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July 20, 2020, 9:48 AM

Grapes and Figs

Matthew 7:16 You will know them by their fruits.  Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?

How do you recognize a false prophet?  Jesus tells us we will recognize them by their fruit.  We tend to judge people by the dazzle effect. We look at the outward appearance and their ability to communicate.  God's Word tells us that we are to judge them by the fruit of their life, which means their character.  It may be hard at times, but a close examination will reveal their hypocrisy.  This is why we should be careful of worshipping our favorite preachers on television, radio, podcasts, or social media because we know little of their character.  This is not to say we should not listen to pastors and other speakers, but we should be on guard when we do.  The question in verse 16 introduces verses 17-20 which we will cover in the next few days.