that religious criticism is shameful and “unChristian.” They add, “The Bible says that you should mind your own business.”