If This Is the Fruit….

“I don’t know your pastor and I’m not real familiar with your church but I know fruit when I see it and if this is the fruit of that ministry, that’s a good ministry praise God. You are just being persecuted.” Curious. So you KNOW our fruit is good becauzzzzz? Uh, we dress stylishly? We are well spoken and have manners? We can debate the Scriptures in a totally parrot-like way? (Which, since you “don’t know our pastor”, you would not know that we are programmed in our fellowship meetings to repeat the phrase from pastors recent months sermons that inspired us.) We drive nice cars? Our kids are well spanked and therefore don’t act badly in public? We are drilled to grill others on the authenticity of their personal salvation? (Although most of us are just plain religious hypocrites.) We are groomed to stand out in every way noticeable-lust of the flesh, eyes, and pride of life. Cars, women, athletic kids, jobs, public relations, religious zeal. Anything and everything to lure you in to bee consumed by the insatiable appetite for power and idol worshipping young people. Pastor. Pastor. Pastor. Pastor. etc.

“…not real familiar with your church…” Well. Let’s tell ya. We have had the IRS on our tail for bad things. We are currently being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office. Several of our deacons and pastors have had, ahem, sexual indiscretions while in ministry. We have personally destroyed dozens of families by separating them from one another. Extra-marital affairs? Lying? Fornication? Gambling? Pedophilia? Divorce? Party hardy? “…that’s a good ministry. Praise God!” Yikes. Pastor, I gotta wonder – are you telling tall tales again? Did somebody REALLLLLLY say that?

But God says, “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance” (Matthew 3:8). “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10). “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:9). “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).