|Isaiah 56 |
1 Thus says the LORD, "Keep justice, and do righteousness, for my salvation is soon to come and my righteousness to be revealed.
2 Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold of it; who keeps from defiling my Sabbath, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.
3 Do not let the son of the stranger, who has joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, 'The LORD has utterly separated me from his people;' nor let the eunuch say, 'Behold, I am a dry tree.'
4 For thus says the LORD: 'to the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and hold fast to my covenant,
5 To them will I give in my house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
6 And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD to serve him and to love the name of the LORD and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath from polluting it and takes holds fast to my covenant;
7 I will bring them to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted upon my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people.'"
8 The Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel says, "Also I will gather others to him, beside those who are gathered to him."
9 All you beasts of the field, come to devour, yes, all you beasts in the forest.
10 His watchmen are blind, they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber. [A watchman is supposed to stay awake and warn of the enemy approaching, but the leaders of Christianity are so deep in sleep that they don't recognize that they themselves have been duped by the devil, so that they are masquerading as ministers of righteousness, preaching no-consequence sin, while their place of will-worship is filled with unclean birds, (demons). The ministers of Christianity are the blind guides the Lord warned us about, not taught by the Lord's voice and light, not perfected by the Lord, not gifted with an authorized ministry, not sent by the Lord, and not speaking words from the Spirit of the Lord; rather, they speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their vain opinions from the imagination of their evil hearts.]
11 Yes, they are greedy dogs who can never have enough; they are shepherds who cannot understand; they all look to their own way, every one for his own monetary gain, from his quarter.1 [Not only do the leaders of Christianity not understand anything they purport to represent, they want you to pay them for their false teachings: they want a salary, your contributions, your "offerings," or your "love gifts that they solicit." They can never get enough. They are greedy; they are covetous. They have fallen in the way of Balaam, preaching for hire.]
12 "Come," they say, "I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow will be like this day, and much more abundant."
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1 His watchmen are blind, they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber. Yes, they are greedy dogs who can never have enough; they are shepherds who cannot understand; they all look to their own way, every one for his own monetary gain, from his quarter. This perfectly applies to the leaders of Christianity today. From the Word of the Lord within: "Just like Judaism was taken over by the enemy, so has Christianity, which is corrupt through and through. The enemy is in all of Christianity. They have taken the Bible and made it an unholy thing used to justify their immersion in sin. Beware of false prophets." Christianity has heaped [accumulated in piles] to themselves teachers after their own lusts, who will say what their itching ears want to hear, and they turn their ears away from the truth to turn to fables." 2 Tim 4:3-4.
Yes, they are greedy dogs who can never have enough; they are shepherds who cannot understand; they all look to their own way, every one for his own monetary gain, from his quarter. In the Old Testament, dogs licked the blood of dead men, as preachers and priests today feed on the life and sustenance of their congregations, who are dead to the life of God, living in sin; they fleece the sheep. This relates to preachers who don't understand in what they claim to be experts. The shepherds of Christendom are the blind guides of Christianity who have taken a few verses from the Bible out of context, while ignoring countless others, including those that specifically state the exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation.
From the Word of the Lord within: "The leaders of Christianity are dogs — blind, dumb, ignorant dogs; professing to know everything, they know nothing; professing to know everything, they live their lives as fools." Not only do they not understand anything they purport to represent, they want you to pay them for their false teachings: they want a salary, your contributions, your "offerings," or your "love gifts that they solicit." They can never get enough. They are greedy; they are covetous. They have fallen in the way of Balaam, preaching for hire. Jesus speaks of hireling preachers:
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hireling does not own the sheep; so when he sees the wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and flees. Then the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. The hireling runs away because he is a hireling [working for pay], and does not love the sheep. John 10:11-13.
Peter speaks of taking money: Feed the flock of God that is among you, serving as an overseer, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre [money], but readily. 1 Peter 5:2.
Paul speaks of preaching for money: For we are not like so many, who peddle the word of God [for profit]; but with sincerity, as being from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. 2 Cor 2:17. What is my reward then? Truly, that when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel of Christ without charge. 1 Cor 9:18.
And Jesus again: Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Luke 10:7-8. So here Jesus says, eat and drink such things as they give, because a worker worthy is hire. This is the wages that Christ allows, gifts, which could include a gift of money of course. But if someone asks for a gift, it is not a gift; if someone takes a salary, it is not a gift.
From George Fox's Journal:
For God is free and will have his people to be free, and his gospel is free, and his mercies are free, and his grace is free. His gospel is free to every creature, and his grace is free to every creature. His grace is not the Letter [Bible]; the gospel is not the Letter [Bible]; his glad tidings are not the Letter. For many poor troubled souls may be under death and condemnation, while they have the Letter; and there lie wounded with no peace, until Jesus brings the glad tidings of the free gospel. Then you will witness with me that the gospel is a free gospel, and not to be bought and sold for money, and that the grace of God is free. Listen, everyone that thirsts, come to the water of life; he that has no money, come buy wine and milk without money and without price; and listen diligently so that your souls may live, and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. So all people consider, and see if you can witness your souls raised out of death, and your being brought into this everlasting covenant.
So who can witness their souls brought out of death? Have you come into the beginning? But you have nothing but the Letter, [Bible] and you are spending your money and labor without being satisfied; spending your money for that which is not bread. You are following greedy, dumb dogs, who can never get enough. They are Baal's priests, who have forsaken the right way, going after the error of Balaam, running after the way of Cain, who loved the wages of unrighteousness...Now loving the Light, it will guide you from all men, so that you will never have to look to man again for guidance or teaching.
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 is Revelation's whore of Babylon, riding the beast of many names [41,000 sects in Christendom], with horns like a lamb [that resembles the true church], but who speaks like a dragon [men speaking from their carnal minds, which is enmity with God, and their vain opinions from their evil imaginations] instead of speaking words supplied by the Holy Spirit, as Jesus and the Apostles did.
"Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand." Dan 12:10. The priestcraft of Christendom has no idea how to be purified. Instead in vain they teach the commandments of men, and practice pagan ceremony that supposedly makes you acceptable to God while still controlled by the lusts of your flesh, your pride, your passions, your anger, your vanity — your selfish human nature. They offer nothing but lies: that you can go to heaven when you die still sinning.
Revelation 22:15 states: For outside the city are dogs, and sorcerers, and the impure, and murderers, and idolaters, and whoever loves the deception of lies and cheating. The dogs, sorcerers, impure, murderers, idolaters, and liars are the leaders of Christianity and priests of the world's religions. (See Footnote 1 in Revelation 22 for the details of how.)
From the the Word of the Lord within to All Preachers and Teachers of Christianity :
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