I should have titled this thread Examining the Tree... Another thread brought up the subject of Calvin and his alleged murders. I don't care to discuss calvinism, but would rather like to discuss the command of the Lord to beware of false prophets. Matthew 7:15-20 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. My questions are, how much bad fruit does a teacher or teaching have to manifest before we begin to recognize the tree as corrupt? We are seeing many churches today rocked by scandals in the pulpits. What is the underlying cause of so much corruption? Would there not have to be a fundamental crack in the foundation to cause such breeches? When we see a man of God fall into great sin, should we not also expect to find great doctrinal errors? Is it possible that there are common teachings in churches that are leading to more and more ungodliness, as Paul warned of in 2 Timothy? 2 Timothy 2:16-18 16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.