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-I take issue with some so-called 'spiritual' people who go to church every week and yet live far less than exemplary lives otherwise.

It has been said that religion is the best cloak and being honest with one's self the best armor!

There are many hypocrites in all religions who believe that they are spiritual, however their works convey something else entirely:.Titus 1:16.

The 'educated' religionists in the time of Christ on Earth in the person of one called Emmanuel, were typical of closed-minded viewpoints. These were the Pharisees, Sadducees, lawyers, doctors and scribes and the sycophants who followed them. Emmanuel dealt with the likes of them all the time.

Many are duped into selfish concerns, so much so that they are seemingly frozen in that state of being. These are the spiritually blind.staunchly.obstinate, carrying in mind an unmalleable and unmoving intellectuality.

Living as they please.(Isaiah 30:10), attending church regularly, perhaps influenced by a wrong message leading them to shrink from deeds of compassion due to complacency, this life and their presence in it supersedes some necessary efforts toward a great everlasting reward.

For these people, putting the Creator on a pedestal.renders personal action toward spiritual growth unnecessary, as they probably think 'God sees all and would surely let us know what to do when we are supposed to do it; we'll wait till then'. And so, they become the frozen chosen. Action is needed and action is needed now.

Living a vision of self contentment.(2Corinthians 10:18 "For not he that commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends."), study, prayer and thinking time over how to gain the high eternal reward obviously seldom enters some minds. These are the 'frozen chosen', the mentally lazy lukewarm 'spirituals':.Revelation 3:15.

They give new meaning to the scripture phrase."dead in Christ" and maybe this is why they may read what is written here:.1Peter 4:6. I speak facetiously.

It is the attitude of Christ in us that leads us to do works of righteousness. It's our good works that count for a reward and it's God's work in us that gets us the position where our reward is able to function. Like a house.(in my house are..).pwithin which you live and is your basis for expression in the physical life, a reward is what's received for getting out of the house and around others:.John 13:15-17. This is living in the spirit.

1Timothy 4:12 "...be you an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." 
1John 2:6 "He that says he abides in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."

Jude 1:10-16 "But these speak evil of those things which they know not and what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain.(Genesis 4:1-12; Cain was a son of Adam and Eve, who murdered his brother; the way of selfishness, hate, resentment, jealously, dislike and murder is the way of Cain).and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward.(the selfish 'me first' and 'me only' way of getting {ever been to a settling of a family will, which can elicit the ways of low consciousness?}).and perished in the gainsaying of Core.('Core' is an alternate spelling for Korah, a seditious.ringleader who turned others against Moses and Aaron and who perished doing so:.Numbers 16:1-35). These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear; clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withers, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts and their mouth speaks great swelling words, in order to have men's persons in admiration because of advantage.(they love 'brownnosers' they can take advantage of)."

The rebellion of Korah and his company was a claim to exercise the ancient priesthood.(when it was still extant; but now done away).as Aaron was exercising it:.Numbers 16:1-15. It was an attempted takeover, basing the reason for it on dissatisfaction towards those whom God put in charge. Moses and Aaron were handling things a certain way and these others didn't like it.

So, atonement was to be made for this rebellion of the people, this rebellion caused with the guidance of a man named Korah:.Numbers 16:46-49

The people however, even after all this.(the scriptures in the above two paragraphs), went after their idols. Moses said."they sacrificed to devils, not to God":.Deuteronomy 32:17; Ezekiel 20:16. Those were the gods of their affections, whom they chose. God had taken Israel back then for His people and had become their God on the condition.(Exodus 19:7,8).that they should not become friends with those of evil.

People have less of life because they fear what more of life would come with. Preferring instead to retain as small a footprint in life as is possible, in order to sort of 'slip by unnoticed', they have decided to not be strong enough to risk being hurt by results of decisions.

Often wasting their substance, biasing and prostituting emotional wealth, they are unable to be moved by the plight of others less fortunate than themselves. Perhaps sensing a kind impulse, yet by restricting acting toward its expression, any responsibility felt to assist another in need is bypassed for immediate selfish concerns:.Genesis 4:8,9; Matthew 22:37-40; *.

When decision to avoid a decision occurs, it freezes us into inaction and we become unable to participate in empathy. We thereby leave off opportunity in assisting one to avoid further frostbites in life.

Some spiritual persons stop at the first stage, virtually putting the responsibility for their salvation on to the 'truth' disseminators in the pulpit.

They need to think about:.Philippians 2:12 ".....work out your own salvation with fear and trembling"? And.Ezekiel 33:30-32 "Also, you son of man, the children of your people still are talking against you by the walls and in the doors of the houses. And speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying: Come, I pray you and hear what is the word that comes forth from the Lord.(many are zealous for their church but not for the well being of others {'come on to our church and hear this great speaker anointed of God' [maybe yes, maybe no]}). And they come unto you as the people come and they sit before you as my people and they hear your words, but they will not do them. For with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goes after their covetousness. And, lo, you are unto them as a very lovely song of one that has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument. For they hear your words, but they do them not." Matthew 13:30 "Let both grow together until the harvest and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather you together first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."

There are some persons who do not like to hear about giving anything in order to effectively help others. These are the ones who prefer sitting in religious comfort rather than being a living sacrifice deeply moved by compassion. Such are the frozen chosen.

These are the ones who would rather hear fables about 'a smooth life':.2Timothy 4:3,4 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables.(or, 'turn aside to fables' which are comfortable for them)." Isaiah 30:9-11 "That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD, which say to the seers: See not. And to the prophets: Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.(in effect saying... 'we want only to hear that which fits with our emotional state of self-comfort' or, 'don't ruffle me'), get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.".(or, 'we do not want to hear any spiritual stuff':.Jeremiah 44:16,17)
 Those with fire in their hearts for God confidently move beyond, into doing what seems necessary spiritually and physically to gain a reward for themselves and for others:.Romans 9:3. In this way Creator-God's words become life to them:.John 6:63

Not being a spiritual person hot to do good, puts one on dangerous ground.(1John 3:10; Psalms 106:36,39; Revelation 3:16).as far as their ultimate eternal reward is concerned.

SelfIshNess increases dullness of hearing, where one just does not want to listen and learn. That's because one's love of a larger self precludes the learning. Most learning is to become creative and more assistive to others in some way. Not listening and learning from life can be dangerous, as it was for this young man. We need to be of mind to have attention to our feelings and to not talk about or think about the evil things which are opposed to the way of love.
 


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"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of truth and 
knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
...Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist
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