by John and Ruth Greene
Today through scripture, Yahshua [Jesus] tells all the world about how a man is defiled and the results of that defilement. When a blind man leads a blind man, they will fall into a pit. Follow the Master and real Bible knowledge instead.
“At that time, the scribes and Pharisees had departed from Jerusalem, coming to Yahshua [Jesus] saying, ‘Why do your disciples violate the ordinance of the elders, because they do not wash their hands whenever eating bread?
And He answered, saying to them, ‘For what cause do you also violate the commandment of Elohim through your ordinance? For Elohim commanded, saying ‘Respect your father and mother,’ and ‘He that curses father or mother, he must be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, whatever profit you might have received from me has been offered,’ does not respect his father or mother. So have you made the commandment of Elohim of no effect through your ordinance. Hypocrite, Isaiah honestly prophesied about you, saying, ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth and respect Me with lips, but their heart is distant from Me. But in vanity they worship Me, teaching for instruction the commandments of men.’
Then He called toward the multitude, saying to them, ‘Hear and understand, what goes into the mouth does not profane a man. On the contrary, what departs from the mouth, this profanes [makes him part of the world] a man. When His disciples came to Him, they said, ‘Did you know the Pharisees were stumbled when they heard this word?’
And He answered, saying, ‘All plants that My Heavenly Father has not implanted will be uprooted. Forsake them. They are blind leaders of the blind. Now when the blind lead the blind, both fall into a cistern.’
Then answered Peter saying to Him, ‘Expound this parable to us.’ And Yahshua [Jesus] said, ‘Are you also still without understanding? Do you not yet understand that all entering into the mouth passes into the belly and is sent out into the sewer? But out of the heart issues wicked thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness and slander. These things profane the man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not profane the man.’” – Matthew 15:1-20, direct translation
Whatever you believe will bear fruit in your life. According to the teaching of Yahshua [Jesus], evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness and blasphemies come from your heart, after your heart has acted on what your mind has taken in and brought them into belief. The bottom line to the hypocrisy of so many rests in these words of the Messiah:
“‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth and respect Me with lips, but their heart is distant from Me. But in vanity they worship Me, teaching for instruction the commandments of men.’” – Matthew 15:8-9, direct translation
Remember that Elohim’s [YHWH] Word is life. Deviating from His Word can have real results, results that will work against you in the end. (“The Antichrist & the War on Reality“)
“Take heed that you separate yourselves from false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside are ravening wolves. You will know to mark them by their fruit. Does anyone gather grapes from a thorn, or a fig from a brier? In this way, all beneficial trees bear honest fruit, but a worthless tree bears harmful fruit. A beneficial tree cannot bear harmful fruit, neither a worthless tree bear honest fruit. All trees that do not bear honest fruit are cut down and cast into fire. In this manner, by their fruit you will know them.
Not all that say to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ enter into the purpose of the Kingdom of Heaven. To the contrary, he that yields the purpose of My Father in Heaven. Many say to Me in that Day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and in Your Name cast out devils and in Your Name yielded many miracles? Then at that time I will agree with the authority of Heaven, them I never knew. You! Depart from Me ministers of wickedness.” – Matthew 7:15-23, direct translation
We must not lie to ourselves or accept the deception of the world. Disciples of Messiah must separate themselves from false prophets using the discernment of the Spirit. Seek the truth of scripture and the Counsel of the Holy Spirit, agreeing [homologeo] with Elohim rather the traditions and teachings, the counterfeits of man. Do not blindly accept the behavior and teachings of those that divine their own teachings in ‘God’s Name.’ Instead, look to building your own spiritual maturity as you seek the truth of YHWH through scripture and Spirit. You can do these things because of the sacrifice of Yahshua [Jesus], your Messiah and the power of the Set-Apart Holy Spirit. (“Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“; “YHWH’s Revolution“; “Understanding Sin“)