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What constitutes a Believer that is Saved by Grace through being Faithful? What does it mean to be faithful? Is it Love to Covet your neighbors goods or to take a bite out of your neighbor through Benefactors who exercise authority? If you are not truly loving your neighbor then is there any Grace? Can a desire to benefit from welfare schemes that take from your neighbor by force be anything other than works of iniquity?

Believer

Misguided Pastors and Modern Christians when talking about whosoever believeth being Saved often say things like:

* A saved believer who has trusted fully in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross for his or her salvation understands the simplicity of the Gospel of Grace.

People often imagine that they know that they are saved because they say they believe.

  • 1. Jesus Christ died for their sins and paid for them all. God's perfect Justice has been satisfied by the death of His Son.
  • 2. That Jesus was buried and rose again the third day according to the scriptures. (1Corinthians 15:1-4
  • 3. They receive, believe and trust that Christ's perfect sacrifice is all that is required to save them. They know they cannot add anything or subtract anything from Christ's sacrifice.
  • 4. Salvation is a free gift. It cannot be earned, there is nothing for the sinner to do for their salvation.

We are not suggesting or saying that people are saved by works nor by the law like the Pharisees sought to do. Many of these Modern Christians run back to a saved by grace theology whenever anyone talks about what one does or should do.

But what people do or do not do is the fruit of their repentance and we know if you are really a christian by your fruits we will now them.[1]

If you are not a doer of the words of Jesus then you are probably not a believer. Your faith is dead as evidenced by your lack of doing the works of Christ and not following His way

Jesus tells us that there are many who think they have accepted or believe in Christ but he will say "I never knew you: depart from me". We should be careful to know if we are really saved or just one of those many who will be deceived by the damnable heresies of false prophets..[2]

Evidently, they thought they had faith but did not have real faith and we know that by what they did and did not do.

  • How do we know that we have real faith and have not been deceived by false teachers and prophets?

How do you know that your faith is not "in vain"[3]


A number of terms should be carefully defined in accordance to the meanings of Paul and Christ such as "saved believer". Since Paul preached Christ first[4] those who were the "saved believer" were already doing what Christ said to do.

Saved Believers

A Living Network of love and charity is what Christ preached. You were only a true believer if you were a doer of His word as He commanded.

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What is a Saved believer?

The word "believer" only appears twice in the Bible.

First in Acts 5:14 "And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)"

We see it translated from pisteuontes πιστεύοντες which is a Verb in the Present tense, Participle Mood, Active Voice in the Nominative Case, Masculine and Plural. It appears 7 times in the Bible.[5]

It is from the verb pisteuo πιστεύω[6] a verb translated believe 239 times and believer once. It is from the noun for faith; it can mean "to think to be true" or "place confidence in".

We see a different word pistōn in 1 Timothy 4:12 translated believers, "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."

The Greek word pistōn πιστῶν which is an adjective also appears in 1 Timothy 4:10 "For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.",


Here the word believers is from pistos πιστός[7] meaning faithful. It is defined "of persons who show themselves faithful in the transaction of business, the execution of commands, or the discharge of official duties."

The word pistos does come from the word peitho πείθω which means "to persuade" or "be persuaded" or even "to trust, have confidence" but as an adjective it is defining someone who, because he is convinced or convicted of Christ, shows evidence that he is "of persons who show themselves faithful in the transaction of business, the execution of commands, or the discharge of official duties."

So this begs the question if we are Believers?

Are we faithful in keeping the commandments of Christ?

Are we diligent "in the transaction of business (of Christ), the execution of (His) commands, or the discharge of (His) official duties."

Christ told us to do many things and told us also what not to do to others.

If we are not faithful in doing what He said to do or by personal or even public policy we are doing contrary to what He said, then we cannot really be considered faithful and therefore are not really believers.

If the word Christian is suppose to be the designation of people following Christ, viz. lovers of Jesus or Yeshua, then there must be many people who say they are Christians but are actually taking His name in vain.

Modern Christians often try to divest from the meaning of the word believer of needing to show the "execution of commands" of Christ or "the discharge of ... duties". They reduce being faithful to simply saying or even believing a certain fact. They seem to think that they merely have to be persuaded that a few statements about Jesus are true and this counts as repentance. They are saved believers in their own minds with no actual evidence being discharged demonstrating their belief. They simply repeat their claim of belief in the finished work of Christ while not doing what He said and even doing the opposite.

Paul in 1 Timothy 4:12 is making it clear that believers should be an example "in word, in conversation (conduct), in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."

If they are not that example we should be able to at the very least suspect, if not conclude, that they are not saved believers because they are not exhibiting Fruit worthy of repentance.

This is why Paul gives us a long list of those who are not believers and will not inherit the kingdom.[8] Paul in no way was suggesting that we now have a license to sin or go against the commandments of God but was talking about those who are true Believers who show the Fruit of the Spirit.[9]

This being a Believer required outward evidence of belief which would be consistent with the teachings of Christ who says we are not to be hearers only[10] nor merely say we believe in the Lord but were actually Doers of the Word[11] and must bear witness by demonstrating the fruit of repentance.[12]

James' insistence upon works,[13] was also consistent with the words of Christ who said to seek the kingdom of God but also His righteousness.[14] He said to strive[15], and persevere[16].

And of course, there is Jesus' direct instruction about forgiving so that you may be forgiven and if not forgiving then you are not forgiven no matter what you want to think.[17]

Peter was also clear concerning not coveting[18] which would make you Merchandise and warns how you will curse your children by your Covetous Practices.

There is a great deal of evidence that most Modern Christians are not true believers but are actually Workers of Iniquity. They are not doing what Christ said to do. They are not doing what the early Church did. And with their modern welfare they have more in common with the Pharisees than the Christians who found themselves in conflict with Rome.

Just being covetous is evidence that you are not a Believer. Because if you are not a real Believer, then what you do will have you entangled again with the elements of the world.[19] cursing your children with debt.[20]

Paul warned us about coveting and imagining we are saved without the fruits of that salvation.[21]

Paul preached first the Gospel of Christ so his words did not supersede what Christ said. [22]

If you are really a believer in Jesus as the Christ then
Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus and the early Church advocated a Daily ministration that was dependent on Charity only and it was not like the system of Corban of the Pharisees and Rome.
  • Do you only gather for the comfort it gives you, or do you gather to benefit others?
  • Christ came to serve, not be served. Do you desire to be served or are you coming in His name and according to His character to serve others?

If we desire His Grace but we only love those who love us then there is no Grace because it is clear we do not really believe in Him.

If we do not Repent of our Covetous Practices and are not diligently gathering together in Free Assemblies of Love for all to provide for one another in Charity according to the Perfect law of liberty then we have nothing according to Paul. According to Luke 6:32 if we only love those who love us there is no "Grace". Christ also said if you do not Forgive neither will the Father forgive you.[23]

It is not enough to hate the deeds of the workers of iniquity, but we must return to Thy first love and thy first work. To break the yoke we need to return to the ways of righteousness spoken of in Isaiah 58 which are the ways of Christ and the early Church. And His yoke is light for it is carried by our love of one another.

Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Christ all created Networks of charity to care for the true needy of society without force which is how they were able to help set people free. Do you gather with His Church to attend to the Weightier matters as Christ said?

  • Are you gathering in a Network of righteousness?
  • Do you come to love others or just be loved?

Early Christians found themselves in conflict with these systems of social welfare because they made the word of God to none effect. Christians had repented of their covetous nature when they received the Baptism of Christ. They heard and became Doers of the word not hearers only.

Remember Proverbs 12:24, "The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the Slothful shall be under Tribute."

We know that liberty under God is not for the covetous who are Biting one another but it is also not for the slothful. If we are not congregating together in free assemblies bound together in a broad network by faith, hope, and charity alone according to the perfect law of liberty then we are not truly seeking the Kingdom of God nor His righteousness.

If you are not doing what the early Church was doing then you might be a false believer.


Belief in God

Description Jordan Peterson vs Susan Blackmore • Do we need God to make sense of life? If that question is to be answered other terms must be defined. Certainly the word "God" but also words like belief and religion and even the word life. Jordan B Peterson who considers himself religious debates the psychology of religious belief with atheist academic Susan Blackmore in the first episode of The Big Conversation. Susan is not grateful to "God" but to the "Universe". She does not see a need for "religion" because she defines religion, like so many others today, as "what you think about supreme being" but she does believe in public religion and the "gods many" required to operate a socialist utopia with health care and social programs that make life good but always at the expense of her neighbor. By subtly changing the definition of religion from a duty to an opinion about God people did not see the establishment of public Social Security as the transference of a religious duty to a government that exercises authority. The atheist still believes in religion and gods but they now call it social justice and government. Instead of depending on charity and hope they choose to take away the choice of the individual and apply force to accomplish their covetous practices. Polybius and the prophets warned us of the result of such choices. Time 47 min

The question "Do you Believe in God?" creates at least two more questions that must be answered first.

What do you mean by "belief"?

What do you mean by "God"?

Without a clear answer to those two questions, there may be no honestly true answer to the first.

One of the first questions that must be answered to come to an honest discussion is "What is religion?"

For a Christian, the question should be "What is Pure Religion?"

For centuries "divine law" or "divine will" was defined as "right reason". Mankind was supposedly made in the image of God but it appears that many people have chosen to remake God in their own image or at least in their imagination. This has been done in the name of religion but again what is the meaning of Religion. This is the essence of idolatry. It is also at the core of all the evil or wickedness or iniquity done in the name of religion.

Most Atheists simply rename the gods of their life but they still believe there is a need for something greater than themselves.

Those who are willing to use religious terms see the universe as created by someone identified as God who is even called the "Creator".[24] That "Divine Creator" built into creation a Divine pattern of "cause and effect" with uniformity throughout the observable universe.

It is clear that "God" or a "god" is someone or something greater than ourselves. If religion is how you perform your duty to that "God" or "gods" and your fellow man and pure religion is performing that duty to your fellow man through love and charity rather than the force required in socialism then there are a lot of modern Christians who say they believe in God but remain workers of iniquity.

Understanding why Christ commanded the His student ministers to organize the people in patterns of tens before there was to be a distribution of the loaves and fishes made available by sharing may call us to a better comprehension of the importance of fervent charity in the practice of Pure Religion.


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To find the answers we must seek and strive to do what Jesus said the way He said to do it... Including attending to the Weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith which include caring for the needs of our neighbors and the widows and orphans of our society through Pure Religion in matters of health, education, and welfare. We are NOT to do so by the Covetous Practices of modern governments.

The Way of Christ was like neither the way of the world nor the governments of the gentiles who depend on benefactors who exercise authority. Christ's ministers and true Christians do not depend upon systems of social welfare that force the contributions of the people like the corban of the Pharisees which made the word of God to none effect. Many people have been deceived to go the way of Balaam and the Nicolaitan and out of The Way of Christ.

The Christian conflict of the first century Church appointed by Christ was because they would not apply to the fathers of the earth for benefits but instead relied upon a voluntary network providing a daily ministration to the needy of society through Faith, Hope, and Charity by way of freewill offerings of the people, for the people, and by the people through the perfect law of liberty in Free Assemblies according to the ancient pattern of Tuns or Tens.

The modern Christians are in need of repentance.


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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 7:16-20 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
  2. : Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
    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; and shall deceive many.
  3. This word believe is from the Greek word pisteuo (πιστεύω)from the word for faith. It does mean to think something to be true but also to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity. And to do so in vain meant you claimed faith in Jesus as your Christ but you did not really put your faith or allegiance in His Way, So your faith was "without purpose"
  4. Galatians 4:13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
    Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
    Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
    1 Timothy 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
  5. : Matthew 21:22 "prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
    John 6:64 "who they were that believed not, and"
    John 20:31 "and that believing ye might have life"
    Acts 2:44 "And all that believed were together,"
    Acts 5:14 "And believers were the more"
    Acts 9:26 "afraid of him, and believed not that"
    1 Peter 1:8 "yet believing, ye rejoice"
  6. 4100 ~πιστεύω~ pisteuo \@pist-yoo’-o\@ from 4102; v AV-believe 239, commit unto 4, commit to (one’s) trust 1, be committed unto 1, be put in trust with 1, be commit to one’s trust 1, believer 1; 248
    1) to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in
    1a) of the thing believed
    1a1) to credit, have confidence
    1b) in a moral or religious reference
    1b1) used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul
    1b2) to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in
    obtaining or in doing something: saving faith
    1bc) mere acknowledgment of some fact or event: intellectual
    faith
    2) to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity
    2a) to be intrusted with a thing
  7. 4103 ~πιστός~ pistos \@pis-tos’\@ from 3982; adj AV-faithful 53, believe 6, believing 2, true 2, faithfully 1, believer 1, sure 1; not tr 1; 67
    1) trusty, faithful
    1a) of persons who show themselves faithful in the transaction of business, the execution of commands, or the discharge of official duties
    1b) one who kept his plighted faith, worthy of trust
    1c) that can be relied on
    2) easily persuaded
    2a) believing, confiding, trusting
    2b) in the NT one who trusts in God’s promises
    2b1) one who is convinced that Jesus has been raised from the dead  ::: 2b2) one who has become convinced that Jesus is the Messiah and author of salvation
  8. Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
  9. Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
    1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
    2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
  10. James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
  11. DOETH
    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.
    Mtt 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
    Mtt 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: Mtt 16:27 “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” Mtt 12:50 “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”[Mtt 6:2, 3; 8:9; 18:23-35; 19:16-21; 20:1-28, 25-29; 21:28-31, 43; 22:29-33; 23:1-33; 24:46-51; 25:14-46, 26:13, 42, Mark 3:35]
    Luke 6:31 “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”
    Luke 6:46, 49 “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.”
    Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

    John 3:20,21 “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
    John 5:20 “For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.”
    John 9:31 “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.”

    John 13:15 “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”
    Ephesians 6:8 “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”
    Colossians 3:25 “But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done... no respect of persons.”
    James 1:22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
    James 2:17 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
    James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.”
    1 Peter 1:14 “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:”
    1 Peter 1:17 “And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning [here] in fear:”
    1 John 2:17 “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 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.”
    1 John 3:10 “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.” 3 John 1:11 “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.”
    Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
    Titus 2:14 “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
    Hebrews 10:24 “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:”
    Hebrews 10:36 “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
    James 2:22 “Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?”
    Revelation 20:12, 13 “... another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”
  12. Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
    Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
  13. James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
    James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
    James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
    James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
    James 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
    James 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
    James 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
    James 2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
    James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
    James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
  14. Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Luke 12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
  15. Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
  16. Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
    Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
    Mark 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure <5278> unto the end, the same shall be saved.
  17. Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
    Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
    Matthew 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
    Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
    Luke 6:37 ¶ Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
  18. 1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning [here] in fear:
  19. Galatians 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
    Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
    Colossians 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
  20. 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.
    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; cursed children:
  21. Acts 20:33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
    Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
    Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
    Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    1 Corinthians 5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
    1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
    1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
    2 Corinthians 9:5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.
    Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Ephesians 5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
    Ephesians 5:5 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.
    Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
    1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
    1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
    1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
    2 Timothy 3:2 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.
    Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
  22. Galatians 4:13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
    Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
    17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
    20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power (dunamis)and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
    21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
    22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
    23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
    "God has given you one face, and you make yourself another" ~ William Shakespeare
    24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
    25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman,
    burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
    Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
    30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
    31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
    32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
    Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
    Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
    1Corinthians 5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
    1Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
    12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
    13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
    1Corinthians 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.
    1 Corinthians 6:11 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.
    2 Corinthians 9:5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.
    6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
    7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
    8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
    9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
    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;
    Ephesians 5:5 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.
    4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
    Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
    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;)
    1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
    5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: 1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
    1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
    2 Timothy 2:26 And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 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. Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
    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.
    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; cursed children:
  23. Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
    Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
  24. Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
    Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
    Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
    1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
  25. Matthew 20:25-26 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
    Mark 10:42-43 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
    Luke 22:25-26 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.