The trees in this particular orchard will all produce rotten fruit without this process.
“I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?”
1 Corinthians 5:9-12 NIV
If we dread traffic violation penalties, how much more the spiritual?
“See that no one deceives you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”
Ephesians 5:6 NASB
“It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads”
Revelation 13:16 NIV
The scale has only two sides. In life, everything boils down to two choices; the one you choose and the one you cast aside.
“He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.”
Matthew 12:30 NKJV
Everyone and everything is created with a purpose.
“For it is God who works in you to will
and to act on behalf of His good purpose.”
Philippians 2:13 BSB
Nature’s aviators in their rest stop.
“All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.
28 When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.”
Psalm 104:27-28 NIV