Today's Clergy: Modern Day Pharisees

Whitewashed Graves Full of Dead Men's Bones

Whitewashed graves full of dead men's bones: that is what Jesus called the clergy of his time. They were steeped in their traditional ways of practicing religion to the point where they were actually oppressive. They were also stuck on the "Law" God had passed down to Abraham to the point of fanaticism. This is exactly what is going-on in these times we live in...Truth Is...

Look at the way ministers carry themselves and they way they perform their duties. Look at how the church has become a medium for entertainment, showy displays of fashion and wealth. Look at how you are told to support your church with all you can or you won't be blessed, and they actually lead the people to believe that the more that you give the more you'll be blessed! Rubbish! You can't "buy" your way into God's good graces. The word Grace it'self denotes something given that is NOT earned nor can be. It is often termed: God's Undeserved Kindness.

As a minister of God, I am appaled at today's church leadership and how materialistic, stingy, self-serving, and self-righteous they are. It's absolutely disgusting!

I have been invited to pray, preach and teach at several churches nationwide; but I cannot bring myself to do it. Why? Because there would be a stir of contention. The very first thing I would do is tell the people right off that I will not be dancing, rhyming, tossing-out catchy phrases, and invoking Jesus' name in order to get a response from the congregation and assure myself they're listening. Sadly these are the things that satisfy churchgoers. They've become so ennured to this garbage style religion that they will accept no other. Just as Timothy says:" The time will come when the people will not accept healthful teaching, rather they will procure for themselves teachers that will tickle their ears..."

With clergy embroiled in self promotion, lies and rhetorical double-talk, there;s no wonder why the newspaper proclaim that the fastest growing religion now is "No Religion"! People have become fed-up; they are tired of going to the last bastion of hope only to be bombarded with threats and watered-down pandering. While ministers rake-in millions, millions go through life either without hope or with false hope.

False hope? EXAMPLE:The doctrine that when we die we go to heaven. Wishful thinking indeed. Ask yourself this: Is God a failure? Is He a liar? If He purposes something will it come to be? Ok, consider this: In Genesis God placed man ON EARTH and told them to fill it an subdue it(Genesis 1:28); God's word says the Earth will be here FOREVER: (Ecclesiastes 1:4,); God formed the Earth to be inhabited(Isaiah 45:18, Psalms 115:16); God's word says the meek will inherit THE EARTH(not heaven) Matthew 5:5 Psalms37:29...

Now if God were a liar or failure then we could ignore these scriptures from his word the bible. But if you are like me and believ that "all scripture is God-inspired and of benefit for teaching and setting things aright...", then you know that God intended for man to be perfect and to never die and to live forever here ON EARTH.; and what God purposes WILL BE(Isaiah 55:10,11).

It is also appalling that one of the major purposes of Jesus' coming to earth has been ignored, downplayed and glossed over: The praise of God's name Jehovah as well as it's vindication. In the model prayer(our father prayer) the very first thing Jesus said to pray was :Let your name be sanctified, or hallowed be thy name. Even when folks sit in church yelling "Hallelujah!" they don't even realize they are saying:"All hail Jehovah!". Meanwhile God's grand and glorious name is hushed or not even spoken of properly within the confines of the very places claiming to be his house! Incredible isn't it? Of course there comes the "double-talkers with Jesus and the father are one and praise goes to the father, son and holy ghost. First let's get this right. The trinity doctrine was in use thousands of years before Christ walked this earth and comes from ancient Babylon as part of the deification(worship) of Nimrod, his mother whom he married, and the claimed rebirth of him upon his death. December 25th is his birthday. Second, not one time did Jesus ever claim to be almighty God NOT ONCE. He always said "My father". This is not to be repetitive(although rote is a major teaching tool) but rather to be replete in making things clear. The point is when you have a minister, pastor, preacher, etc who has been well-versed in the bible and they present and perpetrate the false teachings that have permeated religion for thousands of years, they do it intentionally as it is what is traditionally accepted. But know for certain that somewhere at some time in their study of the bible the truth bore it'self to them at some point and they chose to ignore it! Of what real use are these men(and women) to God? Just as Jesus did with the clergy in his time, I now repeat his words: "you are of your father the DEVIL..."(John 8:44,read it).

Returning to the theme of the earth being inhabited. Another part of Jesus' ministry was to ensure that mankind knew that there will be a ressurection of the dead here on earth. When his dear friend Lazarus was ailing Jesus was sought by Lazarus' people to come and heal him before he would die. But the bible tells us that Jesus basically took his time getting there!(John 11-1-6) This scrioture says that Jesus LOVED Lazarus; but he also said that this was yet an opportunity to glorify God. Upon arriving Jesus found that Lazarus had died and was actually buried in a tomb, something he assuredly knew would occur. Then was when he performed the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. By the way, it is important to stress the fact that Lazarus had already started to decompose. But when Lazarus came from the tomb he was totally rstored having the same mind, body, memory, etc he had before dying. This was done to illustrate what God plans to do far into the future when restoring mankind to perfect life here on earth. But they won't tell you that in church because that's not what most want to hear. Satan does'nt mind you getting on the narrow and crampred road that leads to salvation because he knows all the detours and is steady veering us to the various "offramps" as it were.

This is yet another taste of TRUTH that is being withheld by today's clergy, which in turn misinforms and misdirects us from true salvation. There will be much more in coming articles...

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caitlinlea 7 years ago from Texas

Wow, you sound really bitter....

While I will definitely submit that there are definitely ministers out there who are like this...and laymen, too...I cannot let it be understood that all of them are. The distinction may be regional or denominational, but please be aware that there are many men in the ministry who dearly love God and who don't pull any punches. My favorite preachers are the ones who don't waste my time with cutesy poems or even outlines, but just tell it like it is.

As people, we have ALL sinned and fallen short of the glory of God in some way, but there are some of us who continue to repent and try to live better lives that glorify God.

Very interesting hub...interesting perspective....:-) I'm giving it a thumbs up....


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

Yep many will say that you are bitter or angry with the church, Be aware that there is a pattern with this and these people who are indoctrinated. The first is that you are something that you are not--angry with the chruch or with a clergy person and that you sound that way.

The next is that they will try to get you to see it their way and their way is the only way and if you do not believe it so they will threaten you with going to hell.

When you don't succumb to their indoctrinated values they will then regress to calling you names.

Now some will tell you that you are too young and that you don't know what you are talking about and some will even use their "authority" over you and tell you that you are spreading lies. Some will twist your words around and tell you that the verses that you are using say something different and use them agaisnt youy. I am there and it is a tough road. Good Luck and keep going. Take breaks if you have to but don't walk away completely.


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caitlinlea 7 years ago from Texas

Oh my gosh! I certainly would never say anyone is going to Hell!! I can look at behaviors and see them as indicators that may make me think they are not Christians, but only God knows the heart of a man.

Also, I would go the opposite way with this and say that someone who expresses disgust with the hypocrisy of other Christians is probably one with the spiritual gift of discernment. Didn't Jesus turn over the changing tables in the temple? Yes! He was righteously indignant. As a Christian, would I say he was going to Hell or call him names? Absolutely NOT!!

However, I do think it's sad for someone to feel like no one in the ministry is real or seeking God. I just want people to know there are people out there who care about others and telling the Gospel like it is, and not just money or fame or whatever else.


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

There is a good person here on the hubpages that just joned and he has very interesting articles as well. His name is Jacobbsladdr. We need to stick together on this stuff becasue the church of today is definately in the wrong place.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

There is truth in what you say Pastor.  But let us not decide for God what He is going to do. I have been to Catholic Mass; Pentecostal tongue-speaking services; Episcopalian; Methodist; Presbyterian; Baptist; Seventh Day Adventist; modern rock and roll Evangelical churches and you know what?  I was there to worship God in Jesus name and I did—in each one of those kinds of churches.  I have thought long and hard about this.  I think God has all kinds of members in The Body of Christ, from the Holy Rollers to the Catholics.  Each with its own purpose, each with its own style, each with certain people that maybe only it can reach certain people for The Lord.  God is a reader of hearts.  I heard a man say one day that anybody who goes to church on Sunday was going to Hell, because HE was SDA.  I love SDA people AND I believe they  are right about the Sabbath being Saturday.  Of course they are.  But the God I know personally, is not about to send people to Hell because of the day they worship, or how much they believe or don't believe about the Trinity.  I think we better leave that to Him; and focus on reaching out in Love to get people worshiping the Lord in some fashion.  I know the mega-churches are the latest whipping boys.  Hey, they get people to come who normally wouldn't go within 100 yards of the Catholics or Pentecostals.  God Love them!  They are getting millions of people to go to Church and join the community of believers.  Dogma or doctrine will not be the determinate at the end of the day.  This is what I believe.


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

GOD is not a person and it will never be/ It is an energy that we all have and it is in everything around us. We can do no wrong with it or against it. It is all love and choices and there are repercussions of those choices and nothing is evil or good as in duality. Everything is the good and for the good and is good. These lives we have are by our own choosing and this earth is our school for learning about ourselves through others. LOVE Each Other Always because we are all here for the same reasons---to learn.


Joseph 7 years ago

Man! You do get sokme really weird people who read your stuff. But God is willing to reach out to them too. Hopefully they'll keep reading your hubs and gain some insight into real worship. God bless you.


KingB 7 years ago

There are a lot of really confused people out there when it comes to religion. Thank God you are here for them and al of us. Keep writing!


gr8one 7 years ago

You are a prophet for sure


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amolefi 7 years ago

First I’d like to say that “NO MAN OR WOMAN KNOWS GOD!” we only presume to know, and if we don’t know God, then we really have no idea who is sent by him e.g. prophet. Doesn’t the Bible say “NO MAN SHALL SEE GOD AND LIVE?” HOW CAN I FIND GOD IN HIS GREATNESS, WITHIN THE SHORT LIFESPAN I HAVE BEEN GIVEN? IS UPTO 120 YEARS, ON EARTH, ENOUGH TO KNOW AN ENTITY THAT SPANS OVER MILLIONS OF YEARS?. To SEE is to KNOW. Solomon also said “THOUGH A MAN MAY THINK HE KNOWS, YET SHALL HE NOT KNOW.” In truth, we know very little, whether pastor, saint or sinner. Jesus said “YOU STRAIN AT A GNAT, THEN SWOLLOW A CAMEL,” in other words “you say you know GOD, yet you have a hard time knowing YOURSELF.” The camel is BIGGER than the gnat, as God is greater than the man or women!!!

Some Christians need to learn that mans way is not Gods. Just because you believe an action deserves punishment, doesn’t mean God agrees with you. You’re not God but you are its creation. Our minds are so inferior to that of GOD that we should humble ourselves at all times, never judging another no matter what. Never try to read Gods mind, it is an insult. Be aware of what you're actually dealing with. God is no respecter of persons!

Secondly, I don't think daledad8 is bitter, or any other name you could think of to describe him. What I do feel is that people should learn to listen more instead of seeking to place a label on someone that shows passion in what they believe. Christ was called many names for having the same passion and more. It's easier to listen than to spend time thinking of names to call each other. If you really have nothing to say "silence is just as constructive."

A true follower of Christ would have the same attractive verbal power Jesus had. I myself would compare a true Christian to Christ if they were true public speakers who "risked" their lives to expose the truth. The truth has always been silenced one way or another. At the time of Christ, the methods used to stamp out the truth was the crucifixion; however, today it is the gun. The word "Christian" means to be "Christ like" but the only way to be like Christ is to stand against evil. That's what he did, and that's what he stands for today. Jesus also said "TAKE HEED THAT NO MAN DECEIVE YOU, FOR MANY WILL COME IN MY NAME SAYING - I AM CHRIST - AND SHALL DECEIVE MANY." Put another way many will say they are christians, which means "CHRIST" like, yet are not!

Is it therefore Christian to sit down in the church singing songs, reading the Bible, preaching hell and heaven and making noise, like the scribes and Pharisees did, whilst millions die from the evil works of others? Would Christ have done the same if he was still here, or would he be out there drawing millions to the truth? Evil is working hard to take mental and physical life from the massess, JESUS would have worked harder to give life, mental and physical, back to the people he loved.

The true meaning of Christ has been lost by the deceitful words of men. Men who seek to ensure Christ never rises again. They teach that to make it into “HEAVEN” you must live a good life and go to church. Jesus said "YOU SET UP THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AGAINST MEN. YOU NEITHER ENTER YOURSELVES, NOR DO YOU LET OTHERS ENTER." When you condemn people to hell, for the way they do things or even for not going to your church, you are setting heaven against then. Be careful!

If Christ was here today, he would not rest whilst all these evils dominate the lives of many. HE WOULD NOT REST, like many Christians who have become consumed by their material wealth, and to feel better about this go to church!

Christ is not an easy man to follow, yet, if you look in history, putting aside religious affiliations, you will see those that have followed Christ and have stood up and spoke against evil. If Christ was here today he would challenge the dominant evils in the world today. I MISS HIM FROM THE DEPTH OF MY BEING!


IIRealnfx 7 years ago

That Amolefi guy needs to get a grip! Keep writing Truth! Maybe he nd others like him will keep reading and learn something. Yes, it's hard to accept the truth afyrt being taught B>S> all your life, but that's why God in his good grace provides teachers like you. I and many others truly appreciate you Truth Is


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amolefi 7 years ago

You sound as if you're a follower IIRealnfx! It's not very nice either, to say that I need to get a grip just because I oppose your beliefs. Religious ideas need to be challenged more, as these ideas are embedded in so much ignorance that they actually implement division instead of unity.

IIRealnfx, I have gotten nothing from the paragraph you've written above, is this truth? Wouldn't the truth awaken me and give me understanding, well what you've contributed has not helped.

Don't be afraid if your ideas are challenged, but rather respond like your leader, Jesus, would have responded - with wisdom! I only seek to understand, and that’s why i have joined this debate! If my ideas are incorrect, then show me how, so I can be saved from them! However, if the ideas you offer me make no sense, then how will I be saved?


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

There is a lot to address in this hub. I would just like to say as a Minister that I love the Lord and ALL that HIS CHURCH stands for. The building is not the Church it is where the Body of Christ assembles together for worship and fellowship! There is Liberty in Christ therefore we can choose how we elect to worship Him!

Yes, I can say that there are some very disturbing things that have and are happening within the clergy. But it is important that we not cause others to go shipwreck. But that is not true in all cases. God holds us accountable for our actions. Absolutely nothing gets by Him!

Yes we are to Seek the TRUTH and not compromise HIS WORD! But we are not to allow how we feel interfere with the MESSAGE of THE GOSPEL! That Jesus Christ was the only Son of God. He was born of the virgin Mary. Lived a sinless life was crucified, died and was buried and that He arose from the grave with ALL POWER. Then after 40 days He ascended into Heaven! Upon the profession of our FAITH and repentance He gives us the GIFT of SALVATION!

He has left His Holy Spirit here as the indwelling Comforter, Counselor to guide us to ALL TRUTH! This is an ongoing process.

What service station do you go to to refuel your car? They vary somewhat in the quality of gas they provide. So it is with the Church worship services. Where do you get the spiritual food that feeds you spiritually?

I just want to say I recommend that you must resolve the bitterness...

My point is if you are truly searching for TRUTH in the process you will learn how to properly worship Him "In Spirit and in TRUTH" This is what pleases Him! Or you can choose to win the approval of man and not walk what you talk... This is why it is so important to know HIS WORD for yourself

Blessings


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daledad8 7 years ago from pittsburgh Author

I would like to clarufy once more that the message you reacieve here at Truth Is... is indeed that which is given from GOD as He has tired of the clergy and those within the so-called church who pose as worshipers. There is no betterness within me and to assume that is truly fooly on the part of the reader. Just as in the days of Jeremiah and others, God has sent forth a messenger to impart his word and it is up to you to receive it or not. Once more He presents the blessing vs. the maleiction; the choice is yours, but don't "ill"the messenger!

I suggest that you, Ms. Ogens and others not only read more Truth Is... hubs as well as continue to read the following ones and perhaps you may find a TRUTH you need. In particular, the next article will address the "gospel" of Jesus; I am sure you'll find it even more interesting as it will again touch a nerve!

B-blessed!

Truth Is...


servantofgod 7 years ago

Brither, if you allow people to detr you from delivering the message that God has given to you to deliver you would be deeply in sin. None of the prohets were receive warmly by all. You must accpet that everyone will not understand nor want to understand your message. many are called but few will answer and even fewer will maintain.

Keep your head up and your knees bent and do press on!

You have a powerful message that you present here and I for one commend you for you courage and forthrightness. You are blessed to have a very easily understood manner of presentation. There's no question of whether you are a man of god or not; it's evident in your writing. The real question is for thos who see you as bitter or otherwise: Can you handle the truth?

Please continue to put forth articles like this and the others that you have. Those whom God will bless he will bless with an ear to hear. I have been in the ministry for 23 years and yet I am learning so much more from you and am truly blessed for it.


10Shun 7 years ago

You said a mouthful Brother Truth!


Sacredflower 7 years ago

Truth Is...according to your gadge...the Holy Writings or better said "words of", Christ Jesus. I am not a debater of one's "Holy Scripture" since there are many, however, one's experience as well as their own personal relationship with the "Most Holy One" is Truth for that One. The real challenge to me is for one to determine if their tuth is really theirs or that of anothers because of the "power" of words that most sectors are not aware of. I am first to encourage one to find and speak their own voice through the discovery of the inner workings of this "true source" within the chambers of ones heart. Peace to ones discoveries, Sacredflower


Glenn 7 years ago

You've already recieved a great deal of encouragement from true God seekers. I also concur with your conclusions. Don't be concerned when others call you too extreme. God needs his pure seekers. Take a quick look at the Pastoral Virus:

http://thebigpicmin.wordpress.com/2009/03/11/pasto...

http://thebigpicmin.wordpress.com/2009/04/25/the-c...

May God Bless your ministry!

Glenn

we really are the churched mourished from the face of the sserpent


Kim Garcia 7 years ago

There has always been hypocrisy in churches; The Apostle Paul traveled all throughout the ancient world with the message of Hope in Jesus Christ, and to put off the "Old Man" and put on the New! Once we are in Christ Jesus we become new, and the renewing of our minds is a daily journey in the Word and mediating on the things of Christ which are the "Fruit of the Spirit!" This fruit can be found in numerous denominations and sect of people. But....yes, God does judge our hearts, and seeks True obedience in Him. Those that lead many astray as false shepherds and prophets will be judged. But let God be the judge, and let us be wise, putting on the wisdom of Christ and seek His guidance and direction in all things. "My sheep know my voice, and they will not follow another." We as Christians may detour for a moment, getting off the wrong ramp, but if we have truly accepted Christ in our hearts we will eventually hear His calling and beckoning us back to Him. As for Hypocrisy in the Church at the End Times....all we have to do is read Revelation chapters 1,2, and 3. Thanks for spreading the News of the Gospel. Peace n' Blessings!


Eric 6 years ago

Much of what you said is right on target, in my opinion. Thanks for sticking up for the truth. It's tough to do so when very few are on your side.


Ms. M. Jackson 2 years ago

It is importsnt to read God's word and seek clarity from him. We can be so vested in the gospel that we grew up with that we tend to be close-minded to a more enlighten truth. We know that some clergy go astray or are mired in "church doctrine" rather than the purity of Jehovah's word. However it is easier to see but don't see. Keep sharing the word..

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