Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen. Revelation 22:12-21.
Here we are, at the end if the Bible, and some things do not change. What we believe changes us. What we do is the proof. Jesus said, when teaching His disciples, that you don’t pick figs from thistles. Our fruit, what comes out of us, proves what we are. But generations of false teachers have flipped that on it’s head. We have been taught by many that what goes into us proves us: reading the right books (including the Bible), listening to sermons on Sunday, listening to Christian radio, avoiding alcohol and tobacco. But Jesus thought some things were more important than tithing and other church duties.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” Matthew 23:23.
We never think of ourselves when we read about how Jesus very rudely castigated the religious leaders of His time. But a warning is a warning. Justice, mercy and faithfulness must come out of us, or we may discover that we were deceived.
I understand that I am heading into the prevailing religious headwinds of America. Most Evangelical pastors in America may call me harsh, mean, or even heretical. But truth is not determined by consensus. It is revealed by God. And few be they that find it.