Thursday, August 7, 2008
The Famous Fruit Test
I'm packing for a trip out of town this weekend, but I wanted to at least make a short post on the new entry at Candy's blog.
Candy talks a lot on her blog about "passing the fruit test." She says that you can judge whether or not a person is a Christian based on the fruit which they produce. However, something really jumped out at me as she elaborated on this.
Because all saved Christians have the Holy Spirit indwelling and guiding them, meaning that they automatically do good works.
She then contrasts this with another group of people.
On the other end of the spectrum, is one who does good works, but does not have saving faith. In other words, there are some people who call themselves Christian, but they do deeds/works in order to get them into heaven. They call Jesus Lord, but their lack of faith in the sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice as evidenced by still trying to earn salvation, prevents them from being saved, and getting into heaven.
I think the problem with this, is that the only difference here is one of internal motivation. If two people are producing good works, then how do you tell which one is producing an "automatic" good work, and which one is doing good works to try and earn their salvation?
Unless someone specifically tells you that they are volunteering at a soup kitchen to earn their salvation, I don't think you can judge whether or not they are saved, by Candy's criteria. In the end, it is Jesus who will judge the living and the dead, not any of us.
We've written a lot already on faith versus works, and if you click on the tag at the bottom of the post, you can read through those previous posts. We have discussed most of Candy's points already.