|Malachi 2 |
1 "And now, O you priests, this commandment is for you.
2 If you will not hear and if you will not take it to heart to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts, I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; yes, I have cursed them already because you do not lay it to heart.
3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung of your solemn feasts upon your faces, and you will be taken away with it.
4 And you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you, to be my covenant with Levi, says the LORD of hosts.
5 My covenant with him was of life and peace, and I gave them to him because of the reverent fear with which he feared me, and because he was in awe before my name.
6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and unrighteousness was not found on his lips; he walked with me in peace and equity and turned many away from iniquity.
7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and people should seek the law and instruction from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
8 But you have departed out of the way; you have caused many to stumble at your instruction of the law; you have corrupted the covenant with Levi, says the LORD of hosts.
9 Therefore I have made you contemptible and base before all the people, since you have not kept my ways, but have shown partiality in the instruction of the law."
10 Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why then do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, profaning the covenant of our fathers?
11 Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has desecrated the holy sanctuary of the LORD which he loves, and has married the daughter of a strange god.
12 The LORD will cut off the man who does this from the tents of Jacob, the master and the pupil, and he who offers an offering to the LORD of hosts.
13 And this you have done also: you cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping and with crying out, because he does nor regard your offering any more or receive it with good will from your hand.
14 Yet you say, "Why does he not receive it?" Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously. Yet is she your companion and the wife of your covenant.
15 And did not he make you one [flesh], having a remnant of the spirit? And why one? Because he was seeking a godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, says: "I hate divorce and one who covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. Therefore take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously."
17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, "How have we wearied him?" When you say, "Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD and he delights in them;" or, "Where is the God of justice?"
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1 You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say: "Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD and he delights in them." Notice! This is exactly what the preachers of Christendom are telling their listeners today: God loves you, sin and all; he is going to accept you in heaven; your sins are forgiven, past, present,and future; God considers you righteous because you believe in Jesus. The preachers of today do not represent Christ. Jesus Christ has no sin in him; how can you expect to be fit company for Jesus, the Father, the angels, and the past saints made perfect? If you are still sinning, you are only fit company for Hell, and you will be banned from heaven after you hear the truth. Sinners can't live in heaven, or heaven would be Hell. Only former sinners go to heaven. Until all sin is removed from you heart, until you are purified; you cannot be in the company of God- for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Cor 6:14. No one wants children, who lie, or steal, or envy, or get angry, or constantly want something more, or are drunken, or are violent, or wrongfully use others, or cheat — or are disobedient to one's commands. Corruption does not inherit incorruption. Heaven will not be filled with people who lie, cheat, murder, steal, rage, want more, party, speak profanity, are drunken, are covetous, or are sexually immoral, even in thoughts.
Whoever is born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3:9
In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest:
Whoever does not live righteously is not of God, neither is he who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:10
A touch by God, or a spiritual experience, is not to be born again. Such is God's gift of hunger and a call to put on the incorruptible.
The ministers of the deficit sects tell their members that they are righteous, even while they are still sinning, sin being wickedness.
He who says to the wicked, 'You are righteous;' him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him. Pro 24:24
All the pastors and ministers shall be cursed, who lied, saying that with belief in Jesus, you are righteous while still locked in sin.
In effect, the ministers of today tell their members: don't seek, don't obey, don't fear, don't strive -
saying there is no need, because of grace, your supposed license for immorality and excuse for remaining in sin.
Yet Paul instructed ministers thus: "Rebuke those who continue in sin before everyone, so that others may fear also." 1 Tim 5:20.
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