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A few years ago a man mistook a biochemical flush for the presence of Jesus.

Raised a Jew he became a Roman Catholic.

He wrote a book titled THE CATHOLICS ARE RIGHT.

I reviewed it under the title THE CATHOLICS ARE WRONG.

I got taken to fault for that by those who think but do not know.

Eventually the man said, “The Catholics are wrong.”

Instead of working to get the ship he was on on track as we are called to do he jumped ship.

On that ship people of both genders can become priests. Priests can marry.

I’m not saying he’s on the wrong ship.

I am saying that instead of striving to make the marriage work he chose divorce.

He’s not the only one. The church he joined is the fruit of a divorce.

In one of his letters speaking about false teachers Paul said, “I don’t care if the teacher is true or false so long as Christ is published.”

The word “preach” means to publish.

Unlike that man I find I can not belong to any organized assembly, any collective, any group.

The reason is that if I join I have to sacrifice my self (the word “soul” means “self”).

I have to agree to think as the group thinks.

That would be fine of the group were right but my experience of the collective, the group is that they are not right.

In fact the collective almost always is wrong.

Too many afraid of being alone give up their soul to belong.

The price is too high.

Thus the old saying, “The nearer the church the farther from God.”

The strongest I have seen that is, “The nearer the church/synagogue/temple the farther from Allah/The Buddha/God.”

Frankly, I don’t know how anyone can read The Sermon From The Mount and belong to any church.

But they do and, God, do they.

This week I learned the man has taken their course successfully.

He has earned the right to wear a collar. He has earned the title “Reverend.”

That tells me he has failed the course.

He’s not the only one.

I often hear, “If you don’t join our church you will burn in Hell.”

I know that if I do I will.

Many, if not most, think the path we are called to walk is straight and narrow.

That is because we hear the word “strait” as “straight.”

Strait means enormously difficult almost impossible. calling for great care and caution.

Narrow means so close only one person at a time can walk it.

That’s the path on which the true church is found.

It is why I walk alone.

We are called to become one with God.

One with God is a majority.–Reg Hartt

Matthew 23

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Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:
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“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.
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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.
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They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
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“Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries [1] wide and the tassels on their garments long;
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they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;
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they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them `Rabbi.’
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“But you are not to be called `Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.
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And do not call anyone on earth `father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
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Nor are you to be called `teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ. [2]

http://web.mit.edu/jywang/www/cef/Bible/NIV/NIV_Bible/MATT+23.html

http://web.mit.edu/jywang/www/cef/Bible/NIV/NIV_Bible/MATT+23.html

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