Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money, saying, "Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.
Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless "Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning? For a fool speaks nonsense, And his heart inclines toward wickedness: To practice ungodliness and to speak error against the LORD, To keep the hungry person unsatisfied And to withhold drink from the thirsty. So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground. Therefore the Lord does not take pleasure in their young men, Nor does He have pity on their orphans or their widows; For every one of them is godless and an evildoer, And every mouth is speaking foolishness In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away And His hand is still stretched out.
But the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness. But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife's full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at the apostles' feet.
But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God. The young men got up and covered him up, and after carrying him out, they buried him. Now there elapsed an interval of about three hours, and his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
And Peter responded to her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for such and such a price? Under these circumstances, after so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. All rights reserved. Subscribe to the Verse of the day. Never miss a post Name.
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Purity Focus Inner Beauty cleansing math pharisees. Status Of The Temple Sanctification. Isaiah When someone is angry at us, we feel that we are their victim, but the reason they get angry at us is that they feel we are bullying them.
So we feel we are victims but others see us as their abusers. One of the popular myths about bullies promoted by social scientists is that bullies are incapable of empathy or remorse. Our social scientists come to this conclusion because when they accuse kids of being bullies, the kids deny any wrongdoing and blame their victims. But even mental health professionals do the same thing! We all tend to see ourselves as the victims in conflicts and blame the other side. It is normal human behavior.
Not because I beat people up, threaten them, or call them names. I assure you, I did not like being called a bully. I found it quite insulting. No need to stir up any cognitive dissonace! All it is good for is getting human beings to do things for you. Click on the link below. Unfortunately, this idea provokes cognitive dissonance in many of us. I greatly sympathize with those who wrote me long, articulate, moving letters about their personal struggles with money. One competent psychologist is leaving the profession because insurance companies are decreasing reimbursements and thereby preventing her from making an adequate living.
Others are worried about being able to afford retirement, vacations, and their monthly bills. What do you think retirements and vacations are? They mean being able to have others provide us with food, clothing, electricity, car maintenance, health care, etc. Where do you think the food, clothing, etc. Do they make themselves for us? They are all made by other human beings. We all want to be able to leisurely enjoy freedom for the weeks of our vacation or the years of our retirement while having others serve us!
Just because we may be having trouble paying our monthly bills does not change the fact that money is power over people.
And money is what we use for power over people. Being able to pay our bills means being able to get others to produce food, electricity, medical care, housing, etc, that we need or want. It is all made possible thanks to money.
Hypocrisy -- C. H. Spurgeon
Money is how we store power over people for use at our discretion. Click here to read the previous newsletter. Is Money Evil? I wrote last time that money turns us into hypocrites and blinds to our complicity in actions we consider evil. Some people wrote to me and we have all heard this throughout our lives that money itself is neither good nor evil. It is what we do with it that determines whether it is good or evil.
This is very true. Money can be used for good, such as giving charity or providing others with jobs.
I will soon explain how this works. I want it to be clear that I am not against money. On the contrary, I want as much of it as I can get. I have met some of them. Most were certifiably insane. A case can easily be made that money is the single greatest invention in the history of the world. Do you think 6 billion people can live on this planet through bartering?