Matthew 13This, the 3rd. Of Jesus’5 Large Discourses,Is Possibly The Most Difficult
Matthew 13:1, Jesus Went Out• Matthew 13:1 On that day Jesus went out ofthe house, and was sitting by the sea.• What house...
Matthew 13:2, He Got Into A Boat AndSat Down• Matthew 13:2 And large crowds gathered toHim, so He got into a boat and sat ...
Matthew 13:3, Sow Your SeedRecklessly• Matthew 13:3 And He spoke many things tothem in parables, saying, "Behold, the sowe...
Matthew 13:3-9, Sower, 4 Soils• Matthew 13:8 "And others fell on the goodsoil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold,some ...
Matthew 13:10, Why Speak In Parables• Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came andsaid to Him, "Why do You speak to them inpar...
Matthew 13:15, Dull Hearts, And Ears,And I Would Heal Them• Matthew 13:15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HASBECOME DULL, WIT...
Matthew 13:15, Dull Hearts, And Ears,And I Would Heal Them• Matthew 13:15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HASBECOME DULL, WIT...
Matthew 13:17, Last Days• Matthew 13:17 "For truly I say to you thatmany prophets and righteous men desired tosee what you...
Matthew 13:19, Who’s To Blame?• Matthew 13:19 "When anyone hears the word ofthe kingdom and does not understand it, the ev...
Matthew 13:21, Because Of The Word• Matthew 13:21 yet he has no firm root inhimself, but is only temporary, and whenafflic...
Matthew 13:22, Worries Of The World• Matthew 13:22 "And the one on whom seed was sownamong the thorns, this is the man who...
Dangers Of Wealth• Matthew 13:22 …the deceitfulness of wealthchoke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.• One of the danger...
Mat 13:23, The Manunderstands, Bears Fruit• Matthew 13:23 "And the one on whom seed was sown onthe good soil, this is the ...
Matthew 13:24, Another Parable,Seed, Or Wheat And Tares• Matthew 13:24 Jesus presented anotherparable to them, saying, "Th...
Matthew 13:31, Parable Mustard Seed• Matthew 13:31 He presented another parableto them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven isl...
Matthew 13:31, Parable Mustard Seed• Matthew 13:31 He presented another parable to them,saying, "The kingdom of heaven is ...
Matthew 13:31+33, Parables• Parables are meant to carry one plain sensemeaning. You should not dig deep intothem, or stret...
Matthew 13:33, Fellowship Offering• NKJ Matthew 13:33 Another parable He spoke tothem: "The kingdom of heaven is like leav...
Matthew 13:36-43, Parable Explained• Matthew 13:36 Then He left the crowds and went into thehouse. And His disciples came ...
Matthew 13:44-46, A TreasureHidden/Found• Matthew 13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like atreasure hidden in the field, whic...
Matthew 13:44-46, A TreasureHidden/Found• Matthew 13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like atreasure hidden in the field, whic...
Matthew 13:47-50, Like A Dragnet• Matthew 13:47 "Again, the kingdom of heaven islike a dragnet cast into the sea, and gath...
Matthew 13:51,• Matthew 13:51 "Have you understood allthese things?" They said to Him, "Yes.“• I sure wish they would have...
Matthew 13:53, Departed From There• Matthew 13:53 When Jesus had finishedthese parables, He departed from there.• Matthew ...
Matthew 13:53, Departed From There
Nazareth, His Hometown
Nazareth, His Hometown
Matthew 13:54, His Hometown• Matthew 13:54 He came to His hometownand began teaching them in their synagogue,so that they ...
We looked at Jesus’ Mother And HalfBrothers in Matthew chapter 1• Matthew 13:55 "Is not this the carpenters son? Is not Hi...
THE END•Next time, 3-24-13, we willjump forward to Matthew21 for Palm Sunday
Evangelist Mike Gendron, “Mary Quite Contrary”• Mary Quite Contrary• Roman Catholicism continues to pervert the true Mary ...
Slides about Jesus’ Mother And Brothers are inBible in Five, Ppt. in Matt 1, slides 39-43• Matthew 12:46 While He was stil...
Daniel 3:12 Matthew 13:24-30 Matthew 11:19 Luke7:34 1 Corinthians 5:19-3, Christians In The World• 1 Samuel 16:7 1 Corinth...
Deuteronomy 29:29 Proverbs 25:2 Luke 19:42 Matthew13:35 Ephesians 3:9 Colossians 1:26, Mystery Hidden• Today is March 7, 2...
Matthew 11:1, Sent Ones• Matthew 11:1 …He departed from there to teach andpreach in their cities.• Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, ...
Christians In The World• Do you think Christians should shop at grocery stores who sell beer andtobacco products? And what...
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  • Luke 8:5 Mark 4:3 2 Corinthians 9:10
  • MacArthur Study Bible,page 1418 , 13:33
  • MacArthur Study Bible on page 1418, 13:44 – 46,
  • Jesus’ Mother And Half Brothers in Bible in Five, Ppt. in Matt 1
  • Proclaiming The Gospel | PO Box 940871 | Plano | TX | 75094, News from Evangelist Mike GendronMat 13:55 John 2:12 Galatians 1:19 Colossians 4:10 John 7:5 Mark 6:3 2 John 1:1
  • Matthew 13, Sow Your Seed Recklessly, Why Speak In Parables, Last Days, Dangers Of Wealth, Wheat And Tares, Jesus' Hometown Mother And Half Brothers

    1. 1. Matthew 13This, the 3rd. Of Jesus’5 Large Discourses,Is Possibly The Most Difficult
    2. 2. Matthew 13:1, Jesus Went Out• Matthew 13:1 On that day Jesus went out ofthe house, and was sitting by the sea.• What house?• What sea?
    3. 3. Matthew 13:2, He Got Into A Boat AndSat Down• Matthew 13:2 And large crowds gathered toHim, so He got into a boat and sat down, andthe whole crowd was standing on the beach.• Why sit down in a boat?• “large crowds”= not just the 12
    4. 4. Matthew 13:3, Sow Your SeedRecklessly• Matthew 13:3 And He spoke many things tothem in parables, saying, "Behold, the sowerwent out to sow;• Greg Koukle did a great video clip about awoman who interrupted his reading to askwhat he was reading. He recommended a fewbooks, she got saved.
    5. 5. Matthew 13:3-9, Sower, 4 Soils• Matthew 13:8 "And others fell on the goodsoil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold,some sixty, and some thirty.• 4 soils or yielding a crop• Explained in vss. 18-23
    6. 6. Matthew 13:10, Why Speak In Parables• Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came andsaid to Him, "Why do You speak to them inparables?“• Matthew 13:11 …to them it has not beengranted.• Matthew 13:12 …whoever does not have,even what he has shall be taken away fromhim.
    7. 7. Matthew 13:15, Dull Hearts, And Ears,And I Would Heal Them• Matthew 13:15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HASBECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELYHEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEARWITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIRHEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.‘• They (indicative, not a passive) have made a volitionalchoice to reject Jesus• NET Notes (Mat 13:15)…A quotation from Isa 6:9–10.Thus parables both conceal or reveal depending onwhether one is open to hearing what they teach.
    8. 8. Matthew 13:15, Dull Hearts, And Ears,And I Would Heal Them• Matthew 13:15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HASBECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELYHEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIREYES, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIREYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTANDWITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEALTHEM.• Matthew 23:37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills theprophets and stones those who are sent to her! Howoften I wanted to gather your children together, theway a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and youwere unwilling.
    9. 9. Matthew 13:17, Last Days• Matthew 13:17 "For truly I say to you thatmany prophets and righteous men desired tosee what you see, and did not see it, and tohear what you hear, and did not hear it.• If this was true then, how much more now, inthese “last days”?
    10. 10. Matthew 13:19, Who’s To Blame?• Matthew 13:19 "When anyone hears the word ofthe kingdom and does not understand it, the evilone comes and snatches away what has beensown in his heart. This is the one on whom seedwas sown beside the road.• 2 Corinthians 4:3 And even if our gospel isveiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 inwhose case the god of this world has blinded theminds of the unbelieving so that they might notsee the light of the gospel of the glory ofChrist, who is the image of God.
    11. 11. Matthew 13:21, Because Of The Word• Matthew 13:21 yet he has no firm root inhimself, but is only temporary, and whenaffliction or persecution arises because of theword, immediately he falls away.• The “the word” (τὸν λόγον, accusative) is notcapitalized in any of the translations that Ichecked, but it has the definite article• Concerning the word “persecution” Gingrichsays “persecution (for religious reasons only)”
    12. 12. Matthew 13:22, Worries Of The World• Matthew 13:22 "And the one on whom seed was sownamong the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, andthe worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealthchoke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.• Dont let yesterday use up too much of today. Will Rogers• Mark 4:19 but the worries of the world, and thedeceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other thingsenter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.• Luke 21:34 "Be on guard, so that your hearts will not beweighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and theworries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenlylike a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell onthe face of all the earth.
    13. 13. Dangers Of Wealth• Matthew 13:22 …the deceitfulness of wealthchoke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.• One of the dangers of having a lot of money isthat you may be quite satisfied with the kinds ofhappiness money can give and so fail to realizeyour need for God. If everything seems to comesimply by signing checks, you may forget that youare at every moment totally dependent on God.C. S. Lewis• Matthew 6:24 …You cannot serve God andwealth.
    14. 14. Mat 13:23, The Manunderstands, Bears Fruit• Matthew 13:23 "And the one on whom seed was sown onthe good soil, this is the man who hears the word andunderstands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth,some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.“• 4920 συνίημι suniemi {soon-ee-ay-mee}• Meaning: 1) to set or bring together 1a) in a hostile sense,of combatants 2) to put (as it were) the perception withthe thing perceived 2a) to set or join together in the mind2a1) i.e. to understand: the man of understanding 2a2)idiom for: a good and upright man (having the knowledgeof those things which pertain to salvation)…• Usage: AV - understand 24, consider 1, be wise 1; 26…• 5723 Tense - Present (See 5774) Voice - Active
    15. 15. Matthew 13:24, Another Parable,Seed, Or Wheat And Tares• Matthew 13:24 Jesus presented anotherparable to them, saying, "The kingdom ofheaven may be compared to a man whosowed good seed in his field.• Explained in vss. 36-43
    16. 16. Matthew 13:31, Parable Mustard Seed• Matthew 13:31 He presented another parableto them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven islike a mustard seed, which a man took andsowed in his field;
    17. 17. Matthew 13:31, Parable Mustard Seed• Matthew 13:31 He presented another parable to them,saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed,which a man took and sowed in his field;• John MacArthur study Bible on page 1418 says, “Herethe kingdom is pictured as yeast, multiplying quietlyand permeating all that it contacts. The lesson is thesame as the parable of the mustard seed. Someinterpreters suggest that since leaven is nearly always asymbol of evil In Scripture (note on Mark 8:15) it mustcarry that connotation here as well. They make theleaven some evil influence inside the kingdom. But thattwist Jesus actual words and violates the context, inwhich Jesus is repeatedly describing that kingdom itselfas the pervading influence."
    18. 18. Matthew 13:31+33, Parables• Parables are meant to carry one plain sensemeaning. You should not dig deep intothem, or stretch them to fabricate some notobvious meaning. You should not stretchwords out to derive the meaning from othercontexts. Birds and yeast are used sometimesto represent sin, but in these twoparables, the plain sense meaning is that theKingdom of God started out as one tinyfamily, Israel, and will grow into the entireworld.
    19. 19. Matthew 13:33, Fellowship Offering• NKJ Matthew 13:33 Another parable He spoke tothem: "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven,which a woman took and hid in three measuresof meal till it was all leavened."• Genesis 18:6 So Abraham hurried into the tent toSarah, and said, "Quickly, prepare threemeasures of fine flour, knead it and make breadcakes.“• [GING] σάτονσάτον, ου, τό seah, a Hebrew measure for grain
    20. 20. Matthew 13:36-43, Parable Explained• Matthew 13:36 Then He left the crowds and went into thehouse. And His disciples came to Him and said, "Explain tous the parable of the tares of the field.“• The church is not in view; Matthew 13:41 "The Son of Manwill send forth His angels, and they will gather out of Hiskingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commitlawlessness,• Who’s coming for the church?• John 14:3… I will come again and receive you to Myself…• 13:36 is about Matthew 25:32 "All the nations will begathered before Him; and He will separate them from oneanother, as the shepherd separates the sheep from thegoats;
    21. 21. Matthew 13:44-46, A TreasureHidden/Found• Matthew 13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like atreasure hidden in the field, which a man foundand hid again; and from joy over it he goes andsells all that he has and buys that field.• Count the cost.• Matthew 10:37 "He who loves father or mothermore than Me is not worthy of Me; and he wholoves son or daughter more than Me is notworthy of Me.
    22. 22. Matthew 13:44-46, A TreasureHidden/Found• Matthew 13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like atreasure hidden in the field, which a man foundand hid again; and from joy over it he goes andsells all that he has and buys that field.• MacArthur Study Bible on page 1418, 13:44 – 46,says, “These two parables have identicalmeanings. Both picture salvation has somethinghidden from most people (see note on verse 11),but so valuable that people who have it revealedto them are willing to give up all they have toprocess it."
    23. 23. Matthew 13:47-50, Like A Dragnet• Matthew 13:47 "Again, the kingdom of heaven islike a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fishof every kind;…• Matthew 13:49 "So it will be at the end of theage; the angels will come forth and take out thewicked from among the righteous,• Another reference to the Matthew 25:32, SheepAnd Goat Judgment. When; "All the nations willbe gathered before Him; and He will separatethem from one another, as the shepherdseparates the sheep from the goats”
    24. 24. Matthew 13:51,• Matthew 13:51 "Have you understood allthese things?" They said to Him, "Yes.“• I sure wish they would have said “No”
    25. 25. Matthew 13:53, Departed From There• Matthew 13:53 When Jesus had finishedthese parables, He departed from there.• Matthew 13:1 That day Jesus went out of thehouse and was sitting by the sea.• “the house”= Capernaum (by the sea)
    26. 26. Matthew 13:53, Departed From There
    27. 27. Nazareth, His Hometown
    28. 28. Nazareth, His Hometown
    29. 29. Matthew 13:54, His Hometown• Matthew 13:54 He came to His hometownand began teaching them in their synagogue,so that they were astonished, and said,"Where did this man get this wisdom andthese miraculous powers?• “His hometown”= Nazareth
    30. 30. We looked at Jesus’ Mother And HalfBrothers in Matthew chapter 1• Matthew 13:55 "Is not this the carpenters son? Is not Hismother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Josephand Simon and Judas?• Matthew 12:46 While He was still speaking to the crowds,behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside,seeking to speak to Him. 47 Someone said to Him, "Behold,Your mother and Your brothers are standing outsideseeking to speak to You.“• Mar 3:31 And His mother and His brothers arrived, andstanding outside they sent word to Him, and called Him.• John 2:12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He andHis mother, and His brothers, and His disciples; and therethey stayed a few days.• Galatians 1:19 But I did not see any other of the apostlesexcept James, the Lords brother.
    31. 31. THE END•Next time, 3-24-13, we willjump forward to Matthew21 for Palm Sunday
    32. 32. Evangelist Mike Gendron, “Mary Quite Contrary”• Mary Quite Contrary• Roman Catholicism continues to pervert the true Mary of Scripture in ways that defy the imagination. The Catholic Mary, as described in the 1994 edition of the Catechism of the CatholicChurch, is a satanic diversion that leads Catholics away from a pure devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 11:3). Rome attributes to Mary many of the divine attributes that are uniqueto the Lord Jesus. The end result is a counterfeit version of Mary whom Catholics venerate and trust as the channel of all grace. Rome says both Jesus and Mary were immaculatelyconceived, born without sin, lived sinless lives and now intercede as our advocates. Jesus ascended into heaven, the Catholic Mary was bodily assumed into heaven; Jesus is the secondAdam, Mary is the second Eve; Jesus is the King of kings, Mary is the Queen of heaven and earth; Jesus is the mediator, Mary is the co-mediatrix and Jesus is the redeemer, Mary is the co-redeemer. Catholics have also declared that it is Mary, not Jesus, that crushes the head of Satan, the serpent. This blasphemous error originated from the mistranslation of Genesis 3:15from Jeromes Latin Vulgate to the Douay-Rheims English translation. The lie continues today when Catholics celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Catholics are commanded,under the penalty of sin, to accept these myths about Mary as divine truth.•• Now according to Carl Anderson, the head of the Knights of Columbus, Mary is the best evangelist. "She is the evangelist par excellence, in part because she enters the world...from thebeatific vision, a state of supreme closeness to God," he said Dec. 10 at the Ecclesia in America Conference in Rome. "Her example and continued motherhood of all peoples is a sure pathtoday for the new evangelization." Read more.•• Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles is calling for Catholics to "turn to Mary in a new way." He described Advent (a season historically observed as a time of preparing for the coming ofJesus) as "a season of Mary." He recommended that Catholics try to set aside time every day to think about the Virgin Mary or to look at a picture of her. "Talk to her as her child. Tell hereverything thats on your mind." Read more.•• Of all the heresies concerning Mary which are embraced by Roman Catholics, her perpetual virginity may be the most bizarre. Historically, Christians have always recognized Mary hadfour sons and at least two daughters after Jesus was born. This quizzical and outlandish tradition declares Marys virginal integrity was not violated when she gave birth to Jesus.According to para. 499 of the Catechism, "The deepening of faith in the virginal motherhood led the Church to confess Marys real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth tothe Son of God made man. In fact, Christs birth "did not diminish his mothers virginal integrity but sanctified it."•• In the Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, Dr. Ludwig Ott states, "In the power of the grace of Redemption merited by Christ, Mary, by her spiritual entering into the sacrifice of her DivineSon for men, madeatonement for the sins of men, and merited the application of the redemptive grace of Christ. In this manner she co-operates in the subjective redemption ofmankind" (page 213). Here the Catholic Church is claiming that Mary made atonement for the sins of men!•• The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches "Mary did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation" (para. 969)."The Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by theLord as Queen over all things. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death" (para. 966). Mary, "by special grace of God, committed no sin of anykind during her whole earthly life" (para. 411). She "was the cause of salvation for herself and the whole human race" (para. 494). Those who seek Marys protection will be saved for alleternity. These doctrines have robbed God of His glory and have resulted in Catholics showing greater devotion to Mary than to Christ.•• It is our prayer that Catholics would spend more time in the inspired Word of God instead of believing the uninspired words of men. When a crowd told Jesus that His mother was lookingfor Him, He gave this profound response, "For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother" (Mark 3:32-25).• Proclaiming The Gospel | PO Box 940871 | Plano | TX | 75094, News from Evangelist Mike Gendron
    33. 33. Slides about Jesus’ Mother And Brothers are inBible in Five, Ppt. in Matt 1, slides 39-43• Matthew 12:46 While He was still speaking to thecrowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standingoutside, seeking to speak to Him. 47 Someone said toHim, "Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standingoutside seeking to speak to You.“• Mar 3:31 And His mother and His brothers arrived, andstanding outside they sent word to Him, and called Him.• Mat 13:55 "Is not this the carpenters son? Is not Hismother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Josephand Simon and Judas?• John 2:12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He andHis mother, and His brothers, and His disciples; and therethey stayed a few days.• Galatians 1:19 But I did not see any other of the apostlesexcept James, the Lords brother.
    34. 34. Daniel 3:12 Matthew 13:24-30 Matthew 11:19 Luke7:34 1 Corinthians 5:19-3, Christians In The World• 1 Samuel 16:7 1 Corinthians 5:9-10, 12-13 Matthew 5:16 Isaiah 9:2Matthew 13:24-30 Daniel 3:12 Hebrews 13:17 Luke 20:22-25• Do you think Christians should shop at grocery stores who sell beer andtobacco products? And what about supporting businesses that supporthomosexuals and/or abortion?•ANSWER:• There is a vast difference between businesses that are clearly supportingsinful acts like abortion and homosexual activity and those that simplycarry items that MAY be sinfully abused. For instance, in past GMLs, weshowed scripturally that drinking wine (including beer) and smokingcigarettes were not necessarily sin in themselves.• The Bible says we must pay taxes (Luke 20:22-25) and obey the laws(Hebrews 13:17), even if the government is corrupt - assuming that youdont disobey God by obeying the law (Daniel 3:12).• "Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" But He detected their
    35. 35. Deuteronomy 29:29 Proverbs 25:2 Luke 19:42 Matthew13:35 Ephesians 3:9 Colossians 1:26, Mystery Hidden• Today is March 7, 2013Verse of the Day -- Colossians 1:26 . . . the mystery whichhas been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now beenmanifested to His saints.• THOUGHT FOR THE DAY• Jesus was hidden in the Old Testament but revealed in the New Testament.• MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY• This is an example of how God deals differently with those who lived after thecross than He did with those who lived prior to the cross. Bible scholars refer tothese time periods as "dispensations," or "administrations." As we in the USA arecurrently under the "Obama Administration" and were formerly under the "BushAdministration," Paul refers to the Church Age as a new "administration:"• . . . to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages hasbeen hidden in God. —Ephesians 3:9 God reveals only what He wants us toknow, at the time He wants us to know it:• . . . I will utter things hidden since the foundations of the world. —Matthew 13:35 Ifyou had known in this day . . . but . . . they have been hidden from your eyes. —Luke 19:42• It is the glory of God to conceal a matter. —Proverbs 25:2• The secret things belong to the Lord. —Deuteronomy 29:29
    36. 36. Matthew 11:1, Sent Ones• Matthew 11:1 …He departed from there to teach andpreach in their cities.• Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of aheavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and HighPriest of our confession;• Jesus was in His hometown, Matthew 13:57 And theytook offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophetis not without honor except in his hometown and in hisown household.“• Mark 6:4 Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not withouthonor except in his hometown and among his ownrelatives and in his own household."
    37. 37. Christians In The World• Do you think Christians should shop at grocery stores who sell beer andtobacco products? And what about supporting businesses that supporthomosexuals and/or abortion?•ANSWER:• There is a vast difference between businesses that are clearly supportingsinful acts like abortion and homosexual activity and those that simplycarry items that MAY be sinfully abused. For instance, in past GMLs, weshowed scripturally that drinking wine (including beer) and smokingcigarettes were not necessarily sin in themselves.• The Bible says we must pay taxes (Luke 20:22-25) and obey the laws(Hebrews 13:17), even if the government is corrupt - assuming that youdont disobey God by obeying the law (Daniel 3:12).• "Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" But He detected theirtrickery and said to them, "Show Me a denarius. Whose likeness andinscription does it have?" They said, "Caesars." And He said to them,

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