Who Are You To Judge?

Learning to Distinguish Between Truths, 
Half-truths and Lies

Erwin W. Lutzer

Who Are You To Judge? by Erwin W. Lutzer

Erwin Lutzer, the author of Who Are You To Judge?, invites the reader to, “Join me on a journey. Let’s explore together how we might properly redraw those lines that distinguish the church from the world. Let us lovingly take up the task of warning, rebuking, and instructing one another with the hope that we might reclaim precious ground that has been lost as we have been inundated by the spirit of the world.”

He warns, “We think it is better to tolerate error than to look ugly defending the truth.” He defends the need to make judgments and suggests principles for making those judgments. He covers the topics of doctrine, false prophets, miracles, entertainment, appearances, fantasy, occultism, conduct and character.

He points out that love (primarily permissive love) is not sufficient. Obedience to the gospel requires adherence to Biblical truth. He attempted to be moderate in allowing for disagreements about specifics such as eating or not eating meat. But the topic of doctrinal purity is difficult to address because of sincere differences of opinion on Biblical interpretation,. The question, for the reader, becomes: “Who gets to decide the parameters of orthodoxy?”

Who Are You to Judge may help some readers make better judgments for living and witnessing. But I would caution the reader to remember that God’s truth is loving and God’s love is truthful. And everyone is mistaken or ignorant in some aspect of theology. The book’s main value lies in the reader taking the principles the author gives and using them to examine his or her own adherence to the truth revealed through Christ and the Scriptures with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Book Review
By Scarlett Stough
Title: Who Are You To Judge? Learning to Distinguish Between Truths, Half-truths and Lies
Author: Erwin W. Lutzer (copyright 2002)
Publisher: Moody Publishers, Chicago
ISBN: 0-8024-0906-7