This statement brings to mind so many of the corrupt deeds and words that have come from ecclesiastical sectarian organizations and their teachers posing as representatives of Jesus. These include priests, ministers, bishops, reverends, cardinals and even popes who have achieved their positions through political processes of appointment and certification, and have proven through their fruits that these organizations are bad trees by the fruits of their activities.
These bad fruits include teachings that have misled others about Jesus' teachings, the focus upon gaining membership rather than pleasing God, a history of violence and torture over the centuries against those who have not joined their club, and the abuse of children and other obscene acts - including the cover-ups that have followed to try to hide those activities all the way up to the top.
These grotesque acts do not simply illustrate a rotten fruit or two: The entire tree is rotten. The very system that supported these persons gaining positions of authority and then remaining there is rotten. This is illustrated by administrators moving abusive priests to other towns to allow them to continue their abuses on innocent children. And today it is illustrated by not turning these criminals over to legal authorities to pay for their assaults.
Recent news has revealed that the very seminaries where these priests supposedly learned to serve God have been plagued by homosexual activity among the teachers and students. In other words, the tree is rotten all the way down to the roots.
We also have seen these rotten trees in the form of fanatical organizations who have or are committing acts of terror in the Name of God or Jesus. The various acts of terror by "fundamental" religious fanatics over the centuries by various religious groups give testimony to them being bad trees. While each fanatical group thinks they are the "true faith," many show their rotten fruits as they attack each other with words and violence.
This also includes the fanatical claim over Jerusalem as owned by a particular religious group. While the three major religions each claim the sacred spots of Jerusalem as belonging to their sectarian religion, through their fanaticism they miss the fact that God owns everything.
And the current fanatical terrorism occurring today in the name of the peace-loving Mohammad is not an exclusive engagement. The bloody Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition, and the Massacre of Mountain Meadows are also fruits, once again, of rotten trees. Early translators of the first common-man's Bibles, were, in fact, burnt at the stake by church thugs for being "heretics." Certainly these acts are all rotten fruits from bad trees.
A fanatical interpretation of the teachings of God's representatives can be made by virtually anyone who has gained a position of authority over others. How can a supposedly religious group say they are acting upon the teachings of Jesus while hurting others? Are they referring to the same Jesus who personally healed many people by his touch, and once said:
"But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also." (Matt. 5:39)While certainly even the best organization can have corrupted members who are pretending to be religious, the issue we should focus on is whether today's ecclesiastical religious organizations are empowered to teach us about God. Can a political committee of men truly authorize someone to represent God?
No. A committee of men (and/or women) can only authorize a person to represent that committee. Therefore, the membership of that committee will be represented only. A committee cannot represent God’s wishes. God is not a democracy. God is a Person.
Only God can authorize someone to represent God's wishes. Only God can choose His representative.
Throughout every authorized scripture we find that God’s authorization process includes being guided and mentored by an empowered loving servant and representative of God. Should the person take the teachings to heart, they may become pleasing to God. Should they become pleasing to God, and develop their own intimate relationship with God, God may authorize them to represent Him and teach on His behalf. Again, this is God’s authorization. It has nothing to do with degrees, titles, appointments or positions within an organization.
In fact, trying to represent the Supreme Being based on appointments by men is an offense to God.
Why? Consider a person who says they represent someone that has not authorized that person to represent him. The person they are saying they represent will be offended, yes? It is no different with God, and this is why Jesus is saying here, "men will have to give account on the day of judgment."
God’s representative is authorized by God, not a committee of men nor even one man. And God's representative is not a paid professional position. Those who get paid by organizations to give sermons once a week are employees of that organization. They are representing that organization - not representing God.
Jesus shows us how we can specifically judge whether a person is from a good tree or bad tree: by his or her words and deeds. Therefore we can make critical judgments about our so-called religious teachers by what they teach and do. Are they teaching and practicing love for God? Are they asking us to give our lives to God and have they?
Or are they only a political organization whose teachers drone on about the importance of family life, how to be healed, how to succeed in life and how Jesus died for our sins? How can they, for example, teach about the importance of family when Jesus himself said:
“Who is my mother and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matt 12:48-50)We can see that Jesus is not teaching the “importance of family” as many modern sectarian preachers like to discuss. Jesus taught about spiritual identity. He taught that we are spiritual individuals, bound together by our relationship with God. Jesus’ teachings and activities focused upon doing the will of God, not the will of our relatives and religious organizations. This why Jesus also said:
“Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will come to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matt. 7:21-23)