“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
How can one hope to bear fruit if they are not connected to the Vine of Life which is Jesus Christ? They can hope all they want, but without Christ their works, their fruit is dead. In order to bring forward good spiritual fruit we must be connected to Christ through the Spirit.
That is something you always want to remember, a people without Christ have no true spiritual life in this world and if they do not find Christ they will find themselves without life at the end of the Millennium.
Christ is the way, period.