Recognized By Their Fruit

Q. You have said you believe that a number of prominent church leaders will be left behind so there will be a determined effort on their part to deny the rapture has taken place. I am not in any way opposing your opinion. Nor am I asking you to name names. But I was wondering on what scripture you based this opinion? How can you know if someone is born again when they claim to profess Jesus is Lord as so many church leaders today do?

A. In Matt. 7:21 Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom.” Some liberal denominations teach their seminary students that Jesus is not God, that He is not the only way to salvation, and that you don’t have to be born again to be saved, you just have to join their church.

In my opinion, a person who graduates from such a seminary, becomes a pastor, and then teaches his or her congregation those same ideas would be in the suspect category where salvation is concerned. These people call Jesus Lord, but from what they preach it’s clear they don’t mean it in the same way that a born again believer would.

In the previous verse (Matt. 7:20) Jesus said we could recognize them by their fruit. Does the teaching of these pastors produce true born-again believers or just more Christians in name only?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14). “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (John 3:3).

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