The word for “woe” in Greek is to express grief and the way it is used in verse 27, the grief is what the scribes and Pharisees will feel after their death in hell because of their hypocrisy. The reason the religious leaders were condemned by the Lord is because they were sending people to hell even though they knew the Scriptures.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. -Matthew 23:15
The scribes and Pharisees deceived people with intent for gain. They loved money and fame more than God.
And they love the place of honor at banquets, and the seats of honor in the synagogues, 7 and personal greetings in the marketplaces, and being called Rabbi by the people. -Matthew 23:6
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. -Matthew 23:25
The scribes and Pharisees are what you would call today false Christian leaders. Jesus described them as a whitewashed which one plasters the tomb with to make it white and clean. A false Christian comes the same way. They will look like a genuine believer in the outside, talking like a Christian, but inside the person is spiritually dead. Jesus being the Son of God, saw through their facade and knew that they were as false as one can get. They were living double lives.
Another way that a false teacher can be exposed is to examine their lifestyle. A false believer will be filled with greed and pride, putting himself above others. In verse 28, it describes them as lawless. The word “lawlessness” means one who lives without God’s law in their heart. They will give you the impression that they live according to God’s Word but privately, when no other Christian is watching, they live for the world and its pleasures.
A false prophet or teacher can only hide for so long. It will be a matter of time before God exposes them by taking off their Christian mask for the benefit and safety of the saints. God can use anything to uncover what is hidden and in our time, the Lord used politics. With politics, you will see if a professing Christian will walk the talk by aligning himself or herself with those who are pro-life and are against the homosexual agenda. Folks, a Christian has to be one 24-7 in all area of life not just in the church. A false one will oppose you when you stand up for good and righteousness. I’m telling you, there are so many wolves hiding in Christian garments.
Friend, we are living in a time where it will be very difficult to know who really is from the Lord. Many look so much like a Christian that it is almost impossible to tell the difference. Be very careful who you let into your life for spiritual growth. You might be letting in a wolf that will destroy your faith. Jesus warned us that before the rapture of the church, there will be many false prophets to deceive as many people as possible. Your only safety net is the Scriptures and prayer. Stick close to Jesus and you won’t be fooled.
I want everyone to read what I am going to write with God’s Word in mind and what I like to call “Biblical logic”. You are trying to vote for a party but that party supports multiple immoralities which the Bible condemns for a Christian to live and support. One’s logic will direct the Christian to what Scripture plainly says and the decision is made clear.
My ministry here on Spiritual Minefield is to expose false doctrines and false teachers. The Scripture commands us to do so in Ephesians 5:11“Do not participate in the useless deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them”
Today, I have been mentioned in a comment by a professing Christian for my stance against the left and their lawless agenda, which by the way tells me a lot about Mr. Polarius. Not only him, but others as well who supported the lawlessness of the left being like anti-Israel, pro-abortion, pro-LGBTQ and anti-America. Now, I as a Christian will only support a party that promotes Biblical values. There is no way that I can go against my Biblical logic to support the Democrats as they support “The Equality Act” which I will get into it so that we may see how devilish that law really is for all Christians and women’s sports.
First, I will tackle Mr. Polarius’ comment that he left at Caeli’s site from which I was mentioned. I wish he would have come to me with any concerns but instead, he deemed it necessary to slander me and other believers there. That’s okay, I will bring his comment here so that I can directly answer it.
Mr. Polarius said:“The Equality Act has grieved you…has it? Just for the record, it bothers me too The “Rainbow People” have a strong influence in this world, and they’ve infiltrated churches. In fact, you just might have some in your church.”
Let’s look at this statement here “The Equality Act has grieved you…has it”. Mr. Polarius mocks Caeli and myself for standing up for Biblical morality. Folks, does this sound like a Christian to you? Not to me. He then contradicts himself by saying “it bothers me too The “Rainbow People” have a strong influence in this world,” You don’t say Mr. Polarius, then why didn’t you vote against such a party that was in support of spreading it? This is what you call either a weak Christian (spineless) or a false Christian. Only Mr. Polarius knows what he truly is. In my personal opinion, Mr. Polarius is very dangerous in a spiritual sense because he seems to swing both to the right (God’s Word) with his mouth and to the left (the world) with his actions.
A Quick Glimpse on The Equality Act That Just Passed
“The Equality Act” is to promote transgender and the lifestyle of immorality.
“The Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.”
“The Equality Act” will force Christians to hire homosexuals in churches or in Christian business or else they can lose their business and livelihood. Meaning it will try to force Christians to compromise their Biblical stance.
It will produce material for children in schools to learn about the homosexual lifestyle at a young age to instill in their minds how to be immoral. Doesn’t that sound like what happened in Noah’s day when every imagination was pure evil? That is their goal to be like in the days of Noah.
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of mankind was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. -Genesis 6:5
Now, not even the parks where you take your kids will be safe. You will see homosexual acts like men kissing and showing affection towards one another in front of kids. Not only parks but also in restaurants, stores and any other public places. Your kids won’t be safe anywhere.
Getting back to Polarius’ comment. Mr. Polarius said:“Listen up, Caeli, I am about to deliver some stern rebuke and while I am addressing you and your buddy here, this applies to a lot of other Christian Bloggers to, who operate as Radical Left or radical Right.”
The word “buddy” that he uses, you will see that he is addressing me. He has a big problem, seems like, with genuine Christians that are preaching the Word of God. Only the weeds will have that problem. What is a “Radical Left or radical Right”? A radical left are people who have driven themselves far away from the Lord and His Word. The radical right are those who have committed themselves wholeheartedly to the Word of God and who will never compromise their stance. Where do we see this? We see this in Ecclesiastes 10.
According to Ecclesiastes 10:1, the left are the foolish ones whose wisdom is compared to death—causing something that smells good into a smell that would make anyone vomit. As you can see, the world and people like Polarius bring a wisdom of death, twisting the Scriptures, the perfume, to say what they want it to say producing false teachings that will destroy one’s faith if accepted. Those to the right are guided by wisdom, wisdom that comes from the Holy Spirit who lives in the believer. Only a fake Christian like Mr. Polarius will want to station himself in the middle. What did Jesus call a professing Christian that parks himself in the middle?
15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth. -Revelation 3:15-16
A Christian who doesn’t take a stance but floats in the middle, playing both sides, is detestable to the Lord Jesus Christ. According to Mr. Polarius own words “Christian Bloggers to, who operate as Radical Left or radical Right.” has condemned himself as the one who says that either the left or the right is too radical, staying more in the middle, are the ones that Jesus detests and will vomit them out proving that they were never Christians.
Mr. Polarius said:“For all your tough talk up here on WP, I have noticed that neither you or your buddy the SpaniardViii have the courage to use your real full names on your Blogs. Who are you really? Where’s the Holy boldness to put your name behind your words? You won’t do it, because you and the SpaniardViii fear the Cancel culture, and the loss of your jobs for your political beliefs.”
I have the right to share my name to whomever I wish to give it to. I give my name to friends. Friends being believers in Christ, sharing that special bond that we have in Jesus. “Who are you really?” I am a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and my purpose in life is to preach the gospel of Jesus to bring them out of darkness to the light of the cross. That is who I am. If I were preaching in the streets, do I have to tell everyone my name? Is that what Jesus will deem necessary? Or, is Jesus going to look at my lifestyle, if I lived according to holy Scripture and did I tell others about Him for salvation? You judge Mr. Polarius, which one is important to Jesus?
“Where’s the Holy boldness to put your name behind your words?” My boldness is to proclaim the truth of God’s Word without compromising. My boldness is to hold on to what Jesus said and to live it out without being a hypocrite. What I teach I do my best to live it. If I fall, for all of us sin, I get back up with the power of the Holy Spirit and continue to press forward. That is my boldness sir. People knowing my name has nothing to do with being bold or not. There are some people in WordPress that do know my name.
“SpaniardViii fear the Cancel culture, and the loss of your jobs for your political beliefs” I don’t fear cancel culture or you. At the moment, I’m not working so as you can see, you slandered me without knowing the facts. Your Christianity is unbiblical. You need to reassess your walk with the Lord because you don’t mirror Jesus Christ with everything you have said and what you stand for.
Mr. Polarius said:“I’ve been silently paying close attention to your posts and your interactions with other believers here on WP. You and your friend go too far. You are hurting people. The two of you are bullies…just like the guy that you voted for! You guys trash anybody who doesn’t vote or believe just like the two of you.”
“You and your friend go too far. You are hurting people.” Here we go, this Polarius is accusing without any evidence to back it up. Show me sir, where have I hurt a person? Are you saying that if I speak the truth and call out sin that that to you is hurting people? Where is your evidence? Only a slanderer like yourself will bring an accusation without any evidence, showing empty words. The Lord is my defender and He will defend my person against my accusers. I don’t worry. Let’s continue…
“The two of you are bullies…just like the guy that you voted for!” Again, where is the evidence of your accusations, Mr. Polarius? That is exactly what the devil does, he accuses the brethren with false accusations. Show me one thread of evidence? You are the one who is trying to bully me and Caeli with false accusations. Your words do nothing to me, but I will expose you and others, so that the believers may be aware of you and your friends that are attacking true and genuine believers in WordPress.
“You guys trash anybody who doesn’t vote or believe just like the two of you.” Empty words from an empty person who clearly doesn’t have the Holy Spirit. Define the word trash? Do you mean when I quote God’s Word and try to tell people to go back to the truth. I have never maligned anyone’s character, but I have examined their teachings and spoken about that. You said that I have trashed people. What do you call what you have said about me? You are trashing me without a shred of evidence. Isn’t that being hypocritical sir?
You troll around Christian sites to find one who ends to the right, holding unto Biblical values and those are the ones that you target. Isn’t that correct, Mr. Polarius? False Christians will always say unfounded things to genuine Christians because deep down inside, false Christians are really going against righteousness, those who live God’s Word. You hate people who live for the Lord.
Mr. Polarius said:“You quote your scriptures and say you stand for Jesus, but sometimes you guys behave like Pharisees!”
Ladies and Gentleman, now we come to why people like Polarius hate all Christians who actually live out God’s Word and teach it faithfully.
Mr. Polarius hates when he and others are called out for either spreading false teachings or supporting unbiblical groups. Christians who are lukewarm that love the world and pretend to be Christians hate the fact that their evil deeds are called out. All false Christians who are living in sin and you call them out on, will call you a Pharisee. They don’t like to be exposed, I understand that. They don’t like it because they will no longer have the upper hand on deceiving others.
Here are some people that you need to be aware of:
The Dunnings, Mr. Polarius, Jackie2015 who believes that Jesus was never a Jew. She preaches another Jesus, Lee Poskey who is against the Jewish State and does not believe that a Christian is to live in sanctification. Lee and Jackie are in WordPress, you can check them out for yourself and see the false doctrines that come out of their blogs. Don’t take my word for it, go read for yourself. The Dunnings, the wife and Polarius are two characters who seem to be pro Democrat and hate with a passion those who didn’t vote for the sitting president and for calling out the Democrats, meaning their policies, as evil and unbiblical.
I’m also calling on Marques from “Overcoming The Times” to take a stance on the Scriptures since the folks I have mentioned happen to frequent his site a lot. Marques, you know full well that the Democrats are anti Christian with their laws. Now is the time to show these folks where you stand. You have been silent on your blog for far too long. Are you on the left, on the right, or in the middle. I will let you answer them for yourself in the comment section.
As believers in Jesus Christ, we need to toughen up because persecution is coming to all of us. Don’t allow yourself to get deceived by impostors claiming to have God’s wisdom, but in reality they have the wisdom that comes from the devil to teach demonic doctrine.
Can Christians have a favorite teacher who builds up their knowledge in God? Many Christians, especially in Seminary cling to some teachers from the past like John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon and C.S. Lewis to name a few and others not as popular as the men I mentioned, who are building their theology on their teachings.
What did Jesus mean by saying to His disciples, “do not be called Rabbi” He wanted His disciples to make sure in the future after His departure to encourage people to go to Jesus for their spiritual guidance and not rely on His disciples for that.
Jesus knows full well that men will always want to follow someone that will seem to be knowledgeable in the things of God. He created us to be sheep (a follower), for the purpose of following and depending on the Lord. What we have to understand is that the moment we start to intake Biblical teachings from someone, we can become lazy to go to our true teacher of Scripture, the Holy Spirit, and end up following a person instead of Jesus Christ.
Teachers and I include myself, are for helping the body of Christ to push them to go to Jesus Christ for Biblical understanding. For example, if I say something that touches you on one of my posts, it should motivate you to open up the Bible and seek Jesus, digging deeper on your own for further understanding and to hear from the Lord. I’m not on WordPress to take Jesus’ place, but I’m here to push you toward Jesus and to encourage you to do your own Bible study.
If you get to the point where you just quote John Calvin or any other dead or alive theologian, you are replacing Jesus for that teacher without you being aware of it. Paul tackled that same issue that arose in his time.
11 For I have been informed concerning you, my brothers and sisters, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you. 12 Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am with Paul,” or “I am with Apollos,” or “I am with Cephas,” or “I am with Christ.” -1 Corinthians 1:11-12
The church in Corinth were fighting over their favorite teachers. Doesn’t that sound like us today? Calvinism vs Arminianism and there are others I’m sure who fight over their favorite preachers alive today. The passages are very clear that if you esteem a teacher over another, you substitute Christ for that teacher. Paul said to them who put him in a pedestal in verse 13“Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” Paul makes it clear that those who follow other men of theology are making them their Jesus instead of the real Jesus.
Friends, stop reading John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon and C.S. Lewis. Read the Scriptures and learn from the Holy Spirit. You will never understand the Scriptures apart from the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t matter how many books you read from these men. God is the only one who can make your mind understand the Scriptures.
44 Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all the things that are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, -Luke 24:44-45
Worship only Jesus Christ and not men. You can learn from teachers but don’t depend on them for your spiritual knowledge and walk. Let them be a push for you to do your own study.
3 I also was with you in weakness and fear, and in great trembling, 4 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of mankind, but on the power of God.-1 Corinthians 2:3-4
For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. -1 Corinthians 2:10
Further study on John Calvin click on these two links: