The Missing Cross to Purity

Jesus Wants to Teach You Himself

Come to me, .. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; ..
Mat 11:28-29

However when the Spirit of truth comes,
he will guide you into all truth.
.. and he will show you things to come. John 16:13-14

But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit
and whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you all things
. John 14:26

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Table of Contents

1. Jesus Wants to Teach You Himself
2. Grow by studying the Word?
       2.1 Bible is words; Jesus is the Word of God

       2.2 Holy Spirit does not teach by the Bible
       2.3 Jesus gave us our priorities
       2.4 Jesus criticized Bible students
3. Jesus said Come to Me
      3.1 He is in you
      3.2 He is all the teacher you need
      3.3 Faith by hearing Jesus speak
      3.4 Wait on the Lord
4. Can't he teach me while I study the Bible?
5. Am I not supposed to keep the words of
   the Bible
      5.1 Impossible without changing grace
      5.2 Repentance required to receive grace
6. How about my preacher teaching me?
      6.1 He is exactly the modern Pharisee
     6.2 Asking for money is forbidden
     6.3 Tithing died with Christ
     6.4 He is a false prophet
7. Should I stop going to church?
     7.1 God must be worshiped in
           spirit and truth

    7.2 A form of godliness without power
    7.3 Your church is not in the rest
    7.4 It believes Jesus excuses sin
    7.5 Have nothing to do with people
           who excuse sin

    7.6 Come out of her my people
8. Go to Christ to be taught and grow

This web site is trying to show you how to be taught and changed by Jesus himself. Christ is the Light that enlightens all men, John 1:9. You have no need of any teacher other than the anointing you have received, 1 John 2:27. By being quiet and thinking on his name, you can hear him —you can hear the living Word of God, Christ. Here is where you learn from Him, get cleansed by Him, be led by Him, and come to know Him. He dwells with you, the Spirit of Truth, ready to teach you and lead you through repentance to purity by grace; and then to Christ's return to establish in glory God's Kingdom of Heaven within you and with His righteousness.

He wants to teach you about himself and lead you through repentance to a sinless state so you can enter the Kingdom of Heaven within you that comes without signs to be observed or visible display. We can be taught by God in this life in relative ease, or we can painfully be taught by God in the next life, for it is written: They shall all be taught by God. John 6:45. He said: "If a man loves me, he will obey my spoken words ; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him." This is the return of Christ to establish his Kingdom in your heart, which the world does not see. But to get there, you have to be taught by Jesus himself and obey his teaching, which leads to repentance. I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth. John 15:26. The Holy Spirit will teach you all things. John 14:26

Can't I grow in Christ just studying the "word?"

The Bible is the recorded words of the saints as they were moved by the Holy Spirit to write. Christ is the Word of God, not the Bible; it has his recorded words in them, but they are without spirit; recorded words are the letter, not the spirit. When Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter and Paul spoke of the scriptures, they used the word scriptures, (click to see), not the Word of God. The Bible refers to Bible verses as scriptures; the Bible refers to the Word of the Lord or God as spoken or spirit. Scriptures and spirit are not interchangeable. There is no conflict in what has been written by the Spirit of God with what you will hear God speak to you; but what you hear will be exactly tailored to your condition and will be words that give life.

The Holy Spirit can reveal understandings in any language; but Bible Colleges teach from Hebrew, Greek, and Latin Biblical texts, desperately trying to discover the true meaning of the scriptures. If the Holy Spirit was helping in Bible study, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin would not be needed, proving Jesus and the Holy Spirit do not teach you while reading the Bible.

In 1456, before the Bible was printed to become available to the public, there were far less than 100 sects in Christendom. Five hundred plus years of studying the Bible later, there are 45,000 sects. It is man's fleshly mind, rather than the Holy Spirit, that controls learning from Bible study; for the Holy Spirit's purpose is to have oneness of faith; yet there are 45,000 sects in Christendom, each with a different set of beliefs in what the Bible really means. This is massive evidence that studying the Bible creates the opposite of what the Holy Spirit desires, (one faith) and does not result in truth. Instead of Bible study, we need to be taught directly by the Holy Spirit [by listening] who desires and promises to teach us all things. John 14:26

This is the way Paul was taught, who said he was not taught by man, but through the direct revelation of Jesus Christ.
David said he was taught by God himself, and the Lord's words to him were sweeter than honey;
because David had been taught by the Lord himself, he had outstripped all his teachers.

I have more understanding than all my teachers
for your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients
because I keep your precepts.
I have refrained my feet from every evil way,
that I may keep your word [heard from within].
I have not departed from your judgments
for you have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psa 119:99-103

David learned by the Holy Spirit teaching him. The Holy Spirit or Comforter or Spirit of Truth will teach you about sin and righteousness, lead you into all truth, and teach you all things — if you sit in humble silence, think on the name of Jesus, as you wait on God, listening, watching, hearing, and obeying what you are told to do by Him. Below are Jesus' promises to all of us who seek Him with all our heart:

However when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.
.. and he will show you things to come. John 16:13-14
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you are truly free. John 8:31-32,36

But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit and whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you all things. John 14:26

The Comforter ..I will send him to you.
And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong [reprove all men] of sin, and righteousness, and judgment.
John 16:7-8

A man cannot see the depth of sin in his heart until the Spirit shows it to him. The beginning of truth is to learn from the spirit about the sin in yourself, and then to learn what is righteousness. We are here on the earth to learn from our experiences, to gain wisdom, to learn about love vs. lust, sin vs. righteousness, turmoil vs. peace, humility vs. pride, good vs. evil, light vs. darkness, bitter vs. sweet. The more we learn about evil, sin, and lust, the more we are drawn to God and his ways. The Lord has given each man a teacher within him to guide him and make him wise, so that he can pass from the earth wise. If a man learns completely, he will be changed to become righteous, good, holy, and pure like God; and then enter the Kingdom while still on earth, to then be there forever.

If while on earth a man fails to learn to hate evil, sin, and lust; and learn to cherish good, righteousness, and love; then that man must learn these lessons in the next life with great pain and with far less reward on completion. (See Is There Hope for All for more); the choice of where to learn is everyone's to make for themselves. God is in us, eager to teach all things, if we will be quiet, listen, and obey; but eventually the scripture will be fulfilled: they shall all be taught by God.

Unless a man persistently goes to God by sitting in humble silence, waiting on the Lord, listening, watching, hearing, and obeying, he will never know the truth, to become free of sin, which is salvation.

Jesus gave us our priorities:

As our life's highest priority, with daily patience and persistence we sit in humble silence, waiting on God to hear his teachings and commands. Each word we hear, believe, and obey, is engrafted into our heart; each word we hear, believe and obey, imparts more of the life of Christ into our hearts; each word we hear adds to the purification of our hearts. With our obedient endurance to the end, we see Christ bring salvation and eternal life.

This is what the Lord, your protector, the Holy One of Israel says:
I am the LORD your God, who teaches you how to succeed, who leads you by the way that you should go. Isa 48:17

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you shall go; I will guide you with my eye. Psalm 32:8

Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
He will guide the meek in what is right and he will teach the humble his way. Psalm 25:8-9

Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and how to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Tit 2:11-12.

Christ criticized the Bible teachers and students of his time, when he said: (to the Pharisees)

You do not have his word abiding in you; for you do not believe him whom he has sent.
You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and they are those that testify of me.
But you will not come to me, that you might have life. John 5:38-40

Here Jesus clearly states a difference between the word and scriptures, (the bible).
From the Word of the Lord within:

  • "Why would He contrast them if He didn't want to distinguish them.
  • Calling the Bible 'the word' is the most evil lie of Christendom.
  • Woe be to them, for they have coupled an external form between the love of God to man."

Why is calling the Bible "the word" the most evil lie in Christendom?—because then people read "Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and obey, Luke 11:28;" thinking it means to read the Bible instead of quietly listening for God to speak His words to them. Christendom has put a book between God and man, separating man from God's love, creating a form of godliness with no power: a powerless substitution for quietly listening for Him to speak to each of us mind-to-mind with spoken words tailored to our exact understanding, and which impart the life of God, Christ, to us. As the Word of the Lord within further said: "Woe be to them for they have coupled an external form between God and man."

Jesus said: "You do not have his word abiding in you; for you do not believe him whom he has sent. John 5:38
You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and they are those that testify of me." John 5:38-39.

The Word that abides, (lives), in you is clearly better than scriptures.
Further from the Word of the Lord within:

Why are ten words from Him, (that you hear Him speak to you), better that reading ten of the New Testament letters? Because His words that you hear Him speak to you impart the life of God to your heart, John 6:63; but reading ten letters is just a work of the flesh, which profits nothing; in fact most people read the letters of the New Testament and think they are addressed to them, when in fact most were addressed to very advanced believers who had attained the first stage of perfection. Reading the Bible is valuable for understanding what is sin and for maintaining your hope in the true gospel; however, to be of value, your hope must be in the true gospel and the benefit of bearing the cross to realize those promises.

Paul said, The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart [so you may obey it];
that is the word of faith, which we preach.
Rom 10:8, Deu 30:14

Clearly, the Bible is not in our heart and mouth; it is the spirit of God, the Word of God.
The Word of God is Spirit: the Spirit of God, or Holy Spirit, or Spirit of Christ within each of us, where it lives or abides.

Furthermore, Jesus is not happy: "You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life;...
But you will not come to me, that you might have life." John 5:38-39

He is telling people that they substitute studying the Bible for coming directly to him; the Bible only testifies about him.
And they think studying the Bible gives them eternal life, but the way to eternal life is to go directly to him.
Jesus has just told us that studying the Bible was not coming to Him, nor does studying the Bible lead to eternal life.
The words we hear Him speak to us are words of eternal life, not the words we read or hear read from the Bible.
Even though the Bible has many truths within, the Bible is not truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
The Bible only testifies to the way, the truth, and the Life.
Jesus said: I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth. John 15:26. The Holy Spirit will teach you all things. John 14:26 If we want the way, or truth, or life; we have to go to him.
He wants us to seek Him, not seek knowledge about him from the Bible.
We have made learning scriptures a rival to learning directly from God by Coming to Him.
But scriptures are not wrong; it is the way we idolize scriptures that is wrong.

Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. Matt 11:28-29
For whoever comes to me, and listens to my spoken words and does [practices, obeys] them.. is like a man who built his house on a rock. Luke 6:47-8

You have neither heard the Father's voice nor seen his form. John 5:37
To hear the Father's voice is to hear him speak words from his mouth.
Jesus is telling us that hearing the voice of God is very important to have his Word abide in us.
You do not have His word abiding in you; for you do not believe whom he has sent. John 5:38

When we hear his voice and obey his spoken words, then his words abide in us. They lives in us and control us.
If we abide in Christ's word [the spirit], we are his true disciples and we will know the truth.
If a man does not abide in me, he is thrown out like a branch, which withers.... into the fire. John 15:6
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7
This is how we seek God. We seek to hear his voice and then treasure what we hear, and obey what he tells us to do.
Reading and studying the Bible is not seeking God, or abiding in Him.
The Bible wasn't even printed until 1456, but the early Church thrived to 320 AD.

You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, and they are those that testify of me. John 5:39
So the Bible is not truth, the Bible only testifies about truth. Jesus is the truth. You don't know him by the Bible.
The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63
To know the truth, you have to be taught by Jesus himself, personally, about himself. His living words must abide in you.
If you continue in [obedience to] My word [teachings and commands heard], then you are truly my disciples; and [then] you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32
To be set free is to be released from captivity. To be released from slavery. To be freed from sin.
Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice. John 18:37

Studying the Bible increases your knowledge and therefore increases your pride.
But getting quiet, to listen for and obey the Holy Spirit, will eventually destroy your pride.
So studying the Bible is a work of the flesh.
Jesus said, It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.
The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63

He [Jesus] became the author and source of eternal salvation to all those who heed and obey Him. Heb 5:9
(And how do you obey Him to attain salvation?)
Listen to and obey my voice, and I will be your God and you shall be my people. Jer 7:23

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock. If any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Rev. 3:20 (hearing his voice does not happen while reading the Bible)
Jesus has come to teach his people himself
. He wants us to come to him and learn from him.

Jesus said: Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and [then] you will find rest for your souls. Mat 11:28-29

How can we learn from him, unless we go to him? He did not say learn from Bible study. He said, learn from me.
He did not say, come to Bible study, prayer group, or to a religious service; he said come to me.

Whoever comes to me, and listens to my spoken words and does [practices, obeys] them, I will show you what he is like. He is like a man who built a house, and dug deep and laid a foundation securely built upon a rock; and when the flood arose, the torrent beat violently against that house, but could not shake it because it was founded on a rock. Luke 6:47-48

He can't make it any plainer! He said: come to me, listen to my spoken words
(listen to him speaking), and do [practice, obey] them.
From this sure foundation he builds true faith and hope which purifies you.

If a man loves me, he will obey my spoken words; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him. John 14:22-23

The above teachings of Jesus are the core message of this web site:
    Come to him, listen to his spoken words, and do [practice, obey] the words he gives you.
    To do the words is to obey his commands, some of which will rebuke and chasten you.
    As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Be zealous therefore, and repent. Rev 3:19
    If you Love Jesus, you will obey him. The Father then loves you, and he and Jesus come to you and make their home with you.
    And their home is a Kingdom, the Kingdom of God that is within you and around you.

So wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey. Persevere, and Christ will lead you through repentance to union and the Kingdom.
He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek him! Heb.11:6
(Diligence is defined as continually attending to and striving to achieve a goal; laboring, persevering.)

Belief in the true gospel and the cross releases the power of God to purify us and make us one with Him.
Jesus came so he could destroy the devil and his works [sin] in us.
For this purpose the Son of God is revealed [in us], that he might destroy [in us] the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

Allow little children to come to me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of God. Luke 18:16
We must go to him like little children —humbly, trusting, and eventually innocent.

To hear, we must go to him as a sinner, even if we think we are 'saved.' We cannot go exalting ourselves.

But you will not come to me, so that you might have life. John 5:40. This is the way to life.

Jesus said to them, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me shall never hunger; and he who believes on me shall never thirst. John 6:35
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Mat4:4
And we need words from the mouth of God, daily. We need our daily bread from heaven —words from his mouth.
Give us this day our daily bread. He who takes this Bread for his food shall live forever.
As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father; so he who feeds on me, shall live by me. John 6:57

All whom My Father gives me shall come to me;
and he who comes to me I will never cast out. John 6:37

No man is able to come to me unless the Father, who has sent me draws him
and gives him the hunger to come to me; and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:44

If any man thirsts, let him come to me, and drink. John 7:37

Jesus said, It is written in the Prophets, ' And they shall all be taught by God.'
Every man therefore who has heard, and has learned from the Father, comes to me.
John 6:45

So how do we come to him? That is crux of the issue.

Here is what Jesus said: If any man says to you, 'Lo, here is Christ,' or 'There he is;' do not believe it. Mat 24:23

So, he is not found in any deficit sect's building or cathedral, because he does not dwell in a structure made with human hands. Acts 7:48-50.
And obviously, anyone claiming to be Christ is not.
(Don't laugh, there really are several people on the Internet who seriously claim they are Christ.
And if you won't buy that, there is one who seriously claims to be the reincarnation of John the Baptist,
and another seriously claiming to be the reincarnated head of the early Church, James, the brother of Jesus.
Of course they all claim to be the source of Truth in this age, and they tell you to follow them, instead of Christ.)

So where is he? Paul tells us: Do you not know yourself, that Jesus Christ is in you? 2 Cor 13:5

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles;
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory
. Col 1:27

The Spirit of God has been poured out on all mankind. Acts 2:17

What may be known of God is revealed in them. Rom 1:19
(Note: Paul is saying, whatever is to be learned about God is to be revealed within a man.)

Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Cor 3:16

I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 2 Cor 5:1

John tells us:
But the anointing which you have received from him abides in you,
and you do not need not any man to teach you;
but as the same anointing teaches you all things and is truth,

and is no lie; and even as it has taught you,
abide in him
. 1 John 2:27

"The Father is in you all, Christ is in you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil," (by George Fox).

They shall all be taught by God. John 6:45

Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
He will guide the meek in what is right and teach the humble his way. Psalm 25:8-9

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you shall go; I will guide you with my eye. Psalm 32:8

He is in you, but to hear him, you have to listen. How else could you listen unless you stop everything and get quiet to hear?
Do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do; for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you need before you ask him. Mat 6:7-8

Be still, and know that I am God. Ps 46:10

Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord. Zech 2:13

For more understanding on the necessity of learning in silence,
see George Fox's outstanding writing on Why Silence?, also on the side bar.

He wants you to know him. He wants to teach you. To be taught, you don't decide what the teacher is going to teach you; the teacher sets the agenda. To listen, you have to stop talking, stop reading, and stop forming thoughts. Think on the name of Jesus Christ, (but not as a repeated mantra), and then stop thought as best you can. When you find your mind wandering, return to thinking on the name of Jesus Christ. Wait and Listen and Watch. Then he can teach you what he wants to teach you, according to the understanding that he, your creator, has of what you need to learn and in what order.

He desires to teach you individual, personal things about yourself, and how he wants you to live, how he wants you to improve, what you should deny, and how to go about it —as well as encourage you, tell you of his love for you, and open up the scriptures to you, including the mysteries. If you limit yourself to reading the Bible, you will only get the crumbs beneath the table.

Remember, the Bible wasn't even printed until 1456. In the time of the early church of the Apostles, scriptures were in bulky, rare, fragile, handwritten, very expensive scrolls, unavailable to most all; and if available, typically limited to the Old Testament from synagogues. The letters of Paul, Peter, John, James, and Jude quote from the Old Testament, but never from a book of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John; those books were not available. Paul had been extensively schooled in the Old Testament scriptures by the leading authority of the time, Gamaliel, so he uses many scripture quotations, but all are from the Old Testament; for the few quotations they made, Peter, James, Jude, and John easily had access to many Old Testament scriptures in Jerusalem. For the next 250 years after the time of the Apostles, there were many different Christian books, (including what now makes up the New Testament as early as 90 AD), and writings on parchment scrolls, primarily possessed by the so-called bishops of major cities such as Alexandria, Rome, Carthage, Antioch, Caesarea, Nicomedia, and Asia Minor centers; each major city having written or favoring different books that often centered on petty doctrinal disagreements, which showed no unity of Spirit within organized Christendom; (this is hardly surprising because even when John was alive there were already many antiChrists that had gone out from the true believers). After a long controversy over which books would be included, settled by a vote of men, the Bible with a New Testament was first assembled with 50 copies created in 331 AD by order of Roman Emperor Constantine, the effective head of Christendom, (who had poisoned his son and boiled his wife to death). The many differing versions of Christian writings were then ordered to be burned throughout the Roman empire, (what few remained because all Christian writings were previously ordered to be burned in 303 by Emperor Diocletian). This massive official Roman version, hand written on parchment, was in Latin to facilitate public reading in the Roman Empire's publicly built "churches." For centuries the Bible was only available to the clergy; later, any non-clergy person, (the laity), that possessed a Bible was considered a heretic and put through the Inquisition, (death); and translation from Latin to a native language was always strictly forbidden. In the late 1500's after the Reformation and spread of printing presses, Bibles first became available to the general public in their own language. So, the early church thrived in Spirit and power without the Bible because the real Word of God spread as the Book of Acts reports: "the word of God multiplied, the word of God increased, and they spoke the Word of God." From His mouth, God put his word in their mouths to speak, which created more believers who could speak the Word of God too.

While seeking, the Bible is good for maintaining hope; it is good for understanding right vs. wrong, but Christ is the Word of God —that is one of His names. The Old Testament, which the saints referenced as scriptures, is the recorded words of the Spirit of God, recorded by the saints —but not the Word of God. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was god. John 1:1-3. "And he was clothed with a garment dipped in blood; and his name is called The Word of God... and on his thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS " Rev 19:13-16. To see all the references to Word of God in the scriptures, click here. To see the references to scriptures, click here.

NOW consider this scripture: "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. " Rom 10:17.
Dear ones, faith is received when you hear and believe the Word of God, Christ himself speaking to you.
Faith does not come from hearing the words of God read out of the Bible, however wonderful and true the recorded words are.
The Apostle Paul reminds us, "But what did it (scripture) say? The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart; that is, the word of faith, which we are preach." Rom 10:8. The Spirit is in your mouth and your heart, not scriptures.
When Paul said this, the New Testament didn't even exist. He said he was not taught by man, but through direct revelation by Jesus Christ.
The Word is Christ within you
, the Light that enlightens all men, given to all men that they might believe; he is patiently waiting to teach and reveal himself to you also.
Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21. The engrafted word is what you hear, receive, and obey; thus His words are engrafted in your heart.

Truly, truly, I say to you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear shall live. John 5:25. We are dead to the life of God, having lost the life of God when Adam fell in the garden.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock. If any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Rev. 3:20

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27

"Faith comes by hearing the word of God." When you hear Christ's voice, the real word of God, speaking to you, your faith grows by leaps and bounds; and it will keep on growing as long as you keep on listening and being obedient to his commands to you.

Christianity erroneously teaches that faith comes by belief in the message of the Bible; if so, then how did Enoch, Noah, Job, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, etc., have faith when scriptures were yet to be written? If they tell you that "faith comes by hearing Bible verses (their word of God)," haven't they just cut Christ out of being the author and the finisher of your faith, by making the Bible their source of faith instead of the Living, speaking voice from heaven, Christ the Living god? If people insist that Bible verses are the "word of God," haven't they replaced Christ with the Bible — making the Bible their rule, their judge, their source of discernment, their authority — haven't they made the Bible their God? Think about it, even though it is a sad conclusion to make. Rather than the living Light and Word, Christ within them being their teacher, guide, authority, rule, and God; their faith is in the Bible, as James Parnell, the 18 year old Christian martyr, so astutely states.

The Bible is my source to identify the promise of perfection, purity, holiness, and the Kingdom within while on earth. I treasure the Bible. It is by far my favorite book. It is the recorded words of the saints as inspired by the Holy Spirit of God. It defines what I am aiming for, it defines evil, it builds my hope, it tells me what I must do to please God. But it is not a source of grace; it cannot show me what is hidden in my heart; it cannot judge me; it cannot convince me; it cannot convict me, leading me to repentance; it cannot give me strength and take away my lusts and affections; it cannot change me to be like Christ; it cannot communicate the spirit of the words written; it cannot teach me in the order I need, and with the exact words I need to learn; it cannot command me, knowing what commands I am capable of keeping; it cannot warn me when I am in subtle error; it cannot give me words of encouragement; it cannot forgive me and assure me; it cannot tell me it loves me; it cannot thank me; it cannot touch me; it cannot purify me; it cannot discipline me; it cannot lead me into the Kingdom of Heaven, it cannot give me life. But Christ can do all of this and more —he who has come to teach the people himself through the Holy Spirit of God.

But before a man comes into the spiritual state to be able to understand the depth of the scriptures' meanings, reading the Scriptures is profitable for: 1) building hope, 2) definition of what is sin, and 3) the promises of God to be obtained. It is a serious mistake, to discount the scriptures altogether; even to the spiritually immature, their reading is very helpful; but the all-too-common mistake is to not seek Him of whom the scriptures testify, only to read about Him, rather than to experience Him by silently waiting on Him to receive His teachings and changing grace. Children should be encouraged to read the Bible; and young children can immensely benefit from reading The Golden Children's Bible, widely available. Whatever time you give to the reading of the Bible, you should give far more time to silent waiting on the Lord; this is what the Word of the Lord within has described as being "biblically balanced."

When the Spirit communicates to a man, the Spirit has access to every experience, every sight, every sound, every word, every thought, every feeling that man has had in his life; and the Spirit uses those experiences to illustrate his teachings. Plus the Spirit is aware of every man's language, dialect, and understanding of vocabulary; so the Spirit speaks to a man in precisely understandable language tailored exactly for that man. And the Spirit speaks with inflections of love, kindness, firmness, etc. There is no comparison between reading the Bible, however wonderful it is, and hearing the infinite wisdom of God expressed to you in language, often accompanied by visions, that communicate precisely and instantly a message, teaching, or command.

Grace: the Spirit of God teaches us how to live soberly, godly, and righteously in this present world. Realize the world changes, and changes quickly. The Bible does not keep up with those changes, but the Spirit of God does, recognizing all the changes in man's environment and teaching him what to deny and how to live.

Waiting on God

Grace and truth comes by Jesus Christ, John 1:17, having tasted death for every man, Heb 2:9. Jesus made the heart and soul purifying grace of God available to anyone, but we must access that powerful grace by going to God to receive his teachings, convictions, and powerful removal of sin from our hearts. We access the power of God through grace by waiting on Him. Salvation, (which is to be freed from all sin and in union with God), comes to those who wait on Him.

To wait on Him is to persistently sit in humble silence, listen for his voice and words, watch for his revelations, hear his commands, and then obey Him. Waiting on God is referenced throughout the Bible, both in the Old Testament and New Testament. Waiting on God is the way those in the early church realized the promises of the true gospel: to be released from the bondage of sin, to enter the kingdom of God, and to be in union with Christ and God.

Below are a few of the many scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments that speak to the benefit of waiting:

Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping on you. Ps 33:22

Wait on the LORD! Be of good courage and let your heart be confident!
, I say, on the LORD! Psa 27:14

But those who wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
For whoever finds me, finds life; and he shall obtain favor of the LORD. Prov 8:34-35

Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us. This is the LORD;
we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. Isa 25:9

Truly my soul silently waits upon God; from him comes my salvation. Psalm 62:1

Wait, and hope for, and expect the Lord! Be of good courage and let your heart be confident!
Wait, I say, on the Lord! Psa 27:14

Therefore return to your God; keep mercy and justice and wait on your God continually. Hosea 12:6

Those who wait upon the Lord shall inherit the earth. Psalm 37:9

The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. Lam 3:25

Note! to wait for him is to seek him. Reading the Bible and sect services are not seeking God.

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by ear,
nor has the eye seen a God beside you, who acts for the one who waits for him. Isa 64:4

Paul quotes the above scripture in 1 Corinthians: ""Man's eye has not seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, the things that God has prepared for those who love him." The key difference: Isaiah reads waits, 1 Cor 2:9 reads love. So to love God is to wait on Him: we wait on Him to hear His words that teach us, convict us, encourage us, and guide us — that is loving God.

To those who persistently and patiently wait for him he will appear the second time,
not to bear sin, but to bring full salvation. Heb 9:28

Persistent and patient waiting is witnessing Jesus bring you your salvation; what you hear you must heed and obey to obtain salvation: being made perfect, he [Jesus] became the author and source of eternal salvation to all those who heed and obey him, Heb 5:9; it is by grace that you are taught and changed to become pure. Tit 2:11-14

To wait on God gives access to the power of the Spirit that will destroy the sinful nature within us, by our obedience to the inward cross of self-denial. To wait on God is how to respond to Jesus telling us, "come to me," said many times throughout the scriptures. Click to see them all. It may take a long time waiting on the Lord before you hear his voice, but your waiting is to be rewarded, and you will eventually hear. And once you begin to hear, you will hear with increasing frequency. See How to Benefit from the Changing Power of God for more on waiting and listening.

Don't be like the Pharisees, whom Christ severely criticized, saying "You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and they are those that testify of me. But you will not come to me that you might have life. John 5:39-40

Jesus said: The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63

Take heed what you hear; with what measure you use, it will be measured to you. Mark 4:24-5, Deut 30:19-20

Paul said: Therefore, this I say and testify in the Lord, that from this time forward you must not walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. Who being past feeling [pangs of conscience], have given themselves over to fleshly indulgences, to work all impurities with greediness.
But you have learned differently from Christ; assuming you have actually heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus.
Strip yourselves of your former nature that controlled your conduct, which corrupts itself through lusts and desires that spring from delusion; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and put on the newly created nature [of Christ], which is created in God's image of true righteousness and holiness.
Eph 4:17-24
Are you beginning to see how critical it is to hear and be taught by Jesus himself?

Jesus said, Then shall the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God) shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let him who has ears [to hear] be listening , and let him contemplate, discern, and understand by hearing. Mat 13:43

Why can't he teach me while I am studying the Bible?

Of course he could, but then you are setting the agenda —you're telling him what you want him to disclose to you that day. When you go to school, you don't walk in with a book, turn to the page you want to have explained to you, and order your teacher to teach what you have decided to be taught. He may want to be sure you know your spiritual ABCs before you start reading some very complex material written to a variety of different Christian groups with different levels of maturity and understanding.

Remember Paul? The New Testament didn't even exist; but Christ, from heaven, taught him everything, by his voice from his mouth and a message from his lips. Christ wants to teach you everything too, but in his own order. When your are quiet, and waiting, while listening and watching for the teacher, He will speak to you. We continually get reports from those who hear, many from those who have read the way to hear him from this web site. It is only common sense, which we have forgotten: to listen to anyone, we have to be quiet; add the power of his name to think on, and we are on the narrow way that few will find.

The common practice of "meditating on the word" is still you trying to set the agenda. He may take pity on you occasionally and actually disclose something to you while "meditating on the word," but you are missing 99% of the possible teachings and communication; you are only getting the crumbs from the table.

Natural learning results from colleges, books, Bibles, and hearsay from other men vs. being taught by Jesus, and being taught by the Holy Spirit, and taught by the anointing you have received, and being taught by grace to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and how to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

And don’t presume you are being taught when reading the Bible, for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life. When you are taught by the Spirit of God, you hear the Voice of the Lord speaking to you, in your own language, about your personal, specific, and unique defects in your heart, which are exposed, shown, and then removed, providing you acknowledge the Voice as truth and coming from God. You must hear and obey the spoken word from the Spirit of God: The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63. The letter kills, but the spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3:16

But the Bible says, he who obeys my word loves me;
so doesn't that mean I'm supposed to obey the words in the Bible?

The Bible is not the word of God or the word or the word of the Lord, which the Bible itself clearly proves in the following verses:

  1. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the visible things were not made by anything we can see. Heb 11:3.

  2. The heavens were made by the word of the Lord, and all their host by the breath of his mouth. Psalms 33:6.

    (Notice! The word of the Lord is a "his" — the word is a living being, not a book, not a writing, not the Bible, not a scripture.)

  3. For they are willingly ignorant of this, that the heavens were made long ago, and the earth formed out of the water and by water and by the word of God, 2 Pet 3:5.

  4. Through which [word and water of above, preceding verse 5 ] the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 2 Pet 3:6

  5. But by the same word the present heavens and the earth are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly people. 2 Pet 3:7

The above five verses conclusively prove that "the word" or "the word of God" or "the word of the Lord" is not the Bible; instead the word is the all-powerful, living creator and judge: Jesus, the word of God, who created all things in heaven and earth, and whose name is "the word of God."

Peter's second letter tells us not only that the word created the earth and heavens, but the word destroyed the world by water; and the same word will destroy by fire the heavens, the earth, and ungodly men.To think the Bible framed the worlds is ridiculous; to think the Bible, (at which time of the great flood no scripture yet existed), can destroy the world is ridiculous; to think the Bible can destroy the heavens, the earth, and all ungodly people is ridiculous; and so it is ridiculous to call the Bible the word. Jesus and the word are one in the same.

Look how hideous the wonderful verse of John 1:1 becomes, substituting the word Bible for the word Word:

In the beginning was the Word Bible, and the Word Bible was with God, and the Word Bible was god.

In the original Greek of the New Testament, every verse translated as " the word," or "the word of God," or "the Word of the Lord" in Greek is either logos or rhema, both of which mean "words spoken by a living voice." The word never means scripture or written words in the original Greek. See the Scriptures that Show the Word not to be the Bible for the details and links to every New Testament verse in Greek that contains "the word."

To gain perspective, click on the below scripture references:

We forget that the prophets did not read scripture to speak; they spoke and wrote scriptures as they heard the Word of God, the Spirit of Jesus, speak to them. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus, spoke extensively to the prophets and the early Church, and because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, Heb 13:8, He still speaks today!

There is not a single verse in the Bible that refers to "the word written" or "the word cannot be broken " or "the word was opened," or "search the word" or "as the word has said" or "read the word" or "understanding the word" or "holy word" or "according to the word " or "word shows" or "what does the word say" or "prophecy of the word" or "knowing the word" because all such references refer to "scriptures," (click to see).

Christ is the Word of God. The Bible is the recorded words of the saints. When Christ said:

He who has my commands, and obeys them, it is he who loves me; and he who loves me shall be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will show myself to him. John 14:21

He was saying the words you hear Him speak to you, not the commandments in the Bible. He is not speaking of the Ten Commandments; there are hundreds of commands in the Old Testament. While certainly we are not to steal, lie, murder, etc., if you try to keep every command in the New Testament alone, you will be smothered. Try these:

You can't obey any of these commands without being changed to be like Him. You can't be perfect unless he makes you perfect, (which He can do, and He wishes to make your perfect), no matter how hard you try. You can't love your neighbor as yourself unless He helps you, no matter how hard you try. You can't love your enemies without His help. You can't love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, no matter how hard you try — unless He helps you with his grace: the LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live. This is not done by reading the Bible, Bible study groups, praying, fasting, singing, listening to sermons, or trying, etc. You get this ability to keep all his commands, (perfection), — by grace. Grace is accessed through our faith in the name of Jesus. Grace is not instant or one-time; grace is a process. Grace is a teaching of us to live righteously, soberly, and godly in this present world by denying ungodliness and worldly lusts repentance; this takes time. He will only give you personalized commands you are capable of keeping, and he will strengthen you along the way so that you can keep increasingly difficult commands. Christ, through the Holy Spirit, convicts you of sin by showing you what is in your heart, convinces you of the righteousness of Christ by teaching about himself, and finally judges you. John 16:8 Conviction of sin shows you from what he wants you to repent, by the Living Word of God. And he who charges you, removes the sin.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts.
And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

You get his help by going to him and getting quiet so you can hear him. If you are busy telling him everything you want him to do for you, how can he teach you? It is that simple. He is the Teacher. He is the Light that enlightens all men. He is in you, chained down, waiting for you to seek to listen to him. And as you sit and wait for him, you will hear him and the Light will show you things about yourself that are not pretty, conviction, allowing you to repent; and if you love the Light, you will regret what the Light shows you, and you will receive strength to be different from then on —- the operation of grace —the cleansing,  purifying, perfecting process of grace. With the Light, you will not only hear, but also eventually see Christ, your Teacher. And after purification, he and the Father come to establish their Kingdom in your heart; and you step into paradise —while still on the earth.

Christ is the only person who understands you well enough to be able to lead you out of your fleshly self to a sinless state. Each of us has a different set of problems, in different degrees at least, of which only he can give you understandings and individual, personalized commands to obey and  keep —his living words, which you receive and hear —which you obey by repentance. Jesus said: "Remember therefore what you have received and heard, and hold fast and repent." Rev. 3:3. Keep a notebook of the commands you receive, so you can review them, remember them, and keep obeying." If a man loves me, he will obey my spoken words; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him." Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done.

See How to Benefit from the Changing Power of God for more.

Can't My Preacher Teach Me Everything I Need to Know?

Cease trusting in any man, whose breath is in his nostrils, for of what value is he? ‘But look to me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God and there is no other.’ Isa 2:22, 45:22

The only people to whom Christ spoke harsh words were the money changers in the temple and to the religious teachers of the day, the Pharisees. Why? He severely criticized the teachers because they had not entered "the Kingdom of God " and stood in the way, blocking others from entering  it [the Kingdom of God] because of their incorrect teachings. Is your preacher like the Pharisees, whom he severely criticized for not leading others into the Kingdom of God within while still alive on earth, or is your preacher telling you that heaven is only after you die? Is your preacher focused as a first priority of life being to seek the Kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness, which is within you and does not come with outward signs? If not, he is just like the Pharisees whom Christ severely criticized. His judgment will be based on the number of people he has misled. Are you one of them being misled?

Did he learn anything from Christ? Has he heard the voice of the Son of God? Did Christ teach him, or did he go to Bible College to learn about the Bible instead of Christ? There are 45,000 different sects of "christianity" out there —each with a different interpretation of what the Bible tells us we need to do. If all the teachers and preachers of these 45,000 sects had been taught by Christ himself, there would be one church only —there would be no different interpretations, providing they had waited until perfection, and Christ had told them they were ready to teach and preach, because as Jesus said: "after perfection, everyone would be like the master."

Does he seek the chief place of honor in the assembly —like the Pharisees whom Christ criticized, (up on the stage, behind the pulpit)? Is he called reverend, pastor, father, or doctor in the market like the Pharisees were, whom Christ criticized? Has he been purified within —cleansed of lusts and affections —or is he like the Pharisees who Christ said cleaned the outside of the cup, but within were full of extortion and excess? Does he urge widows to contribute from their life savings? Does he make long prayers for pretence (for show)? Does he wear long robes (for show again)? All like the Pharisees whom Jesus severely cried WOE against. In fact, he said that the harlots and tax collectors would enter heaven before the Pharisees. Is your preacher the modern Pharisee; does he fit Christ's descriptions? Does he rule your group by means of his position; claim authority based on his office, which Jeremiah cried against? Does he Lord it over you, which Peter commanded not to be done? (Click here to see all of Jesus's criticisms of the religious leaders, who are not purified by his repentance.)

Does your preacher ask for your money every Sunday? Asking for money is forbidden by scripture, and those who do are cursed. Christ told his disciples, "Freely you have received, freely give," and Peter said: "Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre (money)." Paul said: For we are not like so many, who peddle the word of God [for profit]. What is my reward then? Truly, that when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel of Christ without charge. Neither did we eat any man's bread without paying for it.

Tithing died when Christ's priesthood replaced the Levitical priesthood; look for tithing in the New Testament; the only reference is to the self-righteous Pharisee, and its death in Hebrews 7. Here are the many fallacies of tithes:

  1. The Levitical priesthood is the only priesthood to be commanded by God to collect a tenth of the product of the land.
    Priesthoods before or after had no such command. To be a priest to collect tithes, you had to be a descendant of Levi.
  2. Land limits tithing to grain, cattle, oil, fruit, etc. —the product of the land. Because God had given the land to all the Jews except the Levites, he wanted a portion of the land's production, to provide for the Levites who had no land given to them, and to provide for the poor. The tithe was from the yield of the increase of the seed — the produce yielded. So carpenters, masons, store keepers, teachers, wagon makers, well diggers, fishermen, salesmen, tax collectors, soldiers, laborers on a farm, government employees, etc., all had absolutely no requirement to tithe.
  3. Tithes were collected by Levite priests only in a named place selected and specified by the Lord.
  4. Since the produce was food, the people were supposed to eat the food with their children, servants, and any Levites living within the boundaries of their lands, with thanksgiving and rejoicing to the Lord;
    and this celebratory thanksgiving meal was supposed to be eaten in a place specifically chosen by the Lord.

  5. After eating in celebration to the Lord, any excess was to be placed in a storehouse, the location also chosen by the Lord,
    to be distributed by the Levites to the stranger, the widow, and the fatherless —the provision for the relief of the poor.

  6. Money was not part of tithing —with one exception. If the distance to the location chosen by the Lord was too far to travel with the tithes of food, the food to be tithed was to be sold for money. Then the person was to travel to the location, with the money buy whatever food he particularly enjoyed, and then eat the food in celebration as in #4 above.
  7. MOST IMPORTANT: Christ eliminated and abolished the Levitical priesthood. He became the new priesthood. So the command given to the Levitical priesthood was eliminated also. Christ eliminated tithing, just as he established the new covenant .
    The scripture backup
    to this elimination of tithing is in Hebrews 7.
    You are denying Christ's priesthood, if you continue to tithe.

For more detail on tithing, see Tithing.

So, if your preacher is taking a salary from the congregation, he is a false prophet, a wolf dressed in sheep's clothing, a person making a trade of the saint's words. (Prophesy is to preach; to instruct in religious doctrines; to interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; to exhort.)

Here is what Christ has to say about hired hand pastors, (those who work for filthy lucre, lucre being money):

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hireling [working for a salary] does not own the sheep like the shepherd; so when he sees a wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and flees. Then the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling [working for pay], and does not love the sheep. John 10:11-13

He is making the point that since the hired hand does not work for the love of God and love of the flock, at the first sign of adversity, he will flee; he doesn't care about the flock, or else he wouldn't be taking money from them.

And Paul said: For we are not like so many, who peddle the word of God for profit;
but we are speaking in Christ in the presence of God as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God. 2 Cor 2:17

Many of today's ministers chose the ministry as a way to earn an income —like becoming a doctor or a lawyer;
but Christ is supposed to choose his own shepherds, educate them himself,
and then appoint them to serve without tithing, collections, pledges, or salaries.

If you want to give and make God happy, give to the poor, not to religions, (but not to false prophets, rich or poor).

Christ said, "you will know them by their fruits;"
if they are His, they have: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control.
"By your producing of much fruit, my Father is honored and glorified,
and you show that you are truly my disciples [true followers]."
John 15:8
If your minister has not produced the fruit of the Spirit, he is not even a follower of Christ, much less a minister of Christ;
in fact, according to Christ, he is a false prophet. In John's time, many false prophets had already gone out into the world:

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
Even so, every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Therefore by their fruits you shall know them. Matthew 7:14-21

Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt;
for the tree is known by its fruit. Mat 12:33

(From the Word of the Lord within: "A tree that is holy is a good one."

Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh [the sinful nature] with its passions and desires [lusts and affections]. Gal 5:24
If your minister has not crucified his sinful nature with its desires, evidenced by destruction of sexual immorality,
impurity, lack of restraint, idolatry, hatred, arguments, lying, jealousy, fits of rage, selfishness, divisiveness, envy, drunkenness, revelries, etc.;

he doesn't even belong to Christ, despite what he says; so how can he be a minister of Christ? Gal 5:19-24.
He's not; he is a false prophet.

According to the Bible, by the Holy Spirit some are made preachers, pastors, and teachers for the perfection of the saints — to bring everyone to the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ. Eph 4:11-3
Was your preacher or teacher appointed by gift from the Holy Spirit? Or by your sect, or a college, or even himself?
Is your preacher perfected in the fullness of Christ?
If not, he is not a preacher authorized by Christ. He is a false prophet, a greedy wolf dressed in sheep's clothing.

As Jesus told Paul: I am sending you to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light,
and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, release from sin's slavery,
and an inheritance among those who are purified by faith in me. Acts 26:17-18

Does your preacher know how to turn people from darkness to light? Or even what the light is?
Does your preacher know how to release people from their sins? How to release them from the power of Satan to God?
Does your preacher know how one can be purified by faith in Jesus?
Of course he doesn't. He is a blind guide, in the ditch, and coaxing you to stay in the ditch —which leads to the pit of destruction.

Even Jesus did not judge, speak, or act without the Spirit's specific prompting.
Of my own self, I can do nothing. I judge only as I hear. John 5:30
whatever I speak is just as the Father has told me to speak. John 12:49-50
the Son can do nothing of himself [by his own will],
but only does what he sees the Father do. John 5:19
He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory,
but he who seeks the glory of the One who sent him,
that man is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him. John 7:18.

Any man who speaks of God or Christ without the Spirit's specifically supplied words is seeking his own glory,
and he is estimating himself to be greater than Christ, for Christ said: The disciple is not above his master, but everyone who is perfect [purified, restored to the spiritual image of God, specifically authorized, and perfected] will be like his master. Luke 6:40.
The preachers of Christendom stand condemned for seeking their own glory and then accepting pay for their worthless words; when to even charge for true words of life like Balaam, spoken from the spirit of God, is expressly forbidden by Paul, Peter and Jesus. Seeking their own glory, the preachers of Christendom speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their vain opinions from the imagination their evil hearts.

Until perfected, all preaching and teaching come from the carnal mind, and the carnal mind is enmity against God. Rom 8:7
A preacher may be a wonderful public speaker, receiving the praise of men, but so were the false prophets of old. Luke 6:26
To witness, preach, or teach without the Holy Spirit's specific promptings, is to estimate one's self above Jesus.

Jesus spoke of the spiritual condition of any unpurified religious leader, not having been cleansed by him through repentance.
      You clean the outside of the cup and the platter, but within are full of extortion and excess.
      You are blind, first cleanse what is within the inside of the cup and platter, so that the outside of them may be clean also.
      You are like whitewashed tombs, which indeed appear beautiful on the outside, but within are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.
      So you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Mat 23:25-28

A hypocrite is someone who talks about religion but remains in sin Iniquity is absence of moral values, or controlled by sin.

What that kingly prophet David earnestly prayed to God for, in Psalm fifty-one, truly sets forth the state and condition of true gospel ministers, whose ministry is attended with His power and presence, and thereby made effective for the conversion of sinners to him. "Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin... Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall be converted to you."

Paul wrote: But though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. Gal 1:8
Paul preached the Kingdom of Heaven and holiness. Your preacher doesn't have a clue about the Kingdom or how to get there.
Your preacher doesn't have a clue about how to be holy —yet without holiness, no one will see God.
So your preacher is preaching a gospel different from Paul. He is cursed. You are listening to a false prophet.

So, who would you rather learn from? Someone who is a cursed Bible "expert," (with 45,000 different opinions as to what it means), or from Christ himself, who doesn't charge? He wants you to come to Him, so you can have life, and have it in a superior form.

We have the account of such a minister, never authorized or trained by Christ, who was convicted of his error by the Spirit, taught the true gospel, suffered on the cross to purity, and became an authorized minister of the Lord preaching the true gospel. Read the account of later martyred Francis Howgill for yourself.

John tells us: But the anointing that you have received from him abides in you, and you do not need any man to teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you all things and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it has taught you, abide in him. 1 John 2:27 . And he told them this because there were false teachers trying to seduce them. 1 John 2:26. And the world is full of false teachers today; which is why you must depend on the Lord only to be taught.

They profess that they know God;
but they deny him by what they do, being abominable, disobedient,
and disqualified for every good work. Titus 1:16

This site shows you the way to be taught directly by God — the safe, sure, free way.

So Should I Stop Going to my Sect's Services?  (Why do you seek the living among the dead?)

The word "church," is the Body of Christ, not a building or a sect. He told me to use the words "deficit sect," instead. Once you are convinced of the true gospel, you won't be able to stay; it will hurt to hear the lies and misrepresentations; to hear the false hope; to hear the false gospel; to hear the false promises of salvation; to be asked for money, (forbidden as discussed above). You will have to leave.

Here is what the Word of the Lord within said about all the deficit sects of today:

You say, how could that be? Does their gospel include Christ being able to lead them out of darkness to a sinless state? Does their Jesus offer the destruction of sin and the works of Satan within them, now, while on earth? Does their Jesus show them what is in their heart so that they can repent of it and please Him by obedience? Does their Jesus promise them the Kingdom of Heaven while still alive on the earth, providing they make it their first priority? Paul said, people preached a different gospel and a different Jesus from those he preached. He further said, cursed is anyone who brings you a different gospel; —- a different gospel and different Jesus from those he preached. Can you see Christ arguing for sin, imperfection, impurity, and unholiness? Jesus said, I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. John 8:34. Doesn't 45,000 sects mean there are 45,000 different concepts of Jesus? So, each is praying to a different Jesus — their collective conscience — their group's collective opinion of how Jesus wants them to live, how he wants them to seek him, how he wants to be worshiped, what he expects them to do — as taught to them by their Bible scholars, with 45,000 different possible interpretations — and counting.

In vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. Mark 7:7

The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their own means [authority];
and my people love to have it so; but what will you do in the end? Jer 5:31

This is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the law of the LORD;
who say to the seers, "Do not see;" and to the prophets, "Do not prophesy what is right to us,
speak smooth things to us, prophesy deceits and illusions. Isaiah 30:9-10

For the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap [accumulate in piles] to themselves teachers after their own lusts, who will say what their itching ears want to hear;
and they will turn
their ears away from the truth, and will be turned to fables [man made fictions]. 2 Tim 4:3-4

Jesus said: The time comes, and now is, when the
true (genuine) worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality)
for the Father seeks such to worship him. John 4:23

God is a Spirit, and must be worshipped in spirit and in truth. John4:24
To be in spirit and truth, you must first be changed by God while abiding in his spoken Word and Light.
So all worships that are not controlled by words given from the Holy Spirit and in truth, (without feign), displease God.
To be made a pleasing worshiper, you must: go to him, in silence listen, hear, and obey. See Why Silence for more.

For the world would have a Christ to excuse them, so they may continue to live in their passions and pleasures, at no cost; but those committed to truth would have a Christ to change them to live pleasing to God, whatever the price.

Follow this logic. If people believe that Jesus came to set them free from guilt, instead of set them free from sin, then Jesus came so we can more easily sin: removing guilt, makes sin easier, allows us to sin more; therefore Jesus promotes sin. They make Jesus evil. They have totally ignored his basic message: REPENT for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! When people pray to a Jesus who excuses sin, (thereby trivializing sin), to whom are they praying? Not to the Jesus I know; the Jesus I know destroys sin in me, he purifies me, he changes me, he convicts me of sin, he tells me about his righteousness, he shows me my failures, he insists I repent from my sins, he disciplines me when I fail, and he celebrates our victories over sin. My Jesus came to earth and lost his life to open up the Kingdom to all who believed the true gospel. So is my Jesus, who destroys sin, the same Jesus who promotes sin; or do we worship a different Jesus? He doesn't condemn us for our sins as long as we are repenting, step by step; but if we are doing nothing, but thanking Jesus for permitting us to sin guilt-free, we are condemned! Do I want to fellowship with people who worship a different Jesus; people who think sin is permitted without guilt or repentance, however well-intentioned they may be, having been grievously deceived?

The deficit sects ignore, disregard, and treat with indifference all the commands of Jesus, while relying on four verses out of thousands to support their imaginary salvation; never bothering to question how those four verses must be interpreted in conjunction with all of Jesus' wonderful teachings and commands. They expect Jesus to be their excuse for not obeying the commands that he left his glory in heaven to come to the earth to teach; and then died a horrible death, to show the extent of the required obedience that we all must have to ever please God. He will not be their excuse. Jesus said he will deny all who continue to sin, even those who are firmly believe they are saved Christians.

Whoever commits sin practices lawlessness; for sin is lawlessness. 1 John 3:4
They tell you that the law is dead and because you believe in Jesus, you don't have to follow any of the law —that lawlessness is excused by Jesus.
Yet Jesus said: all who practice sin [or lawlessness] will be gathered out of his Kingdom, and cast into a furnace of fire, where there shall be great wailing and gnashing of teeth. Mat 13:41-42
The law of God that is on every man's heart has never been cancelled. This law is written on every man's heart. It makes us feel bad when we lie or steal. This law includes the outward moral laws: do not steal, do not lie, do not covet, do not murder, do not commit adultery, honor your parents, and love your neighbor as yourself, do unto others as you have the do for you, etc. Every man will be judged by God according to this law; no man is excused from this law for any reason, and it has never been annulled or cancelled. For more on this subject see Until Your Words and Deeds are Prompted by God, You Must Obey the Moral Core of the Law

What about the rest? Does your sect even know what the rest is?
This is the rest with which you cause the weary to rest, and this is the refreshing; yet they would not hear. Isa 28:12
Therefore, since a promise of entering into his rest still stands, let us fear, lest any of you should come short of it. Heb 4:1
Take My yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and [then] you will find rest for your souls. Mat 11:29
For he who has entered His rest has also ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Heb 4:10
The rest is after true salvation, after union with God; the rest is for your labors to be prompted and energized by God, doing his will.
Have you entered the rest? Has anyone in your sect entered?
Arise and depart, for this is not the rest. Because it is defiled, it shall destroy you, even with a grievous destruction. Mic 2:10
No! because, the deficit sects have ignored Jesus' gospel with requirements for repentance
and the reward of the Kingdom, exactly what and why Jesus preached.
(How much worse could their error be?)

How do you think Jesus feels about groups who think he excuses sin, thereby promoting sin (evil)? How many people are repulsed by those who boast of their righteousness and that despite being sinners, they have special favor with God with a guaranteed place in heaven, while they continue in their passions and pleasures? When you think about it, the whole concept is ludicrous! To thinking souls, this concept of 'churchianity' is a stumbling block and scatters the true sheep, preventing them from hearing the message of Jesus.

He who says to the wicked [those still sinning], 'You are righteous;' him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him; Pro 24:24

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light, and light for darkness. Isa 5:20

They have seduced my people saying, 'Peace!' when there is no peace. .. with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, .., and have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way, by (falsely) promising him life.
Eze 13:2,10,22

Many, many of Christ's have been driven out, scattered sheep, from the deficit sects because of: hypocrisy, being lorded over, money solicitations, frustration with no help to stop sinning, revulsion at social stances that endorse evil, condemnation, etc. The elect are not deceived by those having a form of godliness, but denying the power. They can see the lack of fruit. They can see the lack of power. They can see the blind guides fleecing the flock, making a trade of the Bible verses, in the ditch, offering no hope. That is why it is necessary for Christ himself to shepherd his flock.

When Christ, in union with you, rules your heart as your king, ordering your every thought, word, and deed —then you are part of Christ's body of believers —the bride of Christ, part of his true church. Each member of His body acts according to the head, Christ. Christ's body cannot have each member acting independently; otherwise each foot will go according its own will, each hand, each eye will be out of control of the head, without singleness of purpose, without unity of spirit, without Christ in control. Each part of Christ's body or church must be totally controlled by the head —just like the parts of your physical body are all controlled by your head. When you are filled with the fullness of God, then (and not until then) Christ is truly your Master, Lord, and King in mind, word, and deed. Then and only then, you are in Christ.

The problem is 'Christians' live the same as the 'sinners' —because they deny the power of God to change them from darkness to a sinless state, and claim they are favored by God on a technicality —they say "Jesus is Lord" with their lips, but keep him far removed from their hearts to really be their Lord and King.

As Paul said to Timothy about those who have a form of godliness, but deny its power:

Men will be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, without self control, fierce, despisers of those who are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it. Turn away from such people. 2 Tim. 3:2-5

(A form is a set of  religious practices: singing, Bible reading, baptism, eating bread/wine, prayer books, creeds, dress, incense, tongue time, fleecing the sheep time, bells, sermons from the carnal mind, altar call time, silent time, etc. —all scheduled, planned, repeated, rehearsed —so that the practices become a ritual to be repeated and observed. The form of their attempted worship prevents the Holy Spirit from leading and controlling the experience.)

The false shepherds will plead for you to stay as a paying customer by saying: "But you must meet with fellow believers; you cannot forsake the assembling of yourselves together," as Hebrews 10:25 plainly states, but the people in Hebrews were hoping and "exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching," the day of the Lord's return with his Kingdom, which is a personal experience of purified believers. The people in Hebrews had the true hope of the true gospel and their faith was based on obeying the word in their heart. The people in Hebrews have nothing in common with people looking forward to heaven after death and content to continue to live in sin until death. The people in Hebrews were exhorting each other, which is to rebuke sin, to be obedient, to do works of love, fight for the faith. If they don't share your hope of purity and the Kingdom through repentance, with faith in God to fulfill your hope, then they are unbelievers; and as Paul says: "Turn away from such people," and:

Do not be mismatched with unbelievers; for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness?

And what harmony does Christ have with Belial [the devil]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? And what agreement can the temple of God have with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, "I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."

Therefore, "'come out from among them [unbelievers], and be separate,' says the Lord, 'and touch no unclean thing; and I will receive you. 2 Cor 6:14-17

But now I write to you not to keep company with any man who calls himself a Christian and is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, [whose soul is devoted to anything that usurps the place of God, and how they spend their free time defines to what they are devoted], or a railer, or a drunkard, or a scammer; do not even eat with such a person. 1 Cor 5:11

So any, who call themselves Christians, but are guilty of immorality, covetousness, or devotion to anything except God (how they spend their free time defines what they are devoted to), or railing, or drunkenness [with alcohol or drugs], or scamming, or theft; we should not associate with them or even eat a meal with them. Now if you are not supposed to eat with them, how much less should you fellowship with them is some sect meeting?

From George Fox's Letter on Covetousness:

So the apostle here does not speak of the fornicators, and covetous idolaters, and scammers of the world, which were outside; for God judges such. But the saints, the apostles, and the true church were to judge those who practiced such things within the church, showing the true christian's church had a power; and not to keep company nor to eat with such, professing Christ, who were of such practices, knowing that the unrighteous should not inherit the kingdom of God, nor drunkards, nor fornicators, thieves, railers [verbally abusive], scammers, nor covetous idolaters; those who lived in these evils, were not like to inherit the kingdom of God; for they were defiled, unwashed, and not sanctified nor justified, etc. So that if the saints did keep company, or did eat with such unwashed, unsanctified, unjustified persons, or have fellowship with them, they took the members of Christ and joined them to a harlot; for he that is joined to an harlot, is one body; ‘for two,’ said he, ‘shall be one flesh.’ And therefore, the saints' bodies are members of Christ; God forbid they should be joined to harlots, or that they should make them members of an harlot. ‘And he that is joined to the Lord, is one spirit:’ And the saints' bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, which proceeds from God and Christ, and being bought with a price, the blood of Christ, and washed, and sanctified, and justified in the name of Jesus Christ by the spirit of God, they are to glorify God in their bodies, souls, and spirits, which are God's, which he has given to them to glorify him with; glory to his name forever.

Both George Fox and Margaret Fox wrote in several of their writings of not having the freedom to eat with those who called themselves Christians, but having not been renewed in heart and mind, remained worldly in covetousness, greed, language, etc.

Not that we are pure already, and these others are not; no, it is the difference in obligation, commitment, hope, and faith that separates us, until we are purified. By your leaving to become pure, you may eventually be able to help them; greater love has no man than he who lays down his life for his friends. The people in the deficit sects, however well-intentioned they are, believe they are justified in continuing in sin —and that Jesus does not want them to become pure, and furthermore that Jesus can not purify them —they are unbelievers: what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? See George Fox's letter 391 for more.

you have people who share your hope to meet with, then meet with them to silently listen for the Lord together. See Meeting Formats and Why Silence.

Until you do have such people to meet with, for him to teach you, you will have to quietly withdraw from your deficit sect as evidence to the Lord you are sincere in wanting him to lead you to the sinless state and the Kingdom. Your withdrawal from the deficit sects' false teachings is evidence of your faith and hope for righteousness and Christ's ability to bring you to that state by his grace and power. If you stay, you either lose your peace or you lose your integrity, along with losing the Lord's teachings because he will not build you up on top of a false foundation. To continue to fellowship with them will either result in your stress, arguing (fighting) with them, or your being overcome by their false arguments and remain captive of sin, never to enter the rest of God. If you stay, you are associating with people who think sin is OK with God, as long as they are believers and support their sect; to associate with people who continually demonstrate that evil is overlooked by God cannot help but weaken your resolve to rid yourself of your sinful nature. These people will constantly tell you: "We're OK, and you're OK because God loves us just like we are, still full of sin; but that is a tragic, colossal mistake. By your attendance, you are supporting those same people in their delusions, supporting the false teachings of that sect, and thereby condemning yourself.

The voice of the Lord said, "They must withdraw from their sect to be taught;" and "don't withdraw in pride or prejudice, but long enough to see the falseness of their teachings." Therefore since a promise of entering into his rest still stands, let us fear, lest any of you should come short of it. Heb 4:1

He is obsessed about questions and disputes and strife about words, from which comes envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, obstinate disputes of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, supposing that godliness is a source of financial gain; from such withdraw yourself. 1 Tim 6:4-5

Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received from us. 2 Thes 3:6

If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, neither wish him Godspeed [or success in his future endeavors]; for anyone who wishes him Godspeed is a partaker of his evil deeds. 2 John 1:10-11 (This refers to a teacher or a preacher of a deficit sect.)

Jesus said: Leave them alone and disregard them; they are blind guides and teachers. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a ditch. Matthew 15:14

Come out of her, my people, so that you do not share in her sins, and so you will not receive her plagues. Rev 18:4-7

Yes, all the deficit sects of today comprise Revelation's Whore of Babylon, of which all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, because all the sects are simply evolutional varieties of the Roman Empire's church, both east and west, whose doctrines were dictated by the sainted Emperors Constantine and Justinian the despot, thus the crushing boot of the Roman Empire eliminated the true gospel by 388 AD. As prophesied in Revelation, the church committed adultery with the Kings of the earth.

Jesus said the false prophets in sheep's clothing would come. John said the antichrists and false apostles had come and had gone out from among them. Peter saw the false teachers had come. Paul and Jude saw the false apostles had come, and warned the brothers night and day for three years of more coming. And in Revelation, John saw where the whole world was to go after the false prophets and the false church, which occurred shortly afterwards. The false church having become pervasive is hardly surprising when you consider that 2000 years ago the devil had already prostituted a significant portion of Christianity.

He [the beast] was further permitted to wage war on God's holy people (the saints) and to overcome them. And power was given him to extend his authority over kindreds, and tongues, and nations. The beast of the Book of Revelation is the beast of heathen religious authority, which power was severely curtailed [a wound to the head] by early Christianity, particularly in the Mediterranean region. But a second beast shortly arose that had horns like a lamb, but was a beast. Note, this beast appears to be Christian-like, and under pretence of the Lamb's authority, (though acted by the dragon's power, derived from the first beast of heathen religion), compels men to comply with such traditions, ceremonies, and rituals, (for Christian duties), as resemble the customs of the heathen, in their idolatrous worship and superstition. The whole earth followed this beast, and still does. Thus, the false church arose ; and anyone who denied this false church, or who failed to confess their sins to a Catholic priest three times per year, or who failed to receive Eucharist bread and wine three times per year, were martyred in the Inquisition. All suspicious homes and entire properties were diligently searched within and outside of cities by a priest to find any such heretics that were not in compliance with the Catholic sacraments.

So if people were not seeking God and Christ by conforming to the Catholic sect's method of worship, they were exterminated like vermin. By conforming to the Catholic sect's worship, they received her mark. Anyone who tried to increase their measure of Christ, (to buy or sell spiritual oil for their lamps), by any way that differed from the masses of the Catholic church, (did not have the false church's mark); and they were not only stopped, but they also were brutally tortured in the Inquisition and then killed — which really made them unable to buy or sell. To buy or sell are metaphors, meaning to acquire more of the Holy Spirit, which several other scriptures also demonstrate with different metaphors (water, bread, wine, gold, oil) for the holy Spirit:

Buy the truth, and do not sell it; also [buy] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. Pro 23:23

Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, and he who has no money, come, buy and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? And your hard-earned money for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to me. Hear [and obey], and your soul shall live; Isa 55:1-3
What bread? Jesus said, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me shall never hunger; and he who believes on me shall never thirst. John 6:35. The Spirit gives life. The words I speak to you are Spirit and are life-giving. John 6:63

I counsel you to buy from me gold refined and tried in the fire, so that you may be rich; Rev 3:18

Gold refined and tried in the fire is faith that has been tested by and tried by fire: trials, suffering, and tribulations, all part of the cross that every believer must endure in order to enter the kingdom.

For more detail on the mark of the beast, see the footnote to Revelation 13:16-17 in this web site's on-line Bible.

During the Middle Ages (800 AD to 1500 AD) nine million souls were put to death by the Roman Catholics. (See The Middle Ages Persecutions for how 9,000,000 people were killed throughout Europe.)

From the Word of the Lord within:
"It might be seen that any man who was out of compliance or
conformance with the Catholic church was killed."

And while this false church is often identified by the Protestants as the Roman church, the Protestants are all part of the same false whore, (her beast has many names), and deficit sects practicing the Catholics' man-made inventions of: infant baptism, the trinity, (nowhere mentioned in scriptures), marriage by priests, vain and prideful buildings called holy, steeples with bells, black robes, black shirts, special collars, creeds, reading sermons, sacraments, vicars, clerks, parsons, curates, bachelors of art, masters, fathers, Christmas, Easter, and bachelors of divinity, separation of revered clergy vs. the second class laity or lay people, elevated stages, choirs, elevated pulpits, rule by bishop or priest, tithes, the cross and crucifix, programmed services; expiation of sin with words, water, bread and wine — all superstitious rituals — instead of a complete change of heart — circumcised to be a new heart and mind in an entirely new creature; all are inherited inventions of the mother of Protestantism, the Roman Catholics.

The Protestant services have their roots in the Catholic mass, which is contrary to all New Testament guidelines and medieval in origin, reflecting magical, heathen rituals and Greek drama, separating the Body of Christ into two classes: the privileged and touted clergy order vs. the audience or laity that only watched and listened to the dramatic spectacle, called worship. Under the leadership of Emperor Constantine, who had poisoned his son and boiled his wife to death, the Catholic sect was embodied into the Roman government, which prescribed its doctrine, built its churches throughout the empire, paid the clergy, clothed the clergy identical to Roman government officials, abolished Passover to become Easter, and designated Christmas to coincide with Roman pagan holidays. Christian names were applied to the various heathen rituals and traditions, giving credibility to the unsuspecting. All dissenting Christian believers were either banished into exile or killed.

Many Roman Catholic persecutions were justified by Saint(?) Augustine's famous: Why ... should not the Church use force in compelling her lost sons to return, if the lost sons compelled others to their destruction?" —A classic example of the end justifies the means, which looses sight of the principal command of Christ to "love enemies," not destroy them. Another supposed saint(?), Thomas Aquinas wrote: On the part of the Church, however, there is mercy which looks to the conversion of the wanderer, wherefore she condemns not at once, but "after the first and second admonition," as the Apostle directs: after that, if he is yet stubborn, the Church no longer hoping for his conversion, looks to the salvation of others, by excommunicating him and separating him from the Church, and furthermore delivers him to the secular tribunal to be exterminated thereby from the world by death.

The Reformation birthed the Protestants, and they too were fond of murder, following in the footsteps of their Roman sect mother. John Calvin, a principal founder of Protestantism still revered by many Protestant sects, forced the citizens of Geneva to attend church services under a heavy threat of punishment by death or expulsion. Because Michael Servetus had disagreed with Calvin's doctrinal writings, Calvin charged and arrested Servetus for heresy, (among other differences were Servetus' denials of infant baptism and the trinity), resulting in Servetus being slowly burned at the stake with green wood. Jacques Gruet, a known opponent of Calvin, was arrested, tortured for a month and beheaded on 7/26/1547, for placing a letter in Calvin's pulpit calling him a hypocrite. Calvin also had thirty four women burned at the stake as witches accused of being responsible for a plague. His theocracy in Geneva is credited with seventy-six persons being exiled and a total of fifty-eight sentences of death, (after being tortured to obtain their "confession"). Calvin justified torture and execution of heretics, writing: Whoever shall maintain that wrong is done to heretics and blasphemers in punishing them makes himself an accomplice in their crime and guilty as they are. There is no question here of man's authority; it is God who speaks, and clear it is what law he will have kept in the church, even to the end of the world. Wherefore does he demand of us a so extreme severity, if not to show us that due honor is not paid him, so that we spare not kin, nor blood of any, and forget all humanity when the matter is to combat for His glory.

Jesus said: .. whoever kills you will think that he is doing a service to God. John 16:2

Another venerated Protestant founder was Martin Luther, full of hate for the Jews. From the Wikipedia article on Martin Luther and from the Wikipedia Article on Kristallnacht, (the Night of Broken Glass):

Luther initially advocated kindness toward the Jews, but only with the aim of converting them to Christianity: what was called Judenmission. When his efforts at conversion failed, he became increasingly bitter toward them. His main works on the Jews were his 60,000-word treatise Von den Juden und Ihren Lügen (On the Jews and Their Lies), and Vom Schem Hamphoras und vom Geschlecht Christi (On the Holy Name and the Lineage of Christ) — reprinted five times within his lifetime — both written in 1543, three years before his death. He argued that the Jews were no longer the chosen people, but were "the devil's people." They were "base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as filth." The synagogue was a "defiled bride, yes, an incorrigible whore and an evil slut ..." and Jews were full of the "devil's feces ... which they wallow in like swine." He advocated setting synagogues on fire, destroying Jewish prayer books, forbidding rabbis from preaching, seizing Jews' property and money, smashing up their homes, and ensuring that these "poisonous envenomed worms" be forced into labor or expelled "for all time." He also seemed to sanction their murder, writing "We are at fault in not slaying them."

The Nazi persecution of Jews in Germany began in massive scale on Kristallnacht, (the Night of Broken Glass), in which 200 synagogues were burned; Jewish books, scrolls, and antiquities were burned; 7500 Jewish businesses storefronts were smashed, (hence the broken glass name); tombstones and graves were uprooted; 30,000 Jews were arrested and taken to concentration camps; at least 100 were immediately murdered; and many homes were looted. A similar pogrom of similar magnitude took place in Vienna, Austria on the same night. These events occurred on November 9-10, 1938: Luther's birthday was November 10. Luther's advice was fulfilled on Kristallnacht to the letter.This was the beginning of the Final Solution and The Holocaust.

According to Michael, Luther's work acquired the status of Scripture within Germany, and he became the most widely read author of his generation, in part because of the coarse and passionate nature of the writing. The prevailing view among historians is that his anti-Jewish rhetoric contributed significantly to the development of anti semitism in Germany, and in the 1930s and 1940s provided an ideal foundation for the National Socialist's (NAZI) attacks on Jews. Reinhold Lewin writes that "whoever wrote against the Jews for whatever reason believed he had the right to justify himself by triumphantly referring to Luther." According to Michael, just about every anti-Jewish book printed in the Third Reich contained references to and quotations from Luther. Heinrich Himmler wrote admiringly of his writings and sermons on the Jews in 1940. The city of Nuremberg presented a first edition of On the Jews and their Lies to Julius Streicher, editor of the Nazi newspaper Der Stürmer, on his birthday in 1937; the newspaper described it as the most radically anti-Semitic tract ever published. On 17 December, 1941, seven Protestant regional church confederations issued a statement agreeing with the policy of forcing Jews to wear the yellow badge, "since after his bitter experience, Luther had already suggested preventive measures against the Jews and their expulsion from German territory."

All the Protestant and Catholic sects that killed, (or even approved of killing), those with a different religious opinion were very different from real Christians; in even considering murder, they were following and yielding to their father the devil, who was the murderer from the beginning. They callously ignored the scriptures of the New Testament clearly stating that we should love our enemies, that we should pray for our enemies, that we should turn the other cheek, and that it was Satanic to even think about killing those that do not share our faith. Jesus further said that if someone is violating the standards of the church, (sinning), they are supposed to be warned by one, then warned by two or three, then censured by the whole body of believers, — and if they fail to repent of their error, they are supposed to be expelled and shunned — not killed, or imprisoned, or tortured, or stripped of their property. We are supposed to love and pray for our enemies, not destroy them.

Augustine and Thomas are two of the four pillars of Roman Catholicism. Calvin and Luther are the principal founders of Protestantism. If the venerated founders of the sects are evil, how could the sects and their promulgated doctrines also not be evil? When the root is evil, no matter how many branches are on the tree — they are evil too. From the Word of the Lord within: "They are corrupt, through and through;" and "woe to those who try to bring good from evil."

And the whore was drunk on the blood of the saints —the Roman church's inquisitions and slaughters throughout Europe, in which during the Middle Ages (800 AD to 1500 AD) nine million souls were put to death, accused of witchcraft. The Protestant zealots of Germany, inspired by Luther's radical translation of the Bible, raped, plundered, and killed 100,000 Catholics and upper class in the Peasants War. English King Henry VIII, the founder of the Episcopal sect, had 72,000 opponents, (mostly Catholics), killed. England, Scotland, and Ireland suffered three civil wars of Puritans* against ruling governments, which left 190,00 dead in England, (3.7% of the population); 60,000 dead in Scotland, (6% of the population); and 616,000 dead in Ireland, (41% of the population, which was mostly Catholic).

*Justifying their revolution as bringing Christ's kingdom to earth, the Puritans regarded their adversaries as enemies of Christ. The Puritan officers of their army frequently inspired their troops by shouting a quote from the Old Testament against heathen idolatry: "Cursed be he that does the work of the Lord deceitfully, and keeps back his sword from blood." The victorious Puritan and parliamentary soldiers, with their extraordinary biblical names — Praise God Barebones and Sergeant Hew Agag in Pieces before the Lord — were roaming through the country, smashing the images in the churches, tearing out the pipes in the organs, breaking the stained-glass windows, and stabling their horses in cathedrals.

This was followed in the 17th Century by the Protestants of England and America, who in 50 years were responsible for the deaths of over 869 Quakers, imprisoning tens of thousands early Quakers, and seizing the property of tens of thousands; the persecutors of the Quakers included Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and Baptists. Three men and a woman were hung in Boston by the Bible-believing Puritans.

The false church boasts she is not a widow and will never see sorrow. She boasts that Christ is their husband; but these false churches are the whore of Babylon, who ignore Christ's commands to repent, his teachings, his requirements, his warnings, his required holiness, his gospel, his Kingdom, his promised freedom from sin, and his inward cross of self-denial —the Missing Cross to Purity.

Christianity worships a being that excuses them from the necessity of a sin-free life, a being that approves of their selfish, dishonest, covetous, angry, immoral, impure lifestyle, promising them an after-death escape from Hell, which promise shall be annulled. Because the false Jesus they worship, excuses all manner of sin; the false Jesus they worship is going to marry a bride who is full of adultery, covetousness, anger, lust, profane language, lies, etc. Their false Jesus allows them to live their life in sin until they die, and then is supposedly going to embrace them into heaven. Their false Jesus makes sin easier, by supposedly making sin, guilt free. Their false Jesus embraces sin and evil. Their false Jesus says, you can live however you please, making decisions for yourself based on what you think is good and bad. People, this is a description of the devil who told Eve they would be like God, knowing good and evil. This false Jesus is a god who approves of man walking after the imagination of his own heart, which is worse than worshipping wooden and stone idols, Jer 16:11-12. This false Jesus approves of man being his own God. This is not the real Jesus.

Jesus is holy and pure. The bride of Jesus must be holy and pure too. Jesus said: 'Sin no more!' And 'Repent or perish!' [to lose you soul]. And Jesus said, If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed, than having two hands to go into Hell, into the fire that will never be quenched. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame, than having two feet to be cast into Hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into Hell fire. Mark 9:43,45,47-48. Jesus is desperately trying to tell us that to enter the Kingdom and escape hell, sin has to go. He knew false ministers with false gospels promising freedom to continue to sin would arise after he left. Changes in our heart through the missing cross to purity can take away the desire of the hand, foot, and eye to cause us to sin.

Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Heb 12:14. So then those who are in the flesh [living in their sinful nature] cannot please God. For if you live after the flesh [the sinful nature], you will die; but if through the Spirit you mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body, you will live. Rom 8:8,13. And Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh [the sinful nature] with its passions and desires [lusts and affections]. Gal 5:24. And You can be sure: No sexually immoral, or impure or covetous person..has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Eph 5:5-6.

If you want to read more about the whore and the beast, read Isaac Penington's very thorough explanations on this site: 1) Babylon the Great, and 2) The Great Apostasy. Also available is Francis Howgill's expose of the deterioration in Christianity.

Go to the Good Shepherd yourself, bypassing the supposed intermediaries. Go to the Master. The Truth. The Light. The Way. The Captain of your Salvation. The Author and Finisher of Your Faith. Your Hope. Your All. HE will never fail you —if you allow him, he will guide you, teach you, lead you, change you, destroy the sin within you, love you, enter union with you, and take you to paradise.

Come out from among them, and be separate, said the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; and I will receive you. And I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty. 2 Cor 6:17-18

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

See: How to Benefit from the Changing Power of God for more on how to listen and receive the teaching, changing grace of God.


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