|Revelation 22:14-15 |
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For outside are dogs, and sorcerers, and the impure, and murderers, and idolaters, and whoever loves the deception of lies and cheating.1
1 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.
In the Old Testament, dogs licked the blood of dead men. Dogs were preachers who fed themselves, never getting enough. Dogs were blind, dumb, ignorant, watchmen (preachers) unable to sound a warning, lying down, asleep. In the New Testament Paul referred to Judiazer dogs who preached circumcision, whose confidence was in works of the flesh. Dogs tear the lambs; they are fleshly men, (still in their sinful natures), who persecute those born of the spirit. Dogs were those who preached the outward form and observations of religion, trying to preserve and justify the man of sin continuing in his selfish, sinful, fleshly nature. So today, dogs would be the preachers and teachers of Christendom; they also could be proponents of Hare Krishna, or Hinduism, or Buddhism. If you tell them your holy understandings, it is a waste of time, because all they want to do is convert you to their way of thinking. So you keep your peace. You don't try to educate the wise or correct those who think they can see, but can't: Do not give that which is holy (the sacred thing) to the dogs, Mat 7:6. From the Word of the Lord within: "The leaders of Christianity are dogs — blind, dumb, ignorant dogs; professing to know everything, they know nothing; professing to know everything, they live their lives as fools."
As sorcerers, they practice witchcraft with rituals and ceremonies, (special prayers, changing bread and grape juice into the body and blood of Jesus, infant baptism, supposed communication with God by eating bread/grape juice), that supposedly make a man acceptable to God; but all of which leaves their followers slaves to sin, thus serving Satan, not God, and unacceptable to God. Penington writes of these sorceries in Babylon the Great:
Sorceries, witchcrafts, divinations, and enchantments, (I do not mean outward sorceries or witchcrafts; they are only the shadow or figure of the inward mystery of deceit of this black, dark spirit, which appears as an angel of light, that he might bewitch and deceive). "Neither did they repent of their sorceries." Rev 9:21. This false church, this adulterous woman, she has her golden cup, and her wine mingled; and with this cup she bewitches the eye, with this wine she inflames the heart, and intoxicates the brain. She invents ways and worships similar to the true [worship], or she imitates the true ways and appearances of life; and when the poor, simple young man is singly seeking after God, from some true touches of his life, before he comes to know the spirit of life, before he can come to be married to the Lamb, she comes with her golden cup, and with her tempting wine, and bewitches the poor heart therewith, and so leads him aside into her painted bed. Would you enjoy God? said she. Would you worship him correctly? Would you have fellowship with him? Lo, here is the way; here is the church; here are the ordinances; here is the ministry; here are the means. You must wait upon God in the use of the means, and these are they. Did not the saints formerly do the same? Did not they meet with God here? Did not they serve and worship God in this way? Do you not come here also; do you do what they did; do you enjoy what they enjoyed. Yes, but you whorish woman, did God ever appoint any way without his spirit? You leave the necessary thing, yes, indeed, the only thing behind you, which itself alone is accepted, and without which nothing is accepted. And this is the course of the whore; in all her transformings, in all her baits, in all her temptings, she still leaves the spirit behind her. She may perhaps speak of the spirit, to hide herself the more, (because the letter of the scripture is so express within); and teach people to look and wait for the spirit, but so as it never is to be obtained for he who begins in religion either to pray or worship, or seek the knowledge of God, without the spirit, shall never meet with the spirit until that way of knowledge, religion, and worship of his, is first broken down, and he become a fool, and receives the spirit as a fool, (out of all his religious knowledge and wisdom, which he had gathered before); and afterwards, following the spirit which is thus received, he shall be led into the true wisdom. Now mark what follows, you who have a desire to understand.
This spirit of deceit, this whorish spirit, this spirit of divination and witchcraft, ("which by her sorceries deceived all nations," Rev 18:23), came forth curiously decked at first, with all manner of deceivableness of unrighteousness. It had the exact form of life, (the true form of godliness), and a lively spirit in it. It had the form of knowledge, and the form of worship, and with these it came to tempt, and draw away those from the life and from the power who were in the life and in the power; and it did prevail upon such as kept not close to the anointing. But after it had overcome, and gained the church's territories, then it might safely corrupt the form; and so it did, and went into multitudes of inventions and showy follies, (as at this day may be seen among the Papists). Now these are easily discovered, and seen through by any simple, plain, honest eye, upon a little breaking forth of the light. Therefore the whorish spirit, when she perceives herself found out here, she changes her shape and attire, and comes back again by degrees, (as need requires), to the forms of knowledge and worship, with which she was arrayed when she deceived at first. Yet still she is the same, and does this to keep poor, simple hearts still in her bands, from the life and from the spirit. And thus painted, thus decked, thus holding forth scripture knowledge and scripture ways of worship, she is the more subtle witch, the more subtle sorceress, and is able to deceive any eye, but what is opened in the light. With her "Lo, here is Christ, and lo, there is Christ," she would deceive the very elect, if it were possible; but it is not possible. For they are taught by the spirit not to go forth, and the anointing within preserves them. And he who knows not this preservation is bewitched by her; and his fear of God is such as may be taught by the precepts of men, and practiced without the knowledge of the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, which is the saints' rule, guide, and preservation. For as the apostles were "able ministers, not of the letter, but of the spirit of the New Testament," 2 Cor 3:6, so they that received their ministry, (or what they ministered), received not the letter only, but the spirit; and were preserved not by the letter, but by the spirit, and were made able to try words, things, and spirits, not by the letter, but by the spirit. But this the whorish spirit is departed from, and bewitches others from; first possessing those who the spirit is not to be looked for, and then persuading them to make as good shift as they can without it: and then, (having thus prepared people), she brings forth her wares. "Look you," she says, "this is the way; thus and thus the saints practiced; you also do the same." But you must receive the saints' spirit before you either know or worship; or you know and worship out of it; and in that path of sorcery and witchcraft from the life, you shall never meet with the life; but the further you proceed within, will be more and more estranged from it, and become still a greater and greater enemy to it, and more and more in love with the whore, and her whorish paths and pleasing ways of devotion, by which the false spirit in you is raised up and nourished; not with the bread of life from the hand of the spirit, but with words, or forms of knowledge, or ways of worship invented, or imitated; which do only tickle the understanding, or affectionate part of man, but do not reach the life; so that what should serve the Lord, is not raised there but is still bound over with the bond of iniquity.
As the impure. Christendom denies the possibility of purity. The hearts of Christendom's members are uncleansed, unpurified, unwashed — impure. The worst is that the so-called leaders of Christianity teach that purity is impossible — they teach the acceptability of sin without consequence. "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.
As murderers. As Promising them freedom to sin with no consequence, they murder the seed of God in their followers, telling them that all their sins are excused and paid for by Jesus; or in the case of Catholics, hear their confessions until they die, with never a hint as to how to stop sinning. So a man in Christendom is easily led into sin after sin, and in the process he deadens his conscience and the light of Christ within him, until finally he has crucified the Son of God afresh. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come; if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance; since they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to open shame. Heb 6:4-6. So Christendom has become the synagogues of Satan, the killing ground of the seed of God, the murderer of the just, and the habitation of demons, filled with unclean birds; as William Penn said in No Cross No Crown: "they kiss him like Judas, call Him Master like Judas, sell Him to continue their lusts and pleasures of the world, and then drag him through the mire and dirt as they continue to sin."
George Fox writes in his Journal of a vision he had of the priests murdering their followers like dogs eating the flesh from their bones.
I was under great sufferings at this time, beyond what I have words to declare. For I was brought into the deep, and saw all the religions of the world, and people that lived in them, and the priests that held them up; who were as a company of man-eaters, eating up the people like bread, and gnawing the flesh from off their bones. But as for true religion and worship, and ministers of God, alas! I saw there was none among those of the world that pretended to it. For they that pretended to be the church, were but a company of man-eaters, men of cruel appearance, and of long teeth; who, though they had cried against the man eaters (Indians) in America, I saw they were in the same nature. And as the great professing Jews did 'eat up God's people like bread,' and the false prophets and priests who then preached peace to people, so long as they 'put into their mouths and fed them;' but if they did not feed them, they prepared war against them; 'they ate their flesh off their bones, and chopped them up for the cooking pot;' so these that profess themselves christians now (both priests and professors), are not in the same power and spirit that Christ and the holy prophets and apostles were in. Instead they are in the same nature that the old professing Jews were in, and are man-eaters like them too.
They are idolaters for they work for money and the admiration of men; they love the world more than they love God. Penington reminds us of idolatry in worship, writing in Babylon the Great:
Idolatry is the worshipping of God without his spirit, (that is the plain, naked truth of the thing). To invent things from the carnal mind, or to imitate things, which others, who had the spirit, did in the spirit, by the command of the spirit, for you to imitate and practice these without the spirit, is idolatry. An invented church, an invented ministry, an invented worship; an imitated church, an imitated ministry, an imitated worship, without the life, without the spirit, all these are the work of men's hands, and are idols, and all that is performed within is idolatry. Rev 9:20. This is a religion without life, a worship without life, a fabric for idolatry; and the whole course of worship and service in it, is idolatry. For the living God, the Lord God of endless life and power, is alone worshipped by his spirit, and in the truth of that life which he begets in the heart; and all other worship, though ever so seemingly spiritual, is idolatrous. Ah! believers, believers! If you knew how many idol prayers and services you have loaded the Lord with, and how you have been whoring from him, while you have seemed to be drawing near to him, you would hang down your heads and mourn! For whatever you have done in the worship of God without the leading and presence of his spirit, it has been idolatry. For the worship of God under the gospel, "is in the spirit and in the truth," and required of them who are in the spirit and in the truth, and not of others. John 4:23. For them alone the Lord seeks to worship; and the Lord will admit of none to his worship, but such as he seeks. And if any else will thrust themselves into his worship, it is not accepted; nor do they worship the true God, but they "worship they know not what;" and their whole state and course here is a state and course of idolatry.
God must be worshiped in spirit and truth. John 4:23-24.
They lie and cheat, having sold their congregations to destruction in their blind teachings while collecting money for their lies — true treachery. The ministers of Christendom are: not taught by the Lord's voice and light, not perfected by the Lord, not gifted with an authorized ministry, not sent by the Lord, and not speaking words from the Spirit of the Lord; rather they speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their vain opinions from the imagination of their evil hearts. Without any fear of God, the ministers of Christendom ignore Jesus' teachings, his commands, and his warnings; thus they deny him as Lord and Master. To create their false Christianity, the blind guides of Christianity have taken a few Bible verses out of context, while ignoring the Bible's countless others, including those that specifically state the exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation; they also overlook that every man will be judged on his works and words.
Following the doctrines of Christianity's merchants of death, masquerading as Christ's ministers, you can be a repeat murderer, a full-time thief, a habitual adulterer, a child rapist, a chronic liar, cheating your neighbor, hating your mother and father, and still be a Christian as long as you believe in Jesus.
Is it any wonder why Christianity is held in such contempt today?
And so, the false religious leaders are severely warned by the Lord: