6 Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”
Why do you think He warned of the danger of the Pharisee and Sadducee? After all He was the all powerful Word of God.
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Revelation 19:13, 16describes Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
13 He(Jesus, Yeshua) was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is calledThe Word of God.
16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Yet inLuke 12:1again He warns,
1 In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciplesfirst of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which ishypocrisy.
Mark 7:9, 13
9 He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God(why?), that you may keep your tradition(these spirits downplay the law of God and keep people hostage to the ways of the old church, harnessed to failure and defeat).
13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.” (Ones controlled by the religious pharisee spirits can never change. Their lives remain status quo.)
Let us read fromII Thessalonians 2:8-12.
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed(we just revealed him, the body of Satan), whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth(truth will be taught that will reveal and destroy) and destroy with the brightness of His coming(through His body).
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders(through today's Pharisees and Sadducees, the leaders of the world's religions and churches),
10 and with all unrighteous deception(they promoted the lies of the world, allowed false doctrine, and permitted the religious traditions of the world)amongthose who perish, (They will remain the altered Adamic race because they never received the information revealed in the end time truth to change. They did not hunger for truth.)becausethey did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this reasonGod will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie(that they are saved),
12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness(continued to walk in the ways of the old church and her hypocrisy).
As we look deeper into these spirits we will see how they defeat those they work through as well. The religious spirits through the pharisee attempt to make them appear spiritual with their lying signs and supposed wonders. In actuality they cause man to be very carnal thinking and their intellectual philosophy concerning the things of God is phony, fake, and repulsive to those walking in Truth. Sadly, those harboring these religious spirits absolutely cannot understand with any depth the things of the Holy Spirit. They mock and scoff what they do not understand and are determined to not change or to allow others to that they influence. In fact, these religious spirits damage those they possess as badly as those that are dominated by them. For instance, the religious spirit loves prominence, loves to be important, and makes its human miserable if not in a place of honor. Therefore the vessels they use do not see success as allowing God to work through them. In their minds it is their efforts and to them be the glory! They love titles disregarding the servitude that goes with it.
Hmmm … Jesus said atMatthew 20:25-26,
25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentileslord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
Pharisees also want to be prominent and acknowledged as an intellect, a wise one in the world's knowledge.
How sad as we readI Corinthians 1:19-20.
19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has notGod made foolish the wisdom of this world?
The person plagued by these spirits may actually see themselves as very humble, even caring, but the spirits operating make them harsh, legalistic, condescending, patronizing, and haughty. By their fruit you will know them. They act as though what others are involved with is below their dignity to take the time to help with or be a part of. Unfortunately, as self important as they appear, the spirit of inferiority almost always shares residency with religious spirits. One pumps them up, the other knocks them down. They are usually a confusing mess that in many ways resemble and relate to children better than adults. They pretend happiness, but rarely ever really are. They so desire fame and notoriety, want to be well known for something, that to be considered less is almost unbearable. This trait leads to another problem. They become pleasers of man rather than pleasers of God. They love the flattery of others, it makes them feel good about themselves, so flattery has become a huge part of the traditional church. It lavishes insincere compliments on people, especially the leadership, to make them feel honored or special. You will for sure see this in all religious circles because the pharisees love and encourage it! For this reason in ministry they are very dangerous as they actually can be controlled by man not God. They are really just religious puppets dangling from the strings of these ancient spirits and mentally controlled by their own congregation. On the other hand, if one in leadership does learn of end time truth and tries to share it with people entrenched in religion and tradition, you will see how fast they turn on them! These spirits will not let man change, they cause them to love their worldly traditions, and hang on tenaciously to their chosen religion. See, Truth transcends or goes higher and beyond all denominations, religious beliefs and the knowledge of the world. It is insight to the knowledge of God.
So, now we can understand, until ones possessed by religious demons are set free they will not succeed or mature in the things of God. Until then they are operating in their own worldly knowledge and proudly making their own decisions. Man must find out he is dependent on the Creator for all things and the Creator does not depend on or need him to accomplish anything. This much sought after self importance and control has no place in God and leads to defeat. Truth is, God uses nobodies so He can be somebody! Man has made such a complete mess of things starting with Adam we don't need or want any more of his help anyway! We need people that will let God be God through them! We want Godly success not human error. Humble nobodies!
So many sad side effects of these spirits are found in the world's religions. For instance, people will be plagued by lack of life's resources if they are victims of religious spirits and will have no place in financial success, particularly if they are in leadership positions and professing to serve God. Money is looked on as power, wealth as authority in Satan's world, so they do not need either one if they are to remain Godly. Remember, the traditions they fight so hard to hang onto terminates any real blessing from God. For this reason they secretly target those put in financially successful positions by God and they dislike those God blesses. In their minds they should be in their place. So if you are one in leadership that loves truth and are presently teaching it, beware! The biggest goal and happiest moment of religious spirits is to make Godly leadership appear undeserving or unreliable. These spirits are very divisive causing hostility and division among the people.
These are just a few of the reasons why the discussion is on the religious pharisee spirits today. As the end time knowledge comes forth to give the true church direction through the world's destruction, as it brings restoration to God's people and preparing them to have a part in the establishment of the new Kingdom, the pharisee spirits, along with all the spirits Babylon holds near and dear are out in full force! Mocking, scoffing, negating truth, belittling change, derisive towards those in God-given authority they will arise as in previous ages to test, trick, set spiritual land mines to capture and mislead the innocent. Beware! They will stop restoration in your lives. They can't stop the plan of God for those that love and choose truth, but we can cause it to happen in our personal lives ourselves if we listen to them! Please memorize Mark 7:13.
Paul warns inColossians 2:8also.
8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and notaccording to Christ.