|Isaiah 56:11 |
11 Yes, they are greedy dogs who can never have enough; they are shepherds who cannot understand; they all look to their own way, every one for his own monetary gain, from his quarter.1
1 Yes, they are greedy dogs who can never have enough; they are shepherds who cannot understand; they all look to their own way, every one for his own monetary gain, from his quarter. This relates to preachers who don't understand in what they claim to be experts. The shepherds of Christendom cannot understand the gospel, salvation, grace, faith, works, the cross, the word, the light, purity, perfection, cleanliness, justification, sanctification, righteousness, holiness, freedom from sin, etc.; they are the blind guides of Christianity who have taken a few verses from the Bible out of context, while ignoring countless others, including those that specifically state the exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation. The Apostles warned us of such false apostles and blind guides, who were appearing in their time, (click to see). Jesus warned us about the false prophets who would come, (click to see). Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. Dan 12:10. The priestcraft of Christendom has no idea how to be purified. Instead in vain they teach the commandments of men, and practice pagan ceremony that supposedly makes you acceptable to God while still controlled by the lusts of your flesh, your pride, your passions, your anger, your vanity — your selfish human nature. They offer nothing but lies: that you can go to heaven when you die still sinning.
Revelation 22:15 states: For outside the city are dogs, and sorcerers, and the impure, and murderers, and idolaters, and whoever loves the deception of lies and cheating. The dogs, sorcerers, impure, murderers, idolaters, and liars are the leaders of Christendom and priests of the world's religions. (See Footnote 1 in Revelation 22 for the details of how.)
From the Word of the Lord within: "The leaders of Christianity are dogs; professing to know everything, they know nothing." Not only do they not understand anything they purport to represent, they want you to pay them for their false teachings: they want a salary, your contributions, and your "offerings." They can never get enough. They are greedy; they are covetous. They have fallen in the way of Balaam, preaching for hire. Jesus speaks of hireling preachers:
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hireling does not own the sheep; so when he sees the wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and flees. Then the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. The hireling runs away because he is a hireling [working for pay], and does not love the sheep. John 10:11-13.
Peter speaks of taking money: Feed the flock of God that is among you, serving as an overseer, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre [money], but readily. 1 Peter 5:2.
Paul speaks of preaching for money: For we are not like so many, who peddle the word of God [for profit]; but with sincerity, as being from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. 2 Cor 2:17. What is my reward then? Truly, that when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel of Christ without charge. 1 Cor 9:18.
And Jesus again: Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Luke 10:7-8. So here Jesus says, eat and drink such things as they give, because a worker worthy is hire. This is the wages that Christ allows, gifts, which could include a gift of money of course. But if someone asks for a gift, it is not a gift; if someone takes a salary, it is not a gift.
From George Fox's Journal:
For God is free and will have his people to be free, and his gospel is free, and his mercies are free, and his grace is free. His gospel is free to every creature, and his grace is free to every creature. His grace is not the Letter [Bible]; the gospel is not the Letter [Bible]; his glad tidings are not the Letter. For many poor troubled souls may be under death and condemnation, while they have the Letter; and there lie wounded with no peace, until Jesus brings the glad tidings of the free gospel. Then you will witness with me that the gospel is a free gospel, and not to be bought and sold for money, and that the grace of God is free. Listen, everyone that thirsts, come to the water of life; he that has no money, come buy wine and milk without money and without price; and listen diligently so that your souls may live, and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. So all people consider, and see if you can witness your souls raised out of death, and your being brought into this everlasting covenant.
So who can witness their souls brought out of death? Have you come into the beginning? But you have nothing but the Letter, [Bible] and you are spending your money and labor without being satisfied; spending your money for that which is not bread. You are following greedy, dumb dogs, who can never get enough. They are Baal's priests, who have forsaken the right way, going after the error of Balaam, running after the way of Cain, who loved the wages of unrighteousness...Now loving the Light, it will guide you from all men, so that you will never have to look to man again for guidance or teaching.