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(Mat 3:11 KJV) I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:(Luke 3:16 KJV) John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:Unquenchable "fire" sadly is a more valid description of Hell than of the visible religious Church today. That is why still you need to get your Bible out and daily read the scripture for yourself, don't believe everything your minister, preacher, pastor, priest or rabbi tells you, read it always, continually for yourself.Jer.23:21 - I (the Lord) have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.Matt.15:14 - Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind, both shall fall in the ditch.Matt.23:16 - Woe unto you, ye blind guidesIs.9:16 - For the leaders of this people (or, they which call themselves blessed) cause [them] to err; and [they that are] led of them (or, they that are called blessed of them) [are] destroyed (or, swallowed up).Phil.3:2-3 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workersII Peter 2:2 - And many shall follow their pernicious (lavsivious) ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.John 10:1 - Verily, verily, I (Jesus) say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
Is.56:10 - His watchmen [are] blind: they are all ignorant, they [are] all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, (or, dreaming, or, talking in their sleep), lying down, loving to slumber.
Rom.16:17 - Now I (Paul) beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause division and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Deut.4:2 - Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
Deut.12:32 - What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
Prov.30:6 - Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Col.2:8 - Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments (or, elements) of the world, and not after Christ.
For no valid expression of a real New Testament church is ever just led by just one professional supposedly a holy man doing the main business of communicating with God and then feeding the rest of the relatively passive religious consumers, a Moses-style approach. The book of acts Church in contrast was led by a plurality Apostle, prophets, elders, along with the rest of the believers.Prov.19:27 - Cease, my son, to hear the instruction [that causeth] to err from the words of knowledge.Eph.4:14 - That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;Jer.29:8-9 - For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that [be] in the midst of you deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. (9) For they prophesy falsely (or, in a lie) unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD.Eph.5:6 - Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience (or, unbelief)Matt.24:4-5 - And Jesus answered and said unto them, (the disciples), Take heed that no man deceive you (5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. -Christianity today wrongfully has adopted this one man ministry method from Old Testament, and from the pagan religions. This heavy professionalization of the church since Constantine has now been a negative pervasive influence long enough on true Christianity and is also not conducive of real growth.According to the New Testament (1 Tim. 2:5), there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus and one real Shepherd, Jesus Himself. (Eph 2:20 KJV) And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.(John 10:27 KJV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and my Father are one.John 10:4-5 - And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. (5) And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
John 10:8 - All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
Jer.23:1 - Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.
Ezek.34:2 - Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherd feed the flock?God also simply does not bless religious professionals, they also are not to meddle, to force themselves in-between people, their families, and even God himself. The present religious system is still mostly Bureaucracy which is the most dubious of all administrative systems. There is no room for God's spontaneity and God's care of humanity, and no room for real life. The present, past image of much of contemporary Christianity can be summarized, as supposedly better than thou, holy people coming for a minimum regularly to a holy place at a holy day at a holy hour to participate in a holy ritual lead by a holy man dressed in holy clothes against a holy fee as well is not acceptable too.Jer.50:6 - My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away [on] the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place.Statistically too, the traditional 1-2 hour worship service actually produces next still very little fruit in terms of discipline people, that is, in changed lives. Traditionally too the desire to worship in the right human way has led to much false denominationalism. This established tradition not only ignores that all, each Christians are called to worship God in Spirit and in truth not just in cathedrals, buildings holding approved songbooks, but this also ignores that most of life is unpredictable, and still rather led directly, personally by the Holy Spirit.For a start God through his Holy Spirit selects, equips, approves, confirms of His leaders and not mere men.. God even today is also in the business of delivering His Church from a Babylonian captivity of religious bureaucrats, hirelings, and the related false persons with diabolic controlling spirits. Rather the hands of ordinary pastors too now are now also made extraordinary by God even in their ministry of physical healings.I Cor.12:28 - And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Eph.4:11 - And he gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers;We all in the church do need to change from being powerful actors to rather rightfully start to live powerfully personally..As Christians of all walks of life, from all denominations and backgrounds, sense a clear echo in their spirit as to what God's Spirit is now saying to the whole Church, and start to hear, do in order to act locally first as well, for true Christianity starts with oneself, at home, in one's local neighborhood too, with helping the local poor Christians as well as in the Church universal.. they begin to function as intended again as one body.(Mat 18:20 KJV) For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.(Mat 3:10 KJV) And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.(Mat 3:11 KJV) I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:(Mat 3:12 KJV) Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.Acts 20:28 - Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.I Tim.4:16 - Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.(2 Tim 2:15 KJV) Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.II Tim.2:10-13 - Therefore I (Paul) endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. (11) [It is] a faithful saying: For if we be dead with [him, we shall also live with [him]: (12) If we suffer, we shall also reigh with [him]: if we deny [him], he will also deny us: (13) If we believe not, [yet] he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himselfI Cor.4:1-2 - Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. (2) Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.Col.2:8 - Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the rudiments (or, elements) of the world, and not after Christ.
Gal.1:8-9 - But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (9) As we said before, so say I (Paul) now again, if any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Rev.22:18-19 - For I (John) testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man (person) shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: (19) And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book. I Tim.4:1 - Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
II Peter 2:1 - But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
Acts 20:29 - For I (Paul) know this, that after my departing shall grievious wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
John 10:11 - I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
John 10:14 - I am the shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
I have to say how too often I am still dismayed that the false "hirelings" pastors even when they are exposed and asked to change, they do not repent, they mostly continue to unrepentantly pretend they are followers of Christ.. and it is still a mere pretence.. one of the reason they maintain their pretence is cause it is a false source of income, profit for them as well. Judas one of the twelve apostles sadly also did not repent, but at least the rest went on with the Lord.
(John 10:11 KJV) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
(Eccl 1:9 KJV) The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
(Psalms 49:1 KJV) Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world: 2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together. 3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. 4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp. 5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about? 6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) 9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. 10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. 11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. 12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish. 13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah. 14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah. 16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; 17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him. 18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself. 19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. 20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.
Is.40:10 -11 - Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong [hand], (or, against the strong), and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward [is] with him, and his work before him. (11) He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry [them] in his bosom, [and] shall gently lead those that are with young.Luke 12:42 - And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom [his] lord shall make ruler over his household, to give [them their] portion of meat in due season?
Matt.25:21 - His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make the ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Luke 22:29 - And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
(John 3:16 KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be saved.A house divided against itself cannot stand (Mark 3:25) applies to Churches,and our homes, and our marriages too.