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By Their Fruit

Matthew 7:15"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. These are the words of Jesus telling us how we would recognize which Christians leaders are true and which are false. Notice his words, "by their fruit you will recognize them." So what is the fruit we are looking for when examining a Christian teacher? Some Pentecostal and Charismatic leaders will tell you that the evidence is found in a spiritual gift. They claim that if a person does not speak in tongues then the Spirit is not within them, yet Jesus gave …