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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Monday
    Jun062011

    Be Picky Eaters

    Matthew 7:15-20:

    "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.  By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

    Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them."

     

     

    What is this fruit we should examine? Some would say good works, or more followers of Jesus. I submit the fruit may be the fruits of the Spirit, listed in Galatians 5:22-23,

     “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

     

    If a person, a church leader, a pastor, or a group of people fail to consistently show evidence of these fruits (not the “fruits” of church growth, more money, popularity, great music, etc.), I humbly but seriously suggest they re-consider their salvation status.

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