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Corrupt Preachers? Should We Be So Surprised?

This sort of thing angers me to the core.  Truly, people just want a good leader, and they don’t want to even think that they could be taken advantage by them.

Let’s face it, we are in a corrupt world, but as believers in Jesus, we can find trust, and truth through Jesus Christ, right?  But then why are we so shocked when we see things like this? We even still continue to support it!!

If we really believed what Jesus said, and not in church, then wouldn’t we believe Jesus when he tells us to beware of false prophets who come in sheep’s clothing, and when he further says that inwardly they are ravenous wolves? Jesus’ next breath reveals that we will know them by their fruits:

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Matthew 7:16-18

Someone who knows God will be known by their selfless deeds and love.  Shouldn’t we know better?  Jesus had a real problem with the hypocrites of his time.  They looked the part of outstanding, respected, well known, religious people, preaching God to everyone around.  People trusted them, but people didn’t realize these people used God to their advantage.  They are the worst of the worst, and they find the best hiding places – in a religious establishement!  Their fruit is obvious as they alone have the best of the best… but Jesus had nothing good to say about them, Matthew 23.

Hypocrites are blinded by their selfishness and pride.  They blasphemy who is God and reveal the worst kind of sin since they preach that they are the shinning example of what to believe, yet in their heart is deceit and concern for themselves.  They see themselves as great and deserving, but they only prove that they are their own god.

Jesus warned us that we are in desperate times.  Like in the desert, good food is hard to find and we are all thirsty for a drink of water, but Jesus tells us we have to trust only him.  We cannot go blind too.

Please don’t get caught up following the god’s of this world – be confident with the truth of Christ and walk with only him to places that will keep you full and refreshed.

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