I can’t impress God. Some ministers are trying to impress us though. Jesus called it straight. Jesus knows the real deal when He sees it.
Character is all that counts. That is all there is to it. Jesus knows a lot about character. Jesus knows a fake when He sees them. Jesus knows what is in our heart.
We are too easily attracted to charisma. That doesn’t impress God at all. It should impress us either.
It isn’t what a minister says. It is who he is.
God knows. Just ask Him. God’s goal for us is to focus on the heart not how persuasive we say things.
“Be on your guard against false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So you’ll recognize them by their fruit. Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Mt 7:15–20). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
These show that true faith in the Messiah Jesus changes the life and produces fruit for God’s glory. Everything in nature reproduces after its kind, and this is also true in the spiritual realm. Good fruit comes from a good tree, but bad fruit comes from a bad tree. The tree that produces rotten fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Did my decision for Jesus change my life? False prophets who teach false doctrine can produce only a false righteousness. Their fruit (the results of their ministry) is false and cannot last. The prophets themselves are false; the closer we get to them, the more we see the falsity of their lives and doctrines.
They magnify themselves, not Jesus the Messiah. Their purpose is to exploit people, not to edify them. The person who believes false doctrine, or who follows a false prophet, will never experience a changed life.
Unfortunately, some people do not realize this until it is too late.