"Do not judge, in order that you are not judged." Scott Clark examines Matthew 7:1 as it is the "go to" verse for many people, Christians and non-Christians alike.
These models and word pictures have been proposed as ideas as how to strike a healthy balance in the church of being welcoming, being discerning, being a place of embracing brokenness and being a place of deep transformation both individually and corporately.
In the book of Numbers, unintentional and intentional sins were treated differently. But with the flaunting deliberate "high-handed" sin, the most severe punishment was meted out. This is why.
Michael Kruger of Reformed Theological Seminary suggests that behind every issue is the question of: "What is your ultimate authority?" In today's anti-authority world, we are witnessing a "battle of authorities" between the authority of the self and that of the Bible and its Author.