FABLES AND TRADITIONS
are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree
of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15For
without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and
idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. (Rev 22:)
something inside all of us that demands we fill in the gaps. When we
look at a puzzle with holes in it, we are drawn to fill in the holes.
And when we are unable to fill in the holes, we write off the puzzle as
not being complete, that is, all the parts are not there.
pick up a
connect-the-dots drawing and try to see what the artist had in mind. If
we have difficulty understanding the artist's concept, we make our own
by connecting whatever dots we like and call it an "improvement."
patterns on wall paper, and clouds in the sky to see what can be made
of it. If nothing comes to our attention, we say there is nothing there
a given field does not have that liberty. If an expert does not have an
answer, then he is no longer an expert, and the world will leave him
and go to one who will
give them an answer.
a person, that is you and I, goes to someone with answers, it is
because we need, or at least desire an answer. And we do so because we
do not have
the answer we seek. When we are given an "expert opinion," we just
naturally take the answer we now have as "fact" because there is
nowhere else to go.
opinion" concerns an open heart surgery, you may very well check for a
second opinion, and maybe a third. But when all the opinions you
receive agree, you accept their diagnoses and have the open heart
the open heart surgery. It has cost you everything you own, you had to
sell your house and car and all future moneys you will ever receive to
pay for the surgery.
discover that the "experts" who performed the surgery botched the job,
and you may very likely die because of it.
from a Natural Healer that the problem you had could have easily been
treated with herbs and diet.
you are informed that the second and third "experts" you received
opinions from had done nothing more than refer to your first
expert for his
of the world children rummage through garbage dumps in hopes of finding
a scrap of food to keep them alive another day.
been times, especially during war, that people would eat their own
flesh, or the bodies of the dead, or even their own children in order
to stay alive.
in India a
man, his wife, and his children will sit right next to a cow and starve
least certain cultures in India) they are taught that a cow is their
ancestor and must be reverenced. I am sure that someone, somewhere in
India must have taken a close look at this ugly beast and wondered how
this creature could possibly be related to him. But, because he was taught
to believe this was his ancestor, he shrugs his shoulders and continues
to nibble on his arm.
sense," we who are not of the same belief say. "Why do people believe
such ridiculous things?"
reason you and I believe ridiculous things. They were taught
from birth to believe,
therefore, they believe.
they have reasons
for their belief?
do. And if they hadn't been given a reason, they will have come up with
one in their own mind to satisfy their belief.
myriad of beliefs that we hold that we haven't given but the briefest
of thought, if that, that if we should sit down and think about them,
we would doubt our own credibility.
you and I
just accept what we "know" to be true because it makes life (and death)
simpler that way.
doctor tells you that you need open heart surgery.
am here to
tell you that you need open heart surgery. I don't want it to frighten
you, and I definitely want you to search out second and third opinions.
But if you sit back and doubt what I am telling you, just because of
what you now know to be true, you will die from heart failure.
a burden on my heart, and I have been trying to find a way to break it
to you gently, to ease you into the knowledge of your condition, but I
could not find one.
difficult enough to accept that which we do not want to hear from the
foremost expert in any given field. But to hear the worst of news from
the janitor who works out of a mop closet makes the information that
much harder to accept.
be true, because....."
you and me and all mankind, do not like to feel left out. We don't like
the idea that there is something we don't know. We especially
do not like to think there is something we don't know if it appears others
might know the answer. And we surely
do not like to be seen by others as having been wrong.
you're going the wrong way because the map
map's wrong. I
know what I'm doing!"
scenic route. I know
what I'm doing!"
and be quiet. I
know what I'm doing!"
more educated a person becomes, and the more a person matures, the less
likely they are to justify their ignorance or feel the need to fill in
the gap. Right?
make up the Theory of Evolution, he just popularized it.
over and over is what we believe. If everyone says Coke is better than
Pepsi, we drink Coke in spite of the fact that it doesn't taste as good
of art that the artist couldn't sell even though he was starving now
sells for millions.
to believe a lie we hear a hundred times than the truth we hear but
over again we hear lies jammed down our throat from every direction.
as Gospel truth on the news one day is forgotten or proven false the
Evolution was considered as nothing but a silly theory - until the
Monkey trial. Then it became the thing to believe. Had there not been a
trial, with big name lawyers, we would certainly not be teaching it as
"Fact" today in our schools.
Simpson would only be known to a few sports fans had it not been for a
multimillion dollar, year long trial. And the lawyers and the witnesses
who have become so famous by it would have passed into oblivion unknown.
thing is said or taught, the more it is believed - even if it makes no
sense whatever. And should you ever doubt this, talk to a starving
Indian standing next to a cow.
a fantasy more believable than tagging the Name of God to it? What
gains more followers and brings more fame and fortune than proclaiming
a message (or the lack
of it) as a messenger from God. When you feel a need to doubt this,
God sells. False prophets abounded in Israel, and was the fall of it.
through the Bible it has been prophesied that this Endtime church would
abound with false prophets and false doctrines. Our time has been named
believe the Bible
are you talking
about! I believe every word in the Bible. I know and believe that every
word in the Bible is the Word of God. Don't try and tell me
what I believe or don't believe!"
right, who am I to tell you what to believe? And I won't. But what I will
tell you is that what you believe is not what the Bible says.
the Bible. But you do not
believe what you have been taught the Bible is saying.
the Bible is the true and accurate Word of God, that He wrote the Bible
in the very form that you have received it.
huge chunks of the Bible that do not make sense to you, that seem
totally contradictory to the nature of God as you understand Him to be
- yet you believe it anyway.
You do not
believe it. You can
not believe it because it is not believable. God designed His Word to
be unbelievable, and He has said so over and over. But you have been
trained to ignore words you do not understand, or to accept the
interpretation of other humans, even though their
interpretation does not make sense either.
neither believing the Bible or the interpretation you have of the Bible.
you accept the
interpretation you hold of the Bible as true.
acceptance all mixed up with belief. Just like the people in India who
will starve while standing next to a steak. It's not a matter of
belief, but of acceptance. When we try to understand the beliefs of
others without separating belief from acceptance, then we will never
we understand ourselves and our beliefs until we accept that we do not
believe, but in fact accept.
do we not
believe that a cow is our ancestor while an Indian does? Because we
were not taught
to do so. However if you or I had been born in India, and the Indian
born here, what would be the difference in your beliefs?
tells us that God sent the Israelites into Canaan to viciously kill all
the men, women and children, we don't believe that. Why? Because it
doesn't fit our picture of the Loving God we were taught to believe in.
says God "hardened Pharaoh's heart" we don't believe that. What about
our "Free Will?" we say. "God wouldn't do
a thing like that."
said that Satan was a murderer and a liar from the beginning, we don't
believe that. What about the beautiful Angel he was before he was
kicked out of Heaven?
says that only through great tribulation will we (Christians) enter
into Heaven, we don't believe that. What about peace and safety for the
Saints? What about the Rapture?
speaks about unbelievers burning in hell for eternity, we don't believe
that. What about all the fine people you know and love who are not
Christians? How about all those who never heard of Jesus? How about
those who died young and never had the chance to believe like we old
timers have had?
so of itself, and so did Jesus when He told His disciples that He spoke
in parables to hide
the Truth from those who refuse to believe.
it is the
unbelievers, the ones without an ear to hear the Truth who, now and
during the time of Jesus, made up the doctrines we are to believe about
it is not
the Bible we believe. It is the Doctrines
you an example. Let's say you (anyone, but I will use a preacher for
this example) are going to preach on Satan. Do you look in your Bible
to learn all you can on Satan? Do you look in your concordance and find
all the times Satan and devil and deceiver, and other such names used
for him are found?
Because if you did,
your sermon would be about a serpent, a liar, a murderer, a created
being totally under the control of God.
you do is look at a commentary. There you will find a once beautiful
angel, the choir leader of Heaven, a great and powerful adversary of
God and Jesus.
you have a
much better sermon that will thrill your congregation - but there is
not a word of it you will find in the Bible under any of the names of
have to grab a verse here, a highly debatable portion of a chapter
there, and go to a gap in prehistory that is based around one single
word that could be interpreted in various ways.
preaching the acceptable
understanding of the Bible. But you are as far away from Truth as
Heaven is from hell.
were to formulate a sermon about Joshua and the taking of Canaan. When
you read in the Bible about the slaughter by God's people, under God's
command - how do you tell your congregation that this loving God you
preach can do such a thing?
comes to my mind of any sermon or commentary I've heard that has said
anything regarding this action. What can
Muslims and others who conduct a "Holy War," yet here we have God
conducting just such a war. How can we reconcile God's love and
forgiveness with this total destruction? Why couldn't the children be
taken in and raised as Israelites? In Jonah we read where God explained
that He wanted to save Nineveh for the sake of those too young to know
their right hand from their left. And Abraham worked to convince God to
spare Sodom for the sake of but ten people not taken to the lusts of
the city. And Moses pleaded the case for the Israelites when God said
He would destroy them all and start over again with him.
no one to plead the case for the Canaanites and the Ammonites.
sinful and idolatrous," we hear. "God had
to destroy them because they were all bad."
this because nothing fits in with our doctrine of a "Loving God."
the babies? What sin had they
committed? This slaughter puts the slaughter of the innocents by Herod
what we are told by the Theologians, because nothing else makes sense.
Word of God - If
the Word is read by the Holy Spirit and not our carnal minds.
what we want to believe. We hear what we want to hear. This we know,
and for the most part accept. But it's other
people who hear what they want to hear and believe what they want to
believe - not us.
beyond the point of believing that somehow we are not influenced by
others, and that our opinion is the correct one, we will never be led
to the Truth. Jesus made this clear in many ways. One well-known
example is when He said that unless we become as a little child we will
not be able to enter the kingdom of Heaven. One reason for this is that
unless we learn to trust the Word of God as He wrote it, and not the
doctrines of men, we will never see
the road to Heaven.
"Given" the understanding of the Word (an ongoing experience in its
infancy), I did just as everyone else does. I read the Bible. I studied
the Bible, and I learned what others had to say about the Bible by
books, commentaries and sermons.
I read a
passage of Scripture that I didn't understand, like those mentioned
above, I just shrugged my shoulders and read on. Then each time those
passages came before me, I treated them like the genealogies and just
skimmed them or passed over them all together.
particular subject caught my attention I would look through a
concordance and a topical Bible and search out other references on that
I was still
confused, which I usually was, I would grab one of my commentaries and
look to see what the "Experts," the one who knew these things, had to
say. What I read might not make particular sense to me, but I just
figured that it was my lack of knowledge that kept me from
understanding. I knew this person, along with all others educated in
the field of Theology were given such understanding, and were all in
agreement. And so now I must have the "truth," even though I didn't
understand that truth like this commentator or that preacher. I read
that 1+1 equals 3, so I just shrug my shoulders and say; "Oh," and move
someone should ask me about that subject, I would tell them that 1+1
equals 3, at which they would shrug their shoulders and leave saying;
equals three. I had no doubt of this, though I didn't understand it.
But I was told by one who should know, so therefore I was sure of my
believed that one plus one equals three.
one day I
read another commentator, another highly educated person in the field
of Theology who says that 1+1 equals 5.
Now I'm confused. If both of these pipelines to God are in
disagreement, which am I supposed to believe? I certainly
didn't have the
Truth, and now I was beginning to wonder if they
had the Truth. But they had
to have the Truth, because if they didn't who did?
I go to
another commentator, another Theologian who is acclaimed to have the
Truth. This expert says that 1+1 equals
getting ridicules. I now wonder if any
body has the Truth. But worse than that, since it is through these
experts, the theologians and the preachers that I am supposed to learn
the Truth, I begin to believe that maybe there is
no Truth, and if there is no truth, then neither is the Bible
that. After all, how can I be a Christian and not believe the Bible?
And if I am not a Christian, then who am
the Bible. But not really - I accept
recently I was "Touched" by God. Not with a finger, but with a
sledgehammer. (I won't go into details here, I've done it often enough
elsewhere.) The first thing He did was give me a gimps of His view and
His purposes. I didn't see visions, I wasn't taken into Heaven, it was
just a split second and suddenly I understood what the Bible, God's
purpose for mankind, and His creation was about. By no means did I get
a full revelation. It unfolds to me day by day as I write. But it was
enough to make the Bible totally believable and meld it into a cohesive
unit without holes or disconnected dots utilizing gaps and crowbars.
going to believe any of this?" I cried. "I mean, I'm glad you showed
me. But why me? I
don't have any influence. Why don't you show these to famous preachers
who have big congregations and are on radio and TV?"
a hard row to hoe. Preachers, unlike the rest of us, have to preach
what they are taught to teach, and whatever they are expected to preach
by whatever denomination they are in. If they veer slightly to the
left, or to the right, or even straight up to Heaven they will not be
allowed to preach in that denomination.
the dominion of the church they belong to, and not to the God they
putting down preachers, or even Theologians - I'm just stating a fact,
a fact that everyone knows.
preacher (or any church member) come across a passage or Scripture that
conflicts with the doctrine they preach, they must ignore it for fear
that it might lead to doubts of that which they now believe. Belief
with doubt is not belief.
Doctrine is a narrow path, like Jesus told us we must follow, but it is
not the right
probability that you, or anyone, has most likely discounted all I have
said, and in fact consider it gobbledegook, I will proceed with the
search for Truth.
two things must be done. And neither is in the nature of man, and is
completely contradictory to our nature.
said that we should get all the education we can, then get over it. And
this is true. Education is the process of pouring information, right or
wrong, into minds that are young and impressionable. It is the process
that is used to create religions, cultures (such as the Indians with
cows), and discriminations.
reasons the Canaanites and the Sodomites had all become the same wicked
people they had become. It is the same process that created a nation of
righteous people in the wilderness, who were totally different than
their rebellious parents who came out of Egypt.
is the same
process this nation is using to create a generation of self absorbed
youth who do not believe in the God of their parents or the founding
fathers of this nation.
it is the
same process used by the church whereby Jesus' prediction of an
apostate church would arise.
believed they were right.
believe they are right.
apostate church thinks it is right. And if the church is not
apostate, then either this is not the Endtimes, or else Jesus'
prediction is wrong.
church that is the apostate one, not yours. Well, that we will see at
Judgment. They are all
thing that must be done to understand the Scriptures is similar to the
first, and is the same thing Jesus told the preachers and Theologians
of His day (the Sadducees, Pharisees and Priests). They must assume
they know nothing, empty their belief system of all they hold on to as
true, and allow the Holy Sprit to instruct them in the way of Truth.
what interpreters have to say about the Scriptures and allow the Author
of the Scriptures to teach us.
Spirit can not (or at least will
not) teach us until we are able to surrender all preconceived ideas,
agendas and goals.
know this is
a hard thing to hear, so it is much easier to ignore than to follow.
That is why I expect no one to listen to anything I have to say. It's
easier to stop at the beginning and say there is no road ahead, than to
follow the road and find it takes you away from the destination you
have set for yourself.
is my mission as it has been set before me, is to tell
you of your heart problem, and to let you know who the real
Surgeon is, the one you can trust. It is not
my job to perform the surgery, or convince you, or to sell you on God's
give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions,
rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. (1Tim 1:)
that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed
it unto them. 20For
the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly
seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal
power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21Because
that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were
thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish
heart was darkened. 22Professing
themselves to be wise, they became fools, (Rom 1:)
charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall
judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2Preach
the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort
with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3For
the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after
their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching
they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned
unto fables. (2Tim 4:)
refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto
godliness. (1Tim 4:)
fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by
sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 10For
there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of
the circumcision: 11Whose
mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which
they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. 12One
of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are
alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 13This
witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound
in the faith; 14Not
giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from
the truth. 15Unto
the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and
unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is
profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being
abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. (Titus
we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto
you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were
eyewitnesses of his majesty. (2Pet 1:)
came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2Why
do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash
not their hands when they eat bread. 3But
he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the
commandment of God by your tradition? 4For
God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that
curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 5But
ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift,
by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6And
honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye
made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7Ye
hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8This
people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with
their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9But
in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of
men. (Mat 15:)
in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of
laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as
the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9And
he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye
may keep your own tradition. (Mark 7:)
lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the
tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after
Christ. (Col 2:)
we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye
withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not
after the tradition which he received of us. (2Thes 3:)
them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor
trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly
all things to enjoy; 18That
they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute,
willing to communicate; 19Laying
up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come,
that they may lay hold on eternal life. 20O
Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane
and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 21Which
some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee.
these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord
that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of
the hearers. 15Study
to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16But
shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more
their word will eat as doth a canker: (2Tim 2:)
we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as
filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the
wind, have taken us away. 7And
there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to
take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast
consumed us, because of our iniquities. 8But
now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter;
and we all are the work of thy hand. 9Be
not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever:
behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people. (Isaiah 64:)
the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon
precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a
little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and
snared, and taken. (Isa 28:13)
also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them;
because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not
hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I
delighted not. (Isa 66:4)
hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10And
the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in
answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the
mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For
whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more
abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even
that he hath. 13Therefore
speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing
they hear not, neither do they understand. 14And
in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye
shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and
shall not perceive: 15For
this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with
their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their
heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. (Mat 13:4-15)
of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. 9And
moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people
knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order
many proverbs. 10The
preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was
written was upright, even words of truth. 11The
words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of
assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 12And
further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is
no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his
commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14For
God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing,
whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Eccl 12:)
the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This
cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink
it, in remembrance of me. 26For
as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the
Lord's death till he come. 27Wherefore
whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord,
unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28But
let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink
of that cup. 29For
he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation
to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30For
this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31For
if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32But
when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be
condemned with the world. (1Cor 11:28)
yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye
not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be
I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. (2Cor 13:5)
me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in
the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.
me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. (Psalm 26:2)
any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the
words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according
to godliness; 4He
is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of
words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5Perverse
disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth,
supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 1Tim 6:)
all things without murmurings and disputings: 15That
ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in
the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as
lights in the world; (Phil 2:)
that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of
the saints. (1Cor 14:)
they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke
themselves to the confusion of their own faces? 20Therefore
thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured
out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of
the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and
shall not be quenched. (Jer 7:)
thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto
me, and save me.
thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou
hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my
fortress. (Psalm 71:)
ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know
I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. (Prov 4:2)
they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of
the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink,
they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong
drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. 8For
all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place
shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand
doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the
precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line,
line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11For
with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12To
whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to
rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. 13But
the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon
precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a
little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and
snared, and taken. (Isa 28:)
ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: 2Thus
saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed
at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3For
the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the
forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4They
deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with
hammers, that it move not. 5They
are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne,
because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil,
neither also is it in them to do good. 6Forasmuch
as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name
is great in might. 7Who
would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain:
forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their
kingdoms, there is none like unto thee. 8But
they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of
vanities. (Jer 10:)
whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken
him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And
the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat
upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26And
every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall
be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27And
the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat
upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 28And
it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were
astonished at his doctrine: 29For
he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Mat 7:)
is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning
bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the
understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of
bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. (Mat
he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his
doctrine, (Mark 4:)
answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be
of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18He
that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his
glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in
him. (John 7:)
all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines
of men? 23Which
things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and
neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the
flesh. Col 2:)
Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 9Be
not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. (Heb 13:)
leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto
perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead
works, and of faith toward God, (Heb 6:)
many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus
Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8Look
to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but
that we receive a full reward. 9Whosoever
transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.
He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and
the Son. 10If
there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not
into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11For
he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. (2John )
all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing
uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8Sound
speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part
may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. (Titus 2:)
we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about
with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning
craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (Eph 4:)
I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman
Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my
servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto
I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22Behold,
I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into
great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23And
I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know
that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto
every one of you according to your works. 24But
unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this
doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak;
I will put upon you none other burden. 25But
that which ye have already hold fast till I come. 26And
he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I
give power over the nations: (Rev 2:)
know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is:
and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in
those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among
you, where Satan dwelleth. 14But
I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that
hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock
before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and
to commit fornication. 15So
hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which
thing I hate (Rev 2:)
the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall
depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines
of devils; 2Speaking
lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a
good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and
of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. 7But
refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto
godliness. (1Tim 4:)
the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a
good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6From
which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 7Desiring
to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor
whereof they affirm. (1Tim 1:)
I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14Neglect
not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with
the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15Meditate
upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may
appear to all. 16Take
heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in
doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (1Tim
the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour,
especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. (1Tim 5:)
answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of
water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John
the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship
the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to
worship him. 24God
is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and
in truth. (John 4:23-24)
is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words
that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64But
there are some of you that believe not. (John 6:63-64)
ye love me, keep my commandments. 16And
I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that
he may abide with you for ever; 17Even
the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth
him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with
you, and shall be in you. 18I
will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19Yet
a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because
I live, ye shall live also. 20At
that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in
that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:
and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him,
and will manifest myself to him. (John 14:15-21)
answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words:
and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our
abode with him. 24He
that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear
is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. 25These
things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26But
the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my
name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27Peace
I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth,
give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be
afraid. (John 14:23-27)
when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father,
even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall
testify of me: 27And
ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the
beginning. (John 15:26-27)
judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12I
have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13Howbeit
when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all
truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear,
that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 14He
shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto
things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall
take of mine, and shall show it unto you. (John 16:11-15)
ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children:
how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them
that ask him? (Luke 11:13)
John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in
the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is
called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus
was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice,
as of a trumpet, 11Saying,
I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest,
write in a book, (Rev 1:9-11)
this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first
voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which
said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be
immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in
heaven, and one sat on the throne.(Rev 4:1-2)
laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies,
and all evil speakings, 2As
newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow
so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4To
whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but
chosen of God, and precious, 5Ye
also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
Jesus Christ. (1Pet 2:1-5)
above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of
let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are
called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16Let
the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Col 3:14-16)
we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this
world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7But
we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which
God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8Which
none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they
would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But
as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for
them that love him. 10But
God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth
all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11For
what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is
in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of
we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is
of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of
things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but
which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with
the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they
are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are
spiritually discerned. 15But
he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no
who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we
have the mind of Christ. (1Cor 2:6-16)
I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto
carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2I
have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not
able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3For
ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife,
and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 4For
while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not
carnal? (1Cor 3:1-4)
is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who
walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2For
the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from
the law of sin and death. 3For
what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God
sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin,
condemned sin in the flesh: 4That
the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not
after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For
they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they
that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6For
to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life
and peace. 7Because
the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law
of God, neither indeed can be. 8So
then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9But
ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of
God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is
none of his. (Rom 8:1-7)