A GOOD TREE BEARS GOOD FRUIT
It’s interesting that foods are used as metaphors for good and evil.
If a good tree produces bad fruit, then is that tree actually bad and not good, for a good tree would never produce bad fruit to begin with, and so, the tree itself is evil.
You can always tell the bad trees from the good. It is not a secret. You just have to look at its fruit. For example, you can easily observe anger.
“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thorn bushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil” Luke 6:43-44
Using a similar metaphor, if you think of light and dark, darkness is merely the lack of light, this logic could be applied to good and evil as well could it not? If you think of humanity as innately good, and when there is no goodness, we see what we perceive as evil.
We are warned to beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but “inwardly they are ravening wolves.” They have heart-rot that is not evident at first. It is very difficult to know whether a person is teaching the truth simply by knowing some of his or her activities. This is because a snapshot of some activities can outwardly be deceiving.
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:15, 16
False prophets are not easily recognizable. They may speak angelically, act immaculately and even look heavenly, but “underneath they are ravenous wolves.” We know you cannot “judge a book by its cover.” The Lord knows that, too. But we have a dilemma. We can see the face but not the heart,
What do we have “underneath” it all? Underneath is the operative word here. We are asked by the Lord to look deep down and see what man is made of. He should be made of Christ. “Remain in Me, as I remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me”. John 15:4 How do we know who is the scoundrel and who is the Saint?” “By their fruit, you will know them.” Love produces more love. Forgiveness gives birth to mercy and compassion.
All things and people must point to Him. The true prophets point to God. The false prophets end in themselves. It’s all about them! When everything is said and done the only thing that “remains in me” must be CHRIST. “It is no longer I who live in me, but Christ who lives in me.” Galatians 2:19-21 The one who bears fruit is the one who lives in and for the Lord.
“Save us, Lord, who share in your life, and give us Your blessing; be our shepherd forever.” Psalm 27:8-9
By “fruit” he means those words that come forth from the teacher. “For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45
Are the teachings consistent with Scripture? What is the source of their teachings?
The Roman Catholic Church introduced the Christian doctrine in the fourth century AD, as a set of principles called the Nicene Creed – voted in place by a council appointed by the Roman Emperor Constantine.
For most religious institutions, the spiritual teacher is chosen because he or she graduated from a seminary college and received a certification of their being a minister. So who is qualifying them? In these fee-based (tuition) seminary colleges, a person simply pays a fee, passes the tests and gets the paper.
Just because someone ministers or helps does not mean automatically that they are good. Further inspection is necessary.
This is why the Holy Spirit must also confirm their teachings from within. Each of us has the ability to check the truth from within – from the Holy Spirit – if we are listening carefully to what is being taught. It must also be consistent with what is coming from the Holy Spirit within scripture.
Just look at any tree with fruit on it, and you’ll see that even the best tree makes rotten fruit now and then. It’s also true that one bit of bad food in a pot of soup will generally spoil the whole pot.
Didn´t you find it rather strange that a majority of the American people didn´t mind Clinton sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky as long he did his job as a president. Hmmmm! What does that say about part of the orchard?
WHAT SORT OF TREE IS YOUR LIFE?
Are you a good tree, or a bad tree? Let the fruits prove it. Take an honest look and see if the things you are doing are springing from the divine seed of God within, resulting in that which is holy and godly to characterize your life, or whether they are coming from a evil heart of unbelief resulting in the practice of sin and iniquity.
“As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and (lure of) riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit.” Luke 8:14