A leaven, figuratively, means anything that spreads silently or quietly or secretly, and has a very strong influence in changing conditions or opinions. Scripturally, a leaven can either be SIN or a WRONG DOCTRINE or HYPOCRISY. For example, Jesus said, in MATTHEW 16:6, and I quote, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” In this case, the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Saducees, simply means the wrong doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Saducees. And the doctrine of the Sadducees as written in Acts 23:8a, teaches that there is no resurrection of the dead. This contradicts the scripture in Daniel 12:2, which reads that “many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel, in this bible text, spoke about the first and second resurrection, BUT BLESSED AND HOLY IS HE THAT HATH PART IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION, as written in REVELATION 20:6. And any doctrine that is not of God and of Christ, is the doctrine of the devil.
There are some religious sects, in this generation, whose doctrine is that of the Sadducees, who profess to know God but do not believe that there is heaven or there is hell, even in spite of the example given by Jesus Christ, about the rich man in hell and Lazarus in paradise, and so, their teachings are mainly on earthly things and on materialism, which we shall leave behind some-day, like the rich fool in LUKE 12:16-21.
The Pharisees, on the other hand, believed in the resurrection of the dead, but they were hypocritical, as written in Luke 12:1c and I quote “BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES WHICH IS HYPOCRISY.” The HYPOCRISY of majority of preachers, today, is spreading quietly and secretly, and it is having a very strong negative influence on their MEMBERS WHO HAVE BECOME SO ENGROSSED IN HYPOCRITICAL LIFE-STYLES. Ananias and Sapphira, in the early church, who hypocritically kept back from God, part of the price of what they sold, were ex-communicated from the early church, by death-ACTS 5:1-11. And great fear came upon all the church, which put an end to hypocrisy in that early church.
False prophets and false apostles, who appear in sheep’s clothing but inwardly, they are grievous and ravenous wolves, are the hypocrites in this generation. Jesus warned believers in Christ to beware of them in MATTHEW 7:15. Their speech and preaching are with enticing words of man’s wisdom, as written in 1 CORINTHIANS 2:4, but not in demonstration of the Spirit and power. All the works they do, are done that they may be seen of men. As a covering for their hypocrisy, they bear big titles like “Most Reverend”, “Most Snr. Reverend”, “His Holiness”, His most Holiness, His Pre-eminence, etc. whereas it is the name of the Most High God that is HOLY and REVEREND, as written in PSALM 111:9. All these hypocritical preachers, like Lucifer, want to be like the Most High, and by the titles they bear, they exalt themselves above God. TITLEMANIA, that is, the madness for titles, is earthly, sensual and devilish. The titles, that are found in the bible, are APOSTLES, PROPHETS, EVANGELISTS, PASTORS, BISHOPS, DEACONS AND TEACHERS-EPHESIANS 3:11; 1 TIMOTHY 3:1,13.
Any other titles apart from the ones given by Jesus to His church, are nothing but pride like the Pharisees, who love the uppermost rooms at feasts and the chief seats in the synagogue, and love to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi- MATTHEW 23:6-7.
In 2 CORINTHIANS 11:13, the Holy Spirit through Paul, says that there are false apostles, deceitful workers, who transform themselves into the apostles of Christ. These false apostles, that is, the hypocrites at the altar, do not want to go into the kingdom of heaven, neither will they allow their members, who want to go into the kingdom of heaven, to enter in, as written in Matthew 23:13 and I quote “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering, to go in.”
In MATTHEW 21:19, Jesus Christ gave an allegory of a hypocrite, who pretends to be what he/she is not. This particular fig tree showed forth green leaves which drew the attention of Jesus, hoping that He would find fruits on it, but unfortunately He found no fruit. Jesus Christ cursed the fig tree, and the fig tree withered away! Likewise, the hypocrites in the house of God are cursed and shall wither away, spiritually unto eternal condemnation, IF NO REPENTANCE.
In Matthew 23:15, Jesus said and I quote “WOE UNTO YOU, SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES! FOR YE COMPASS SEA AND LAND TO MAKE ONE PROSELYTE, AND WHEN HE IS MADE, YE MAKE HIM TWO-FOLD MORE THE CHILD OF HELL THAN YOURSELVES.” These hypocrites who are the scribes in churches, make their members, two-fold more, the children of hell than themselves.
Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free, thus saith the LORD GOD.
TO BE CONTINUED…