Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (Matthew 3:8, 10 NKJV)
True repentance always results in good fruits. There is no way around it. Bearing good fruits does not mean salvation by works, rather, it is a by-product of salvation and shows evidence of it. A life that shows zero evidence of transformation is probably a life that has not repented and is therefore a life that is not saved.
His words are very simple, and we must learn to take them at face value. He means what He says and He says what He means. Error is trying to twist His words into something we are comfortable with. Many of the things He says are extremely offensive, challenging passive mindsets to the core. But He is God, and we are man. So either we yield to His truth, or we fall into deception by coming up with our own versions of falsehood and mistruths. There really is no gray area. We either believe His words and follow them, or we reject them completely.
Let us not try to fool ourselves into thinking there is any middle ground. There isn’t.