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"Handsome Is as Handsome Does"

by Aubrey Belue

Which means: “back up your words with your actions.”

But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his father?" (Matthew 21:28-31).

It is interesting, to say the least, when men who preach “love is the way” are forced to explain the clear language of Scripture calling for strong rebuke and potential “rejection” of false teachers – how “strong” they then talk – but by every observable standard it is all “talk”! Such men have a history of compromise with innovators and unscriptural church activities. There is nothing in their record to comfort us when Scripture is at stake. Then, they “love” the errorists too much to openly rebuke them, or insist on a return to truth. Instead, they show an extreme lack of love for the victims of such spiritual damage – it is “love the false teacher,” but his victims, well, it is just their “hard luck;” let us sacrifice them on the altar of “longsuffering” to show our tolerance of the “mistakes” of men who are “so sincere” in their teaching! And then, on top of that, they whine because people lose confidence in their commitment to what the true church should be.

All I can say is: what you have been speaks much louder than your words of today. Don’t stretch our credibility – show us!

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them" (Matthew 7:15-20).