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Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone

“Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deut. 6:4-9, NLT).

This verse from the book of Deuteronomy provides us understanding about the first five (5) of the ten (10) commandments. This verse is quoted by the Messiah in Mark 12.

“One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31, NLT).

Many people have used this verse from Mark (in addition to other gospels) to say we have new commandments. This idea of a “new” commandment comes from various circles. Christians, Denver Snuffer followers, the LDS Church, and various other people and groups.

What these people either do not know or do not care is that the commandments mentioned in Mark 12 are a summarization of the Ten Commandments given in Exodus 20. The Ten Commandments are necessary to any civilization to prosper because we care and are recognizing from whom the blessings and cursings come. The Ten Commandments cannot be separated from the scriptures.

LDS people are a very idolatrous people. LDS people, whether part of the LDS Church, various fundamentalist groups, or associated with Denver Snuffer typically worship a man instead of God. LDS people will typically fall back upon the idea of carte blanche authority to justify teaching people to simply follow leaders blindly.

People that are in the throes of idolatry become angry when their idols are questioned. Queen Jezebel became angry when Elijah questioned if Baal was a god. People often worship more than one god, and like older civilizations, people believed various parts of the earth, the heavens, and elements were under the control of various gods. The Queen of Heaven, in various names and forms, was the sexual liaison of Baal. Both pagan deities are condemned in scripture and those that worship them are also condemned.

There is one God alone, and those practicing priestcraft would place themselves between the people and God. Priestcraft is not only found in religious circles. Priestcraft is also found in corporations and politics. The Book of Mormon defines priestcraft for us. “He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion.” (2 Nephi 26:29)

Those practicing priestcraft will introduce a “new” law to replace what God has already commanded. The worship of men, such as LDS leaders, Denver Snuffer, and Warren Jeffs, etc. are what replace the worship of the true God. This brings us back to Deut 6 and Mark 12. When we replace the Ten Commandments, the scriptures, with some other idol, we will not we will not understand Deut 6 and Mark 12, will choose to ignore them (declare them obsolete or unworthy of study because of imperfection or replacement), or will mock the scriptures. One way to find know if people are involved in priestcraft is by their behavior. Those involved in priestcraft will always exclude those deemed “unworthy” by some arbitrary standard.

This author has yet to see any word from Denver Snuffer, the LDS Church leaders, and various other LDS/Mormon groups condemning idol worship. All that has come out from these groups is the idea of following the leader(s) without question.

For previous civilizations in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, the idol worship was always condemned, in any form. There is never any acceptable form of idol worship. Any man or woman that comes claiming to be a prophet or prophetess, claiming to speak with God, or claiming to speak with any other deity should be scrutinized by the God’s word, meaning does the prophet or prophetess teach the people the Commandments of God or other commandments, essentially teaching the people to go after other Gods.

Who will you follow? The Creator of Heaven and Earth, or some other deity proclaimed by men.

This author will always compare the words of any man that claims to be speaking for God with what God has already revealed in the scriptures. I believe in a God of Justice and Mercy. Not a God of emotional roller-coasters, confusion, and arbitrary standards.

 

 

 

Should Psychedelics Be Used to Obtain Spiritual Experiences?

Should Psychedelics Be Used to Obtain Spiritual Experiences?

The question has arisen about the use of psychedelic drugs to open spiritual doors. Some people believe the scriptures say nothing about the use of drugs to obtain spiritual experiences. This is not true.

The use of drugs to open spiritual doors has been done for centuries by pagan cultures. Using drugs to open spiritual doors can do just that, open spiritual doors, but which doors are opened is indiscriminate and unregulated.

God specifically forbade Israel in the use of drugs for spiritual experiences. We tend of think of witchcraft and recreational/spiritual drug use as two separate things in this world but they are not separate from each other.

“When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do this.” Deut. 18:9-14, ESV, Italics Added.

Because we are so divorced from the culture of ancient peoples many of the words have been redefined, even though we perform the same acts and associated with idolatrous and forbidden behavior. The word sorcerer is given additional clarification in Galatians and in the Book of Revelation.

In Galatians 5:20, the word that is translated as witchcraft is the word used for drug-related sorcery. The ancient Greek word is pharmakeia, which means the use of drugs, medicines, potions, and/or spells, poisoning, and witchcraft. We musts consider the context in which the word is used. The first recorded use of the word pharmacy as a place where for the administration and dispensing of drugs was recorded in 1833.

In Revelation 18:23 the same word, pharmakeia, is used and translated as sorcery.

“Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, ‘So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more; and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters, will be heard in you no more, and a craftsman of any craft will be found in you no more, and the sound of the mill will be heard in you no more, and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more, and the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more, for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.’” Rev 18:21-23, ESV

The use of witchcraft and drugs and/or potions goes hand-in-hand. Not all sorcerers cast or use spells. A person that sells drugs for recreational/spiritual use is a sorcerer.

Medications have their place and God has provided plants and roots for the use of healing of our bodies as Alma mentions in the Book of Mormon.

“And it came to pass that there were many who died, firmly believing that their souls were redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ; thus they went out of the world rejoicing. And there were some who died with fevers, which at some seasons of the year were very frequent in the land—but not so much so with fevers, because of the excellent qualities of the many plants and roots which God had prepared to remove the cause of diseases, to which men were subject by the nature of the climate— But there were many who died with old age; and those who died in the faith of Christ are happy in him, as we must needs suppose.” (Alma 46:39–41)

Using drugs to have spiritual experiences will certainly open spiritual doors. There is no way to control which doors are opened. People have had some of the most horrible experiences taking drugs for recreational use and to obtain spiritual experiences. Use of sorcery opens the door to deception and should be not be used.

Use of drugs to obtain spiritual experiences is a selfish act because we are approaching God in a way that he has not appointed. We are using these substances for gain, to obtain for ourselves, for our own glory. These are not the attributes of a godly people.

Use drugs for spiritual experiences at your own peril. All manner of deceptive spirits await.

 

What is Profanity?

I have recently heard several inquiries regarding what is considered profanity. Mormons and American have a distorted view of what is profane.

As far as what American culture considers profanity, this presents a problem because what is considered profanity in England is not considered profanity here. Which standard does a person go by when speaking since words that are offensive in American are not offensive in other parts of the world? What is considered profane language is different from country to country and culture to culture? That is a mess of confusion.

To Swear, Hebraically (Biblically), is to bear false witness, to give false testimony. There is nothing about what Americans, or any other culture for that matter, consider profanity in the scriptures. Profane, Biblically, means to make something common that is holy. Thus using the name of God in a way to cuss or express anger is profane. Taking the name of God in vain means to say God has said things he has not said. In short, to put words in the mouth of God.

Charity – What is the pure love of Christ?

Charity – What is the pure love of Christ?

The Modern America holiday season, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are the times that most people think of charity. Most people think of charity as giving money, time, or other resources to those which lack the necessities of life. Charity is typically done in a spontaneous way, an act of goodwill and generosity.

However, this concept of charity is incomplete and lacks the true nature and attributes of charity. The Hebrew word Tzedakah [tsedaˈka] (צדקה‎‎), is the Hebrew word for charity; the Hebrew word Tzedakah [tsedaˈka] (צדקה‎‎) is also the word for justice or righteousness. The root word is (צדק) Tzedek meaning righteousness, justice, or morality.

When we apply Modern American concepts to a scriptural word such as charity we not only end up an incomplete view and understanding, we also end up twisting the scriptures to our detriment

Mormons often quote Moroni chapter 7 when defining charity. The problem is we are defining the word based upon the definition of Modern American Culture. As a result of this misunderstanding and lack of knowledge, we end up accepting all manner of sin and injustice in the name of “charity”. A type of charity which is very foreign to scripture and to God.

If we truly desire to have charity we must first understand what it means. The basic definition was provided previously. To further explain what is meant by justice or righteousness, and thus charity, we must understand these words are provided in a context where the justice and righteousness is based upon God’s standard and laws, not our own or by Modern American Culture. As stated, charity means having a love for God so we enact justice and righteousness based upon His law and commandments; we enact God’s justice, God’s righteousness, we act as God would act. Does God love His children, yes, He does; but He will also enact justice upon them when they are disobedient.

We should not act based upon our emotions. Only acting upon emotions, disregarding God’s commandments, is not charity and any people who believes any such actions are charity are deceiving themselves.

We cannot come to a better understanding of charity without an understanding of righteousness and justice. What are righteousness and justice?

Righteousness

As stated, the Hebrew word for righteousness is Tzedakah [tsedaˈka] (in addition charity and justice). Righteousness means to walk a certain path, a way of living. Psalms 1 describes righteousness for us.

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” (Psalms 1:1-6, KJV)

The Hebrew word for way or road is derek. Walking a road is a way of living. God does not walk in crooked paths, nor does God vary in what He has said.

“I perceive that it has been made known unto you, by the testimony of his word, that he cannot walk in crooked paths; neither doth he vary from that which he hath said; neither hath he a shadow of turning from the right to the left, or from that which is right to that which is wrong; therefore, his course is one eternal round.” (Alma 7:20)

If we seek to define righteousness based upon our own law, our emotions, or any other way we will find ourselves walking in crooked paths, calling good evil and evil good. We will find ourselves outside the Kingdom of God. What road are you walking?

What is righteousness? Righteousness is accepting the Word, walking the way, the strait, the road which God has placed before us that leads to life.

“And then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life; yea, ye have entered in by the gate; ye have done according to the commandments of the Father and the Son; and ye have received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Father and the Son, unto the fulfilling of the promise which he hath made, that if ye entered in by the way ye should receive. And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save. Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.  And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen.” (2 Nephi 31:18–21)

Justice

As previously stated, the Hebrew word Tzedakah is the word for justice (in addition to charity and righteousness). What most people may not realize is that enacting justice is charity and that justice cannot exist without law.

Most modern people typically think of criminal acts when thinking of justice, and justice is enacting a penalty for a broken law. Justice certainly does encompass the bringing of penalties to the guilty through righteous judgment. Enacting justice means to enact righteousness based upon God’s law. God’s law encompasses addressing the needs of the widows, orphans, and the poor; but God’s law also addresses the rich stealing from the poor, paying a livable wage, and not oppressing the employee in his wages.

We have many corporations and organizations in the United States that exploit people. The exploitation comes in various forms, such as offshoring, hiring of non-citizens and then threatening those non-citizens with deportation if complete compliance and submission is not given, requiring citizens to pay for services for non-citizens through taxation, and corporations lying to the U.S. Congress. All of these things are not acts of justice and are forms of stealing. The management of these corporations that exploit people and then give to organizations such as the United Way or various food banks are not performing such acts because the management is benevolent nor charitable. People believing that corporations giving money to various charities are done for public image and tax write-offs. Doing something only for a tax write-off or public image is not charitable action and is denying justice the U.S. citizen and the non-citizen.

Pandering to emotion is not enacting justice. Emotions can be fleeting and are of a sensual nature, which takes us away from God.

“Therefore, as the soul could never die, and the fall had brought upon all mankind a spiritual death as well as a temporal, that is, they were cut off from the presence of the Lord, it was expedient that mankind should be reclaimed from this spiritual death. Therefore, as they [mankind] had become carnal, sensual, and devilish, by nature, this probationary state became a state for them to prepare; it became a preparatory state. And now remember, my son, if it were not for the plan of redemption, (laying it aside) as soon as they were dead their souls were miserable, being cut off from the presence of the Lord. And now, there was no means to reclaim men from this fallen state, which man had brought upon himself because of his own disobedience; Therefore, according to justice, the plan of redemption could not be brought about, only on conditions of repentance of men in this probationary state, yea, this preparatory state; for except it were for these conditions, mercy could not take effect except it should destroy the work of justice. Now the work of justice could not be destroyed; if so, God would cease to be God.” (Alma 42:9–13, Italics Added.)

What is justice? Justice is enacting God’s righteousness. Read Isaiah 58.

Charity

The ancients knew that charity was a love for God, God’s laws, God’s justice, and God’s righteousness. People who followed idols or other gods would enact the laws of those god’s, if any, and any correlating “justice”. Likewise, people in our day that refuse to acknowledge God’s laws are not going to enact justice and righteousness.

We cannot understand charity without understanding the pure love of Christ. Let us read Moroni 7.

Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope. And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart. If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity [God’s justice and righteousness]; for if he have not charity [God’s justice and righteousness] he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity [God’s justice and righteousness]. And charity [God’s justice and righteousness] suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity [God’s justice and righteousness], ye are nothing, for charity [God’s justice and righteousness] never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity [God’s justice and righteousness], which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail— But charity [God’s justice and righteousness] is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love [love for God, God’s justice and righteousness], which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen. (Moroni 7:42–48)

Nephi also provides additional clarification about the nature of charity.

He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion. Behold, the Lord hath forbidden this thing; wherefore, the Lord God hath given a commandment that all men should have charity [love for God, God’s justice and righteousness], which charity is love [love for God and His commandments, and by extension God’s justice and righteousness]. And except they should have charity [love for God and His commandments, and by extension God’s justice and righteousness] they were nothing. Wherefore, if they should have charity they would not suffer the laborer in Zion to perish. But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion; for if they labor for money they shall perish. (2 Nephi 26:29–31)

Notice how Nephi states that anyone who has charity will be concerned for his fellow man, “if they should have charity they would not suffer the laborer in Zion to perish.” People that engage in priestcraft have no love for God, His laws, His justice, or His righteousness. If we truly have charity, we will enact and give what we can to help those in need all year round. We will not oppress people by defrauding people of livable wages. We will not seek to place the burden of caring for the foreigner on other people while requiring nothing of the foreigner. We will not engage in bearing false witness, adulterous, secret combinations, or any forms of idolatry, which are many. We will not let the guilty go free because of money or because someone appeals to our emotions.

Alma shows the righteousness and justice of God in chapter 34.

Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you. And now behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you, do not suppose that this is all; for after ye have done all these things, if ye turn away the needy, and the naked, and visit not the sick and afflicted, and impart of your substance, if ye have, to those who stand in need—I say unto you, if ye do not any of these things, behold, your prayer is vain, and availeth you nothing, and ye are as hypocrites who do deny the faith. Therefore, if ye do not remember to be charitable [have no love for God, His commandments, His justice, and His righteousness], ye are as dross, which the refiners do cast out, (it being of no worth) and is trodden under foot of men. (Alma 34:27–29)

Ether also provided additional information about charity.

And again, I remember that thou hast said that thou hast loved the world, even unto the laying down of thy life for the world, that thou mightest take it again to prepare a place for the children of men. And now I know that this love which thou hast had for the children of men is charity; wherefore, except men shall have charity they cannot inherit that place which thou hast prepared in the mansions of thy Father. Wherefore, I know by this thing which thou hast said, that if the Gentiles have not charity, because of our weakness, that thou wilt prove them, and take away their talent, yea, even that which they have received, and give unto them who shall have more abundantly. And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord that he would give unto the Gentiles grace, that they might have charity. And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: If they have not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been faithful; wherefore, thy garments shall be made clean. And because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father. (Ether 12:33–37)

Do you love God? Do you love the being you claim to be your king? When you will keep His commandments, you will seek His justice, you will seek his righteousness, you will seek His goodness (what God defines as good, not what Modern American Culture defines as good). Without seeking for these things, we have no hope of being reconciled unto Christ.

I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell. I have charity for my people, and great faith in Christ that I shall meet many souls spotless at his judgment-seat. I have charity for the Jew—I say Jew, because I mean them from whence I came. I also have charity for the Gentiles. But behold, for none of these can I hope except they shall be reconciled unto Christ, and enter into the narrow gate, and walk in the strait path which leads to life, and continue in the path until the end of the day of probation. And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good [what God defines as good, not what Modern American Culture defines as good). (2 Nephi 33:6–10)

The Messiah loved his Father. The Messiah stated he came here to do the will of his father. For the Son, the Messiah to do the will of the Father is an act of love.

“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:38, KJV)

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15, KJV)

“Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.” (John 14:24, KJV)

Introducing a new law, a new way, would not be an act of love toward any of the peoples of the earth. The Messiah did not give a new law and reiterated the law as already given by Moses, giving a different law would be an act of injustice.

We cannot have charity, the pure love of Christ without loving him and our Father in Heaven. We must seek the glory of God first. If we truly love God and his Son, we will do as the Messiah directed and we will seek God’s glory before our own. We will enact justice and righteousness because we love our King, we love our Messiah, we love our Father in Heaven, and thus, our fellow man.

Or is going to church for an emotional experience enough for you? If so, emotional experiences is all you will have and the Heavens will withdraw themselves and the precious jewels of the gospel, the pearls, will be hidden from your view.

Warning to the United States

God has been sending warnings to this nation, meaning the United States, for over 100 years. What we call “progressive” is a result of people choosing to remain in a state of disobedience. Progressivism is not just the tolerance of sin; it is the promotion of sin. The leaders, from all groups – political, business, and religious, rejected God in the first part of the 20th century. The populace has rejected God in the second part of the 20th century.

“The last day” or last days as used in scripture is a day of judgment. The earth doesn’t blow up. The Kingdom of God is now, the Messiah already reigns and He will “clean house”. As the Book of Mormon states, God uses the wicked to destroy the wicked. The sword of justice hangs over the United States. We have permitted the rise of secret combinations at all levels and in all areas. We endorse them; we love money and material possessions. We are in a condition where we state that the acceptance of sin is normal and preferable to the keeping of the commandments of God.

God will pass judgment upon the United States and upon the LDS People. The LDS People have neglected their charge and have become haughty, puffed-up, and totally enthralled by the authority they think they possess. Because you claim to sit in Joseph’s seat does not mean you have the gifts, the charges (or in your vernacular, “keys”), or the same blessings the Lord offered him. The Pharisees claimed to sit in Moses seat; and they were rejected because of their rebellion.

Why won’t you repent of your idolatry? Why do you insist in perpetuating rebellion? Worshiping a man (or woman) is the same as worshiping stone or wood. You believe yourselves to be so important, believing God needs you to do His work. He created the heavens and the earth? Why would He need you to do His work?

Discard your idols. Go to them no more. They cannot save you. They do not provide for you. Do you believe you have all that you have because of your own genius? Are you so wise and self-important to believe that God cannot pass you by and choose whom He will choose? Did God need to consult you to create the heavens? Did God need to ask your permission to form the earth? Did God need your input when He created you?

Why do you insist in putting your faith in idols and men? God has his priesthood, but not all priesthood is of God. Why do you adorn yourselves with the priesthood of Satan? Why the priesthood of Satan? Because you have rejected the cornerstone, you reject the Messiah, the son of the Living God by your priesthood. You reject His atoning sacrifice. You reject His commandments. You reject His word. You stroll around as if in robes made for king, all the while failing to realize you are covered in filthy rags. You do not seek righteous justice. Instead you rob from the poor and steal from the blind, hiding behind your pretended justice; all the while building your secret combinations and works of darkness.

Stop taking bribes to pervert justice. Stop setting yourselves up as the light. Stop making prayers and praying to the queen of heaven. Since when did God ever sanction such a thing? Ancient Israel had offerings to the queen of heaven in their mountains and forests, and they were destroyed for their idolatry and rebellion. Do not believe you can find sanctuary for your idolatry in this covenant land. This is God’s land, not yours, and since when has God ever recognized the claims of man? Do you desire to become like the whores of Samaria and Jerusalem? You sell yourselves for fame, money, and the honors of the world, all the while telling yourself, you are liberated and free, all the while not feeling the chains the devil has placed upon you.

Put away that rebellious spirit of Jezebel, lest the dogs eat your flesh. Jezebel sought for fame, riches and power. She had no desire to know the Living God. She encouraged lies, the worship of Baal and Ashtoreth, and all manner of filthiness. Jezebel was self-important, a narcissist, and the same spirit is rampant among you now.

Christ is the light and the life of the world. All you have is because of Him. Return to the beginning, meaning – return to the Messiah, Jesus Christ, all your blessings are because of Him. Do not seek to thrust yourselves into the Throne Room of Heaven making claims of righteousness, instead Knock and ask for entry into the inner court. Be willing to do what God has already decreed through His commandments and through His word. God does not contradict Himself. He is consistent and does not change. Do you desire to be clean before God? Put away your idols. Put away your secret works of darkness. Humble yourselves before Him. Recognize Him as your only King and cease praying to the queen of heaven or any other idol. He is the only one to whom you should pray. Ask for guidance, with a sincere heart, a broken heart, and contrite spirit and God of Heaven and Earth will answer.