11 Her leaders judge for a bribe and her priests teach for hire2 and her prophets divine for money; and yet they lean upon the LORD and say, "Is not the LORD among us? No evil can come upon us."
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.]
2 "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD to the shepherd: Woe be to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the sheep?
10 Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and cause them to cease from feeding the sheep, neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more. For I will deliver my sheep from their mouth, so that they may no longer be food for them.2
|2 Kings 5:15-16|
15 Then Namaan returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came and stood before him and said, "Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel. Now therefore, I pray you, accept a gift from your servant."
16 But Elisha said, "As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will accept nothing." And even though he urged him to take it, he refused.1
|2 Kings 5:20,22,26,27|
20 Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said [to himself], "Behold, my master has spared this Naaman the Syrian, by not accepting from him what he brought. But as the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something from him."
22 And Gehazi said, "All is well. My master has sent me to say, 'Behold, just now two young men of the company of the prophets have come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. I pray you, give them a talent of silver and two changes of clothing.'"
26 And Elisha said to him, "Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to receive money, garments, olive orchards, vineyards, sheep, oxen, menservants, and maidservants?
27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cleave to you and to your offspring forever." And Gehazi went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.
31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their own means [authority]; and my people love to have it so;4 but what will you do in the end of it?"
|Micah 3:5 |
5 Thus says the LORD: Concerning the false prophets who make my people stray, when someone gives them something to eat they cry, 'Peace;' but when someone does not put food into their mouths, they prepare war against him.1