THE DEVIL IS A LIAR .
“Let He who has EYES see, and those who have EARS hear for the END is about to come!” Believe in Jesus, Repent from ALL your sins, Jesus is ready to welcome you into his Kingdom”..
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This article will remain a testimony even to the end of age. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read this!””
Article Written By An ECG Members.
12th February 2018 (Monday)
DEAR Zambian Accurates, as ECG Members in South Africa we have been following your articles on ECG on which you have been praising Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, Our Major 1. We thank you for that, but as loyal members and people who truly know what happens here, we are sad that you are part of people being used by Prophet Bushiri to deceive people. I personally work here for nothing but money. Please tell people the truth not to help deceive them. God is not happy. In the three years I have served under Bushiri here in Pretoria South Africa, I have discovered Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is not being used by God, the Most High, but by satanic agents.
You have so far written 21 articles praising Bushiri, not knowing you are helping the devil to fulfill his plans of deceiving people. Please tell people the trutth and God will bless you
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of ECG is NOT a true man of God, but someone whom the devil is using to fulfill the scriptures, according to what Jesus said that towards the end of the world, “there will be many FAKE/FALSE PROPHETS” who will deceive MANY, even the chosen ones will be deceived as it is with 100,000 members who attend church services at ECG and over 1 million following him on TV, Facebook, Twitter and You Tube. . Prophet Bushiri, born in Muzuzu Malawi, Bushiri’s both parents were both Muslims. Shepherd Bushiri was converted to Christianity through his classmate called Paul Banda in Grade 7. At first, Shepherd Bushiri was a true man of God who was called to preach the good news of the second coming of Jesus Christ before Urbert Angel initiated him into Satanism.
This is a true testimony from 10 Pastors who used to work closely with the Malawian born Prophet in Pretoria South Africa.
According to the ECG pastors, Shepherd Bushiri started as a God fearing young man in Malawi preaching the true gospel during his school days. God was using him mightily to prophesy to people and praying for them as well as preaching the good news. God even made Prophet Bushiri to acquire wealth at a tender age and was extrelly intelligent in class as he was clearly chosen to work for God despite coming from a Muslim Family. But things changed when he visited Urbert Angel of Zimbabwe in 2008 where they agreed that he should be his spiritual father.
In 2009. Bushiri was admiring Urbert Angel on TV and was eager to emulate him. So he went to Zimbabwe several times trying to meet Urbert Angel and it was only his 8th time that he met him. Urbert Angel explained to him how he was using satanic powers to attract thousands and money to his church. Urbert Angel himself introduced Bushiri to marine spirits which gave him powers after sacrificing blood and agreeing to be sleeping with married women and those unmarried including virgins.
In short brothers and sisters, Bushiri entered into a covenant with Prophet Urbert Angel who became his spiritual father. Instead of helping Prophet Bushiri to grow spiritually in God’s ways, Urbert Angel introduced Bushiri to a spiritual satanic woman of the sea whom he was worshiping. This means the spirit of the Living God left Bushiri and the spirit of the woman of the sea entered him immediately. Since then, Bushiri, despite being very rich has never enjoyed life on earth and the most unfortunate part is that he cannot come out of this evil as he is extremely deep into sin.
Within a year of being initiated to the satanic world by the woman of the sea, Bushiri started performing great miracles and wonders, more than the man (Urbert Angel) who made it possible for him to be initiated. He started praying for the sick, and the sick got healed, the lame started walking and miracle money became the order of church service. Urbert Angel was also a good friend of Prophet Makandiwa as they were getting powers from the same sources.
And when Prophet Urbert Angel was expelled from Zimbabwe for performing questionable miracles, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri was made to shift from Malawi to South Africa. Initially, Bushiri wanted to relocate to Zambia his mother’s homeland, but things changed after he was told by a young pastor that he was not a true man of God and that he needed to repent. That meant in Zambia, there was a true man of God who detected through the spirit that Bushiri was using satanic powers he got through Urbert Angel.
After sometime, with the help of Urbert Angel, Prophet Bushiri relocated to South Africa Pretoria where he is currently. 40% of people he went with to open a church in South Africa were Zambians while 60% were from Malawi; this was a special instruction from the evil woman of the sea who said his helpers should come from his motherland and fatherland. Since the man is the head of the house, it meant that majority were to come from Malawi his fatherland.
Before Bushiri finally shifted to South Africa, a Nigeria Pastor by the name of Prophet Jeremiah Omoto Fufeyeni visited him in Lilongwe as he wanted to be prayed for and increase his spiritual powers. But instead of praying for him, Prophet Bushiri took him to Prophet Urbert Angel who in turn convinced him to be equally initiated just like he had done to Bushiri. The successful initiation into advanced Satanism meant that two great men had been lost to the devil. In short, Prophet Urbert Angel, Shepherd Bushiri and Jeremiah Omoto had completely abandoned the word of God of salvation to start preaching richness, prophecies, miracle money as well as indulging in sexual activities.
The sad part is that the three men also initiated their wives and children as this was the command from the satanic woman of the sea. Today, even their wives and children are able to perform prophecies and wonders just like their parents.
Prophet Bushiri shifted to South Africa and soon his church grew up within a year because of numerous heart moving miracles. It should be noted that the woman of the sea who was now giving spiritual powers to these men, laid down conditions of which one of them was for the prophets to start having sex with virgins, married women and other girls who attend their church services. Please note that, the woman of the sea did not allow these prophets to sleep with any other woman apart from those that were attending church services from their churches.
Upto now, these three prophets who include Prophet Shepherd Busiri are still having sex with different kinds of women who attend their church services. What is surprising is that they commit adultery with the full knowledge of their wives and their protocols that are equally initiated. Bushiri himself has not less than 40 children born from his female congregants with over 100 abortions from within his church members. This information is also known by his wife Mary and his Wisemen and members of the protocol who in many occasions facilitates abortions.
The secrete behind committing adultery is that if you sleep with one woman, then you will be able to prophecy from one to six people. This means if you sleep with two, then you are assured of prophesying to 12 people and the trend goes on. So this brings us to the biblical 666. One woman u sleep with, u have to prophesy to 6 people. But if the prophet has failed to sleep with any woman outside marriage that week, it means he will not be able to prophesy as the power to do so can only be activated through sex outside marriage. The more women you sleep with, the more people you speak to and the more new members visit your church as well as the more you increase your spiritual powers.
According to what I witnessed at ECG, nearly all leaders there including those that are well known in singing are all wicked people who indulge in sex outside marriage with their own church members.
Since he went to South Africa, Bushiri has slept with more than 500 women to boost his powers and the same is correct with Prophet Jeremiah Omoto of Nigeria and Urbert Angel and many more pastors, evangelists and wise men connected to ECG
The issue of these three major prophets having sex outside marriage is well known by their wives and close church members who can’t disclose to reasons known by themselves.
Just like the name ECG (Enlightened Christian Gathering), the tiles of Major 1 was actually given to him by the woman of the sea. Prophet Urbert Angel is actually called Major, Shepherd Bushiri is Major 1 and Jeremiah is major 2. Note that the titles for Urbert Angel and Jeremiah are not very much heard because the sea woman recognizes Bushiri more than the two this time.
Although the woman of the sea provides accurate prophecies, her spirit does not work well if there is no amount of crookedness in how the prophecies and hearings are conducted. In certain cases, Bushiri and his friends (Urbert Angel his spiritual father and Jeremiah his spiritual brother) have to use tricks to perform fake miracles. The following are examples of fake prophecies and fake miracles;
1.PHONE NUMBERS: In most cases, the so called spiritual sons to the prophet collects people’s phone numbers and hand them to the prophet who will then shout it in church as a prophecy.
2. MIRACLE MONEY: There is actually no miracle money, what happens is that those people in church who shout that they have received money had actually submitted their accounts numbers and are always aware that there will be church technicians who will be depositing funds to appear as miracle money. Prophet Bushiri and his two friends have never performed miracle money since he was born. The money u see reflecting in people’s phones is always deposited by church money experts just to fool people. The same money people take as tiths and offering is used to fool people as miracle money. This trick is known by all those close to prophet Bushiri. God can really give miracle money but the truth is the miracle money seen in Bushiri’s church is always stage-managed, nowander it is just received by those within South Africa and those outside that have been paid to accept to lie to people.
4. MISSING DOCUMENTS BEING FOUND: Am sure some of you remember a woman in ECG who found her documents that were lost many years ago. Indeed the documents were found in one of the church members. But was this really true? The answer is NO. The documents put by a group of church members who had hatched a plan with Bushiri himself and the woman after she received $3000. The papers were taken to ECG by a woman herself and placed in one of the prominent church members, after which money was paid to the actors, and many were deceived, and weak women even started crying without realizing they were being tricked by a false prophet.
5. FIXING HOUSE ITEMS (FRIDGES, STOVES, PRESSING IRON, MIRACLE FUEL, DAMAGED CARS AND ITEMS NOT WORKING)
Does Prophet Bushiri really able to fix broken things spiritually? The answer is NO. All those people you hear calling ECG/Prophet Bushiri after prayers that their fridges and stoves have been fixed are just hired deceivers; to cheat people that there is a God in ECG who is working. The trick behind is to be fame and pull crowds. This is satasnic.
6. ANGELS APPEALING IN CHURCH
Some months back, the internet was filled with news that angels have been seen and captured by cameramen in ECG. This was all lies. There was nothing like that. The man who made those angels left ECG to his home country Zambia after he differed with Bushiri over money he was to be paid for the trick he had made of deceiving people. Brothers and Sisters, there has never been angels in ECG’s church, that was all lies by a false prophet.
Sometimes even his wise-men do fake angels and shout “dad, an angel appeared when you were praying”, and they show a white thing which is all fake, computer generated. God forbids!!
7.WALKING IN THE AIR:
Bushiri has never walked in the air since he was born, even his both parents that are still alive know this. The clip showing him walking in the air is fake. Two people stage-managed that by providing him with where to hold, no-wonder the cameraman had to zoom showing only legs without showing suspended hands. Agan Wise man David together with his friend was responsible for this trick.
8.PEOPLE ON WHEEL CHAIRS SHOUTING FOR HEALING IN CHURCH
At one time, an old white man who was said to be very sick was taken in front after he shouted for help. After intense prayers from Bushiri, the man walked. Brothers and Sisters, that was stage managed. The man was not even sick, it was just intended to fool people no wonder its only done to limited people. That is not to say Bushiri does not pray for people and they walk, he does that but rarely as the powers are controlled by the woman of the sea.
9. PEOPLE’S CLOTHES CATCHING FIRE DURING PRAYERS, AS WELL AS COMMANDING FIRE FROM HEAVEN TO BURN EVIL THINGS.
Mixture of chemicals are used. In science, some chemicals produce fire when mixed or tempered with. Bushiri and his fellow deceivers utilize that to deceive people just to encourage them to be attending church services just for money.
10.DISCUSSING WITH ANGELS AND JESUS CHRIST
When he was in Ghana years back, Bushiri told Ghanaians that he does talk to Jesus and Angels. This is not true but lies peddled by a false prophet. Although they are true men of God who used to talk direct to God in the past, Bushiri has never ever talked to Jesus Christ but parade himself as a man who talks to God just for people to worhip him (Bushiri) but not God.
11. RAISING THE DEAD:
Unless those people who just pretend to be dead while they are alive, Bushiri has never made any person to come back from the dead. People are paid to pretend to be dead just to deceive the elect.
Although there are stagemanaged prophecies and miracles, almost 90% of Bushiri’s prophecies are accurate. As a person that has been working with Bushiri I can confirm that he rarely gives fake prophecies. But the trick is how he manages to do them. While, just as I told you in the start, the more number of women he sleeps with, the more he prophecy. If he sleeps with 5 women in the week, then he will be able to prophecy to 30 people. The ratio is actually 1 to 6.
many women both married and unmarried have ever slept with the prophet but are fearing to disclose for fear of losing the cases as Bushiri has more than influence not only in South Africa, but Africa as a whole. Bushiri used money and influence to shame and silence people that try to expose his satanic and alcholtic behavior.
14. MARY BUSHIRI:
Bushiri’s wife Mary is a woman who 100% knows the behavior of Bushiri and his tricks but fears to come out became of money, fame and fearing to be killed by Bushiri and his agents. Mary Bushi who runs a facebook page, also assist Bushiri in aborting the girls and women he sleeps with. The woman of the sea does not allow her prophets to sleep with young girls using a condom, hence a lot get pregnated.
15. APPOSTLE MAKANANISA:
Bushiri’s greatest enemy currently is Apostle Makananisa of South Africa as he has seen that God is using him mightily to deliver deceived people. On Sunday 11th February 2018, Bushiri paraded Prophet Rodds and Ntemba to try to dent the image of Makananisa. The kingdom of God is suffering violence because of false prophets who don’t want to be rebuked and corrected for fear of losing fame.Just like TB Joshua and Pastor Chris, Makananisa is trying by all means to serve God in truth and spirit, but the devil the deceiver in Prophet Bushiri and Jeremiah Omoto is fihting back with full force. A lie may try to live for a while, but the truth lives forever. It wont be long before Bushiri is completely exposed and all those following him blidly put to shame. Bushiri is not serving the LIVING GOD, but the satanic god of the sea.
After Prophet Ntemba and Rodds were rebuked for sleeping with women in Charis Church, the demons in them fought back by trying to exposs Appostle Makananisa when Bushiri knows so well that Makananisa serves the Living God.
16.BUILDING THE PERMANT ECG CHURCH: As a way of getting money by false pretence from people, Bushiri and Urbert Angel cheated people that they wanted to build a new church. The pictures were displayed. But once the money was collected, Bushiri invested the money into his own business and took some for sacrifice in the sea. Upto now, Bushiri has stopped talking about building a church. This is sad.
17.EQUATING HIMSELF TO GOD: Bushiri has blasphemed God many times than how his followers think. At one time, Bushiri said many people in Africa are in povert because they refuse to believe in him. Bushiri many times attepts to mock God (God cannot be mocked) by trying to tell his members that he is the only true prophet of God when deep down he knows satan is using him.He trys by all means to portray himself as a powerful man who cannot die, and people worship him instead of God.
18. PREACHING PROSPERITY: Out of 100 sermons for Bushiri, only 10 talk about salvation, the rest are centered on prosperity. Now, this is not the making of Bushiri, but the marine spirit he worships. Bushiri mostly preaches about prosperity not salvation. To him, its better a person enjoys life now and suffer after death.
19. INTERVIEWING PEOPLE BEFORE CHURCH SERVICE: In ECG, there are men and women assigned to interview some people and give the information to Bushiri before church service. Bushiri meets people sometimes interview them and tell them how to answer during fake prophecies that are stage managed. But that not to say all prophecies are fake, some are accurate depending on how many women the prophet has slept with that week.
20. WHAT GOD DOES BUSHIRI SERVE: Prophet Bushiri is NOT a man of God or Jesus Christ despite mentioning his name. The Bible says you shall know them by their fruits. As a member of ECG I can tell you that Bushiri does not worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob or the God of Mischeck, Shadreck and Abedinego. What he worships is a different God and not Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God,. Bushiri is a good example of FALSE PROPHET whom Jesus Christ prophesied about.
21. DEMONIC MANIFESTATION IN CHURCH: Sometimes, demons do manifest and confess in church. This is not stage managed but true to fufil what is written in the Bibile that u shall drive demons in my name. The funny part of demonize is that even a non christian can drive them out provided it is done in the name of Jesus. So Bushiri drives away demons in the name of Jesus Christ and they go but yet he does not do the will of God.
Jesus said, ‘people will come to me on the last day and say Lord we used to drive away demons in yo name but I will tell them that go away, i don’t know you”
(BE AWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS, CURRENTLY 90% OF SO CALLED PROPHETS ARE FALSE, THEY GET POWERS FROM THE MARINE SPIRITS)
FALSE PROPHETS IN THE LAST DAYS
As one of the signs of Jerusalem’s destruction, Christ had
said, “Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many”
[Matthew 24:11]. False prophets did rise, deceiving the people
and leading great numbers into the desert. Magicians and
sorcerers, claiming miraculous power, drew the people after them
into the mountain solitudes. But this prophecy was spoken also
for the last days. This sign is given as a sign of the second
advent.—The Desire of Ages, 631 (1898).
We shall encounter false claims, false prophets will arise,
there will be false dreams and false visions, but preach theWord;
be not drawn away from the voice of God in HisWord.—Selected
Messages 2:49 (1894).
I have been shown many who will claim to be especially
taught of God, and will attempt to lead others, and from mistaken
ideas of duty they will undertake a work that God has never laid
upon them. Confusion will be the result. Let everyone seek God
most earnestly for himself that he may individually understand
His will.—Selected Messages 2:72 (1893).
HERE ARE BIBLE VERSES TALKING ABOUT FALSE PROPHETS IN THE BIBLE
Correct and sound doctrine is crucial to salvation and growth in spiritual maturity. It comes as no surprise that God warns us many times in Scripture to be aware of false teaching. Christians need to be able to recognize false teachers in order to know when they are being led down a path that God did not intend! The following Bible verses will help you determine whether someone is teaching false doctrine and how you should handle the deceptive teacher.
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9 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.
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16 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.
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26 Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.
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24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
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11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
2 Timothy 4:3-4
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3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
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28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.
2 Peter 3:14-18
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14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
1 John 4:1-6
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1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
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15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
2 Peter 1:12-21
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12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. 16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
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6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. 10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” 13 This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
2 Peter 2
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1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. 4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from the Lord. 12 But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish. 13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. 17 These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”
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1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. 5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others. 8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. 13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. 15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are. 16 “Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’ 17. You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? 18 You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ 19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20. Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.21 And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. 22 And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it. 23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. 25“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. 27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. 29 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’