No Fruit ?

“Finally, is not every fruitless professor of Christianity in dreadful danger of becoming a withered fig-tree? There can be no doubt of it. So long as a man is content with the leaves of religion–with a name to live while he is dead, and a form of godliness without the power–so long his soul is in great peril. So long as he is satisfied with going to church or chapel, and receiving the Lord’s Supper, and being called a Christian, while his heart is not changed, and his sins not forsaken–so long he is daily provoking God to cut him off without remedy. Fruit, fruit–the fruit of the Spirit, is the only sure proof that we are savingly united to Christ, and in the way to heaven. May this sink down into our hearts, and never be forgotten!”

– J.C. Ryle, from Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Matthew

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2 thoughts on “No Fruit ?

  1. I want to be provoked into chasing after Him. Currently I’m reading “The God Chasers” and the author often talks of how we offer crumbs in the carpet to those who come into our churches starving for fresh bread. What will it take to have the kind of walk with God where even our shadows heal the sick? Where is the fruit?

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