1. When Jesus said to His disciples, “… beware of the LEAVEN of the PHARISEES and of the SADDUCESS”, He chose His words carefully [Matthew 16:6] LEAVEN is FERMENTED, SOUR DOUGH, left over from previous baking. It was apt description of popular religious superstructures of His day; a rotten compost of HYPOCRISY blended with tradition and expired commandments, as it is written: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are WITHIN FULL OF DEAD MEN’S BONES, and of all uncleanness”  [Matthew 23:27] We cannot be humbler than Christ; if the Lord came out strongly against the LEAVEN of His day, it is the sacred duty of Preachers to expose religious HYPOCRISY. More than ever before, let Preachers cry out against altars of HYPOCRISY and deliver captives of the mighty from bondage to FALSEHOOD, as it is written: “… COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” [Revelation 18:4] Your SALVATION is tied to what you HEAR; refuse the LEAVEN OF HYPOCRISY, “And ye shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE” [John 8:32] 

2. Another word for HYPOCRITE is PHARISEE; one who feigns to be what he is not. PHARISEES were the public face of RELIGION in the days of Jesus but knew God not, “The PHARISEES also with the Sadducees came, and TEMPTING desired him that he would SHEW THEM A SIGN from heaven” [Matthew 16:1] TheyP requested a SIGN because they did not BELIEVE God was manifest in Jesus “And without controversy great is the MYSTERY of godliness: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, …” [1 Timothy 3:16] They spoke as oracles of God, but rejected His IDENTITY, denying His POWER to SAVE them, “Having a FORM OF GODLINESS, but DENYING THE POWER thereof: FROM SUCH TURN AWAY” [2 Timothy 3:5] PHARISEES of today are smarter, they call upon the NAME of Jesus but profess three PERSONALITIES as God,as formalized in the NICENE CREED; “We BELIEVE in the HOLY SPIRIT, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. WITH the FATHER and the SON he is WORSHIPPED and glorified” [capitals mine] Let no man be deceived, we do not WORSHIP FATHER, SON and HOLY GHOST, that is idolatry. We WORSHIP ONE God, who at different times made Himself known as FATHER, SON and HOLY GHOST, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is ONE LORD” [Deuteronomy 6:4] There is only ONE God; the same was manifest in Jesus Christ and now dwells in us [1 Corinthians 3:16]

3. When Jesus warned His disciples to stay clear of “… LEAVEN of the PHARISEES, and of the LEAVEN of HEROD”, He exposed the duplicity of those who deny the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Jesus Christ [Mark 8:15] Such men, having fallen short of the RIGHTEOUSNESS that comes from FAITH in Jesus Christ, struggle with self-righteousness [Romans 10:3] Compare those who extort money from you with promises of God’s favour, with Christ who gave His LIFE for you, “For they BIND HEAVY BURDENS and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they THEMSELVES WILL NOT MOVE THEM with one of their fingers” [Matthew 23:4] It is in your power to choose Jesus Christ as your role model, and “LIVE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS” in the LIBERTY of the SON of God, “Who his own self BARE OUR SINS in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should LIVE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS: … ” [1 Peter 2:24] If you choose ignorance above wisdom, those who enslaved you in bondage to “HEAVY BURDENS” will also entangle you in the LEAVEN OF HEROD. Look around, it is the season of HERODIANS, and PROPHECY is fulfilled as foremost religious figures shed the toga of PHARISEE, to bridge the gap between CHURCH and STATE, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a FALLING AWAY first, and that MAN OF SIN BE REVEALED, the son of perdition” [2 Thessalonians 2:3] Be vigilant, when you see HERODIANS hobnobbing with the STATE, the MAN OF SIN is round the corner, “… LOOK UP, and lift up your heads; for YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH” [Luke 21:28]

4. LEAVEN OF HYPOCRISY is as a seed buried in the ground and brings forth, “For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the BLADE, then the EAR, after that the full CORN in the ear” [Mark 4:28] The LEAVEN sprung up in PHARISEES, matured in HERODIANS and ready for HARVEST in SADDUCEES, the “FULL CORN IN THE EAR”, “For the SADDUCEES SAY, that THERE IS NO RESURRECTION, NEITHER ANGEL, NOR SPIRIT: but the Pharisees confess both” [Acts 23:8] PHARISEES believed in some truth, RESURRECTION, ANGELS and SPIRIT, but SADDUCEES would have none of that; a superstructure of religion devoid of godliness. HERODIANS are here and SADDUCEES are fast on their heels with mandate of UNIVERSAL RELIGION that excludes Christ, to accommodate all religious BELIEFS. Take note, SADDUCEES signify HARVEST of FALSEHOOD, when the Lord shall say to His angels, “… Gather ye together first the tares, and BIND THEM IN BUNDLES TO BURN them: but GATHER THE WHEAT into my barn” [Matthew 13:30] SADDUCEES shall come with the full force of government sanctions in a futile quest for global PEACE, but there shall be no peace, “For when they shall say, PEACE and SAFETY; then SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COMETH upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” [1 Thessalonians 5:3] Beloved, the appearance of the Lord is so close, ensure you are purged of the LEAVEN OF HYPOCRISY that you may be caught up with Him [1 Corinthians 5:6-7]

5. Accept the ONE true God, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Saviour amen

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