In Who Are You to Judge? Erwin Lutzer presents a crucial argument for Biblical discernment regarding truth. In an age and culture of increasing moral relativism and political correctness, guidance such as Lutzer delivers is necessary.
Lutzer begins by delving into judgement and our perceptions and tendencies regarding judging others. He then discusses several topics by chapter, including doctrine, false prophets, entertainment, and Neopaganism. Lutzer concludes Who Are You to Judge? with a discussion about integrity. In the beginning of the chapter he incorporates a quote from another author which explains why people should view integrity as the foundational virtue. Lutzers following explanation is profound and could have been easily placed at the beginning of the book as a preface and the end as a conclusion.
Some readers will find Lutzers arguments to be extreme or harsh; however, I believe that most readers will also perceive his genuine concern for the spiritual well-being of Christians in a muddied and oft depraved age.
A separate chapter addressed appearance. This chapter did not hold new information and it did not seem to fit with the rest of the book. However, this should not discourage someone from garnering wisdom from the other chapters.
Overall, Who Are You to Judge? presented some new and challenging information. Readers will need to lay aside their pride in order to truly grasp Lutzers guidance. But, the additional insights gained will prove to be worth the choice to read Who Are You to Judge?.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order to write an honest, unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
In this day, where tolerance and inoffensiveness are the idols of our culture and where judgments of absolute truth and morality are social suicide, Lutzer gives a much-needed and relevant call to truth and discernment.
"The purpose of this book is to redraw some blurred lines between the church and the world. It is to ask ourselves what Jesus meant when he said that we should be 'in the world but not of it.' We must understand the world from which we have been called, and we must also understand the holy calling to which we have been called." (Lutzer, pg. 30)
Chapters follow on topics such as judging false prophets, miracles, entertainment, conduct, character, etc. I found Lutzer to be humble, loving, and yet very clear (and conservative) in his redrawing of lines. Not everyone will agree with all of his judgments, but one would be hard-put to argue with his use of Scripture and his consistency in application. Speaking as one who can be at times intimidated and confused by the mixing of truth and lies in such a way that it feels impossible to sort out, I firmly believe that we need to learn and exercise the principles of discernment that Lutzer teaches.
Lutzer states up front that he will not be naming names of those who have exchanged sound doctrine, rather, his intention to give basic principles for evaluation. For the most part, I appreciate that. If you're looking for a list of false teachers, Lutzer is going to make you do your own thinking. =) Overall, I found the book to be helpful, challenging and encouraging and I highly recommend it.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for this review.
Who Are You to Judge?: Learning to Distinguish Between Truths, Half-Truths, and Lies by Erwin W. Lutzer shows how to judge according to God's word, without being judgmental.
Today's world says so many things are ok that God says plainly in HIS word isn't ok. The question is who do you listen to? The world or the word of God? As for me, I want to make Heaven my home, this world is just a stopping place until HE calls me to come home. So I will follow His word, the Holy Bible, to lead me on the path to home.
With Chapters titled..
1. Why Are We Afraid To Judge?
2. Judge Not,That You Not Be Judged
3. When You Judge Doctrine
4. When Judge False Prophets
5. When You Judge Miracles
6. When You Judge Entertainment
7. When You Judge Appearances
8. When You Judge Neopaganism
9. When You Judge Ghost, Angels, and Shrines
10. When You Judge Conduct
11. When You Judge Character
Pastor Lutzer explains, using Biblical scriptures, what God has to say on each of these subjects compared to what the world has to say on them.
Some of my favorite quotes from this book are...
"The love with in the church attracts the world; the holiness within the church convicts the world." page 29
"Even Jesus did not change the world through miracles but through HIS suffering." page 97
"Let's ask ourselves some hard questions: Are we satisfied with the way we spend our time last year? Let's evaluate the return of our investment for the number of hours we sat in front of the television set during the last twelve months. Did the time spent make us a better person? Did it improve our character? Imagine what we would be like if we had spend all that time, say, reading our Bible" page 134
"We must clean up our own act before we can help others" page 135
"Yes, as have learned, there are times when we must judge, but let us be sure to judge ourselves first" page 207
You may not agree with everything the author has to say, but I personally think he brings across some very great points taken from the Bible, that show us how to judge without being judgmental. Showing how we should live according to the word of God.
I highly recommend this book to all Christians
I received a FREE copy from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review, rather it be good or bad. Thank you for allowing me to read and review this book, it is one I will be returning to again.
These things are often in short supply in 21st century America. Sadly, they are seldom found where you'd think they would be easily found--in Christ's church. One of the most misunderstood Scriptural quotes in modern times is Christ's command to "Judge Not."
In his book Who Are You to Judge?, Dr. Erwin Lutzer addresses the topic of discernment and judging. This timely book boldly takes the whole of Scripture to discuss sound judgement and its place in a Christian's life.
Modern America proclaims that all versions of truth are equally valid. Right and wrong are simply a matter of opinion and there are no moral absolutes. In fact, the only judgement that is acceptable is to judge other people who have the nerve to be judgmental!
Sadly, these attitudes have crept into Modern Christianity. Even Christians have been deceived into thinking that unity and love are the most important thing. They believe that love and unity are even more important than doctrinal purity, truth, and holiness.
And yet, even those Christians who do have sound judgement struggle to understand the balance between love and unity versus truth and righteousness. In this book, Lutzer takes on the challenge of parsing out what the Bible says about sound judgment and discernment. That's one thing that I liked about this book. It's not just one man's opinion. This book is saturated in Scripture and wisdom, sharing God's view of truth.
Lutzer not only talks about how we got here, recounting the slow slide from our nation's Judeo-Christian roots to post-modernism, but he addresses specifics that Christians may struggle with in developing a God-centered basis for sound judgement. Some topics included are:
Doctrinal purity--I enjoyed this chapter. Lutzer rises above some of the different interpretations of certain Scriptural passages to describe the "deal breakers" of Christianity.
Judging false prophets
Judging entertainment--This chapter is spot on. I don't understand why Christian families often allow such vile things into their homes under the guise of "entertainment."
Judging witchcraft and fantasy
One part that I especially appreciated is in chapter 10, when Lutzer discusses judging the conduct of others. The challenge is to reconcile "becoming a stumbling block to others" versus being confident in your own judgements. Lutzer does a great job of explaining the differences between the two and when we as mature Christians should abstain from certain "gray areas" to help other "baby Christians" not falter in their faith. This has always been difficult for me to suss out, and Lutzer explained clearly how the two views can logically co-exist.
I love that Lutzer is kind and loving in his statements, yet he does not shy away from being very, very direct. Additionally, Lutzer's tone in this book is humble. He does not judge arrogantly, spouting his own opinions as the absolute truth, but always points the reader back to Scripture. In places where the Scripture is less clear (such as in the chapter about fantasy and magic when he discusses childhood fantasy fiction like Harry Potter) he does present his own views, his logic on how he came to that view, and allows the reader the freedom to read the Scriptures and come to his own conclusion.
I am actually hoping to share this book in Bible study form with a some teens that I know. I feel that it will be very helpful to many of them who are just a few years away from leaving home and attending college, many of them secular colleges. I've been looking for such a book for awhile as my oldest daughter will be attending a state college come this fall.
I did really enjoy this book. If you are wondering how you can stand firm in the landslide of post-modernism, this book will probably help you immensely. While I received this book for no cost in exchange for a review, my opinions are my own honest ones.