posted on Jun, 5 2018 @ 11:01 AM
Do today’s religions feed or fleece the flock?
“Woe to the shepherds of Israel, who have become feeders of themselves! Is it not the flock that the shepherds ought to feed?”—Ezekiel
Back in the 80's Pentecostal preacher Jimmy Swaggart was said to be TV’s most popular evangelist, reaching eight million viewers each Sunday.
Truly, it is today as it was in Jesus’ day: “On seeing the crowds he felt pity for them, because they were skinned and thrown about like sheep
without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)
They feed themselves, not the flock. And it’s not just the Pentecostals. The fundamentalists teach Trinity, hellfire, earth burned up—all pagan
doctrines of ancient Babylon and Egypt. The modernists deny the Bible—not inspired, not infallible, its books not written by the ones claimed or
at the time claimed, and support not creation but evolution. Then there are the preachers peddling pop psychology, the goody-goody palaverers that
dole out the smooth things to tickle ears unreceptive to unvarnished Bible truth. Not the wheat but the chaff is what they feed their
flocks.—Isaiah 30:10; 2 Timothy 4:3, 4.
The basics of Jesus’ way of life remain the model for Christians. The values and principles that he laid down are still the only pathway for
Christians today.—1 Peter 2:21:
"In fact, to this course you were called, because even Christ suffered for you, leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely."
Some of those principles follow: ‘You received truth free, give free. Don’t be anxious about material things. Seek first the Kingdom. More
happiness in giving than in receiving. Teach in the homes of the people. God’s Word is truth. Love God, love your neighbor. Do unto others as you
would have them do to you. Feed my sheep.’ True Christianity has not changed.
Religion is a Snare and a Racket
Should There Be a Clergy-Laity Distinction?
3. A paid clergy class can impose a heavy financial burden on the laity, especially when the former have lavish lifestyles.
5-6-2018 by whereislogic because: (no reason given)