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Matthew 12- By Their Fruit

Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. Matthew 12:33-35

Earlier we looked at one of Jesus strongest teachings in Matthew 7 Being Known By Their Fruit, today Christ kind of echoes the same message however this time it’s directed at the religious leaders. Even today, there are a lot of corrupted people “working” in religion, even in Christianity. We see this with the religious leaders, as Jesus calls them “A generation of vipers”

So how do we know who is a real leader of God and who is corrupted? As Jesus said “The tree is known by their fruit” These wolves that run fake ministries and corrupted Churches, the question is what spiritual fruit are they actually producing? Are people becoming Born Again in Christ? Or do we see works of the flesh, money, power , and sex? Pretty much every time you turn on the TV, these ministries are begging for money or bragging about their accomplishments, is this really being a servant of Christ?

As Jesus challenged the religious leaders, “How can you be evil, speak good things”? These wolves don’t have the Holy Spirit, they can’t provide you with any wisdom of God or miracles from God. Their entire ministry is ran by Satan, it’s a total deception! You need to use spiritual discernment when listening to a preacher or pastor (1 John 4:1)

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:36-37

The Apostles James said “Not many of you should become teachers” (James 3:1) Why was James saying this? Because of what Jesus said “Every idle word that you speak should be given an account on the day of judgment” All these false prophets and teachers will need to give an account to Jesus Christ on judgment day.  They may be laughing all the way to the bank today, but in eternity they will be weeping and gnashing of teeth

But this is a warning for us also, don’t preach unless God makes you qualified. These words that I write today, I will give an account for them to Christ, because they are based on his words. It’s a responsibility we must bear, but it is one that must be done. Let them that have spiritual ears, hear! The false prophets and false teachers will be known by their fruit and stand in Judgment before Christ Amen!

Matthew 7- By Their Fruit

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Matthew 7:15-18

We often hear Christians keep saying “Read Your Bible”, and there is a good reason for that. Once you start seriously studying your Bible, you start to realize there is alot of false prophets out there. You start to realize , pretty much every preacher on your TV, is not preaching the true gospel of Christ or most are not being obedient to The Lord.

Now at a quick glance, there people can be very deceiving. They use the name of Jesus to give their organization some legitimacy, they might even quote some scripture, of course out of context, but as Jesus said “They are wolves in sheeps clothing”. They are fake Christians, false prophets. And the Bible tells us Satan planted these wolves throughout the Church , the wheat and the tares (Matthew 13)

So how can we identify these false teachers? Jesus said “By their fruit you will know them” What are these fake ministries producing? As the old saying goes “follow the money trail”. Typically cult groups are driven by three things, money, sex, and power. The majority of these false teachers have large bank accounts and preach a prosperity gospel. They don’t preach a gospel of the cross. Most of these “ministries” if you do some digging, there are lots of hidden scandals, typically relating to sexual immorality. And most of the time, this charismatic leader has full power and control over its people and their worldviews.

These qualities are not Christ-like, in fact Jesus was the opposite of all of this, yet many of these “false prophets” claim to be Christ followers. As Jesus said “ A Good Tree will produce good fruit” and “a corrupt tree will bring forth evil fruit”. False prophets can be easily identified by their fruit. What are they producing for the Kingdom of God? Well you might say these “Mega-Churches” are bringing millions to Christ! The reality is none of these people ever heard the true gospel, they don’t even know the real Jesus of the Bible. None of them are Born Again, therefore these false prophets are leading millions to Hell. 

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:19-20

Many of these people would be shocked to hear these words by Christ “Everyone that produces bad fruit, will be thrown into Hell” now I’m paraphrasing here, but this is exactly what Jesus is saying here. Jesus said “Unless you are Born Again, you will not see the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3:3) 

Be careful who you are listening to, including myself! Read your Bible, be led by the Holy Spirit, cling to the Good Shepherd, run to your Heavenly Father, Amen!