“…O Judah, do not join with those who insincerely worship me at Gilgal and Bethel. Their worship is mere pretense” (Hos 4:15, TLB). “I hate your show and pretense—your hypocrisy of honoring me with your religious feasts and solemn assemblies. I will not accept your burnt… and thank offerings. I will not look at your offerings of peace. Away with your hymns of praise—they are mere noise to my ears. I will not listen to your music, no matter how lovely it is” (Amos 5:21-23, TLB). “…Don’t just pretend to be good!
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“…Let them bring out their witnesses that they may be justified; or let them hear and say: ‘It is truth’” (Isa 43:9, NKJV)! “…Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom 5:6, NKJV) “…when we were dead in sins…” (Eph 2:5). “…He… carried our sorrows…; He was wounded for our transgressions…. The Lord… laid on Him the iniquity of us all, …when [He made] His soul an offering for sin…. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many…” (Isa 53:4-6, 10 & 11, NKJV).
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor 15:22). “…The first… Adam was… a living soul [Gen 2:7]; the last Adam was… a quickening spirit” (1 Cor 15:45; Eph 2:1)—“…the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev 13:8). This Lamb “…emptied Himself, taking the form of a… servant, and …becoming obedient to… death on a cross” (Php 2:7-8, NASB). “[And] the message of the cross is… to us who are being saved… the power of God” (1 Cor 1:18).
“Listen to Me, you stubborn people who are so far from doing right” (Isa 46:12, NLT). “…My people are determined to desert me…” (Hos 11:7, NLT); so the Lord promised captivity (Amos 5:27); and He “…carried Judah and Jerusalem into captivity by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar” (1 Chron 6:15, NKJV). “…For iniquities—Jer 2:13; 8:5; 3:6-8; 1 Sam 10:19; Jer 6:19; 2 Chron 29:6-9; Luke 7:30—[they were]… delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plunder, and to humiliation…” (Ezra 9:7, NKJV).
“…A time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their… ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths” (2 Tim 4:3-4, NLT). Early signs of this condition appears in the Old Testament. “…Amaziah, [the priest], said to Amos: ‘…Flee to the land of Judah; …and there prophesy.