Power of example

2 thoughts on “Power of example”

  1. Derek,

    You may need to unpack your final sentence … “The measure of the ones we are to avoid is not doctrine, but the fruit of their lives”.

    Can it really be either/or: don’t we need both?

    Surely we need to test the doctrinal basis of those of whom we may be unsure, not simply judge them by their “fruit” which may be very deceptive and appear to be very “spiritual” yet not arise from a life grounded in Christ.

    On the one hand we have Christ’s teaching “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit” (Mat 7:18), but have to also remember John’s concerns regarding the deceptiveness of false teachers: “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work” (2 John vs 10,11)

    Blessings – Ian

  2. Hi Ian, yes you are right. I was a bit surprised by the focus on fruit, but since the obstacles that they put in our way are contrary to the teaching we have learned there must clearly be a teaching element to what we are to look out for. So, thanks for the correction. God bless, Derek

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