By Their Fruits You Will Know Them
“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. So then, you will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:15-18, 20 (NASB)
In today’s society anyone who has an advanced degree in a particular field or has functioned in that field “professionally,” or has carried on research in that field, is regarded as an authority. Nothing is said regarding the fruit of that person’s work. This has proven to be deadly for our society at large. (Remember, it was the “authorities” that forced the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ.) Our modern authorities believe, and teach, that the universe began with the Big Bang, that the earth is 20 billion years old, that man evolved from animals, that there is no God, that there is no ultimate right or wrong. These authorities are Biblical fools. Their great learning has made them mad!
Christians have been told not to “judge.” We all have heard it. “Judge not that you be not judged!” But Jesus also admonishes us to be “Wise as serpents but harmless as doves.” Personally, I think this involves inspection of fruit. The Holy Spirit says, in Hebrews 13:7- “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith.” In other words, look at the fruit.
To those even toying with the idea of leaving homeschooling in favor of a public, private, or “Christian” school, investigate its fruit. All human institutions produce fruit. Philosophies and ideologies produce fruit. Schools of all kinds produce fruit. Churches produce fruit. Married couples produce one kind of fruit when they have children. “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22: 6) This promises that there is a way to guarantee good, lasting fruit in our families.
The bottom line is this: An institution might have licensing, authorization, credentials, etc.; but does it produce good, Biblical fruit? By their fruits, you shall know them.
Roger Flanagan, and his wife, Carolyn, have homeschooled their 4 children.