6 And he answered and said to them, "Well has Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.1 [From the word of the Lord within: "The hypocrite may talk of faith and do evil. If you are still sinning, you belong to sin and not to Me. Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master. Only a heart that is purged of sin is acceptable to God. Everyone is expecting Jesus to be their excuse. I've warned them and given them the requirements and preached the exclusions; they should not expect anything else or conclusion." Every man is judged by their words and works, including those who claim to be Christians; God shows partiality to no man. Until your heart has been washed, cleansed, and purified, your heart is full of sin, and you are defiled; and should you die still sinning, you will be banned from heaven.]
|Isaiah 59:1-7 |
1 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor his ear so dull that it cannot hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered wickedness.
4 No one calls for justice, nor plead for truth; they trust in vanity and speak lies; they conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.
5 They hatch adders' eggs, and weave the spider's web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and when one is crushed a viper is hatched.
6 Their webs will not become garments, nor will they cover themselves with their works; their works are works of iniquity, and acts of violence are in their hands.
7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.