Hypocrisy: The Modern Church

Hypocrisy: The Modern Church

1.  Professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not actually hold or possess.

2.  A show or expression of feelings or beliefs one does not actually hold or possess by their actions.

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Matt 19:19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”

Matt 22:37-40 Jesus said to him,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  “This is the first and great commandment.  “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Mark 12:30-33 ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.  “And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  So the scribe said to Him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He.  “And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

Luke 10:27 So he answered and said,” You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.‘”

Rom 13:9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Rom 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Gal 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Gal 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith

1Tim 6:18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,

Heb 13:16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Jas 2:8  If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well;

Jas 2:15-17 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Jas 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

1Pet 3:11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.

3John 1:11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.

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The Bible tells us that when we have any opportunity to do good we must do it. The Bible says that if we do not take the opportunity to do good when we know it, then that is sin before God.

A church I know of real well, leadership is considering walking away from a perfect opportunity to do the will of God: An opportunity to do good 365 days a year and follow the commands of the Bible they profess to believe in and obey: Do good.

This one time opportunity will cost the church treasury nothing to speak of financially.

This opportunity will provide substance to so many people who have not. 

This opportunity will allow this church to do the command to help others 365 days a year instead of only the two days a year they practice the command at present time.

This church leadership is turning their backs on a wonderful gift placed in their hands, by the will of God, when they themselves had so little faith, trust and belief that God would provide.

This church talks a lot about doing good and puff out their chest while patting themselves on the back as if they really think they have kept God’s command to do good but where is the fruit of this talk? 

James said that faith without action is worthless.

By definition, this church is practicing pure hypocrisy and not following God’s commands to do good at every opportunity and to love ones neighbors.

Remember Jesus said: To the angel of the church of Ephesus, you have left your first love.

Remember Jesus said: To the angel of the church in Sardis, I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.

Remember Jesus said: To the angel of the church of the Laodiceans, I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

But Jesus also said: To the angel of the church in Smyrna, I know your works and I will give you the crown of life.

Which church do you want to be a part of?

I do not want to be associated with a church like Ephesus, Sardis or Laodicea.

I want to be a part of a church like Smyrna, that does good to its neighbors, by showing the real love of God outside the doors of a building. I want to be a part of a church whose word’s are backed up by their real actions.

Actions do speak louder than words.

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What is the Purpose of Baptism and How to be Baptized

Upon returning to the church after a 32 year hiatus centered upon a religious resentment, I have discovered that many people who call themselves religious or Christian have no clue and a false understanding concerning what the Bible says is the purpose of baptism and how to be baptized. Sure, there is a lot of discussion concerning baptism; with some of these opinions taught in church today, but what does the Bible really say baptism?

Baptize, baptism, baptized are all taken primarily from the Greek word “baptizowhich means to be immersed in the Greek usage at the time the New Testament was written.

Some people teach that that purpose baptism is only a ritual act, with the use of water, by which one is admitted to membership of the church.

Some people teach that the purpose of baptism is an outward sign to the world at large that a person has decided to follow the teachings of Jesus.

History shows us that the church, at the time the books of the New Testament was written, was to fully immerse into water. This form of baptism did not start to change until about the later 2nd century or early 3rd century when pouring of water began. This pouring of water then evolved into sprinkling or the cross droplet style used a lot today. Some churches, today, teach that baptism must be performed by complete submersion in water, by the simple sprinkling with water, to have water poured over the standing person (up to three times), or by a member of clergy simply touching a person with drops of water in the form of a cross on the face. So the first logical question begging to be asked is did God make or want these changes in the way baptism is to be performed? What was God’s intent concerning baptism for us to follow?

History shows us that the purpose of baptism, at the time the books of the New Testament was written, was for the salvation of the individual being baptized. This reason for baptism did not start to change until about the sixteenth century where it was denied as being necessary for salvation. Even later, the Catholic Church identified baptism as only a desire by which those preparing for baptism, who die before actually receive salvation, could then be declared saved and the church then deemed that baptism was a sacrament to be performed only by the church clergy for a person to be considered saved. Today, baptism has been replaced by what is now known as the “Sinner’s Prayer” by many churches, totally forgoing the purpose of the water baptism altogether and if baptism is ever performed it is done solely as an “outward sign” to the world that a person is either a member of a church or says they follow Jesus. Therefore a second logical question begging to be asked is did God allow or want the purpose of baptism is to be changed over time? What does the Bible say the purpose of baptism is?

The first question to be answered from the Bible: What was God’s intent concerning how baptism is conducted for us to follow? The second question to be answered from the Bible: What was God’s intent concerning the purpose of baptism for us?

How to baptize:

Acts 8:36-39 says; 

Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.

Acts 10:47-48 says;

“Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

The Purpose of baptism:

Mark 16:15-16 says;

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.  The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned.

John 3:5-7 says;

Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’

Acts 2:38 says;

Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 22:16 says;

‘And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’

1Peter 3:21 says;

“There is also an antitype which now saves us–baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,”

The only New Testament examples concerning exactly how to baptize, only lists the two important criteria as being Water and Immersion. Nowhere in the New Testament is there an example of sprinkling, pouring, touching with drops of water, or reciting a prayer.

The only New Testament reason or purpose for baptism is salvation, the freedom from sin. A good conscience from our sin’s against our relationship with God through His forgiveness towards us. Sin separates people from God. Nowhere in the New Testament is there any other purpose for baptism stated in the New Testament. Nowhere in the New Testament is there another purpose of baptism given which remotely suggest that salvation can be accomplished by the reciting of a prayer or as a sign to the world that a person has decided to follow Jesus.

Since we can read in Ephesians 4:4-6 that there is only one example of how to baptize, and we have only one purpose given for this one form of baptism, we should assume that any form of or purpose of baptism not mentioned in the Bible is not God’s desire or command and therefore wrong. Therefore, by logical deduction, Infant baptism, Sprinkling, Pouring, Touching with drops of water and the “sinner’s prayer” are not following God’s directions concerning how He wants people to be baptized and not following God’s desires for us is to sin.

Furthermore, by logical deduction, any other purpose for baptism, such as joining a church or as a sign to the world that we are following Jesus, is not following God’s directions concerning why He wants people to be baptized and is to sin.

Sin is any separation from God. Sin is any rebellion, lawlessness, good intentions of false belief, or refusal to follow God’s stated directions for our lives.

Isaiah 59: 1-2 says;

“Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”

1st John 1:8-10 says;

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives”

What did Jesus say concerning sin?

Matthew 7:22-23 says;

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

Now there is only one more question that needs answered. What is your choice to be concerning the only path to salvation, the only freedom from sin?

Study conducted by:

Guy Lewis, Payson, Arizona, Sunday, December 13, 2009

Resentment the Number One Offender that Kills

 

I write this from my own personal experience with a 32-year resentment that kept me away from, friends, family, church, God, and society. Hugs, Guy

Resentment is the number one offender that destroys more good works than anything else does. From it stems all sorts of spiritual destructions. The plan fact for us is that any life, which includes deep resentments, leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we allow resentments to rule our lives, we squander the beautiful hours that might have been worthwhile to others and us. We fail to reach others with true help and burn the bridges that would have lead to success in our efforts. Even though we do not like the way others disturb us, like them we also helped to bring on the event that caused us the resentment.

1.      Resentment is defined this way:

Re-feeling indignation or ill will felt because of a real or imagined grievance.

Extreme displeasure continually experienced caused by an insult or slight: A quality or state of feeling bitter.

2.      The Purpose of Resentment

Evidently, there is a purpose for us “re-feeling” something. The purpose of resentment might be so we can:

– Keep feeling something until we take responsibility for something to which we contributed to and thereby learn, grow and become a more valuable member of the society.

– Keep feeling something until we take some action to help remedy a socially unhealthy situation.

3.      A Few Causes of Resentment

It seems there is only one fairly universal cause of resentments: Feelings. Most of us are likely to feel resentful when:

– We feel situations are not going the way we want them to

– We feel others are telling us what to do

– We feel others are telling us how to run our lives

– We feel others are telling us what we need

– We feel others are telling us what they think is best for us

– We feel others are telling us what they think we should do

– We feel others are telling us how they think we should feel

– We feel others are telling us how they think we should act

– We feel others are acting superior to us.

– We feel others are acting in hypocritical ways.

– We feel others deprive us of our needs

– We feel others deprive us of our wants

– We view those in power abusing their power

– We view those in power as hurting others who are less powerful

– We feel accused

– We feel judged

– We feel like we have been prejudged

– We feel discriminated against

– We feel labeled

– We feel ignored

– We feel attacked

– We feel persecuted

– We feel underestimated

– We feel invalidated

– We feel lied to

– We feel lied about

4.      Ways People Express Resentment

a.      Physical Expressions

Abandon

Reject

Isolate

Fight

Sulk

Pout

Gossip

Seek sides to justify

Seek justification

Seek allies

Discriminate

Ridicule

b.      Angry or Abusive Commands

Bite me.

Get a life.

Get ______.

Get lost.

Go ____ yourself.

Go jump in the lake.

Go to hell.

____ off .

____ you.

Kiss my ____.

Kiss off.

Leave me alone.

Leave me the ____ alone.

Leave me the hell alone.

Mind your own business.

Mind your own ____ business.

Mind your own God _____ business.

Mind your own _______ business.

Stick it.

Stick it up your ____.

Stick it where the sun does not shine.

Take a hike.

c.       Labeling with “You” statements

You _______.

You dip.

You idiot.

You halfwit.

You stupid mother ______.

You imbecile.

You jerk.

You moron.

You wus.

You wussy.

d.      Use of Sarcasm

Oh great!

Oh joy!

Oh wonderful!

Oh isn’t that just peachy?

Thanks a lot!

Thanks a whole of a lot!

How considerate of you!

How kind of you!

How sweet!

How lovely

How thoughtful of you!

How nice!

5.      The Cause of Resentment

A fact that most people seem to misunderstand about feelings is that they are neither right nor wrong. Feelings are just a secondary emotion and are seldom if ever real and yet we base our decisions, opinions, lives, and judgments on them as if they were 100% factual. Feelings develop from perception and intolerance of others not facts.

6.      Some of What the Bible Says Concerning Resentment

Job 5:2 “For wrath kills a foolish man, And envy slays a simple one.”

Job 18: “You who tear yourself in anger, Shall the earth be forsaken for you? Or shall the rock be removed from its place?”

Job 21:23-25 “One dies in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and secure; His pails are full of milk, And the marrow of his bones is moist. Another man dies in the bitterness of his soul, Never having eaten with pleasure.”

Proverbs 12:16 “A fool’s wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame.”

Proverbs 14:29 “He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly.”

Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Proverbs 15:18 “A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention”

Proverbs 16:32 “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”

Proverbs 19:11 “The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression.”

Proverbs 20:2 “The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life.”

Proverbs 21:14 “A gift in secret pacifies anger, And a bribe behind the back, strong wrath.”

Proverbs 22:8 “He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail.”

Proverbs 27:4 “Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?”

Proverbs 29:8 “Scoffers set a city aflame, But wise men turn away wrath.”

Ecclesiastes 7:9 “Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.”

Ephesians 4:26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,

Ephesians 6:4 “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”

Ephesians 4:31 “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”

Colossians 3:8 “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.”

1Timothy 2:8 “I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;”

James 1:19 “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;”

James 1:20 “for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

7. Managing Resentment

During my years of traffic investigating, I learned that there is never ever one side that was 100% at fault and one side that was 100% innocent in any two or more vehicle involved traffic accidents. Both sides always contributed something to the caused result of the accident to some lesser or greater degree.

When I find myself feeling resentful, or bitter, or angry which is often a more intense indication of resentment, I try to remember this lesson from my years in Law Enforcement. I begin to search for the ways in which I was responsible for contributing to the development of the situation. This has been extraordinarily helpful in avoiding placing “blame” on other people and on focusing my attention on my own areas for improvement, growth and learning.

Seeking to see and accept my part in all situations is being honest and responsible. When I accept the responsibility for my part in every situation, I can then release my resentments to live as God desires I live.

God wants all of us to live honest lives. This means that God wants us to take a real look at our part in every situation resulting in resentment and be responsible for our part.

So be honest with yourself and God by asking yourself these questions the next time you feel resentful:

  1. By being resentful or angry, am I being the person God wants me to be?
  2. How can I be helpful in this situation?
  3. Am I avoiding retaliation by my words, actions, and attitudes?
  4. Am I arguing to get my own way?
  5. Am I really trying to avoid resentment?

The one major fact about resentments is this; if we become resentful or remain resentful, we cannot be helpful to anyone and we destroy all chance of being helpful to others.

Search out the flaws in your personality, which cause resentments in you and failure to be the person God wants you to be. Be honest with yourself, God and others in this self-evaluation about your part: Fears, self-esteem, finances, ambitions, relationships, where you became resentful from perceived hurts, wrongs, threats, put-downs, rejections, etc…

In real life, there is no such thing as a true justified resentment.

Then ask God to show you how to take a kinder and more tolerant view of each and everyone.