By J.C. Ryle
Let us always remember, that baptism, church-membership, reception of the Lord’s Supper, and a diligent use of the outward forms of Christianity, out expression of our obedience and faith and are not sufficient to save our souls. They are leaves, nothing but leaves, and without fruit will add to our condemnation.
Like the fig leaves of which Adam and Eve made themselves garments, they will not hide the nakedness of our souls from the eye of an all-seeing God, or give us boldness when we stand before Him at the last day.
No! we must bear fruit, or be lost forever. There must be fruit in our hearts and fruit in our lives, the fruit of repentance toward God, faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, and true holiness in our conversation.
Let babies be babies, a tree must bear fruit in its mature age, as time has come for us to rationally accept our HOLY OCCUPATION/LIFESTYLE in our Christian walk, WE MUST BEAR FRUIT!
What are the words we say in conversations? What do the unsaved see and hear from us when we’re with them. What LIFESTYLES do we have? Do we wear masks on Sundays and more masks on weekdays? Professing that we are Christians are nothing, Christ’s light must shine through us and in us.
Without such fruits as these a profession of Christianity will only sink us lower into hell.