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The Opiate of Religion

One of the greatest obstacles to overcoming the bondage of the world is “religion”.

The question arises “What is Religion”.

Amongst both ancients and modern writers the popular etymology of the word religion suggests that it was derived from the word religare meaning "to bind fast", via notion of "place an obligation on," or "bond between humans and gods."1

If this is the origin of the word religion then we should expect that to be bound in or to our respective religion and we would fulfill its imposed obligations with loyal and faithful dedication. Another questions may arise as to the nature of those bonds and the forms or rites of the religious obligations imposed?

If “Man’s primary allegiance is to his vision of truth, And he is under obligation to affirm it.”2 And if “Allegiance is, as it were, the essence of the law; it is the bond of faith.”3 Then faith in Christ would bind us to caring for the needy by faith, hope and charity.

According to the Bible pure religion is concerned with the way in which we maintain or attend to the needy of our society.4 If Jesus said the “weightier matters” are “law, judgment, mercy, and faith”5 and if pure religion is how we attend to the obligation of loving God and our neighbor, then we certainly should know that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”6

In other words the pureness of our religion is evident in how we love one another.7

Jesus Christ was king. It was for that cause that he came into the world. Christ is the truth and certainly our primary allegiance8 and faith should be in God the Father and His Son. It is to Him we should be praying for our salvation or our daily bread. Our primary obligation should be to God yet men may obligate themselves to other men by contract and deed so that obligations and duties arise. This is undoubtedly why were were warned about making contracts and agreements with other men.9

Allegiance” is “The obligation of fidelity and obedience which the individual owes to the government under which he lives, or to his sovereign in return for the protection he receives. It may be an absolute and permanent obligation, or it may be a qualified and temporary one.”10

Here we see more questions arising.

Is Jesus a king? 11

Did he preach and tell us to preach a kingdom?12

Was it at hand?13

Did he appoint that kingdom?14

Where is your natural allegiance?15

Were you born in His kingdom or some other kingdom?16

Where do you look for security and benefits?17

Did He give us some “DOs” and “DON'Ts” concerning our religion?

Most of what we see posing as religion today fails to meet the context we see in the Bible for religion. In truth most religions bear no similarity to that divinely inspired description of “pure religion”.

Another possible origin connection is the word religiens meaning "careful," and the opposite of negligens. It had the meaning of a "particular system of faith"back in the 1300s. The Church use to be the entire system of social welfare. That social welfare system based upon free will offerings had previously bound entire nations together in a system of care, law and mercy.

The early Church was composed of those ministers called out by Jesus and trained to serve the people as benefactors who did not exercise authority one over the other but as servants of the people operating by faith, hope and charity rather than the policies of other governments.18

The called out of Christ was His Church.19 They worked in one accord as a body. They did not rule over each other but neither did they rule over others. Yet, there were others who claimed to do things in Christ's name who were not a part of His Church. The apostles were told by Christ to allow others to do so.20 Christ will sort out those who are saved and those who are not. Christ tell of those who do not know they are saved and are brought into the kingdom 21 and those who think they are servants of Christ that are cast away.22

Who is really for Christ?

Who is really His Church?

How will we know who is on the Lord's side?

There were some calling themselves the Church who did not leave men alone when they professed God according to their own conscience. They exiled, persecuted and even murdered those who did not agree with their private doctrines or refused to submit to their exercising authority. They did all that in the name of Christ.

Were they taking the name of God and Christ in vain?

There have always been many who claim to be of Christ and were not. We were warned in the scriptures to be wary of them.23 Can we use the scripture as a reproof of deception. As clear as we may imagine that the scriptures are there use should always be done with great precaution, patience and prayer.

Since we have no private right of interpretation how do we know what is right and what is wrong?

Should we eat of the tree of knowledge again?

Imposing the doctrines of men upon other men is clear evidence that someone is not following Christ.24 We also know that false doctrine will produce false religion which will bring the people back in bondage under a strong delusion.25 The evidence of this delusion is the willing acceptance of unrighteousness by the people.26 And our protection from that snare, besides seeking righteousness in our relationship with our fellow man is only found in the sanctification27 of the Holy Spirit.28

So, where is the truth to be found?

How do we discern the truth in a world filled with lies and deception?

How do we know if our faith within a religion or its doctrines is an illusion or the truth?

How will we know what we are reading in the scriptures is the interpretation of God or a private interpretation of our own?

How will we know if we be drugged or sober?

Drugged or Sober29

People are fond of attributing the phrase “Religion is the opiate of the people.” to Karl Mark. What he actually said30 would lead us to believe that Karl's criticism is that religion is used as a substitute for those who have not yet found the truth about themselves. He believed people used religion as a substitute to make life in an unjust world tolerable. Karl's problem and the problem of those who followed him is that they do not want to wait until men find the truth. They wish to impose their personal truth, their doctrine, on everyone else.

From Cain, the father of all dictators, until now men have tried to establish the kingdom of the world by force and violence.31

This idea of drugging the people so that they do not bear the true burden of the sins of society was possibly an echo of the Marquis de Sade. De Sade wrote the words of Juliette to King Ferdinand:

“...maintaining the people in dependence, shuts them out from wealth; their ills are thus rendered beyond remedy, and the political state is in a situation no less grave than the civil government, since it must seek its strength in its very weakness.... You fear the powerful eye of genius, that is why you encourage ignorance. This opium you feed your people, so that, drugged, they do not feel their hurts, inflicted by you.”32

He continued with his criticism of induced apathy and ignorance concerning civil government's taste for “trivial things” consistently replacing “a taste for great ones.” Religions have done the same thing for centuries of man's history, straining at gnats and swallowing camels. They often focus people's attention on a list of essential doctrines that avoid the doing often required by Christ for eternal life.33 Christ specified what the weightier matters were and did not come to lift all burden from the people.34 We know that the slothful should be under tribute35

Marquis de Sade was a proponent of extreme freedom, unrestrained by morality, religion or law. Karl Marx believed that socialism through the god of the masses would regulate themselves to utopia. They both wallowed in their own illusions.

Christ, on the other hand, was a realist and offered no illusions. He told us to repent, seek the kingdom of heaven individually and the righteousness of God the Father, the giver of life, and He advised the ministers of his government to teach the people to observe the commandments.36

Some might think the ultimate question to be "Is Marx right, or is Jesus right?"

Is Marx right, or is Jesus/Truth or Consequences

The truth is they are both right. The problem is that all religions are not created equal. First, most people have a completely different understanding of what religion is compared to the Bibles usage of the term pure religion.37

A few years after Marx, Charles Kingsley, Canon of the Church of England, wrote “We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's hand book, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they were being overloaded, a mere book to keep the poor in order.”38

But everyone should know that:

“All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16

So, by this verse it would seem that while scripture is profitable for doctrine it is not doctrine itself. While it is useful for reproof and correction and even for instruction and is the result of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit upon the minds and hearts of the authors, it is not inspiration it self.

The Comforter or Holy Spirit is sent to all and not just some elite group. It is that Spirit born in you39, as we are baptized of Christ and not water alone,40 abiding in you,41 teaching you,42 testifying to you,43 guiding you44 that should be inspiring our understanding of what is written or spoken45 by inspiration of that Holy Spirit.46 It is clear that we are told that the ultimate teacher of the faithful is the Holy Spirit. To those who do not believe in the power of God working in the hearts and minds of the people they will imagine that without scripture there is no standard. They will think the leading of the Holy Spirit is nothing but a feeling and will lead to chaos.

The clarity of the Bible can bear witness to the standards of the Holy Spirit but reading the scriptures does not guarantee the inspiration of the individual by the Holy Spirit. This is why chaos reigns in Christendom. Those who say the Holy Spirit is not enough, is not the standard blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost.47

Those who do not accept the validity of the invisible Holy Spirit leading the Church one individual at a time will ultimately imagine that they must compel their private interpretation48 of the Bible upon others or chaos will reign in Christendom. Chaos presently reigns in what is posing as Christendom because the power of the Spirit is denied as men try to decide what is good and what is evil by the knowledge they think they obtain from the biblical text.

The idea that man must erect his own itemized standard around which all other must conform and rally is at the core of the problem.

The gospel of the kingdom is simple... seek the kingdom and to do righteousness to all, love one another as Christ loved us, if you love Christ keep the commandments, forgive that ye may be forgiven, freely give and freely receive.

Forming lists of things that you must believe that have little or nothing relationship to doing the will of the Father is nothing more than lip service, and does not serve or worship God. The ultimate idol becomes religion itself. Its rites and rituals become a mindless activity. Filled with superstitious practices void of practicality or purpose, charity is dissipated in the people, institutions of force and violence rise up to be the benefactors of the people with the apostate Church pandering to vanity and pride, deluding the people into a state of false salvation.

Religion, in many forms, is commonly used to bind people and even to weld the chains of their own bondage. Religious systems that compel the offerings of the people bind the people by covetous contract and debt. This is seen with the Corban of the Pharisees practiced in many modern societies.49

Another way religion binds the people is through private theological interpretations of the prophecy of scriptures are. First, the New Testament had not been established as a book yet when Peter wrote those words. The word scripture is merely referring to writings. Second, the word prophecy is not exclusively the predicting of the future. It is translated from the Greek word50 which means “a discourse emanating from divine inspiration and declaring the purposes of God...”

To understand the Bible and reap the rewards of its inspiration. You must also be inspired.

It is the Holy Spirit that is to be our guide, our teacher, our comforter....

Religion, NN Video Series:9-10 4:27
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMxTbD3s3s8

Pure Religion
What is it and who does it?
http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/religion.php

The Opiate of Religion
http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/opiate.php

The Corban of the Pharisees
It made the word of God to none effect.
Is our Corban making the word of God to none effect today?
http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/corban.php

The Nicolaitan who God hates?
Because they covet their neighbor's goods
http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/nicolaity.php

Baptism, the Ritual and the Jurisdiction
Are Christians repenting and getting baptized or are they just all wet?
http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/baptismjura.php

Footnotes:

1Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

2J. Addams.

3Ligentia est quasi legis essentia; est vinculum fidei. Coke, Litt. 129.

4Pure Religion http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/religion.php

5Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

6Hebrews 11:1 “ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

7John 13:35 By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

8Allegiance is, “‘The tie or ligamen which binds the subject to the king in return for that protection which the king affords the subject,’ [1 Bl. Comm. 366. Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd Ed. p. 95.] It consists in ‘a true and faithful obedience of the subject to his sovereign.’” 7 Coke, 4b. Black’s. 3rd Ed. p 95.

9Exodus 23:32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

James 5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and [your] nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

Matthew 5:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:...

10Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd Ed. p. 95.

11Matthew 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

12Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Luke 4:43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.

Luke 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

Luke 9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

13Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Luke 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

14Luke 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;

Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

15“Natural allegiance is such as is due from all men born within the king's dominions immediately upon their birth. For, immediately upon their birth, they are under the king's protection; at a time too, when (during their infancy) they are incapable of protecting themselves.” Blackstone, William. Commentaries on the Laws of England: A Facsimile of the First Edition of 1765--1769. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.

16Call no man Father http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/fatherabba.php

17The Coercive and Non-Coercive Churches http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/coercivechurch.php

Audio On the Coercive Church The Coercive Church BlogTalkRadio 29:10

http://www.hisholychurch.net/audio/10-10-3TS-412548CC.mp3

The Coercive Church TalkShoeQandA 48:43

http://www.hisholychurch.net/audio/10-10-3show_1295668CC.mp3

18Luke 22:25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But it shall not be so among you: ... Matthew 20:25, Mark 10:42

19The Greek word ekklesia [ekklhsia] is commonly translated Church from a compound of two words meaning called out. It was “a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly.”

20Mark 9:39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part. For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Luke 9:49 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

21Matthew 25:34- 40 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:... And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.

22Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:...Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

23Matthew 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

24Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Ephesians 4:14 That 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;

Colossians 2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

252 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

262 Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

27 38 ~agiasmov~ hagiasmos AV-holiness 5, sanctification 5; 10 1) consecration, purification

It is from the word agiazw hagiazo 1) to render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or hallow 2) to separate from profane things and dedicate to God

28But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

29Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

1 Thessalonians 5:6 ¶ Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

1 Timothy 3:11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

Titus 2:6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

30“Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again.  .... Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.” Marx, K. 1976. Introduction to A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right. Collected Works, v. 3. New York.

31Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

32 Juliette, published in 1797 (trans. Austryn Wainhouse, 1968)

33Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?...but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

Romans 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Timothy 6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

1 John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

34Matthew 11:30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

35Proverbs 12:24 ¶ The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

36Matthew 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Matthew 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Mark 10:19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

Luke 18:20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:21 He 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 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

37Pure Religion http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/religion.php

38 F. D. Maurice (Leaders Of The Church 1800-1900)- C. F. G. Masterman (1907)

39John 3:5 Jesus 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.

40John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

41John 14:16-17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even 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.

42John 14:26 But 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.

Luke 12:12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

43John 15:26 But 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:

44John 16:13 Howbeit 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 shew you things to come.

45John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

46Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

John 4:23 But 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.

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

John 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

47Luke 12:10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

Mark 3:28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

482 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

49The Corban of the Pharisees http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/corban.php

50 4394 ~profhteia~ propheteia 1) prophecy 1a) a discourse emanating from divine inspiration and declaring the purposes of God, whether by reproving and admonishing the wicked, or comforting the afflicted, or revealing things hidden; esp. by foretelling future events.

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