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People would have to be in a hypnotic state to believe that God wants them to pray at a modern Church building but if they need anything they should apply to men who exercise authority and offer benefits at the expense of their neighbor. But the modern Christian does that every day to get free schooling for their children, and social security for their parents and a myriad of other public benefits. How is that seeking the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness through Pure Religion?

Unchurched Movement

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"Unchurched" as an adjective is defined as "not belonging to or connected with a church". When concerning religious participation, it refers specifically to people who do not attend worship services. A worship services or "church service" or sometimes called a "service of worship" is a formal group or communal gathering to perform a wide variety of what is often called "worship" in some ceremonial or ritualistic Christian tradition generally involving some form of clergy.

According to one christian polling group if someone does not attend a church for 6 months they can be counted as unchurched. That makes for wide range of people who would be classified as unchurched. The reasons for not attending Church can be very broad and unrelated.

There are people who claim to be "unchurched" who are seeking to deconstruct the modern "organized church" model which they find unsatisfactory while at the same time seeking ways of establishing genuine church community centered around a faith in Christ and His Way. Many of the people labeled as the unchurched have made a conscious decision to go about things a different way than the paths and practices offered by the Modern Churches of today.

These unchurched people have often attempted to adapt themselves into a paradigm presented by variety of modern church communities with neither satisfaction nor success. They are often seeking an intimate group environment through which they might grow and thrive. Their attempts to conform to the different Church practices often fail to satisfy them. But the question naturally arises as to the reason for this failure to conform or fit into these church paradigms.

There is also another question too often neglected by the modern Christian. Does the modern Church conform to the original intent of the early Church community?

Is the problem with the Church or is it with what is posing as the Church but is not.

At the time of the early Church there were those that said they were Jews but were not.[1] In fact they gathered in an adversarial spirit which we may be seeing today in some of the Modern Church?


What was the Church meant to be?

Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus and the early Church advocated a Daily ministration for the needy. Jesus called out His ekklesia. The Church as we say today was institutionalized by Christ, Institutionalized means "established in practice or custom." Jesus spent years training His disciples which means "students" to be the ministers of His kingdom at hand, His government of God, which He took from those who were not bearing fruit and appointed to His "little flock". The problem today is most Churches are descended from the institutional Church of Constantine which was "established in practice or custom" in a different way. Constantine funded his new Church with tax money which provided for the poor. The modern institutional Church does the same. While there are many people who "say they are Christians" and many who are charitable people most of the care of the needy among the Churched and unchurched alike is provided by the state who merely takes from your neighbor to provide those benefits. These "covetous practices and customs" are contrary to the teachings of the prophets and certainly Jesus, James, Paul the Apostle and Peter and the "new covenant".

The Church, or ekklesia, meaning called out in Greek, was appointed by Christ who was not only the rightful king of Judea which was the Kingdom of God if not its remnant at that time.[2] But He was also the rightful high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. While the church included numerous forms of fellowship, it was not a social club and certainly not merely a community.

The Church legally defined is, "In its most general sense, the religious society founded and established by Jesus Christ, to receive, preserve, and propagate his doctrines and ordinances."


Since there are over forty thousand denominations calling themselves a church many question may arise:

A society is defined as "the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community often so that they are not destroyed by other societies or acts of nature."

Also the Church legally defined is, "A body or community of Christians, united under one form of government by the profession of one faith, and the observance of the same rituals and ceremonies."

A community is "a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common." The community of the Church may not be as geographically in the same place as it is spiritually based in the character or name of Christ. Since the Kingdom of God is first within you, the community of the Church may have "a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals" of Christ. In relationship to the community of the early Church it included a daily ministration and Pure Religion through charity.

Does the society and community of the Church organize from the bottom up by the service of trustworthy leaders in a charitable network or from the top down through rulers who exercise authority by way of a social contract?

Is The Way of the Church through charity or force?

Before we can answer this question there are other questions and terms that could be addressed. See other questions and terms

Jesus was "another king"[3] of a Society and Community that made it possible for the people to survive and thrive during the decline and fall of Rome.

Besides being at the center of a community and part of the Christian society, the Church, appointed by Jesus who was the Christ, Messiah and anointed King, was also a unique form of government that operated by what James would call the perfect law of liberty.

The early Church in its most general sense was a community of people that sought to follow The Way of Christ who was the king of the kingdom of God at hand and appointed to His ministers to serve the people rather than rule over them like the governments of the other nations. We can only hope to conform to Christ by doing the will of the Father.[4]

The unchurched have at least decided that there is something wrong with the Modern Church. The modern Church and the modern Christians who cling to it are often not doing things like the early Church according to the doctrines of Jesus nor the will of the Father who art in heaven. By simply being the unchurched, there is no reason to believe that they are actually going in or following The Way of Christ which was fundamentally different than the way of Rome.

It is not enough to turn from the wrong path but we need to also seek the path of righteousness of God. It is up to every soul to seek that kingdom and to strive to know what the righteousness of God actually looks like.


Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God

Another important question might be, "What is worship?", or "What is religious worship?", or "What is "religion?", since the definitions of these words have changed over the years. Today "worship" has been defined as "reverent honor and homage paid to God", while "worship service" has been defined as "to show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate (God or any person or thing considered divine)".

But paying homage to God and Jesus is not just saying that you love him or praising him with your lips. If we examine the Bible we see Jesus saying in Luke 6:46, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"[5] and in Exodus 20:5 we see, "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me;".

This reference to bowing down is a form of or at least a part of the idea of worship in the sense of homage or adoration, but worship also includes actual serving.

This reference to actual service to God in the form of services performed by people strengthening others seems to be at the core of Christ's teachings and His purposes as we see in Luke 22:27 "For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth." and in John 12:26 "If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour."

In John 12:26 we see this reference to actual service beyond mere ritual or ceremony of the Modern Church. And again in Luke 12:37 "Blessed [are] those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them."

There was a church appointed by Christ that "continued daily with one accord in the temple, dividing bread from house to house so that the people were able to eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart".[6] This distribution of bread and provisions by the ministers of the Church, trained and appointed by Christ, was different from that free bread distributed by Rome. It was the product of faith, hope and charity through that perfect law of liberty of James, and it was not merely the distribution of a ritualized wafer of bread. It was a form of social welfare through the practice of Pure Religion which consisted of the community of Christians engaged in the Eucharist of Christ. It was the result of the true love of one another in action that out-performed the government welfare of Rome and the Corban of Judea, and it was at the core of the Christian conflict.


Basic Institutional Church Doctrines

It should be absolutely clear that Jesus instituted a Church to serve those seeking the kingdom. Jesus put forward doctrines that were used and repeated by the early Church which eventually saved the Christian community all over the Roman Empire and beyond.

Today there are many people saying they are Christians but they are not doing what the early Christians felt compelled to do by their faith. With the rise of the welfare state and the covetous practices of modern Socialism many Christians have become accustomed to the receiving and living by the support offered by State sponsored benefit and welfare programs.

This pattern of social dependence is not unprecedented in History. Polybius saw the downfall of the republic 150 years before the first Emperor of Rome and 175 years before the birth of Jesus Christ and John the Baptist who preached the importance of charity in maintaining a free society.

"The masses continue with an appetite for benefits and the habit of receiving them by way of a rule of force and violence. The people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others... institute the rule of violence; [7] and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder,[8] until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch." Polybius [9] .

Free societies seldom continue without moral base which recognizes a right to private property and some form of what used to be called "Religion" which is how you take care of the needy of society. That care formed the bonds of society. Pure Religion accomplishes that care without the force and power of the State.

Even with the persecution through the Christian conflict with the Public religion of Rome Christians thrived. But the institution of a counterfeit Christianity by Constantine would eventually undermine the practice of true faith in Jesus and what he actually taught His Disciples. This Coercive Church would unite with the State abandoning Pure Religion. And sophistry, subversion and violence suppressed the true teachings and doctrines of Jesus until "many", as Christ warned,[10] would think they were Christians but actually become workers of iniquity.

Jesus commanded that His Church not depend on the other government rulers who exercises authority one over the other to provide benefits for the people. Many modern Christians do not understand Jesus' prohibitions about these Fathers of the earth and the Benefactors who exercise authority one over the other because of a myriad of false doctrines being taught today by modern Church preachers. Constantine, if not Satan himself, is responsible for the beginning of this acceptance of State sponsored welfare for institutions calling themselves the Church.

Any Church that strays from the doctrines of Jesus is not His Church.

Did those authors of the New Covenant Epistles warn us also?

Peter[11], Paul[12], James[13] and John[14]all warned the New Covenant Church that what they were doing and not doing would reveal the truth of their claim to faith. Paul warned people to test their faith[15] to make sure they were not deceived.

Even John warns that we need to walk according to what Jesus showed us and confess our sins if we are to be cleansed of unrighteousness.[16] John even gives the keeping of the commandments as the rod by which we measure the truth of our faith.[17] And those who do not keep the commandments are a liar and Christ is not in them.[18] Over and over John repeats that he that "doeth not righteousness" is not born again of Christ and the Father.[19] And John warns us that we may not only be deceived but may deceive ourselves [20] warning us of the many false teachers who are "out in the world".[21]


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What is the whole truth?

Christianity was never just a feeling nor a fancy. Christians had changed their thinking about the Corban of the Pharisees and Rome, and they were diligently seeking the Kingdom of God and the righteousness of God through mutual sacrifice and a daily ministration of charity.

Being "Unchurched" because the Modern Church is falling short or even in apostasy is simply not enough. We must strive to be conformed to Christ and The Way of His appointed Church.

We were warned of false Christs and prophets[22] which would include false pastors and churches deceiving many[23] except by the grace of God.

  • Patrick Henry said "Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it."

Are some of the unchurched those who sense that deception and the hypocrisy and apostasy of the modern Church?

Are they willing to go deeper and see the whole truth and provide for it?

Many will imagine themselves saved in the Church and out but they are actually workers of iniquity. [24]

And we were told in Matthew 5:48, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

But to be perfected in Christ we must accept the whole gospel and be of one mind[25] which will require repentance.

God wishes to open our eyes so that we may see that whole truth of His Kingdom of God.[26]

We must continue to act with love concerning those things we see so that God may continue to remove the scales from our eyes[27] and give us the sight and insight to see the truth of the Christian conflict with the covetous practices of the Corban of the Imperial Cult of Rome.

We must cleanse ourselves of the covetous practices that have become acceptable in the Modern Church by walking in all The Ways of Christ and setting the table of His Daily ministration in Pure Religion.[28]

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
    Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
  2. Matthew 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
  3. Acts 17:7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, [one] Jesus.
  4. Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
    Matthew 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
    Matthew 21:31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
    John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
    Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
    Matthew 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
    Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  5. The following are given as cross references:
    Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
    Luke 13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
    Luke 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
    Malachi 1:6 ¶ A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
    Matthew 7:21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
    Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
    Matthew 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
    Matthew 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
    Matthew 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
    John 13:13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
    John 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
    John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
    John 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
    John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
    Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
  6. Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
  7. Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
  8. Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets [were] until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
  9. "But when a new generation arises and the democracy falls into the hands of the grandchildren of its founders, they have become so accustomed to freedom and equality that they no longer value them, and begin to aim at pre-eminence; and it is chiefly those of ample fortune who fall into this error. 6 So when they begin to lust for power and cannot attain it through themselves or their own good qualities, they ruin their estates, tempting and corrupting the people in every possible way. 7 And hence when by their foolish thirst for reputation they have created among the masses an appetite for gifts and the habit of receiving them, democracy in its turn is abolished and changes into a rule of force and violence. 8 For the people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others, as soon as they find a leader who is enterprising but is excluded from the houses of office by his penury, institute the rule of violence; 9 and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch" Polybius: The Histories (composed at Rome around 130 BC)Fragments of Book VI, p289
  10. Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
    Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
    Mark 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
    Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
  11. “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:10, 11
    2 Peter 2:14 "Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; curse children:"
    2 Peter 2:3 "And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."
  12. 2 Timothy 3:1 ¶ This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. 10 ¶ But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
    Ephesians 5:1 ¶ Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 3 ¶ But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
    "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Galatians 5:1 Galatians 5:15 "But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another."
    1 Corinthians 6:9 "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
    11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.".
  13. James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
    James 5:12 ¶ But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and [your] nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
  14. 1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
    1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
    1 John 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
    2 John 1:4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
    2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
    3 John 1:3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth... 11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
  15. 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?(The word reprobate is from adokimos meaning not standing the test, not approved) But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.
  16. 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  17. 1 John 2:3 ¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
  18. 1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
  19. 1 John 2:29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
    1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
    11 ¶ For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
    1 John 3:24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
  20. 1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
  21. 1 John 4:1 ¶ Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
  22. Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
    Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
    Mark 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ[anointed]; and shall deceive many.
  23. Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
    Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
    Matthew 27:63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
    Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
    Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
    John 7:12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.
    John 7:47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?
    Romans 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
    Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
    1 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
    1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
    1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
    Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
    Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
    Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
    Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
    2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
    1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
    2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
    Titus 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
    Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
    James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
    1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
    1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
    2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
    Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
    Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
    Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
    Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
    Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
    Revelation 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
    Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
  24. Ezekiel 28:15 Thou [wast] perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
  25. 2 Corinthians 13:11 ¶ Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
  26. John 9:39 ¶ And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. 40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
  27. Job 41:15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
    Acts 9:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
  28. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ¶ Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.