Comment by Adamantine:
I am concerned that the Christian world may be lacking discernment in the difference between discernment,warning and judgement.
When you see your child about to eat dirt your discernment allows you to know this is bad.
When you warn the child that to eat dirt will lead to a upset stomach that is warning.
When the child falls ill because of eating dirt that is judgment.
Currently to speak that abortion, homosexuality, divorce, adultery, fornication, pride, sloth, gluttony etc will lead to a sick society that is discernment.
To speak to the nations of this is warning.
When the nation is ill because of these practices that is judgment.
At some point God also intervenes directly to add to the illness of the society. God may even chose to destroy the society.
I pray for mercy for the nations but also that God will send prophets to warn that illness is coming and that also the day will arrive when
God Himself comes with wrath.
IMHO far too many Christians are thinking that to warn is a form of judgment and that this is rebuked by Christ when He says “judge not lest you be judged”
I take Christ to mean pray, show mercy and warn fellow travelers but to leave judgment to God.
(This is a limited discussion because the church body must sometimes take action against those who might be in obvious unrepentant sin such as adultery and the church may have to act when for instance it is a church elder in sin.)