(James 2:19 KJV) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
I too have too often wondered why the church and preachers are so often ineffective, sadly these days it seems they they have been detoured by the devil in seeking more money rather then living by faith in God to meet all the needs..I have absolutely no doubt that many Canadian, American evangelical pastors included now steal, are falsely lying, unacceptably misrepresenting the Biblical truth, tithing, pressurizing, twisting the arms of members and adherents to regularly give to their storehouse, to the Pastor’s benefit, so the leaders can live higher on the hog now. The money is not being used to help the poor persons firstly.
(James 2:20 KJV) But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
(Heb 3:12 KJV) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
(2 Cor 6:17 KJV) Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
(1 Tim 3:15 KJV) But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
(1 Pet 4:17 KJV) For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
And even the church today is overrun with spiritual whores today, those now who use the name of Jesus Christ for personal gain, all the while proclaiming that they are reaching the world for Christ.
I too now have no doubt in the reality now that God himself does not permit major unrepentant sins too long in any persons life, but especially the people in the Christian church, the pastors now included. Judgments beings in the House of God. For me personally one of the saddest things I have had to do is to personally t ask a bad pastor to repent, knowing full well beforehand that he very likley would not not and also knowing full well they next would experience the holy shakes, the experience of real fear of God’s impending judgment even in their early life
(James 2:13 KJV) For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
(Heb 12:21 KJV) And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
How many modern preachers today do even now really have the courage, faith, the straight forwardness, honesty of men like Elijah, Elisha, Nathan, Micaiah, John the Baptist and the apostle Paul?
Now have you betrayed the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ , by giving your money to a bunch of liars and false prophets or are they alone being held responsible for it? And how horrible it will be for that person who betrays Jesus Christ.
Ezekiel 22:25 “There is a conspiracy of her PROPHETS in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; THEY HAVE DEVOURED souls; THEY HAVE TAKEN THE TREASURE and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. (26) Her PRIESTS have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things…”
God even today he merely will not overlook such acts..there will be negative personal consequences for each one of them too.
Isaiah 3:14 “The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for YOU HAVE EATEN UP THE VINEYARD; THE SPOIL OF THE POOR IS IN YOUR HOUSES. (15) What mean you that YOU BEAT MY PEOPLE TO PIECES, AND GRIND THE FACES OF THE POOR? saith the Lord God of hosts.”
Can you imagine all the great, positive changes that would occur in our world if all preachers, priests and rabbis were to imitate the powerful preaching of the great prophets of the Old Testament and of the faithful preachers of the New?
Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Mat 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. :5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
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“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, [even] praise. PRICE: $5.00”
How does all this contrast with Jesus own example and instructions to his disciples? Imagine this in my whole lifetime I never took an offering, or even a cent for any of my religious work, writings myself.
(Mat 10:8 KJV) Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
(Mat 10:9 KJV) Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
(Luke 19:46 KJV) Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
(Mat 26:25 KJV) Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
(Mat 26:47 KJV) And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
(Mat 27:3 KJV) Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
(Mark 14:10 KJV) And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.
(Luke 6:16 KJV) And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.
(Luke 22:3 KJV) Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
(Luke 22:48 KJV) But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
(John 13:2 KJV) And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;
(Acts 1:25 KJV) That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
Mark 14:21 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him : but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born
This was an obvious prophetic reference to us today of the betrayal by Judas. However, both the prophecy in Zechariah and Jesus allude to a future bad shepherd who will be the antithesis of Jesus, the good shepherd. Just like the bad shepherd will ‘oppress the flock,’ so will the present and future Antichrists.
” Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” (1 Jn 2:18)
Psa 51:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Psa 51:2 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Psa 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Psa 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Psa 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Psa 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psa 51:8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Psa 51:9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Psa 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psa 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Psa 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Psa 51:13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Psa 51:14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
Psa 51:15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
Psa 51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Psa 51:18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Psa 51:19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
“All of my life I have heard parents, preachers and others say: “Crime does not pay.” They must not have known about the public officials who have stolen from their constituents and then have retired with generous checks from the government. It is extremely difficult to try to convince our children and young people that crime does not pay when many criminals rake in millions of dollars and are then given only a slap on the wrist. No convicted public official should be allowed to receive one penny from the government. In addition, he ought to reimburse the government for every dime he has taken illegally. In fact, he ought to have to repay at least $10 for every dollar he has taken. That might deter some public criminals, that is, if our court system would enforce the law.”