By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them (False Teaching)
Written by Robert Reynolds on June 20, 2019
BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM (FALSE TEACHING)
By your fruits you shall know them”: is the famous expression used to judge the salvation of others using their outward fruit and judging it, and comparing it your fruit and the fruit of others. The Christian of course is saved by grace through faith. It is not his good work, godly heritage, perseverance in that which is good or his level of outward morality that saves him or keeps him saved.
Many people teach that will bear visible fruit. Many claim that if they do not see this fruit then the person must not be saved. This goes contrary to the Bible on the issue of salvation. We know that in Matthew 7 when the Lord says by your fruits you shall know them but he is not referring to Christians and their outward testimony but rather two false prophets which will come in sheep’s clothing.
We know that we are called to bring forth fruit. In fact, in Ephesians chapter 2 right after verse 8 it says that we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
So the Christian is called to work for Christ because he is saved. He has not called to work for Christ to become saved, he works because he is saved. However someone could be saved and not bring forth any fruit the Bible reminds us of this in Titus Chapter 3:14 …and let ours also learned to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. You see? …It’s necessary to do good works as a Christian as obeying the scripture and putting into practice the teaching of Paul in Jesus Christ so that we will be fruitful for the Lord Jesus Christ. If someone is not practicing demonstrably his good works, that does not show that he is not saved but it shows he is disobedient to the commands of Jesus Christ. Also, in 2nd Peter chapter 1, Peter tells us to add to our faith virtue and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, charity… For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It does not teach that you were not saved if you were not bearing fruit, it teaches contrary to that. In verse 9, it clearly shows that a man can lack spiritual fruit, be barren, and still be saved. “…but he that lack of these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”
This is just Pride and arrogance that comes flowing out of the hearts of those who believe that they are better Christians then the rest. In doing so they teach heretical doctrine and showing their ignorance of the Bible. For we read that Paul was saved and yet struggled with sin. If one of these people would have been around Paul while struggling with his sin they would have said that Paul was never really saved. What about Demetrius or John Mark, what about the disciples who doubted Christ Resurrection and returned to go fishing. You can’t throw out sound Bible Doctrine by taking one or two verses out of their context. Salvation is not attained by works, nor is it maintained by works. If that were possible Christ’s death would be in vain. The immature Christian rests calmly on the fact that there are Christians worse than him. If one is trusting in his good works to keep him saved or to save him then he has not Departed from the Old Testament doctrine which Paul nullified as the means of salvation in his book Galatians. Gal. 3:10-29; 5:1-9.
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