False teachers are religious terrorists and terrorists of the worse kind. What Al-Qaeda does is nothing compared to what religious terrorists destroy, do and have done. What about us? What about Life Gate? What about me? How does Jesus see us? Do we open the door to the kingdom, or are we religious terrorists damning people to hell?

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE CHAPTER 11

Religious Terrorists – Luke 11:45-54

By Delbert Young

Religious Terrorists - Luke 11:45-54

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Religious Terrorists – Luke 11:45-54

Scriptures: 1 John 5:19-20, John 8:44, 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, Luke 11:45-46, Matthew 23:29, 33, Matthew 23:1-3, Luke 11:47-48, Luke 11:49-51, Exodus 20:5, Luke 11:52, Luke 11:53-54, Matthew 23:23-24

What if you lived your entire life in a religious system majoring on and being taught a lie? Would the lie become truth to you even though it is a lie? What affect would this have on you, your children, and your society? What if you sat under a “spiritual leader” who taught you a lie? What affect would this have on you? If a doctor misleads you it will affect you physically. If a psychiatrist misleads you, it will affect you mentally. If an accountant or financial advisor misleads you it will affect you financially, but if a spiritual leader misleads you, it will take your money, deceive your mind, but worse, it will damn your soul eternally.

False teachers are religious terrorists and terrorists of the worse kind. What Al-Qaeda does is nothing compared to what religious terrorists destroy, do and have done. What about us? What about Life Gate? What about me? How does Jesus see us? Do we open the door to the kingdom, or are we religious terrorists damning people to hell?

1 John 5:19-20 We know that we are children of God, and that THE WHOLE WORLD IS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE EVIL ONE.

Let me ask you, how does the evil one control the whole world? Well, one way, likely the primary way when thought about is by religion. Jesus speaking to religious terrorists said,

John 8:44 You belong to your FATHER, the devil…

The devil sired false religion. The apostle Paul said,

2 Corinthians 11:14-15 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.

Let’s take a look around the world. There are 6 Billion people in this world. 1.5 Billion of Islam. Nearly 1 Billion are Hindu. 1/3 Billion are Buddhist. 2.1 Billion are in some form of Christianity most of which we would not recognize as Christian. About 1 Billion are Agnostic/Atheist. The remainder, less than a Billion, is of some strange religion including Judaism.  Satan rules through religions covering the world. It’s through religions Satan so easily deceives mankind causing them to believe false religion is the path to God when, in fact, they are on paths to hell. Religious terrorists dominate and rule the world.

As we saw, Jesus was invited by an unnamed Pharisee to eat. More amazing, Jesus accepted, but promptly offended the Pharisee by breaking one of their major religious rules – ceremonially washing of hands. Jesus then blasted the Pharisees saying they were a dish washed on the outside, but filthy on the inside forcing people to eat from them and defiling everyone who did. Jesus spoke three “woes” to the terrorist Judaist leaders who were deceiving people into hell.

These people were not accustomed to being addressed as Jesus addressed them. They were treated with and expected reverence and would kill you if they didn’t get it. They were the “Pharisees!” Jesus wasn’t done blasting as there were more terrorists at the meal.

Luke 11:45-46 One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, YOU INSULT US ALSO.” Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, WOE TO YOU, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.

Does the truth ever insult and upset us? I’ve heard, “Well, you said…” I know I did and I’m sorry I couldn’t find a better way of saying it, but be thankful I said it to you and not Jesus. This guy said Jesus was insulting. I suppose he expected an apology. So, Jesus said, “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to leave you out. Woe to you. Damn you to hell too.”

As we’ve said, “woe” was the strongest language possible. It is equivalent to saying “Damn you to hell.” (Mat 23:14, 33; Mar 3:29; 12:40; Luk 20:47).

Matthew 23:29, 33 WOE UNTO YOU, SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, hypocrites! …Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape THE DAMNATION OF HELL?

The way Jesus saw it was these religious terrorists could not escape being damned to hell.

Jesus was insulting everyone at the dinner. These experts in the law are called scribes or lawyers in other translations. They actually wrote the thousands of complex rules added to God’s word then the Pharisees enforced their laws. So, the Pharisees were religious terrorists carrying out the rules written by the experts in the law. Jesus said it’s all impotent. You write your religious laws and put them on people, but you yourselves can’t keep them.

Matthew 23:1-3 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees SIT IN MOSES’ SEAT. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for THEY DO NOT PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH.

Even heathens quote Jesus saying, “He/she doesn’t practice what they preach.” The experts and Pharisees pushed Moses out of his position and took over. There are around 600 actual laws in the Old Testament. The “experts” wrote and added until there were over 6,000 rules. They believed obedience to their rules and codes was more important than obeying the law itself. It no longer was the Law of Moses. It was “the Law” meaning law of the Scribes and Pharisees.

I find it interesting those who appeared to be the most “religious” were actually the largest hypocrites. Those who rose to the top – the cream – were actually the most corrupt sour and rotten. We would see them as the closest to God, when actually they were the furthermost from God. So, the better one’s hypocrisy the higher one can advance in the religious terrorist system.

Luke 11:47-48 “Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your forefathers who killed them. So you testify that you approve of what your forefathers did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs.

Jesus said you guys are screwy. You build monumental tombs to the prophets your forefathers killed. By doing this you approve of what your forefathers did. The Old Testament prophets continuously came against religious terrorists. The religious terrorists would have the prophet executed (2Ch 24:20-21; Mar 6:17-29). Tradition says Isaiah was sawed in half. Jeremiah was stoned to death. Religious terrorists leave a long trail of blood. Religious terrorists kill true worship and the true voice of God.

Luke 11:49-51 BECAUSE of this, God in his wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’ THEREFORE THIS GENERATION will be held responsible for the blood of ALL the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. YES, I TELL YOUTHIS GENERATION WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR IT ALL.

Can you get any clearer? Jesus said his generation would be judged. “Therefore…” Because they killed prophets and apostles, that generation was held responsible for all the blood of all the prophets since the beginning of the world. His generation was the guiltiest of all generations.

Though I know Jesus spoke specifically to his generation, we learn about God’s economy. Since the beginning of time a specific generation accumulates God’s vengeance and is held accountable for previous generations.

Exodus 20:5 …I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, PUNISHING THE CHILDREN FOR THE SIN OF THE FATHERS to the third and fourth generation

We learn this from the flood of Noah’s generation, Sodom, the Egyptian generation of the Exodus, the generation in the wilderness, the generation of evil Canaanites (Gen 15:16), the generation of Israel in the time of Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar, and the generation to whom Jesus spoke being Israel in AD 70. Nation after nation since has experienced the accumulation and judgment of the generations. Makes us wonder what’s going on with America. Where are we going? Better asked, when is it coming? When is what coming? God’s vengeance. Some generation will pay the debt escalating in the United States. I’m not talking about the end of the world no more than Jesus was. Everyone wants the Lord to come again. I’m not certain we really want this.

It’s amazing Jesus took this thought all the way back to Cain and Abel the first two sons of Adam and Eve. Abel was doing pure worship and his offering was accepted by God. Cain’s offering was not accepted by God. Instead of getting the offering correct, Cain became a religious terrorist killing Abel. The basis of the first murder and death was concerning religious terrorism. Religious terrorists kill the heart of true worship. Jesus went on.

Luke 11:52 “Woe to you experts in the law, BECAUSE YOU HAVE TAKEN AWAY THE KEY TO KNOWLEDGE. You yourselves have NOT ENTERED, and you have HINDERED those who were entering.”

Religion hides the key to entering God’s kingdom. It takes away the key to knowledge. These were the most religious people in the world. However, they did not enter and hindered those who were entering. Being a religious zealot does not get us into the kingdom. It’s a relationship with Jesus Christ. They were hindering those who were entering. The real issue of religious terrorist is to stop people from entering the kingdom of God.

What a horrific thing for a religious leader to do. I look back and wonder with great wonder, who have I hindered? Who, by my actions, or by my words, have I hindered who was attempting to enter? Sadly, I fear there are some. What about you? Is it possible by your actions, or your words, you’ve hindered anyone?

Luke 11:53-54 When Jesus left there, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to OPPOSE HIM FIERCELY and to besiege him with questions, waiting to CATCH him in something he might say.

Religious terrorists attempt to terrorize even Jesus. Of course they will attempt to terrorize his followers. Jesus was the official enemy. The word catch is not an appropriate translation. It is thereuo {thay-ryoo’-o} – to go a hunting, to hunt, to catch in hunting, to lay wait for, strive to ensnare, catch artfully. The Pharisees and experts were hunters, stalking to ambush and kill. They hunted Jesus down like an animal. They did this fiercely.

False religion and legalism is sin. It’s abominable. It is the sin Jesus hated and despised. This is a serious issue and we must see it for the serious issue it is. We tend to marginalize false religion and legalism. We accept it as just how some churches and people believe. No. It’s of hell. This passage is a serious warning to each of us. We cannot be or become religious terrorists.

I wanted to close with some simple ways sometimes we become legalistic and religious terrorists. How about churches establishing dress codes such as women can’t wear pants and men must dress a certain way? How about saying “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit” as a legalistic rule to come against smoking and drinking? If so, what about not wearing sunscreen, or eating too much? My point is many of the rules churches put on people are not biblical. Jesus said it this way.

Matthew 23:23-24 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! …Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

We can’t major on minors. We must be a key opening and bringing people into the kingdom, not hide the key hindering people from entering.

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