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July 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

Which Tree

Matthew 7:17-20 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  So then, you will know them by their fruits.

This chapter began with a command not to judge, "Do not judge, so that you won't be judged."  The closing verses of Matthew 7 encourage us to recognize false prophets.  False prophets have existed from the earliest days of history. The truth is always under assault.  Therefore, we come to see we need to judge rightly.  Verses 17-20 teach us not to judge based on the outward things, but on the inward reality of the heart.  Jesus illustrates this truth from nature.  Good trees produce good fruit, and bad trees produce bad fruit.  Apple trees don't produce oranges nor orange trees apples.  It is not always easy to judge false prophets, but the invitation is still there from Scripture. The fruit here is their character and their confession.  This is one reason you should take your spiritual leadership from those in the local church.  I appreciate the ministry of John MacArthur, but I do not know him.  I believe hs is a true man of God, but I do not know him personally.  We should be cautious toward people that we can only observe from a distance.  Don't believe everything you hear!