True and False Prophets ( Matthew 7:15-20)
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
"Lateley I've been losing sleep, dreaming about the things that we could be. But baby I've been praying hard. No more counting dollars. We'll be counting stars"~
One Republic - Counting Stars
Ecclesiastes 5:10 NIV10 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.
obtain a financial advantage or benefit, especially from an investment.
"the only people to profit from the entire episode were the lawyers" synonyms:make money
False Religion Worthless
1. This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:
2 “Stand at the gate of the Lord’s house and there proclaim this message:“‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the Lord.
3 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place.
4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord!”
5 If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly,
6 if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm,
7 then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever.
Oppression is used as a talking point. Poverty pimping is considered an honorable profession. People get paid 6 figures to attend conferences to talk about the homeless and economically disadvantaged as they eat to get sleepy and drink to get drunk. Workers and activists get burned, terminated, blackballed, discredited and assassinated for their "idealism" as if ending homelessness isn't ideal. There are 6 empty homes for each homeless person, thus homelessness is an issue of moral poverty that consumes a rich nation more so than its flawed economics.
Fox Business estimates, there are 18.9 million vacant homes across the country. 3.5 million people without homes; 18.9 million homes without residents.(HuffingtonPost.com)
It's become customary to worship false idols and work for the glorification of such idols. People will pay hundreds of dollars to worship manufactured celebrities promoting violence, drugs money and sex while overindulging in food and drink then choose to OPt out of investing in the development of future generations with either time nor money.
They will instead use their words and their knowledge of Western versions of The Bible and academics to debate over problems in communities they refuse to occupy or evangelize to, labeling its inhabitants as bad in order to inflate their own self-righteous egos "in the name of Jesus." Many preachers and self-proclaimed ministers use praise soundbites to amplify news cycles about traumatic events to appeal to the vulnerable and gullible in order to gain political capital and false power for photo OPPs with OPPressors. They praise God to make themselves feel good. It's their drug. It's their addiction. The moment it no longer makes them feel good or comfortable, they will reject it in "the name of Jesus" and destroy anything in their path, just like addicts. The letter J wasn't even invented until 400-500 years ago. Many "missionaries" even used The Bible to indoctrinate slaves. Worshiping Christ himself as an idol is actually against the practices of The Bible.
Leviticus 26:1 New International Version
"'Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.
1 Corinthians 2:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.
1 John: 4:20 New International Version
"Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen."
For Jesus sake, why do so many of the self-proclaimed saints of the church refuse to fellowship with the sick and shut-in? Why do they instead choose to boast about their few good works on the stage and alter while turning away their brothers and sisters in Christ to condemnation when no one is looking? Why do they over-consume in God's house to enable their greed? Why do churches put $4 Billion dollars into banks each Monday then promote politicians upholding a system they claim destroys their communities? This is hypocritical.
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness,righteousness and truth)
10 and find out what pleases the Lord.
11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.