This now brings us to the very heart of this book – the discerning of the true teachings of the true teachers and their reproduced spiritual fruit within The Christian Church. (1)
(1) Destructive Doctrines. But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1) NKJV
(1a) For there is no good (healthy) tree that bears decayed (worthless, stale) fruit, nor on the other hand does a decayed (worthless, sickly) tree bear good fruit. For each tree is known and identified by its own fruit; for figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor is a cluster of grapes picked from a bramblebush. The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:43-45) AMP



As we all know, the world is made up of Believers and Unbelievers in Jesus Christ.  I, too, at one time was an Unbeliever, but on April 28, 1973, I became a Believer by the saving grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and my faith to believe it. Today, I now not only know Jesus Christ as my Savior, but I know Him as my Lord God and Master and am a True Believer in Christ’s Bride Church holding fast to Its spiritual supernatural Biblical Christian Worldview. PTL!!! (2)
(2) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23) NASU
(2a) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10) NIV

But within the Christian Church are two sets of “Saints” – True Believers and Make Believers. In outward appearance BOTH look the SAME BUT inwardly they are diametrically opposed! Both will reproduce fruit, but only True Believers reproduce everlasting fruit in Christ – lost souls/sinners who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, Lord God, and Master and dedicate and live their lives to and for God. (3) Make Believers – believing they are “saved” also bear fruit but it is for saving the world. When physical death comes to unrepentant Make Believers, their seed will be exposed to be what they truly are – Unbelievers! (4) But in the mean time because of the spiritual difficulty of discerning their profane secular humanistic worldview, we – the True Believing Christians must view them as our Brothers and Sisters in Christ and continue to teach and disciple them leading them to recognize their sins of listening to false teachers with their false doctrines. (5)
(3) You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. (John 15:16) NKJV
(3a) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise. (Proverbs 11:30) NKJV
(4) I Never Knew You. (Luke 6:46; 13:26, 27) “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23) NKJV
(5) Then he used this illustration:

© Fig Tree Fruit

“A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if he could find any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. Finally he told his gardener to cut it down. ‘I’ve waited three years and there hasn’t been a single fig!’ he said. ‘Why bother with it any longer? It’s taking up space we can use for something else.’”
“‘Give it one more chance,’ the gardener answered. ‘Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. If we get figs next year, fine; if not, I’ll cut it down.'” (Luke 13:6-9) TLB
(5a) Bring Back the Erring One. Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20) NKJV
(5b) BRETHREN, IF any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.
Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete what is lacking [in your obedience to it]. For if any person thinks himself to be somebody [too important to condescend to shoulder another’s load] when he is nobody [of superiority except in his own estimation], he deceives and deludes and cheats himself.
But let every person carefully scrutinize and examine and test his own conduct and his own work. He can then have the personal satisfaction and joy of doing something commendable [in itself alone] without [resorting to] boastful comparison with his neighbor. For every person will have to bear (be equal to understanding and calmly receive) his own [little] load [of oppressive faults]. (Galatians 6:1-5) AMP
(5c) “And those who are wise-the people of God-shall shine as brightly as the sun’s brilliance, and those who turn many to righteousness will glitter like stars forever. (Daniel 12:3) TLB

© Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.

Jesus said that we must discern between True Believers from Make Believers when He said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.  [Ezekiel 22:27.] You will fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit [worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit. A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear excellent fruit [worthy of admiration]. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:15-20) AMP (6)
(6) “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. (John 15:1-2) NIV

Another question for you. Are you a healthy tree reproducing life producing spiritually good fruit – winning and discipling the lost souls/sinners in this world to Jesus Christ or are you a sickly tree producing physically debilitating fruit that produces eternal separation from God because you are trying to save the lost world and its causes? Or maybe you are trying to save BOTH the lost world and lost souls/sinners? (7)
(7) Destructive Doctrines. But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1) NKJV

This is not an easy task discerning True Believers from Make Believers. Most Make Believers believe they are in God’s truth and that you are the Make Believer – the one who has false teachings. This has been occurring since the creation of man (8) and in The Christian Church since Its beginning. (9) Do not give in to their false human philosophy of lies! (10)
(8) And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. (Genesis 4:3-10) NKJV
(8a) not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. (1 John 3:12) NASU
(9) This you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me, among whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. (2 Timothy 1:15) NKJV
(9a) for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica — Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia. (2 Timothy 4:10) NKJV
(10) And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:10-14) NKJV

Listen to what each believes about himself/herself. Both the True Believer and the Make Believer have professed Jesus Christ as their Savior, but the Make Believer has not allowed Him to be Lord God and Master over their lives, i.e. he/she does not allow His Word to have authority over him/her thus they lack the spiritual knowledge, wisdom, and commitment to truly obey and serve Him within the spiritual supernatural Kingdom of God Biblical Christian Worldview. Both believe by faith they are saved, but it is not the same gospel because they have diametrically opposed teachings, worldviews, and agendas which each adamantly defends as being from God. Both perceive they are anointed and gifted by God the Holy Spirit to carry out His and their ministry. I do not believe that Make Believers are Deists although Deists would be classified as Make Believers thus are Unsaved. (11) The True Believers cannot stand idly by! (12) We must be aware of the workings of the spiritual supernatural realm and have on God’s full armor standing for God’s truth minute by minute! (13)
(11) “Deism the belief, based solely on reason, in a God who created the universe and then abandoned it, assuming no control over life, exerting no influence on natural phenomena, and giving no supernatural revelation. ”
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(12) Love for God and One Another. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1) NKJV
(12a) For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted — you may well put up with it! (2 Corinthians 11:2-4) NKJV
(13) The Whole Armor of God. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints —  (Ephesians 6:10-18) NKJV


The True Believers have spiritually matured enough to eat meat – earnestly seeking spiritual teachings and principles, discerning, and obeying the thoughts and ways of God in their lives through His Word, following the leading of God the Holy Spirit and His gifting you with a discerning spirit, and supplying you with the multitude of Godly counsel. (14)
(14) At that time Jesus began to say, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth [and I acknowledge openly and joyfully to Your honor], that You have hidden these things from the wise and clever and learned, and revealed them to babies [to the childish, untaught, and unskilled]. Yes, Father, [I praise You that] such was Your gracious will and good pleasure. (Matthew 11:25-26) AMP
(14a) Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness. (Psalms 143:10) NKJV
(14b) I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. (Psalms 32:8) NKJV
(14c) The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations. (Psalms 33:11) NKJV
(14d) Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14) NKJV
(14e) From Jerusalem to Illyricum. Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. (Romans 15:14) NKJV

The Make Believers have not yet matured to eating solid food but are still suckling baby’s milk, i.e. they have not matured enough to understand let alone practice even the true elementary teachings and principles of God. (15)
(15) And great and important and weighty, we confess, is the hidden truth (the mystic secret) of godliness. He [God] was made visible in human flesh, justified and vindicated in the [Holy] Spirit, was seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, [and] taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16) AMP

In actuality, Make Believers have literally rejected the complete authority of God’s Word whether given by God the Holy Spirit, through Godly counsel, or through His anointed teachers. Scripture shares this very thought with us, “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:11-14) NIV

All Christians in our spiritual walk have been part of the Make Believers/babes in Christ, but Scripture commands us to “GROW UP!” – to know how to differentiate and choose right from wrong. “THEREFORE, LET us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ (the Messiah), advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity….. If indeed God permits, we will [now] proceed [to advanced teaching].” (Hebrews 6:1, 3) AMP

Paul goes on to describe this profane secular humanistic worldview when he says, “BRETHREN, I could not talk to you as to spiritual [men], but as to nonspiritual [men of the flesh, in whom the carnal nature predominates], as to mere infants [in the new life] in Christ [unable to talk yet!] I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not yet strong enough [to be ready for it]; but even yet you are not strong enough [to be ready for it], For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3) AMP

Paul shares with us the correct foundation of our faith and the need to correctly build on this foundation when he said, “According to the grace (the special endowment for my task) of God bestowed on me, like a skillful architect and master builder I laid [the] foundation, and now another [man] is building upon it. But let each [man] be careful how he builds upon it, For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ” (the Messiah, the Anointed One). (1 Corinthians 3:10-11) AMP

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