North Anderson Baptist Church
God, The Ultimate Fruit Inspector
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
“Watch out!” That kind of warning is so very important! If you saw a sign in the road that said, “Watch out, bridge out.” Would you stop and say, “Well that might be true but it might not be so, we should just continue and drive over the bridge ahead instead of stopping and turning around.” That would be foolish not to take the warning sign seriously; it might cause you to lose your life and all those in the car who are trusting you to keep them safe. Jesus gives us a warning about those who would spiritually lead others astray and who would eventually lead to your death if you just went on not taking the warning seriously.

These people Jesus is talking about are those He calls “wolves in sheeps clothing.” They disguise themselves as harmless but they are deadly in what they teach. Their purpose is to devour the sheep of God through their false teaching. They are not there from the Lord but in the power of Satan and for his purpose to “kill, steal and destroy.” (John 10:10) They would not be teaching the “narrow way of salvation” but somehow they would be teaching the false gospel of the “wide and broad way to salvation.” Do you see any of these false prophets and teachers in this day of the church of Jesus Christ?

“False teachers infiltrated the early churches just as the gospel message was spreading (see Acts 20:29; 2 Corinthians 11:11-15; 2 Timothy 2:14-19; 2 Peter 2:1-3, 17-22; 1 John 2:18, 22; 4:1-6).”

Do the false prophets teach for transformation of the soul and spirit to the Lord Jesus Christ? No! One of the marks of the false teachers is that their teaching does not show transformation to righteousness but to unrighteousness. Their acts of kindness and so called good deeds are disguised and their fruit is the fruit of falsity and of evil. False doctrine is followed and the change is for the worst in that those they teach are led to the wrong path, sometimes never realizing it for themselves.

These false prophets and teachers sneak into the sheep-fold and infiltrate the congregations and if they are not discovered then the damage they do is great and sometimes beyond repair.

Jesus uses trees and their fruit to help us understand the concept of false teachers and prophets. What kind of fruit does the teacher or prophet produce? Good trees produce good fruit and bad trees produce bad fruit. Identify the fruit and you can see the source. God is the ultimate fruit inspector.

In Deuteronomy 13:1-5 the Bible tells us what Moses said about “false prophets and their destiny.
Jesus knew what the Word of God said and that is why He clearly indicated that those who preach and teach falsely will end up doomed forever more. Followers of Christ had to inspect the fruit of the lives of the teachers and prophets and make decisions regarding their true allegiance to God Almighty. The church had to be careful not to allow the wolves to invade the sheepfold, the church. With the wisdom of God’s Holy Spirit, the church should be able to make those decisions for the good of the church. I believe that is why some of the church is given the gift of discernment. Does the preacher or teacher glorify Jesus Christ or themselves? Is Christ minimized or lifted higher than all the rest. Jesus is the ultimate fruit inspector!
What happens to those who are wolves and false teachers? God’s word says, using the tree and fruit analogy, “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” What does that mean? There is a judgment day coming for all who try to lead the church astray by being a false witness to the Lord Jesus.
“For some time a false teacher or prophet may act like a Christian. But in the end they fall away. Peter says that such people are like pigs. We can wash a pig on the outside, but if his inward nature is not changed, it will soon go back into the mud. False Christians are like that.” There is a great difference between the saint and the sinner here. Jesus is more concerned about our “walk” than our “talk.” He wants us to do what is right not just say the right things.
These verses may be some of the most scary of the whole Bible!! “Simply calling Jesus “Lord” is not enough:
“On that day.” What does that mean? Jesus is talking about the Judgment Day, the day of reckoning for those who have never known the Lord Jesus Christ. What some scholars believe is that this is the day of “The Great White Throne Judgment.” Revelation 20:11-15 describes this judgment.
It is believed that since this passage is about the true lost, then those who are saved come to their reward at another time; that is called the “Judgment Seat of Christ.”
Notice that our passage today the problem is that those Jesus is speaking about never knew Him, an intimacy that is only for the believer and then they never obey Him. Obedience, “doing the will of My Father,” is so important that the Bible says that “to obey is better than sacrifice.” (1 Samuel 15:22) Those who have not obeyed the will of the Father will not know eternal life.

The Bible is consistent. Paul talks about salvation by faith and when faith resides in a person then their works will follow. James says that if a person says he has faith but it doesn’t show by his works, then he doesn’t have true faith. When Jesus talks about these false teachers He reminds us that our words and deeds plus our faith all have to match to be a part of the family of God. (James 2:24, You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.) Are you setting on the pew and never showing your faith by your works, then beware! If you are one of those who just goes out and works in everything in the church but you do not have faith that Jesus is the Lord and that your life is based upon His death, burial and resurrection, then you need to beware too.

Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Without faith natural man cannot obey God's will. Without believing in Christ and being born again, no one can follow the teachings of Jesus. Only when we have received Christ's Holy Spirit through faith can we begin to obey these teachings.

Each of us need to search our hearts and souls to determine if we truly know and have obeyed the Lord Jesus. One way to do that is to look at Psalm 1.
What a great description of both the righteous and unrighteous. There is a way to live and walk this life, a narrow and hard way and then a broad and easy way. These verses tell us what it is like. Are you going to hear, “I never knew you. Depart from me you evil doers!”

My dear friend it doesn’t have to be that way. Come and receive the mercy and grace of the loving Lord Jesus and find the hope you have always wanted. Do it now.

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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