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What is all this talk about Religion

Many people looking for an answer to modern problems in the world today will talk about everything but religion in an attempt to find a solution. They do not want to discuss religion and if you mention anything about the Bible or religion their brains immediately shut down.

The truth is most people do not even know the original meaning of the word religion anymore because it has changed so much from generation to generation.

I am often compelled to quote Inigo Montoya from the 1987 movie The Princess Bride, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

The truth is the common definition of religion today does not mean what it use to mean when the Constitution was written, according to John Bouvier's 1856 Law Dictionary adapted to the Constitution of the United States.

The term religion was primarily defined:

"Real piety in practice, consisting in the performance of all known duties to God and our fellow men."

Even the word piety has almost become the reverse of what it meant then. It originally had to do with your duty to your parents. This altering of definitions of common words also alters the perception of society and its history. The truth is these changes have been made over and over in man's past leading to changes in society that bring corruption and decay. If we do not learn from history we are doomed to make the same mistakes and we cannot learn rom history if we do not know the meaning of words in our history.

Bouvier's second definitions also makes little or no mention of the meaning applied today by most dictionaries that attempt to define the term religion. He talks about "There are many actions which cannot be regulated by human laws, and many duties are imposed by religion calculated to promote the happiness of society." And then goes on to say that "True religion then offers succors to the feeble, consolations to the unfortunate..."

In the third definition he quotes Montesquieu's words, "He who fears religion and bates it, is like a wild beast, which gnaws, the chain which restrains it from falling on those within its reach. He who has no religion is like a terrible animal which feels no liberty except when it devours its victims or tears them in pieces."

Bouvier goes on to say in his fourth definition that "religion can be useful to man only when it is pure. The constitution of the United States has, therefore, wisely provided that it (religion) should never be united with the state." [1]

Does your practice of pure religion include a "practice, consisting in the performance of all known duties to God and our fellow men"?

Or are you among those practicing impure religion who"feels no liberty except when it devours its victims or tears them in pieces"?

A lot more people fall under this second category and surprisingly enough it does not seem to matter if you are Christian, Jew, Moslem or Hindu, Buddhist or whatever. It only depends on how you define religion. That is probably why they change the meaning so often.

Do you believe in the religion of Jesus Christ taught?

Does your religion profess a belief in God or profess your desire to be gods?

To honestly answer a question like that we need to know what the individual is thinking it means to be "God". After all Paul said there are gods many.1 It has been the custom of people for centuries to think or say they worship God when they in fact were worshiping men who were no gods.2 If men can be as gods and even Jesus said that it is written that we are gods3 it would seem important to find out what that word “god” really means or meant.4

With the coming of Jesus we were supposed to know the God of Heaven by knowing Jesus. That knowledge of the Son gave us a knowledge of the Father. And it was said that knowing Him would set us free. Yet, almost immediately there was concern that we would go back into bondage to the “beggarly elements” again.5

Those “beggarly elements” were the elements of the world that had us in bondage when we did not know better.6 The word “elements”7 is the same word we see as rudiments of the world in Colossians8 and also in Peter when he talks about those elements of the world melting.9

It is very easy to say that we believe in Jesus. It was very easy for the Pharisees to say they believed in God, but Jesus said they did not know the Father, because if they did they would have known Jesus.10 Before we can answer the question "Do you believe in Jesus and the Father" we need to know “Do you know the Father or Jesus?” If you were not doing what the Father and Jesus said to do but rather doing what the Pharisees were doing that Jesus said made the word of God to none effect then you probably do not know Jesus either .

Religious doctrines are often created with complex eschatology and theologies composed of mental mysteries to hide the personal sin that results from straying from the basics of real faith.11 We should define the terms of "religious doctrines" so that they can be held up to the light of the whole gospel of the kingdom.12

It seems fairly evident that many people who claim they believe Jesus, or even in God often do not agree on much else. In fact, sometimes, people calling themselves Christians seem more like the Pharisees than the early Church. They have lots of rituals and ceremonies, they sing songs and make praises, but so did the Pharisees. The question is are they taking the Lord's name in vain because they do not know or do the will of the Father?

Are they not doing the will of the Father because they do not know the Father? If they do not know the Father then how can they know the Son?

It is reasonable to accept the truth that people do not really know Jesus, or who God is if people are doing contrary to what Jesus said but claiming to love him. They may be under a strong delusion. Just because someone says they know Jesus or the Father and claim to believe that does not make it so. They may be lying to you or to themselves or both. It is far easier to profess something with our lips than to profess it with our lives.13

Jesus points out that the only way to really know if someone knows the Father or the Son is by the works they do,14 the fruit15 of their lives. This has nothing to do with earning salvation. It is about how we bear witness and profess our faith.16

We also know that Jesus warns about many who will claim to come in His name but do not know Him, nor do they know the Father. They do not know Him and though they profess Him they are actually workers of iniquity.17

Jesus makes it clear that it is not our words that make us His brother or the God in Heaven our Father, but it is our faith and our faith alone. That faith will determine what we do and produce a profession to the world of what we believe.18

These are all warnings and precepts professed by Christ and and the prophets of God. They are repeated by those who followed Christ and served God's people in the early Church.19

We will need to know what Jesus said to do and not to do in order to find out who really believes in Jesus and the Father. Many may be under a strong delusion about where their faith truly lies. We need to look at who, how, or what they are worshiping and what religion they really practice. Is it “pure religion” or something less or even the opposite?

To know what the early Church did and did not do will assist us in understanding the gospel. Workers of iniquity are mentioned by David in Psalms more than any other book of the Bible and evidently they are out to snare us.20 We know that the way to the kingdom is narrow and we need to seek the narrow path to that Kingdom of God and His righteousness if we are going to do as Jesus said.

Religare

An honest answer to these questions can be determined by the nature of the religion we profess. But what religion do we profess in words and deeds? What is religion from the biblical point of view.

The modern word religion from the Latin word religare meaning to restrain, tie back but today is sometimes defined:

"Religion 1. The outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and over ruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies...". From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Have you done any outward acts to recognize any god or gods other than the God of Heaven? We know there are gods many.

We may need to ask ourselves a few questions in order to determine if we understand what it means to believe Jesus is God or at least our God and if we are seeking to do what he said to do and the Father has wanted us to do from the beginning.

Do you owe obedience to anyone other than your Father in Heaven? If so why?

We need to understand why Jesus said to Call no man on earth Father.21 Or why he said to honor our Father and Mother as a part of the Ten Commandments.22 Or do we bow down or owe our service to anyone other than the God the Father?23

Do your ministers serve you according to the perfect law of liberty? Or have they lulled you to sleep and allowed the kings of the gentiles to lay heavy burdens upon you, and delivered you back into bondage of Egypt 24 to serve other gods who are not following after the teachings of Jesus the Christ, Yeshua the Messiah?

There are dozens of verses that speak of the Kingdom of Heaven and twice that number which speak of the Kingdom of God. Jesus speaks of it being at hand and tells us to do the same. He takes the kingdom from one group25 and appoints a kingdom to another group26 as he promised.27

The Bible speaks of governments and not making contracts many, many times, but religion is only mentioned 5 times.

The first is Acts 26:5 where Paul speaks of the Religion of the Pharisees.28

Then Galatians 1:13 and Galatians 1:14 which mentions the "Jews' religion."29

Then James 1:26 a man who seems to be religious, and that man's religion is vain.30

And the last place it states in James 1:27:

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Pure religion and undefiled is to look after those without a family in their affliction or tribulation or needy families and to keep yourself in this administration to the needy from being spotted by the activities or character of the world.

The word world is the same Greek word used where Jesus says His kingdom is not of this world.

What was it?

It wasn't Aion which means an unbroken age.

It wasn't oikoumene which has to do with inhabited but it does not mean planet.

It wasn't the word ge which is the closest word to meaning planet earth that you will find in the Bible.

It wasn't erets meaning land, earth, soil.

So, what word did the author use to describe the world that Jesus's Kingdom of God was not in and that we should keep ourselves unspotted from?

The word world is translated from the word 'kosmos' which means "an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government." It came from the word komizo meaning "to care for, take care of, provide for" or "carry off what is one's own," which is what the harmonious arrangement or constitutional systems of Rome were doing with their Pax Romana.

Jesus did not come preaching the Religion of heaven on earth but the Kingdom of heaven. The kingdom31 was on the planet, but it was not of a particular “world order”.32

When pure religion is mentioned in the Bible the Greek word is threskeia. Some say the word should be translated cult. The word has been said to mean a system of practices in the form of rituals. By the early 17th century it was imagined to include the homage paid to a divinity. If we examine the Latin word cultus which is an adjective meaning inhabited, cultivated, worshipped, and is derived from the verb colere which meant to care for or tend as in cultivate.

If the Greek word threskeia is closer to the Latin cultus then our understanding of religion as it appears in pure religion should be related to how we serve the needy in our Christian congregations yet the modern church equates worship service with how they feel or what was said rather than real services provided to the needy of their Churches. In fact most of the needs of the people of their congregations are or the most part if not entirely met by men who call themselves benefactors but exercise authority one over the other.

It has been believed by some that the word threskeia is derived from the verb throsko, which means to move with expectation, to search or even threomai meaning to to tremble. Yet the modern consensus of scholars links throsko with therap— meaning to serve.

So is religion really about how and whom you serve and not just about what you think or some smoke and mirrors religious rituals? Do we express our faith and belief by what we say or by what we do? Christ said it was those that do the will of the Father not those who say Lord, Lord.

It would seem that the religion of Christ was one of service since He clearly states:

"For whether [is] greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? [is] not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth." Luke 22:27

"Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing." Matthew 24:46

"Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing." Luke 12:43

We are also told today that religion means:

"a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs or a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion." Dictionary.com, Based on the Random House Dictionary, Random House, Inc. 2013.

We are led to think that the word found in the Greek text threskeia means worship and suggests a ritualistic approach to worship which has to do with demonstrative adoration in the form of clapping, dancing, singing and praising. It is believed by many that worship service has something to do with what you see in modern churches and synagogues or mosques or temples of modern religion. Christ clearly stated directly in His teachings that it was not what you say but what you do and what you do was never described as what you see modern Churches doing as religious rituals.

In an attempt to justify the rites and rituals of what is posing as modern religion we are misled concerning the word threskos which is linked with therap— meaning to serve. The word therapon meaning servant [Noun] and akin to therapeuo, "to serve, to heal, an attendant, servant," is a term of dignity and freedom, used of Moses in Heb 3:5.

The word therapeia meaning Heal, Healing is also akin to the same word therapeuo, and primarily denotes the ideas of "care, attention." This again makes sense within the context of James and in fact mindless rituals should make little or no sense yet people's imagination is often carried away with the ritual. This may often be the case amongst those who go to Church to feel good rather than to do good.

If we were to keep the words of Jesus who said to seek the kingdom of God, which is the right to be ruled by God and to seek the righteousness of God which is to love one another then coming to Church to be a benefactor to our neighbor without exercising authority would be what draws us to Church. Worship services would consist of real service to one another. There was a practical plan in early Israel and the early church, which we see in the activities of Jesus. Those things He said to do should "Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance..."

Early Christians knew that worship was real caring for others in need and yet people fail to do that which was called for and make false religious rituals and rites out of what is not an element of His gospel and because of unfulfilled needs are again entangled in the elements of the world. In truth the modern Church goers do the opposite of what Christ said to do and call what they do in their churches religious faith.

So, what was the religion of Christ? This may be difficult to accept or understand since He never mentioned religion once in His teachings. He preached a kingdom, one form of government, that was not like the governments of the world. In fact His kingdom was not a part of the world that He spoke of to Pontius Pilate.

"As used by Herodotus (ii.37) and other Greek writers, threskeia means "'religious conduct or practice' in general, with particular emphasis on the zealousness of such practices.”33

Threskeia is specifically the procedures and ceremonies by which one worships their god or gods, to honor, sacrifice, serve, or contribute to him or her or them, as the case may be. Religion is the manner in which you conduct yourself in relationship to your gods or god, your rites and ceremonies, rituals and rules, precepts and procedures. It is how you go about seeking God, His kingdom and His righteousness.

The kingdom of heaven's religion is the procedures and ceremonies of the congregation of God the Father and is how they govern themselves. Those activities must be immersed in righteousness if we are to demonstrate or bear witness to our faith in Jesus as the Christ.

People who are under the strong delusion of modern religions find it difficult if not humbling to accept the fact that they are not doing the will of the Father in heaven and in fact have been doing the opposite which has led to all the problems in modern society, economy and even politics. Those who have rejected modern religions and churches as hypocritical nonsense also find it difficult to examine anything that mentions the term religion.

Why does James equate pure religion with visiting the needy?

Visiting the needy does not mean stopping by and chatting with sick people or the poor. It has to do with caring for their needs. To visit is from the Greek word episkeptomai which means “... to look after, to take care of, to see to – to be present to help, to be on hand to aid.”34

That pure religion certainly includes caring for the needy of our society, often in free assemblies or congregations. If your congregation does not come together for the purposes of taking care of the needy of your society then it appears it is not practicing the religion of James or Christ, or Moses. If a church does not do that caring and providing for the needy of its congregation or assemblies through charity without depending on the rulers of governments that call themselves benefactors but exercise authority one over the other, which Christ forbid His Church to do, then your Church or religion has nothing to do with Christ, His teachings, faith in Him or God the Father.

Jesus came to serve and praised the good Samaritan, healing and feeding the needy at every opportunity. The early Church provided all the social welfare of the Christians. In God's kingdom there are only free will offerings given in charity with faith and hope under the perfect law of liberty to care for the needs of His society.

The ministers of God's kingdom cannot drag you into court and punish you for not contributing enough to the needy. In the Old Testament those men called judges today would be called "elohyms" or gods and in the New Testament times they would have been called "theos", also translated gods.

These are the same words the Bible translates into both gods and God. Strong's Bible Concordance tells us that both terms were used in the Old and the New Testaments in courts to address magistrates and judges at the time of Christ. [a.k.a. There are gods many35 in the courts of the the gentiles].

Not contributing to the needy of society, while selfish, is not an actual crime. The power to rule over people and judge originates in the error of the people who have made agreements or covenants with men who exercise authority. Because you are willing to take from your neighbor so that you may benefit you are in violation of the Ten Commandments. This covetous practice is at the root of all loss of liberty under God.

This is usually done because men who call themselves benefactors, but exercise authority over the people, offer some system of social welfare, or promise that they will make the people safer or more secure.36 People are enticed to sign up, but they also make themselves a surety for the obligation and even debt which often accompanies these benefits.37

These men, who they 'call benefactors' obtain the right to force the contributions of those who become members of their administrative schemes of social welfare. Unfortunately what should have been for your welfare will become a snare.38 This warning about consenting,39 making a contract,40 taking benefits41 is repeated over and over in the Bible which tells us far more about good and bad governments than it ever speaks of religion.

Your contribution becomes a form of homage [a.k.a. worship.42] This is a form of religion and you are bound by the terms of your agreement. It is not the religion of John the Baptist or Jesus the Christ or our Father in Heaven. It is the opposite of Christ's instructions to His Church. This is clear when we read:

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." Matthew 11:12

When he was asked how his system of Baptism worked compared to Herod's system of baptism and social welfare "He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise." Luke 3:11

Rome and the Pharisees took care of their needy too. They did this through different types of system of Corban. The temples of Herod and Rome depended on some actual charity, but almost all were being subsidized or entirely supported by government funds. Their temples, like the temple of Saturn, were doing what many government buildings do today and were supported by taxes. They provided social insurance and kept a record of government documents including everything from contracts to birth certificates.

By everyone becoming a member of a political society the people may apply to the men who call themselves Benefactors. The only help the people receive is extracted from the people by those men who exercise authority one over the other. Their welfare institutions are supported by taxes, not charity. This is their religion, their Corban, which makes the word of God to none effect. They have an allegiance to men and way of force and do not have faith in the ways of love and free will sacrifice.

The word faith is from fidere meaning “to trust”. They do not hope for aid by charity through love and honor but trust in the entitlements of men who call themselves benefactors but compel the offerings of the people. The people must give full faith and credit to the ruling judges of their government temples. Those ruling judges are the gods of their world and Christ's kingdom will have no part of that world.

Jesus preached a government that operated according to the perfect law of liberty, by faith, hope, and charity where the people loved their neighbor and their neighbor's rights as much as they loved themselves and their own rights. True Christianity was and is a government where the citizens did not covet their neighbor's goods nor anything that was their neighbors. They assembled to serve one another and the needy of their society in a banquet of faith and thanksgiving. Justin writes in the second century of assemblies where people came to share what they had with those who did not have enough to survive in a declining Roman empire. This was their rites and ceremonies.

They knew that what should be for their welfare in those systems of the world run by the fathers of that world systems would be a snare43 and make them merchandise, human resources, collateral for debt and bring them back into bondage .44 The Kingdom of God and the righteous Church instituted by Christ was a system of self government where it was against the law to covet your neighbor's goods or pray to men who call themselves benefactors but exercise authority one over the other because that was a covetous, deceitful, iniquitous net that would snare the people back into the bondage of Egypt again.

Modern governments offer welfare to the people but not without the price of liberty under God. Like the governments of Cain, Lemech, Nimrod, Pharaoh the people are subjects. We should all know that those workers of iniquity make us slaves and leads us into bondage.

There are numerous articles and books available to explain the contractual nature of government and why we were warned hundreds of times about the danger of making contracts, covenants and constitutions that may lead to bondage through agreement and consent.

“Redemption is deliverance from the power of an alien dominion and the enjoyment of the resulting freedom. It involves the idea of restoration to one who possesses a more fundamental right or interest. The best example of redemption in the Old Testament was the deliverance of the children of Israel from bondage, from the dominion of the alien power in Egypt.” Zondervan’s Bible Encyclopedia

Repent, and seek the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness.

Religion, NN Video Series:9-10 4:27
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMxTbD3s3s8

That Word You Use- Part 1- Religion
What did the word Religion mean when it was written in the constitution?
http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/ThatWordnwv.php

 

The Opiate of Religion
http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/opiate.php

The Corban of the Pharisees
It made the word of God to none effect.
Is our Corban making the word of God to none effect today?
http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/corban.php

The Nicolaitan who God hates?
Because they covet their neighbor's goods
http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/nicolaity.php

Baptism, the Ritual and the Jurisdiction
Are Christians repenting and getting baptized or are they just all wet?
http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/baptismjura.php

Not so Secure Socialism
Same old promise, Same old lie!
http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/notsecuress.php
Appeared first on NewsWithViews 8-1-10

Most modern Christians are not following in the way of Christ and His system of social welfare by charity alone but have been seeking the system that early Christians died to avoid. The result is that modern society has become fit subjects for tyrants and despots. They have not only weakened the poor but themselves. Christians should turn around and begin to seek the ways of Christ and the prophets by forming charitable systems based not on force but on the love of Christ.

Social welfare by men who exercise authority is contrary to Christ.

Luke 22:25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: ,...

It is rooted in covetousness.

Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

We become use to taking from our neighbor through the institutions we create until we are consumed by the spirit of greed which opposes Christ.

Galatians 5:15 "But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another."

We think there is strength and wealth in having the one purse of the socialist state.

Proverbs 1:14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

It makes merchandise of the people as a surety for debt because we agreed with that spirit of covetousness.

2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

Proverbs 6:1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
Proverbs 11:15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
Proverbs 17:18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Because the system of the world is operating in debt the only way to provide benefits is to take from your children.

2 Peter 2:14 "Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:"

Zechariah 11:9 "Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another."

Micah 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron. Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Ezekiel 11:3 Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh..... Ye have multiplied your slain in this city, and ye have filled the streets thereof with the slain.... Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it, they are the flesh, and this city is the caldron: but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it. ...

Ezekiel 11:9 And I will bring you out of the midst thereof, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you....
Ezekiel 11:11 This city shall not be your caldron, neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but I will judge you in the border of Israel:

Even though we know the system of the world often takes from the most needy of society we are in love with benefits.

Ezekiel 11:9 And I will bring you out of the midst thereof, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you.

Luke 20:47 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.

Many claim to be Christian, followers of Christ, but take that name in vain.

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

God will not hear your cries.

1 Samuel 8:18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.

Isaiah 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

Jeremiah 22:21 I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; [but] thou saidst, I will not hear. This [hath been] thy manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst not my voice. The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy lovers shall go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded for all thy wickedness.

We should, we must repent

Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and [to] the evil.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

 

Footnotes:

1"For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)" 1 Corinthians 8:5

2“Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.” Galatians 4:8

3"Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?" John 10:34

4 There are gods many, Who are these gods many and what is a god?

http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/godsmany.php

5“But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?” Galatians 4:9
Elements of the World and the Kingdom
From the book The Higher Liberty, Sec. 38

http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/THL/elements.php

6“Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:” Galatians 4:3

8Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

Colossians 2:20 “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,”

92 Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

2 Peter 3:12 “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”

10"Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also." John 8:19

11Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

12Matthew 4:23 “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”

Matthew 9:35 “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”

Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

Mark 1:14 “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,”

13"As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep." John 10:15

14John 10:38 “But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.”

Titus 1:16 “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”

James 2:20 “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

Revelation 2:2 “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:”

15Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 21:43 “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.”

Luke 13:9 “And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.”

John 15:2 “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”

John 15:4 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.”

John 15:8 “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”

16"If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him." John 10:37, 38

17"But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all [ye] workers of iniquity." Luke 13:27

18"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 7:21

"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Luke 6:46

19"Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." James 2:18

20"Keep me from the snares [which] they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity." Psalms 141:9

21Call no man Father What was Christ trying to tell us about fathers on the earth?

http://www.hisholychurch.org/fatherabba.php

22Exodus 20:12 "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."

23Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me;

24Deuteronomy 17:16 But he shall not ... cause the people to return to Egypt, ... forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

25Matthew 21:43 “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.”

26Luke 22:29 “And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;”

27Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

28Acts 26:5 “Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.”

29Galatians 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

30James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain.

31Kingdom of Heaven

33International Standard Bible Encyclopedia By Geoffrey W. Bromiley

34Lowe and Nida's Greek-English Lexicon

35 There are gods many Who are these gods many and what is a god?

http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/godsmany.php

362 Peter 2:2, 3 “And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

37Proverbs 6:1, 11 “ My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, [if] thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”

Proverbs 11:15 “He that is surety for a stranger shall smart [for it]: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.”

38“Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.” Psalms 69:22

“And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:” Romans 11:9

39Proverbs 1:10 ...My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not...”

1 Timothy 6:3 “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;”

40Exodus 20:23 “Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.”

Exodus 23:32,33 “Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.”

2 Corinthians 6:16 “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

41Proverbs 23:1 “When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.”

42Worship, What does it mean to worship in spirit and in truth?

http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/worship.php

43Psalms 69:22 "Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap."
Romans 11:9 "And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:"

442 Peter 2:3 "And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."

 

 

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