It seems that the Heavenly Father has allowed, Rom. 13 a time for pruning HIS Church of the dead branches. If you check out the 6,000 years of human history, this is a norm. God blesses, man becomes prideful and disobedient and God allows the sowing and reaping process to prune the dead branches. We call our mini farm the TrueVine as we would rather do the pruning that is needed ourselves and continue in HIS blessings.
“[a]I am the true Vine, and My Father is the vine dresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that continues to bear fruit, He [repeatedly] prunes, so that it will bear more fruit [even richer and finer fruit]. John 15:1-3″ It is interesting to note that Matt., Mark, & Luke seemed to have left this teaching out? But Jesus is just bringing up to date the prophesy of Isaiah in 5:5-7 concerning God’s judgement: