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On Rotten Fruit

May 22, 2011

Yesterday there was a man (Harold Camping) that had told us that the world was going to end; today we should all know that that man is a false prophet. I’m not sure weather he ever identified himself as a prophet, but for him to predict a coming event makes him one.

There is a passage in Matthew where Jesus is speaking that I almost always hear quoted out of context, but is of particular relevance to the events that transpired yesterday: Matthew 7:16 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?” in the context of v15: “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” This passage lets us know that Jesus did not want us to be lead astray by false prophets and that they can be quite dangerous. Scott Henderson puts it this way: “If there is one thing that is made certain by our Lord’s words, it is that false prophets look and act like true prophets.” The thing is Camping has shown us that his fruit is rotten and he cannot be trusted. I liked what a friend of mine Chad Barrett said about this man: “he has done such acrobatic feats with Scripture that has led him to such conclusions. If he twists passages pertaining to the end times, then he most likely twists the ones that pertain to salvation.” (I actually stopped listing to family radio several years ago b/c of the poor theology especially in the area of soteriology). Prophets must be 100% correct or they must be known as a false prophet, and I’m not talking only in predictions I’m talking theology see: Deuteronomy 13:1-5. We must understand what the Bible says in order to cast down these trees of rotten fruit.

On the family radio website Camping takes 54 pages to explain double predestination-ism or reformed theology as the way of salvation (if you’re elect you will be saved if not, you’re out of luck). The interesting thing about that system is that it can’t handle passages like the Olevet Discourse (end times Matt 24-25) in-context (or much of any passage in context he does a bible drill in that 54 pages). Both of those things being the content of another post. When you read the Bible in context, passages such as John 3, John 4, John 6, Acts 16 show that the gift of eternal life is free to ANYONE that Believes on the Lord Jesus Christ.

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