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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