Prophets and Fruit

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.

Matthew 7:15-20

As Jesus continues His exhortations here at the end of the Sermon on the Mount, we come to another zinger, false prophets bearing fruit. Jesus makes a very simple case in these verses: trees bear the fruit they are supposed to bear; apple trees bear apples, lemon trees bear lemons. If an apple tree bears lemons, you should be on guard!

False prophets, likewise, do not bear good fruit; instead they bear bad fruit. If they teach hate and discord, their followers will spread hate and discord. If they teach sexual immorality, so will their followers. If you aren’t sure about a prophet or teacher, observe their followers. If their followers are not following “The Way” then get out of there.

Remember what happens when the Kingdom of Heaven was preached by Jesus: The results were stunning… healing, love, wholeness, sight, chasing out evil spirits, and above all Truth.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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4 Responses to Prophets and Fruit

  1. Steve B says:

    I became a Christian in 1980. I remember back in those days watching Kenneth Copeland on TV over here in Australia preaching the prosperity gospel. He seemed reasonable but I do question nearly everything people preach. It was tough trying to work out what was wrong with his message other than when I read scripture very few of the followers of Jesus were prosperous. However when you met ardent followers they were deranged. What they said wasn’t connected to any sort of reality so in the end I didn’t watch Copeland. Many years later I read something connected to this and someone wrote that people are putting their faith in faith rather than Jesus. Thinking back to those days that made sense. Some of this stuff is very subtle.

  2. Bruce Sims says:

    Reblogged this on Call 2 Witness.

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