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Bad Fruit

STOP SINNING!!  Stop making excuses for why you can’t stop.  If you knew you only had days to live, and that you were facing the fires of hell, you’d find a way.  The false gospel the ‘churches’ are preaching has you lulled into complacency, thinking that your position is secure, no matter what you do–that you can never fall.  That may be what your pastor teaches, and what the majority in your church believe, but it is not what the Word of God says.  Need I remind you that

‘ . . . STRAIT [is] the gate, and NARROW [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it.’  (Jesus, Matthew 7:14)

MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.’  (Jesus, Matthew 7:22-23)

MANY who think they are His, who BELIEVE in Him, who are faithful in their churches, will plead with Him on that day, to let them into His kingdom.  But He will condemn them for ‘working iniquity’!  So much for your ‘all you need to do is believe’ doctrine, and your ‘it’s all under the blood’ doctrine, and your ‘ALL sins past, present, and FUTURE are forgiven’ doctrine.  (If these doctrines were true, then why did Jesus condemn these people?  They believed in Him, and were trusting in Him, and served Him, while they lived sinfully–but He said He never knew them.  Why?)  These doctrines are lies that were conceived in the pit of hell.  Salvation requires EFFORT and DEDICATION on your part.

‘ . . . but he that ENDURETH TO THE END shall be* saved.’  (Jesus, Matthew 10:22)

(* SHALL BE, not ‘is’)

‘STRIVE to enter in at the strait gate: for MANY, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.’  (Jesus, Luke 13:24)

‘For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall IN NO CASE enter into the kingdom of heaven.’  (Jesus, Matthew 5:20)

‘And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?’  (1 Peter 4:18)

‘Wherefore the rather, brethren, GIVE DILIGENCE TO MAKE YOUR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:’  (2 Peter 1:10)

‘. . . WORK OUT your own salvation with fear and trembling.’  (Philippians 2:12)

‘Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.’  (Galatians 6:7-8)

(Notice this verse is in the New Testament, so you can’t claim it doesn’t apply now.)

‘Know ye not that THE UNRIGHTEOUS SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD? BE NOT DECEIVED: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.’  (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

If you are trusting in those doctrines (‘all you need to do is believe’,  ‘it’s all under the blood’, and  ‘ALL sins past, present, and FUTURE are forgiven’), you are basing your trust in the word of men–but you’d better start reading the Word of God!  If you ‘sin every day’, then perhaps you never really repented to begin with.  If you did, I’d suggest you take a good look at how you’ve lived since then.  Maybe it’s time to hit your knees and repent again.  The Scriptures are CLEAR:

‘Follow peace with all [men], and HOLINESS, without which no man shall see the Lord:’  (Hebrews 12:14)


‘ . . .  Let EVERY ONE that nameth the name of Christ DEPART FROM INIQUITY.’  (2 Timothy 2:19)

TODAY!!  Not some vague day in the future.  You know that if you turn from wickedness to do righteousness, and place your faith in Christ, your past sins are forgotten.  But did you know that if you turn from righteousness to do wickedness again, your past RIGHTEOUSNESS is forgotten?  You may say ‘I put my faith in Jesus’.  But the Word says that faith without works is dead!  If your faith in Jesus is a live faith, you will not produce works of wickedness!

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.

(‘Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. . .’ (2 Corinthians 13:5))

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit IS HEWN DOWN, AND CAST INTO THE FIRE. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.’  (Jesus, Matthew 7:16-20)

Examine yourself!! If you are producing evil fruit, you are NOT a good tree . . . no matter what you believe, and no matter what you’ve been told!!  Who are  you going to believe?

Yourself?  (‘The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?’  (Jeremiah 17:9))

Your pastor?  ( ‘ . . . let God be true, but every man a liar . . . ‘  (Romans 3:4))

Or the words of the one you say is your Lord?  (‘A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.’  (Jesus, Matthew 7:18))

If you have come to the painful conclusion that you are indeed bearing bad fruit . . . that another spirit is working in you, than the Holy Spirit (because it is the spirit/Spirit working in you that bears fruit after its own kind) . . . there is a remedy for that: REPENT!  The condemnation and sorrow you feel is called ‘Godly sorrow’ . . . the ‘conviction of the Holy Spirit’ . . . and it will produce a harvest of righteousness . . . IF you will submit to it.

‘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. . . ‘  (Matthew 7:15-16)

(Fame and fortune are not fruits of the Spirit of God!!)

Many people believe that if a person, who says they are a Christian, is rich and famous, that is the mark of God’s approval and blessing. While it is true that God may bless some people with wealth, riches and honor, the devil sometimes does the same.

‘Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.’ (Matthew 4:8-9)

But Jesus repeatedly warned us of the effect that riches can have on us:

‘No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.’ (Matthew 6:24)

‘It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.’

(Mark 10:25)

‘And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.’ (Mark 4:19)

King Solomon warned us too:

‘ . . . give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who [is] the LORD? . . . ‘ (Proverbs 30:8-9)

The devil knows the intoxicating effect of riches. Just as a drug dealer may give out free samples, knowing the person who samples may become addicted, so Satan also knows that money is often a snare. It is the bait that he has used to ensnare the souls of many men.

SPIRITUAL FRUITS are intangible things that result from either doing the will of God, or doing according to our own will.

‘I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.’ (John 15:5)

Good fruit is the result of the Holy Spirit living in us.

‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance . . . ‘ (Galatians 5:22-23)

The fruit of living according to our own will and sinful nature are

‘ . . . Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like . . . ‘ (Galatians 5:19-21)

These are the fruits that people will produce. If a man calls himself a prophet, we will know whether or not he is a false prophet by the fruit that is manifest in his life. Which fruit has he produced: ‘love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, and temperance’ or ‘Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,’ etc.?

‘Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.’ (John 7:24)

‘And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.’ (Luke 16:14-15)

We must judge as God judges, according to His word, not according to what is esteemed by men.