Tuesday, October 29, 2002
Edifier du Jour-Matthew 7:15-20(NASB)
15 "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 "So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 "So then, you will know them by their fruits.I've got a bit of a bad taste in my mouth after going over Halloween and Masons et al, wondering if I had a bit too much bile yesterday. The operative question when you are looking at any group is whether they are showing spiritual fruit; are they helping people draw closer to God and improve their lives? If they are, then they might just be doing God's will. The fruit here is more than just basic benevolence; people of almost all religions look after the needy. Helping the needy is necessary, but it isn't sufficient. It is helping people, body, soul and spirit, that is the mark of a good ministry. Yes, many evangelicals churches fall short in looking after physical needs, but merely looking after physical needs isn't proper, either. So when you look at a groups works, make sure to include the spiritual dimension.
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