The devil and his false prophets and false teachers have a lie circulating that we are not
to judge.  And they use as their sole premise for this lie, Matthew 7:1, “Do not judge lest
you be judged.”  You see it is not judging that is wrong, it is the way you judge.  Verse 2
of that same passage says:
 “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your
standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”
 The King James Version says, “For
with what judgment ye judge ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it
shall be measured to you again.”  In other words, it is not that we are wrong to judge, it
is that we must judge in righteousness.    In Proverbs 31:9, King Lemuel’s mother tells
him to:  “ Open your mouth, judge righteously,…”  Jesus says Himself in John 7:24: “Do
not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”  

1 Corinthians 6:1-4 says: “Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor,
dare to go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?  Or do you not know
that the saints will judge the world?  And if the world is judged by you, are you not
competent to constitute the smallest law courts?  Do you not know that we shall judge
angels?  How much more, matters of this life?  If then you have law courts dealing with
matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of not account in the church?”

The fact is, God wants us to be careful when we judge.  Listen to what Paul says  to the
Romans in chapter 2, verses 1-3, “Therefore you are without excuse, every man of you
who passes judgment, for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who
judge, practice the same thing.  And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon
those who practice such things.  And do you suppose this, O man, when you pass
judgment upon those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will
escape the judgment of God?”  So the fact of the matter is, we are to be careful in our
judgment; lest we be judged for practicing the same things.

You see the false teachers who say don’t judge, say this because they don’t want you to
judge righteously what they are doing.  But the Bible is clear in that we judge a tree by
the fruit that it bears.  Because a good tree, as Jesus said, will not bear bad fruit.

What will be other characteristics of false prophets to look for in these last days?
Peter speaks to the church about false prophets and spends an entire chapter in 2 Peter,
chapter 2 describing them.  He goes on in chapter 3 to tell the people of God more of
what will happen in the last days.

It is not God’s desire to see anyone fall into the traps of false teaching.  His Word came in
the flesh and dwelt among us and now Jesus Christ who is the Word made flesh, sits on
the right hand of His Father.  But, God has provided for us, His written Word, the
blueprint of life for every Believer.  It is so important that we study His written Word to
know the truth, particularly in the days that are coming when deception and lies will be
great.

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, it’s not too late.  And, maybe you do
know Him as Lord and Savior, but you have left Him.  It’s not too late for you either.  God
loves His creation.  But remember 2 Peter 3:9,  
“The Lord is not slow about his promise,
as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for
all to come to repentance.”
 (In other words, He is coming to judge the world; His Day of
Vengeance, His day of wrath is coming.  If it is taking a while, it is only because He is
patient toward us and wants none to perish, but wants all of us to repent.  Amen.
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