Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
Did you know that
▪︎ In the United States between 2006 and 2012 about 30,000 churches were closed, which means 5,000 Churches a year.
▪︎ The Church of England closes about 20 churches per year.
▪︎ In Wales 110 Anglican churches closed in 10 years.
▪︎ In France from 10 to 20 Catholic parishes are sold or converted each year.
▪︎ The Roman Catholic Church in Germany has shut about 515 churches in the past decade.
This all happened, and is happening because they replace God’s commands with their own man-made teachings.
⁸This people honors Me with their LIPS, But their HEART is far away from Me. ⁹But IN VAIN do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.
The Bible warns us in different places about dangerous teachings which are brought to you by false teachers.
¹⁰As it is written, “There is NONE RIGHTEOUS, not even one; ¹¹There is NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, There is NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; ¹²All have turned aside, together they have BECOME USELESS; There is NONE WHO DOES GOOD, There is NOT EVEN ONE.” ¹³”THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE, With their tongues THEY KEEP DECEIVING,” “The POISON of asps is UNDER THEIR LIPS”; ¹⁴”Whose MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS”; ¹⁵”Their feet are SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD, ¹⁶DESTRUCTION and MISERY are in their paths, ¹⁷And the path of PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN.” ¹⁸”There is NO FEAR OF GOD before their eyes.” Their THROATS ARE OPEN GRAVES; their tongues practice DECEIT. The POISON of vipers is ON THEIR LIPS.
Such teachers are not at all interested in your spiritual wellbeing, all they want are your possessions and your money.
¹⁰For there are many rebellious men, EMPTY TALKERS and DECEIVERS, especially those of the circumcision, ¹¹who MUST BE SILENCED because they are upsetting whole families, TEACHING THINGS they SHOULD NOT TEACH for the sake of sordid GAIN.
They come to us in sheep’s clothing, they act as if they are one of us, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves, they are not there for your interest.
¹⁵BEWARE of the FALSE PROPHETS, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are RAVENOUS WOLVES. ¹⁶You will know them by their FRUITS. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they?
They all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark, when they preach, they make some sound, but they really are saying nothing, and they for sure will not “bark” to alarm you for danger.
On the other hand they are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough, they always want more from you.
They call themselves shepherds, but they lack understanding; they are not leading you on God’s (narrow) way, but they have all turned to their own (broad) way, and they want to lead you there as well, as they are seeking only their own gain.
You can have your best life now, and tomorrow will still be better they promise you.
¹⁰His watchmen are BLIND, All of them KNOW NOTHING. All of them are MUTE DOGS unable to bark, DREAMERS lying down, who love to slumber; ¹¹And the dogs are GREEDY, they are NOT SATISFIED. And they are SHEPHERDS WHO HAVE NO UNDERSTANDING; They have ALL TURNED TO THEIR OWN WAY, Each one to his UNJUST GAIN, to the last one. ¹²”Come,” they say, “let us get wine, and let us drink heavily of strong drink; And TOMORROW WILL BE LIKE TODAY, ONLY MORE SO.”
To be continued