A great punishment warning for men of God
The Lord warned His disciple to be aware of a kind of people who shall be given a great punishment. He spoke of people who teach other about God but with a wrong motive. They also use external appearance
to deceive others. The motive is to get money. They even wish to get money from the poor widows. These are people who seek to be recognized by others publicly. They seek to be appreciated by other publicly. Jesus said be seriously
warned. Be warned of the anger of God against such people. These people are already in the world. Let us read the passage below:
Luke 20:46 46 Beware
of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;
devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.
Let us analyze their characteristics.
- The desire to walk in long robes.
- They love greetings in the markets
- They love the highest seats in religious buildings
- They love chief places in public ceremonies
- They exploit widows and get their money.
- They pray long prayers to be heard and seen by others.
Dangers of Titles
Now you can see that, anybody who loves titles shall receive great punishment from God. If you feel angry if somebody does not call you, Pastor John or Reverent John or Bishop John or Pope John or Elder John or Canon John or Archbishop John or Evangelist
John or Apostle John or Brother John, or Mr. John or Prophet John, or Man of God John or Dr. John or Master John or Rabbi John. Look through the scriptures even Our Lord Jesus who has over 100 title was just referred to as Jesus.
Dangers of religious garments
teaching clearly shows that all who love any type of religious garments shall have great punishment.
Dangers of seeking recognition
The teaching clearly
teaches us not to desire public recognition. Be simple my brethren. Avoid religious greetings. Avoid religious seats. Some have even put their big chair in places of worship. If they find somebody seating their they can curse them. They even cause everybody
to stand and watch them as they enter. They are being worshipped?
Dangers of using religion to get money
The teaching shows us that
we should never use religion to get money as we exploit the plight of others. Do not even tell the poor to give you money so that they can be rich. Tell them that Christ became poor so that they can be rich.
Dangers of hypocritical religious actions
teaching clearly shows that hypocritical prayers will be punished highly. Do not even make long prayers in pretense. Some people do not even know how to pretend. They even write the prayers and read them from a book or a paper when others have closed their
eyes. They are not speaking to God. They are speaking to themselves and use long religious clauses to deceive. They are sure God can not answer them. They are just looking around for money. They shall be punished heavily.
These teaching is repeated and emphasized in James 3:1 which says, “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation”.
The Lord also spoke of heavy beating in heaven, see, Luke 12:47 47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither
did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
There this is my advice from the Lord’s teaching:
As a disciple of Christ:
- Do not wear religious long robes.
- Avoid enjoying religious greetings in the markets
- Avoid religious highest seats/titles
- Avoid religious recognition public ceremonies
- Never use religious for monetary gain.
- Never pray long prayers to be heard and seen by others in hypocrisy.
You have been warned.