I was in a dialogue with a Lutheran and he asked me to follow a link to a talk given by a Lutheran Pastor. I obliged him and listened to the link. However, the entire basis of the Pastors talk was leveraged on:
A Tree and Its Fruit
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. 18 A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will know them by their fruits.
His definition of the fruit is what the person is preaching. This definition does not sit well with me. In my mind it has to be more than that. I have always had more confidence in someones actions than their words. I have had to many people in my life that could talk the talk but couldn’t walk the walk. But actions are works and you could tell by his talk he wasn’t gonna touch that with a ten foot pole. Not to mention his definition brings us right back around to how can we ever know if that person is preaching the true gospel.
I am sure you can see where I am going with this. What I need help with is a good interpretation of this verse and the best way to present it to a non-Catholic.