Summary: Beware of false teachers!

I. Confusion

A. Hidden Motives

1. Harmless disguises

2. Pretense of innocence

B. Harsh Methods

1. Destructive tendencies

2. ‘Ravenous’ – to take by force

3. Matthew 10:16, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep

in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as

serpents, and harmless as doves”

4. Acts 20:29, “For I know this, that after my

departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you,

not sparing the flock.”

II. Characteristics

A. Comparison of Fruit

1. Fruit, not works

2. Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the

Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,

goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such

there is no law.”)

3. James 3:18, “And the fruit of righteousness is sown

in peace of them that make peace.”

B. Contrast of the Trees

1. Good tree = good fruit

2. Bad tree = bad fruit

3. A Fallen nature cannot produce spiritual fruit

4. Jude 12, “These are spots in your feasts of charity,

when they feast with you, feeding themselves without

fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of

winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice

dead, plucked up by the roots”

III. Condemnation

A. Surface Relationship

1. Luke 6:46, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and

not do the things which I say?”

2. Works are not enough

3. God is more concerned with the workman

4. Romans 2:13, “for not the hearers of the law are just in

the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be


B. Sure Retribution

1. Rejection

2. Separation

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