John Robbins Quick Quote

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I saw this quote posted on a Facebook Clark page and decided to post it here only because it’s such a strong point that virtually no one ever makes.  How easy are we impressed by the so-called “good works” of others that it completely blinds us to the soul-destroying lies they teach and believe. 

The trees that are cut down and thrown into the fire in verse 19 are the men Jesus commands to depart from him in verse 23. They are the men who have done spectacular works in the name of Jesus on Earth. This implies, please note, that the fruit by which we are to know them is not primarily their works, perhaps not their works at all, but their doctrine, their teaching. We have become so accustomed to thinking of fruit as behavior that we have missed Jesus’ point in his warning against false prophets: They are recognized by their doctrine. What they teach is their fruit. That is why John gives us a doctrinal test in 2 John 1:7, 9-11.

See John’s full discussion of Matthew 7:21-23 here.

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2 Comments on “John Robbins Quick Quote”

  1. David Says:

    Thank you for bringing this article to light, Sean.

    I wrote a rebuttal to Lordship salvation and was wondering if I could get your input on whether my reasoning was sound.

    I wrote that the verse states that all those who do the will of the father will be saved. It does not state that doing the will of the father (i.e. obedience) is the cause of salvation.

    In other words, we believe that faith (i.e. belief) leads to both justification and obedience. A mere positive correlation between justification and obedience does not rebut our assertion that belief leads to both and it certainly doesn’t prove that obedience causes justification.

    There is also the fact that obedience can’t be quantified and so while it is a demonstration of one’s faith, it is not proof. Were it quantifiable proof, Samson and Gideon would not be faithful ones mentioned in Hebrews 11 given their pathetic earthly performances.

  2. Sean Gerety Says:

    Hi David. I would think John 6:40 is the response: “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”


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