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10 August 2014

Sermon: Trinity 8 (Gospel)

10 August AD 2014

Theme: False Prophets and Fruitful Trees

Meyer and Osteen, False Prophets Summary: Works follow faith, they do not cause or enhance it. Anyone who preaches any form of human cooperation in salvation lies and is in danger of the Judgment.

Jesus seeks the fruit of faith, for nothing we produce apart from faith in Him is good in God’s eyes. Those who try to convince us otherwise are false prophets, diseased trees, ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Unfortunately, many people crave a doctrine of “Jesus and” such as Jesus and works or Jesus and signs and wonders. Either they cannot believe that they are totally incapable of cooperating in even the smallest bit in their salvation or they think that Christ somehow left out some essential action in His life, suffering, and death.

The truth, confessed and lived by fruitful Christian pastors, teachers, and others, remains the same: Jesus Christ died for all of my sins. The Holy Spirit creates faith that I might believe this wondrous message. Any good that I do is done by Christ in me.

Diseased Tree Text: [Jesus said,] “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits.

“Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’

“And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” Matthew 7:15-23

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of False Prophets and Fruitful Trees, preached to the saints of God at Trinity Lutheran Church, Norborne, Missouri.

Other Readings: Psalm 26; Jeremiah 23:16-29; Acts 20:27-38 or Romans 8:12-17

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