|Mark 7 |
1 Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him.
2 And when they saw some of his disciples eating bread with unwashed hands, which they considered impure and defiled, they became critical.
3 For the Pharisees and all the Jews did not eat unless they first washed their hands in a special way, which was the tradition of the elders.
4 When they had come from the market, they did not eat unless they first washed. There are also many other things, which they had received to observe, such as the washing of cups, pots, copper vessels, and of tables.
5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?"
6 And he answered and said to them, "Well has Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.1 [From the word of the Lord within: "The hypocrite may talk of faith and do evil. If you are still sinning, you belong to sin and not to Me. Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master. Only a heart that is purged of sin is acceptable to God. Everyone is expecting Jesus to be their excuse. I've warned them and given them the requirements and preached the exclusions; they should not expect anything else or conclusion." Every man is judged by their words and works, including those who claim to be Christians; God shows partiality to no man. Until your heart has been washed, cleansed, and purified, your heart is full of sin, and you are defiled; and should you die still sinning, you will be banned from heaven.]
7 In vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'2 [The true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is a Spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23-24. Unless your words of praise, prayer, or singing are supplied by the Spirit, your words are spoken from your carnal mind and evil imagination, both repugnant to the Lord. Worship in Spirit and Truth is worship with words supplied by the Spirit of God to someone who is also in the truth, (in Jesus, translated into the kingdom, in His presence); any other worship is idolatry and abomination, including all the so-called sacraments. From the word of the Lord within: "Sin in believers is intolerable. We need to get clean before we can truly worship. Christianity has no idea what I am or for what I stand. None of the chruches reflect true Christianity. When they pray, they don't pray to God; they pray to their collective conscience." In vain does Christianity worship Jesus and God because they pray to an image they have created based on which scriptures they think are valid and their opinion of what those scriptures mean; thus creating an imagined image of God according to their collective conscience. They worship in vain and so take His name in vain.]
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold to the traditions of men." [Teaching the doctrines and traditions they have invented, (infant baptism, confirmation, lent, purgatory, forbidding marriage and meat, communion or Eucharist, grace that covers all sins, etc.), Christianity has done much worse than the Jews, for Christianity has cast all the commandments of God behind their backs as unnecessary; all manner of continual sin is excused by their false grace. From the word of the Lord within: "They have taken the Bible and made it an unholy thing used to justify their immersion in sin. They gutted what Jesus had to say. They would have no laws. The new law became unrighteousness. The Catholic church is medieval; it is a beast. The Protestant sects have invented nothing new except instant salvation by grace; it is twisted, pernicious lies, a fatal flaw that turns aside the just."]
9 And he said to them, "You reject the commandment of God all too easily, so that you may teach and keep your own traditions.
10 For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother;' and, 'Whoever curses his father or mother, let him be put to death.'
11 But you say, 'If a man says to his father or mother, whatever help you might have received from me, is Corban,' (that is to say, a gift to God), he shall be free [of obligation to his father or mother].
12 Then you excuse him from doing more for his father or his mother.
13 Thus you make the word of God to no effect by your tradition, which you have handed down; and you do many similar things."
14 Now when he had called all the people to him, he said to them, "Listen to me every one of you, and understand;
15 There is nothing outside a man, which entering into him can defile him; but the things that come out of him are the things that defile the man.
16 If any man has ears to hear, let him hear."
17 Now when he had gone into the house away from the people, his disciples asked him about the parable.
18 And he said to them, "Are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever enters a man from the outside cannot defile him,
19 Because it does not enter into his heart, but into the stomach, and is eliminated by purging?" Thus he declared all foods pure.
20 And he said, "Whatever comes out of the man is what defiles the man.
21 For from within, out of the hearts of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, [The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked...Jer 17:9]
22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lack of restraint, an evil eye [envy], blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. [..for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth...Gen 8:21]
23 All these evil things come from within a man, and defile him."3 [Every man's heart starts filled with evil, filled with sin, defiled, and disqualified for heaven. Unless your heart is cleansed and purified by the Lord's Spirit that destroys sin within man, every man walks according to the ways of the world and the god of this world, fulfilling their desires and lusts of their flesh according to their thoughts, according to their evil imagination, according to their carnal minds that are enmity against God and cannot be subject to the law of God. Every man is judged by their words and works, including those who claim to be Christians; God shows partiality to no man. From the word of the Lord within: "Only a heart that is purged of sin is acceptable to God. Everyone is expecting Jesus to be their excuse. If you are still sinning, you belong to sin and not to Me. See myself — thus no sin has a place in me. You are without excuse O man. Sin in believers is intolerable. The pure is innocent of all defilement." You can think you are a Christian and call Him "Lord," but if you die still sinning, you are banned from heaven. All defiled men are banned from heaven. When purified by grace, men are translated into heaven while on earth and then forever. To be freed of sin, even the desire to sin, you must obey the Lord's spoken commands that you expose yourself to hear, by waiting on Him in humble silence as you listen and watch; that is the one thing needed. Luke 10:39-42.]
24 From there he arose, went into the region of Tyre and Sidon, and went into a house. And he did not want anyone to know he was there, but he could not remain hidden.
25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet.
26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she begged him to cast a demon out of her daughter.
27 But Jesus said to her, "Let the children first be filled, for it is not right to take the children's bread and to cast it to the dogs."
28 But she answered and said to him, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."
29 Then he said to her, "For such a reply, go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter."
30 And when she came to her house, she found the demon gone, and her daughter lying on the bed.
31 Again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came to the sea of Galilee, through the region of the coasts of Decapolis.
32 And they brought a man to him who was deaf and had a great impediment in his speech; and they begged him to put his hand upon him.
33 So he took him aside from the multitude and put his fingers into his ears; then he spit and touched his tongue.
34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, "Ephphatha," (that is, "Be opened").
35 And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.
36 Then he commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more he commanded them, the more they proclaimed it.
37 And they were greatly astonished, saying: "He has done all things well; he makes both the deaf hear and the dumb speak."
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1 You hypocrites... This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their hearts are far from me. A hypocrite is someone who talks about religion while still sinning. Their hearts are still full of evil, but they attend religious services, singing, praying, paying, etc. So until you have been cleansed of sin, and then told to whom and what to say about God, or what to write about God, don't; for if you speak or write without his instructions, you will receive his condemnation. You will hear him say: "Who has required this of your hand?" The Lord did not want men to speak about him whose hearts were still full of evil: he did not need any testimony from man, for he knew what was in man, [the evil in their hearts]. John 2:25. George Fox said: "Unless your words are controlled by the Spirit of God, don't even speak the words Jesus or God." After you go to the Lord to hear and obey, repetitively, he will cleanse you and give you a new heart, which will be united with him. Then your worship will be in Spirit and Truth, with words supplied by the Holy Spirit; until then your praying, singing, and praises are abominations to the Lord. Abominations for two reasons: 1) your words come from your evil imagination, evil heart, and carnal mind; and 2) because your hypocrisy will be evident to outsiders. Words spoken without being supplied by the spirit will be a stumbling block to the hearers, scattering the true sheep. You scatter the true sheep because; he who does not gather with [as under his direction and control] me, scatters. Luk 11:23, Mat 12:30.
2 In vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. As today Christendom's worship has man-invented, non-scriptural infant baptism, grape juice and bread as a ritual, the "Apostle's Creed," the offering, the benediction, sermons, the sinner's prayer, altar calls, confirmation, bible reading, prayers from the preacher, standing to sing, kneeling, bowing to the cross, making the cross with your hand on your body, etc. All are the inventions of man, not scripture-prescribed forms of worship. Besides corrupting worship as described in the Bible, Christendom does not even recognize behaviors that disqualify its members; Christendom has lost sight of sin, calling evil good, good evil, putting light for darkness; Christendom says peace, peace, when there is no peace; Christendom says to the sinner who walks after the imagination of his own heart, "you are righteous because you belong to our sect, no evil shall befall you." From the Word of the Lord within: "Christendom has gutted the teachings of Jesus and have made the Bible an excuse for remaining immersed in their sins. Christianity has no idea what I am or for what I stand. None of the chruches reflect true Christianity." Christendom tells their followers that the law is dead; except of course, they claim you are still required to tithe with your money. Christendom does not understand proper prayer, proper worship, waiting on God, grace, repentance, the inner law, the cross, the rest, the light, salvation, or the word; they perish for lack of knowledge. Christendom has broken the covenant — making the blood of Jesus and unholy thing, used to excuse sin in their members. Retribution for this spite of grace looms.
God is a Spirit, and those who worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth, John 4:23-24, which is to worship with words supplied by the Spirit, while you are also in Truth, (in union with Jesus, who is the Truth). So worship from your carnal mind, (which is enmity with God), speaking from your mind's will, praying from your mind, reciting a previous teaching, singing from your mind, reading from the Bible without direction — they are all out of a worship that is in spirit and truth, and an abomination to the Lord, including all the so-called sacraments. The Apostle Paul and the early Quakers termed such worship, will-worship: worship according to man's will and mind, which mind is carnal and enmity with God.
God must be worshipped in spirit and truth; worship must be led by His spirit to be in His spirit to worship; it must be the truth of the life He produces in your heart, which life is the light, which light is the anointing, which is truth and is no lie — the inward truth. From the Word of the Lord within: "All must worship in spirit and truth. To be in Jesus is to be in truth;" (when you are in Jesus, or in truth, you have been translated into the kingdom and are sitting with Jesus in heaven).
In his writing, No Cross No Crown, William Penn summarized vain worship of so-called Christianiaty vs. true worship: "Sometimes they strive to appease Him by their fleshly framed devotion and worship, but in vain; for true worshipping of God is doing his will, which they transgress."
In regard to singing in services, Edward Burrough wrote:
I own [to acknowledge the truth of] true singing with the spirit and with understanding, singing in the spirit, making melody in the heart to the Lord; this singing was and is among the saints in the church of Christ; this is well pleasing to God for it is not an imitation nor by tradition as is your singing, but it is true sacrifice, the song of the redeemed ones, which none can learn but the redeemed ones of the Lord, (who has come and is coming), to sing with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads; but your singing is carnal, traditional, and heathenish, and it is an imitation, and is not with the spirit of Jesus; but it is with the spirit of the world, with the spirit of drunkards, swearers, liars, mockers, scorners, covetous ones, with the spirit of wrath, envy, malice, with the spirit of Cain, and with the spirit of the scribes and Pharisees and chief priests who persecuted the saints that sang in truth in former generations; and now the deceit is turned into the form of singing, and they that live there persecute those that sing in the power.
In regard to communion in services, Edward Burrough wrote:
The true communion of saints I own [to acknowledge the truth of] for we have union in the bread that we break, which is the body of Christ, and the cup which we drink is the blood of Christ, by which we are nourished and fed up to eternal life; for he that does not eat of Christ flesh and drink his blood, he has no life in him; he among you that can hear, let him hear, but I deny your communion because it is heathenish and no more but an imitation, having proceeded out of the imagination of the proud. Your breaking of bread and drinking of the cup is an abomination that God never commanded; and your Pharisee upholds this, sitting in the seat of Christ and of the saints as the Pharisees sat in Moses' seat, saying and not doing.
The Word of the Lord within has described the programmed worship of the sects as "theater!" Think about it, and you can see the will-worship of man is nothing but a staged performance — planned, rehearsed, accompanied by extensive music, often even guided with a printed program — just like a stage play. The only thing missing is an intermission to sell snacks and drinks.
From the word of the Lord within: "Just like Judaism was taken over by the enemy, so has Christianity, which is corrupt, through and through. There is no church in the world that Christ set up specifically. When they pray, they don't pray to God; they pray to their collective conscience." In vain does Christianity worship Jesus and God because they pray to an image they have created based on which scriptures they think are valid and their opinion of what those scriptures mean; thus creating an imagined image of God according to their collective conscience. Who is it really that they imagine? A god who ignores believers' continual sinning until death; and according to William Penn: "the deity they truly worship is the god of this world, the great lord of lusts," who is Satan; and also according to early Quaker, kingdom-dwelling Isaac Penington: "in the apostasy, men have not known God or Satan, the light or the darkness; but have mistook, taking the one for the other, worshipping the devil instead of God."
From the Word of the Lord within: "Do you agree with any who in their arrogance have stated that God excuses evil in believers? It's not fair, but they don't care. By their evident display of sin, Christians cause my name to be blasphemed among the people. These people no longer represent me; they have caused great indignation."
3 Jesus tells us what defiles a man: from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. And understand: if a man is defiled, there is no place in heaven for him, until he is cleansed. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 2 Cor 6:14. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked...Jer 17:9...for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth...Gen 8:21. Every man's heart starts filled with evil, filled with sin, defiled, and disqualified for heaven. All defiled men are banned from heaven. Unless cleansed by the Lord's Spirit that destroys sin within man, every man walks according to the ways of the world and the god of this world, fulfilling their desires and lusts of their flesh according to their thoughts, according to their evil imagination, according to their carnal minds that are enmity against God and cannot be subject to the law of God. Every man is judged by their words and works, including those who claim to be Christians; God shows partiality to no man. From the word of the Lord within: "The pure is innocent of all defilement." So a man's heart must be cleansed before he can have any part with God or in heaven. That cleansing takes place in this life while on earth, through the inward cross of self-denial, or in the next life with great pain and loss. See Is There Hope for All for more.
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