Good fruit, Bad fruit
Mark 9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
Mark 9:40 For he that is not against us is on our part.
Good works will be taken into account at the judgment. Yet, good works cannot save you.
Mark 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
A non believer who offends one of the Lord's little ones, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
But, we may say, I was only joking. Or perhaps one of these little ones in the faith were led astray by our debating and strife over such things as salvation, tongues, the rapture. Do we consider the little ones in a chat room when we argue and seek our own way? How would the little one understand when someone claims that Jesus is not God, or is an angel and then again another says He is God only, Jesus only? Must we argue when our own hearts are immature and lacking? We are responsible for the little ones. Jesus will hold us accountable.
James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters (teachers), knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
Is there no hope for such a sinner? There is hope if he repents and comes to Jesus for the forgiveness of sins. True repentance is after salvation, but the heart that comes to Jesus must be convicted of sins. This conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit.
Mat 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
Mat 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
Mat 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
God is not mocked, he searches the heart and by the fruit of our life we are known. If our heart has been born again in Christ, we are of His Spirit. We will not continue to offend the little ones. We will want to please the Lord.