In our previous study we listed several verses regarding bearing good fruit. It is obvious from these verses that followers of Jesus Christ should bear good fruit. There are dire consequences for those who do not bear good fruit. Most of the verses are addressing behavior and actions more than they are addressing doctrine.
Many who are legalistic and critical believe their job is to be fruit inspectors and point out the sins, errors, and faults of everyone (of course they say little about their own sin). As we address this topic, we want to make it clear that there are certainly times for ministry leaders to confront sin and address errors and faults of those under their leadership. However, many of those who are critical and legalistic are not leaders within any ministry. They have taken upon themselves to be fruit inspectors and in the midst of their ‘confronting of sin’, they do it in a hurtful, hateful, and judgmental manner. Many times what they are really addressing is issues of preference rather than of doctrine. They normally make assumptions about a persons motives and their heart condition. Continue reading “Bearing Fruit and Legalism-Fruit Inspecting” »