Could People Learn to Do What is Right

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Yes, people could do what is right “If”

They overcame self interest and serve one another
They oppose evil and support good
They believe in absolute truth
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So how can we learn about absolute truth and what it is? I can answer this as a Christian: I believe in absolute truth by faith in GOD; I believe GOD and what I can learn about GOD and GOD’s standards from the Holy Scripture: The Holy Bible reveals GOD’s truth to me.

How can this be you may wonder?

As an ordinary human, in order to do this I must overcome my own self interests, tendency to do wrong, and oppose what evil influences I encounter in “The World” – even from within me. Philosophically the mind GOD gave me, struggles with many illusions and what appeals to my senses, discrepancies in reality and false doctrines; imperfection is the term best describes our milieu, reality and the expectations humans have.  So how are we to learn about what is “The Good”? From GOD’s word; because GOD loves us and has provided us with a way to know about “The GOOD” which is derived from the absolute truth GOD is the creator of. OK then, if we all tried to do a better job reaching for the seemingly lofty goals expressed within the Bible, think of what that could do for the character of life on Earth for more people – Christians and non-believers as well.


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No or less Poverty 




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No or fewer Shortages




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No or fewer Illegitimate Babies




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No or fewer Broken Homes




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No or fewer Forsaken People





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No or fewer Prisons


GOD’s Truth is Absolute

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Gods plan is rooted in love, with guidance, provisions and a wonderful eternity for believers.

 Start here: BELIEVE GOD

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This coming Sunday, Palm Sunday, we remember Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem but in less than a week seemingly all the people will have abandoned Jesus when He is betrayed, abused and crucified. This is a sad testimony concerning the nature of people yet, if He had not suffered and died for the sins of all there wold not be any hope for humanity’s eternal salvation.



Could I be the Bad Guy

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WE may think we are the “good guys” but are we?

If you are a Christian (Christians actually are for whom this blog is written) you will need little in the way of an explanation; if you are not a Christian (you are more than welcome to read my blog) consider what I write is inspired by my belief in GOD’s Word, The Holy Bible, and not merely my opinion.  OK, so I begin:

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One of the most destructive actions occurring in this era of human history is abortion: not only does it kill an unborn human but many participants carry emotional scars for life when they realize the fetus was a baby human being – physically equipped with what makes her or him a person.

Tolerating sin to accommodate human flaws or taxing them for a source of revenue places people, on a destructive path; tolerating alternate life styles or defining them as victimless crime is a fallacy and has real consequences; unrestrained greed coupled with disregard for, the hungry, the homeless, the indigent and the orphaned is a crime akin to murder or maybe even genocide.

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People who allow evil to reign freely cannot be  considered “The Good Guys”, can they?
Not everything that sparkles with beauty and dazzling displays that excite the senses are what they seem; behind the mask often lurks a dark morbid and dangerous reality.
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We can make a difference when we stand for what is right, as we learn what right is, by studying GOD’s Word and speaking up. When we refuse to agree ,or worse, let wrong go unchallenged we may be taking the first step in becoming “The Bad Guy”.

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV 

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

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Since GOD’s truth is the ultimate authority governing my life view, I believe all people are flawed and need this truth to guide them in all they do in their lifetime. Believing GOD is a beginning of wisdom and becoming “a better guy”.

Romans 3:23 ESV

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

If we think we can earn favor from GOD by doing all the good things we can we are wrong:


Isaiah 64:6 ESV 

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

When we accept what Jesus has done by taking our place paying for our sins we receive the grace of GOD and gain eternal life.

John 3:16 ESV

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

We are to do good during our Earthly life not to earn heaven but to express our gratitude for our salvation and demonstrate GOD’s Love.

Colossians 3:23 ESV

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,




Democracy Always Wins

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This may seem counter intuitive when many times not every citizen votes . . .

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That is just it in a nutshell: casting a ballot or not casting a ballot results in the same thing, a vote.  When we actually vote, or abstain, and no matter what the outcome, democracy is in action; yet by our not casting a vote (our abstaining) is in effect deferring our vote to the winning side in an election – even if we are opposed to that agenda it (or they) may win. When GOD’s people do nothing to oppose evil, sin or apostasy, in effect their action (or non-action), gives approval to what or whom we should oppose. Vote for a candidate who shall work for the good of all. Do we have the right to complain if those we oppose win an election but we did not participate by voting?

Exodus 18:21 ESV 

Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.

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Giving Evil People Free Reign Equals Approval of Their Agenda and Actions

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Take care or the host of pitfalls that await unsuspecting citizens will lead them astray when it is time to cast their vote, some are: a hidden agenda, the use of a hot blinding agenda to woow citizens, the use of half truths and misleading statistics, hyperbolic rhetorical language, issues that tickle the ears of people and unsubstantiated accusations of the opposition candidate (even accusing them of the very negatives they themselves are guilty of).  Of course there are many more possible devious tactics to watch out for. Seeking accurate information about a candidate takes time and effort and so does a conscious effort to avoid personal biases that result in self deception. One important action to take before an election? Pray in earnest that you will cast your vote for one who is not evil.

Deuteronomy 16:18-20 ESV

“You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the Lord your God is giving you.





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Right Left Neither: What GOD Says

Yes we live in a worlds dominated and complicated by humans.  Now that many people are educated, living in urban areas and affected greatly by politics there is a need to help keep ideas and policies understandable. Since not all people are able to digest subtle differences in these issues a number of devices have emerged to attempt to help them. The terms “right” and “left” represent a package of ideas that summarize what each faction believes in and what their agendas are.  If you (like me) try to sort through the information and make a choice based on who seems the most capable leader you probably discovered it take a lot of work.  And, we must compromise and make the best choice we can because it is rare that any candidate represents our beliefs in their entirety.  It seems to have worked reasonably well here in the United States up until now but, in these current times we must wade through much disinformation and often there are questions of trust as well.




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The complex situation tempts us to take the easy way and just latch on to the political faction we like because, we like the leadership, it is a family tradition or we do not want to dig deeper into the implications nor the consequences if these people gain power.

Hot Cold Tepid: What God Says

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GOD can help us if we are actively seeking spiritual guidance.  It is best to believe in a position and express this with passion.  Right or wrong your passion will teach you what the truth is.  Disengaging, ignoring things or just giving a superficial treatment does nothing for protecting right and opposing wrong.

Believer Agnostic Atheist: What God Says

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Toil and Work

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Why Toil and Work is Part of Life

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Toil is work but work doesn’t have to be toil. When Adam and Eve were living in the Garden of eden GOD told them to care for it – probably for them it was not work but joy.

Genesis 2:15 ESV

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Soon Adam needed a helper and GOD created Eve for him.

Genesis 2:18,21,22 (ESV)

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for[a] him.”. . .

. . .  21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made[d]into a woman and brought her to the man. . . . 

Nearly everyone knows eventually Satan disguised as a serpent tempted them and the disobeyed GOD and sinned and then ejected from The Garden of Eden: one of the consequences was humans would have to earn their keep through work and toil.


Genesis 3:17-19 ESV

17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;

Adam and Eve: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Adam and Eve Hide Themselves” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 13, 2017.

 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.

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 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Like many things in this world people can either make the most out of a situation or succumb to it by making reality harsh by magnifying the negative side:

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People can chose to seek GOD’s will for them and thus discover a vocation well suited for who they are. This is a gift from GOD for an obedient and respectful life.

Proverbs 12:11 ESV 

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Work yes, in the proper measure to provide and be productive but, not in excess in order to gain worldly treasure at your spiritual expense.

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Like any aspect of this world humans can succumb to excesses: in desires, substance abuse, material gain, wealth and even live a life completely consumed by work in order to fulfill their perversion  of a balance mental condition and reality.  Yes, even a good thing like diligent work can become a negative distortion in our lives.

Psalm 127:2 ESV

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.




When Smart People do Foolish Things

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There are different forms of being smart

There have been depictions of the scientist who cannot change a flat tire or cook an egg in cinema or theater.

Professor: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Kriegsbeschädigten-Fürsorge. Professor Dr. Höftmann vom Hindenburghaus in Königsberg mit einem Kriegsbeschädigten, der Messer und Gabel hält und damit bequem essen kahn.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 4, 2017.

Then in a few extreme cases an individual who can tell you what the weather was like at 9 am on a day forty years ago but may need help  making everyday  choices. These are not the examples I am referring to in this article, instead, evoke things like this: what if a star quarterback threw an interception in a big game,

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or a very successful investor choosing an obviously dubious product to back, or a

Invention Too: Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library. “Patent steam carriage, by Mr. Goldsworthy Gurney, of Argyle Street, London, 1826” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 4, 2017.

heroic general sending the army into a winless battle.

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Ok, these easily fit the theme yet there is a more universal aspect that applies to many more people: leaders, authorities, you or even me.

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We all should at times know better before we make a poor choice.
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The Bible has examples and explains why, if only we would just take time to read it and digest the information.


 Samson and Delilah

Judges 16:15 ESV

And she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and you have not told me where your great strength lies.”

1 Kings 11:1-4 ESV

Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

2 Samuel 11:1-27 ESV

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.” …


Humans Need to see a Face

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Accepting a person or idea humans tend to need to see a face before making a choice.


I could not, see myself casting a vote for a candidate I never have seen, marrying a woman without meeting her first or even accepting a controversial or difficult concept without scrutinizing the presenter. This appears to be a common trait shared by most people.  Looking through history books I discover many portraits and even busts and statues of important people (real or mythological).

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In the dim past recognizing a threatening person was a crucial part of survival and that seems to be true even today.

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Radio was great but people wanted to know who it was that they were hearing.

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Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. “Publicity photo of Eddie Cantor and Deanna Durbin for his radio program The Eddie Cantor Show.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 19, 2017.






Our very large federal government used a face to help recruit soldiers for a cause.

Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library. “I want you for U.S. Army : nearest recruiting station” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 19, 2017.

Even most religious movements seem to present an image of a founder, or at least a contemporary leader.

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Saul the first king of Israel  was described in positive terms; his subjects surely judged him favorably by his appearance:

1 Samuel 9:2 ESV

And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.

Be aware of your own distortions and prejudices: egocentrism

Titus 1:12-13 ESV 

One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,

Examine your thoughts; are they your own or has someone planted them within you; are you gullible.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.



Could We Accept Utopia

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Using my life’s worth of experience and knowledge I find it improbable that humans can accept perfection in anything.

First: Comparing an ideal of anything imparts value to what it is; we compare or contrast it to what it is not.

Second: The very nature of the reality we observe, study and seek to explain is not without exceptions or anomalies and, humans are subjective.

Third: GOD promises eternal life to believers who accept Jesus Christ’s redemption ultimately being given a new body and a new world.

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We most probably can only realize perfection with a new body living in a new place for our current inherited body and mind, cannot accept perfection: Adam and Eve dwelled in the Garden of Eden and it seems to many that this was a Utopian or perfect place. They also had ‘free will’ like us and, chose to disobey God by eating a forbidden fruit thus were ejected out of ‘paradise’ passing down the consequences all the way to us.

We are their equivalent and probably would do the same rebellious thing that they had.  This rational leads me to believe we humans cannot accept a Utopian existence.

Romans 7:18 ESV

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.

There is hope

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God sent his son Jesus to take our place and receive the punishment for sin.  When we accept this and acknowledge Him we gain eternal life and the ultimate restart with a new body able to live in heaven with GOD  after our transformation modified to accept perfection forever.

Romans 10:9 ESV

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

I believe it will take this transformation with the promised new body and our OWN TRANSFIGURATION in oder to be part of a perfect existence.

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So, Should we Give in Let Evil Reign Freely now?

Of course not. We Christians are to strive to do good, give the world a view of GOD’s goodness and love and, do everything we can to appose and diminish evil as we live in this current disposition.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 ESV 

Abstain from every form of evil.


Free Will Enables Anyone a Chance for Salvation and Eternity with GOD.

John 5:24 ESV 

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

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2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Revelation 21:4 ESV 

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Good Old Days

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” . . . And stay right here ’cause these are the good old days.  . . . ”

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Each of us remembers a unique time as the best time of our life.

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We recall fondly a time when more good prevailed in our days than bad and, our mind mercifully contributes by diminishing the negatives more each day. AS we relive fond moments we reinforce the pleasantness of a past time while dimming the less than pleasant (or down right horrible) experiences we once had.


GOD mercifully seems to have given us this ability.


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The ability to lessen negatives in our pasts helps us to get over the ill feelings: broken hearts are healed; grief fades into fond memories of a loved one; devastating mistakes are transformed into learning experiences.  This process is true and will happen if we let it. One very helpful tool that has been given to us by GOD is the Bible.


The Holy Bible teaches us about real people and real experiences in life and, gives us hope for the future.

Some Bible Verses:

The Past

Isaiah 43:25 ESV

“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.

The Now

Psalm 118:24 ESV

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The Future

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Matthew 6:31-34ESV 

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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Voices of the Prophets

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The Bible is the Complete Word of GOD


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Nothing can be added nor taken away.  Still, there are prophets today. No not like Elijah, Moses  or John the Baptist; people that know The Word of GOD well, teach it, explain it and live by its precepts. These are the modern day prophets who remind us about GOD and GOD’s standards for all people.

2 Peter 1:21 ESV

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

You may be one of GOD’s Prophets

Acts 2:17 ESV

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;   . . .”

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Anyone can be transformed to be able to speak GOD’s truth

GOD can use: the least among us; the seemingly unworthy; the poor; the physically feeble.  One more point: All are sinners in GOD’s eyes, so yes, even sinners can speak the truth of GOD.

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Could You Be One Who GOD Calls?

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

There are Mysteries in the Church

1 Corinthians 14:1-40 ESV

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up. …


Finally, a warning . . .

Matthew 7:15 ESV

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.