When measuring the fruit of Christ in Me International, people tend to look at the dividing factor and not the implementing factor. Thus, some people wrongly conclude that Christ in Me International bears bad fruit.

To further explain, let us look at the following narratives taken from the Does Christ in Me International break up families and marriages  article.

 

Story 1

Once upon a time, there was a happily married agnostic couple with three small children. One day, they sat and watched a religious program about Jesus Christ, which stated that if you believe in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, you would also become a Son of GOD. One parent believed this and became a devoted believer, the other parent stayed an agnostic. Due to their different views, they divorced.

Who was responsible for the divorce?

  1. Was it the parent who became a believer, because (s)he believed and subsequently changed?
  2. Was it the parent who did not change, because (s)he would not believe in what Jesus Christ did for him or her?
  3. Was it the Christian Organisation that produced the program?
  4. Was it GOD, because HE sent HIS firstborn Son to the cross so that many may pass over into the promise of Sonship?

 

Story 2

Once upon a time, there was a family. They were devoted Muslim believers. One day, a family member read an article about Jesus Christ, which stated that if you believe in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, you would also become a Son of GOD. The family member believed this and become a Christian, but due to fundamental differences in belief, this person ultimately lost contact with his family.

Who was responsible for the breakup of the family?

  1. Was it the Christian family member, because he chose to leave the Muslim faith?
  2. Was it the Family, because they chose to stay true to their faith?
  3. Was it the Christian Organisation that wrote the article?
  4. Was it the Christian publishing house responsible for the magazine?
  5. Was it GOD because HE sent HIS firstborn Son to the cross so that many may pass over into the promise of Sonship?”

 

From the two narratives, the answer is simple. It is GOD’s Word that brings separation! The reasonable conclusion would then be that GOD bears bad fruit. When HIS Word brings separation and ultimately breaks up marriages and families, it causes much pain and contention, which is considered a bad fruit according to Galatians 5. Or, perhaps this is the incorrect conclusion, in other words, maybe the way in which we measure fruit is incorrect? We all know GOD is good, even Jesus himself said that only GOD is good.

 

Mark 10:18 (NKJV)

So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.

 

So how then are we supposed to measure fruit? The principle is plain and simple, you look at the tree. Different types of TREES produce different types of fruit. For example: an apple tree produces apples, or spiritually speaking, a person that believes he/she is a sinner (type of tree) will produce sin/not reflecting the Kingdom of GOD (fruit of the tree). A person who believes he/she is the offspring of GOD/Godkind (type of tree) will produce and manifest Kingdom on earth (fruit), as it is in Heaven.

 

Matthew 7:17-21

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. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

 

GOD’s Word divides people. HIS Word is the dividing factor. When you apply GOD’s instruction and ways you will change from a ‘Sinner tree’ to a ‘Godkind tree’. The fruit will only then testify of the tree that you have become. Good trees reflect the Kingdom of GOD, as in heaven so on earth. The focus is on the “Kingdom” part. This is GOD’s way. Heaven IS a Kingdom. Bad trees reflect everything but a Kingdom – this includes a democracy mentality with many opinions, because Heaven is not a democracy. Heaven is not run by different opinions and a voting system, therefore the Church of GOD on earth should also not be run by different opinions and a voting system.

 

When you measure a church’s fruit you look at its people (trees) over a period of time. Are they doing the will of GOD by manifesting the Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven? Does everybody have only one opinion, the opinion of GOD? Are these people laying down their lives and taking up their new lives in Christ as ‘one-minded’ people?

 

Philippians 2:1-2

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

 

Kingdom trees produce: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, as described in Galatians 5:22-23, because when people show these characteristics they are ‘one-minded’.

Democracy trees produce: idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies et cetera because different views produce ‘non-Kingdom-minded’ fruit.

 

All works of the flesh are linked to people having different opinions and therefore a different system to that of the Kingdom-of-Heaven ‘one-mindedness’. Different opinions are working against the Kingdom of GOD and are prolonging the coming of the LORD.

 

When you measure Christ in Me International, measure whether we implement and live for the Kingdom of GOD, where you will find good fruit. Yes, some marriages failed, and some families broke up because some chose to stay, and others chose to leave. This is the dividing factor of GOD, not the fruit. To measure the fruit, you need to come and get to know the people of Christ in Me International and experience the Kingdom of GOD.