Hypocritical judgments are the types of judgments that God hates and these types of judgments are spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 7:1-6, and by Paul in Romans 2 vs. 1 and 3.
When we look at the above Scriptures we see
that the people who were judging were PRACTICING THE SAME THINGS; In other words, they were being HYPOCRITES! Paul says in Romans 2 (vs 1) "Therefore you are inexcusable O man, for in whatever you judge another you condemn YOURSELF; for you who judge practice
the SAME THING." (vs 3) "And do you think O man, you who judge those practicing such things and doing the SAME, that you will escape the judgment of God?"
We see the same message in Matthew 7:1-6 where Jesus is warning HYPOCRITES (vs.
5), to not judge. He tells these hypocrites to judge not, for, with the SAME judgment they use, they will be judged in return! These were hypocrites, who were trying to judge a tiny 'speck' (minor issue) in another person, yet they could not see the huge 'plank'
(major sin issue) in themselves! Jesus became furious with such hypocritical folks and let them know that they had better shape up and remove their huge 'plank'before they go around trying to judge some little 'speck' in someone else.
Let's look at a few examples of HYPOCRITICAL JUDGMENTS (usually caused by the desire to put others down and elevate oneself in pride as the Pharisees loved to do):
those who do something associated with 'pagan' roots - There are many who love to judge others who celebrate various holidays such as Christmas or Easter and point a finger at them and say "such holidays have pagan roots." This may be true to some
extent, but the people who are saying this are using hypocritical judgments, for if they own pets, or if they have sports equipment in their home (such as footballs, baseballs etc), then these things ALSO have pagan roots. It is fine if someone does not feel
right in their conscience about celebrating such holidays, but they should not judge others who do so (Romans 14:4-14), because, with the same judgments that they use against someone, the same harsh judgments will be applied to them by God one day. (Matt.
~judging Sabbath keeping practices - If a person wants to keep the Sabbath in some special way, this is probably a good thing if it feels right with their conscience. But if a person chooses to judge someone for 'not
keeping the Sabbath', then they had better be examining themselves first so that they have no hypocrisy and that they are not preparing any meals, or picking up any wood to make a fire etc for if they do so then they are breaking the Sabbath themselves.
~judging various other things based upon appearances of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility etc. (Col. 2:23) - In Colossians 2:20-23 it tells us that we should not subject ourselves to all the regulations which
are not the commandments of God, but are the commandments and doctrines of men. Men want to pile endless religious burdens on others when God does not desire us to be loaded down with such religious burdens. Some will pass on harsh judgments and say burdensome
teachings such as "Unless you call Jesus by His Hebrew name "Yah", you are not going to heaven." This is an example of a burdensome doctrine of men.
~judging others if they own a TV, listen to the radio, judging ladies who wear
a bit of makeup and things of this nature: It is not a sin to own a TV, but if we watch the vast majority of things on TV it would probably be a sin since most things on TV are very shameful overall. But yet we should not judge someone just because
they own a TV because if that person who judges owns some electronic device he would be guilty of hypocrisy. It is not the device that is sinful, it is how we USE the device that can make it pure or sinful. Also, some people love to judge others as 'sinners'
merely if they happen to listen to Christian music that has an upbeat tempo yet is very edifying and wholesome music. These same people will often times themselves say it is just fine to listen to country type folk music which has an upbeat sound too, yet
see this as perfectly fine while all other types of music are 'sinful.' We had better be careful before judging musical tastes, for, with the same harsh judgment we use, we will be judged in the same measure.