Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged” (Mt 7:1). Jesus condemns rash, unfair, unjust, unkind and incorrect judging. A man has a plank in his eye who is condemning another who has a small speck in his eye! It is wrong to find fault with others when we have the same fault in our own life.
In the same chapter Jesus said “You will know them by their fruits”
(vs 16-20). It is required that we evaluate, examine, judge, decide what a person teaches by examining the scriptures (Acts 17:11). This is in harmony with Jesus’ teaching in John 7:24: “Stop judging by mere appearances and make a righteous judgment” The Bereans proved from the Scriptures whether preaching was true or false.
We must judge (means to study) then form a right decision (Webster).
Failure to defend and protect the truth equals failure to obey Christ (John 14:15; Jude 3).
False teachers will gladly take control and “lawlessness” will result (I Jn 3:4), then follows false teaching, unbiblical styles of worship and division. “Many false prophets (teachers) have gone out into the world” (I Jn 4:1). They must be tested, warned and rejected after a proper warning (I Cor 12:3; 2 Thes 3:13-15).
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