(Eze 3:16-19) 16Then, when seven days had passed, the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 17“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. And so, you shall listen to the word from my mouth, and you shall announce it to them from me. 18If, when I say to the impious man, ‘You shall certainly die,’ you do not announce it to him, and you do not speak so that he may turn aside from his impious way and live, then the same impious man will die in his iniquity. But I will attribute his blood to your hand. 19But if you announce it to the impious man, and he is not converted from his impiety and from his impious way, then indeed he will die in his iniquity. But you will have delivered your own soul.
(Wis 6:1-12) 1Wisdom is better than power, and a prudent man is better than a powerful one. 2Therefore, hear, O kings, and understand; learn, you judges of the ends of the earth. 3Listen closely, you who hold the attention of the crowds, and who please yourselves by disturbing the nations. 4For power has been given to you from the Lord and strength from the Most High, who will examine your works and scrutinize your thoughts. 5For, when you were ministers of his kingdom, you did not judge correctly, nor keep the law of justice, nor walk according to the will of God. 6Horribly and quickly he will appear to you, because he will make a severe judgment for those who are in charge. 7For, to the little, great mercy is granted, but the powerful will endure powerful torment. 8For the Lord will not exempt anyone’s character, nor will he stand in awe of anyone’s greatness, because he himself made the little and the great, and he is equally concerned for everyone. 9But a powerful torture pursues the powerful. 10Therefore, O kings, these, my words, are for you, so that you may learn wisdom and not perish. 11For those who have justly preserved justice will be justified, and those who have learned these things will find what to answer. 12Therefore, desire my words, love them, and you will have instruction.
(Isa 3:12) 12As for my people, their oppressors have despoiled them, and women have ruled over them. My people, who call you blessed, the same are deceiving you and disrupting the path of your steps.
(1Ti 2:11-15) 11Let a woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12For I do not permit a woman to teach, nor to be in authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14And Adam was not seduced, but the woman, having been seduced, was in transgression. 15Yet she will be saved by bearing children, if she has continued in faith and love, and in sanctification accompanied by self-restraint.
(1Co 14:34) 34Women should be silent in the churches. For it is not permitted for them to speak; but instead, they should be subordinate, as the law also says.
(1Ti 4:12) 12Let no one despise your youth, but be an example among the faithful in word, in behavior, in charity, in faith, in chastity.
(1Co 7:32-33) 32But I would prefer you to be without worry. Whoever is without a wife is worried about the things of the Lord, as to how he may please God. 33But whoever is with a wife is worried about the things of the world, as to how he may please his wife. And so, he is divided.
(2Ti 2:3-4) 3Labor like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No man, acting as a soldier for God, entangles himself in worldly matters, so that he may be pleasing to him for whom he has proven himself.
(Joh 15:17-19) 17This I command you: that you love one another. 18If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before you. 19If you had been of the world, the world would love what is its own. Yet truly, you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world; because of this, the world hates you.
(Luk 6:26) 26Woe to you when men will have blessed you. For these same things their fathers did to the false prophets.
(Joh 15:12-13) 12This is my precept: that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13No one has a greater love than this: that he lay down his life for his friends.
(Joh 10:11) 11I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd gives his life for his sheep.
(Act 20:28) 28Take care of yourselves and of the entire flock, over which the Holy Spirit has stationed you as Bishops to rule the Church of God, which he has purchased by his own blood.
(1Co 12:28) 28And indeed, God has established a certain order in the Church: first Apostles, second Prophets, third Teachers, next miracle-workers, and then the grace of healing, of helping others, of governing, of different kinds of languages, and of the interpretation of words.
(Eph 4:11) 11And the same one granted that some would be Apostles, and some Prophets, yet truly others evangelists, and others pastors and teachers,
(Rom 12:4-5) 4For just as, within one body, we have many parts, though all the parts do not have the same role, 5so also we, being many, are one body in Christ, and each one is a part, the one of the other.
(Phi 1:1) 1Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.
(Tit 1:7-9) 7And a bishop, as a steward of God, must be without offense: not arrogant, not short-tempered, not a drunkard, not violent, not desiring tainted profit, 8but instead: hospitable, kind, sober, just, holy, chaste, 9embracing faithful speech which is in agreement with doctrine, so that he may be able to exhort in sound doctrine and to argue against those who contradict.
(Tit 1:10-11) 10For there are, indeed, many who are disobedient, who speak empty words, and who deceive, especially those who are of the circumcision. 11These must be reproved, for they subvert entire houses, teaching things which should not be taught, for the favor of shameful gain.
(Mat 12:30) 30Whoever is not with me, is against me. And whoever does not gather with me, scatters.
(Mat 28:20) 20teaching them to observe all that I have ever commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, even to the consummation of the age.”
(Act 1:8) 8But you shall receive the power of the Holy Spirit, passing over you, and you shall be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”
(Luk 6:30-31) 30But distribute to all who ask of you. And do not ask again of him who takes away what is yours. 31And exactly as you would want people to treat you, treat them also the same.
(Luk 12:47-48) 47And that servant, who knew the will of his Lord, and who did not prepare and did not act according to his will, will be beaten many times over. 48Yet he who did not know, and who acted in a way that deserves a beating, will be beaten fewer times. So then, of all to whom much has been given, much will be required. And of those to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be asked.
(Act 5:42) 42And every day, in the temple and among the houses, they did not cease to teach and to evangelize Christ Jesus.
(Act 6:4) 4Yet truly, we will be continually in prayer and in the ministry of the Word.”
(Act 17:11) 11But these were more noble than those who were at Thessalonica. They received the Word with all enthusiasm, daily examining the Scriptures to see if these things were so.
(Phi 2:15) 15So may you be without blame, simple sons of God, without reproof, in the midst of a depraved and perverse nation, among whom you shine like lights in the world,
(1Ti 4:8) 8For the exercise of the body is somewhat useful. But piety is useful in all things, holding the promise of life, in the present and in the future.
(2Ti 2:15) 15Be solicitous in the task of presenting yourself before God as a proven and unashamed worker who has handled the Word of Truth correctly.
(2Ti 3:15) 15And, from your infancy, you have known the Sacred Scriptures, which are able to instruct you toward salvation, through the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
(Jam 1:12) 12Blessed is the man who suffers temptation. For when he has been proven, he shall receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.
(1Pe 3:12-14) 12For the eyes of the Lord are upon the just, and his ears are with their prayers, but the countenance of the Lord is upon those who do evil. 13And who is it who can harm you, if you are zealous in what is good? 14And yet, even when you suffer something for the sake of justice, you are blessed. So then, do not be afraid with their fear, and do not be disturbed.
(Rom 5:3) 3And not only that, but we also find glory in tribulation, knowing that tribulation exercises patience,
False and Heretical Leaders
(Jer 23:1-2) 1“Woe to the shepherds who scatter and tear apart the sheep of my pasture, says the Lord. 2Because of this, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to the shepherds who pasture my people: You have scattered my flock, and you have driven them away, and you have not visited them. Behold, I will visit upon you because of your evil pursuits, says the Lord.
(Mat 7:15) 15Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
(Mat 15:14) 14Leave them alone. They are blind, and they lead the blind. But if the blind are in charge of the blind, both will fall into the pit.”
(Mat 23:28) 28So also, you certainly appear to men outwardly to be just. But inwardly you are filled with hypocrisy and iniquity.
(Mat 23:33) 33You serpents, you brood of vipers! How will you escape from the judgment of Hell?
(Luk 17:1) 1And he said to his disciples: “It is impossible for scandals not to occur. But woe to him through whom they come!
(2Co 11:13) 13For false apostles, such as these deceitful workers, are presenting themselves as if they were Apostles of Christ.
(Col 3:25) 25For whoever causes injury shall be repaid for what he has wrongfully done. And there no favoritism with God.
(1Co 6:9-10) 9Do you not know that the iniquitous will not possess the kingdom of God? Do not choose to wander astray. For neither fornicators, nor servants of idolatry, nor adulterers, 10nor the effeminate, nor males who sleep with males, nor thieves, nor the avaricious, nor the inebriated, nor slanderers, nor the rapacious shall possess the kingdom of God.
(1Ti 4:1) 1Now the Spirit has clearly said that, in the end times, some persons will depart from the faith, paying attention to spirits of error and the doctrines of devils,
(2Ti 3:4-5) 4traitorous, reckless, self-important, loving pleasure more than God, 5even having the appearance of piety while rejecting its virtue. And so, avoid them.
(2Pe 2:1-3) 1But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be among you lying teachers, who will introduce divisions of perdition, and they will deny him who bought them, the Lord, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2And many persons will follow their indulgences; through such persons, the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3And in avarice, they will negotiate about you with false words. Their judgment, in the near future, is not delayed, and their perdition does not sleep.
(2Pe 3:3-7) 3Know this first: that in the last days there will arrive deceitful mockers, walking according to their own desires, 4saying: “Where is his promise or his advent? For from the time that the fathers have slept, all things have continued just as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5But they willfully ignore this: that the heavens existed first, and that the earth, from water and through water, was established by the Word of God. 6By water, the former world then, having been inundated with water, perished. 7But the heavens and the earth that exist now were restored by the same Word, being reserved unto fire on the day of judgment, and unto the perdition of impious men.
(Pro 13:13) 13Whoever denounces something obligates himself for the future. But whoever fears a lesson shall turn away in peace. Deceitful souls wander into sins. The just are merciful and compassionate.
(Rev 2:2) 2I know your works, and your hardship and patient endurance, and that you cannot stand those who are evil. And so, you have tested those who declare themselves to be Apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars.
(Rev 11:18) 18And the nations became angry, but your wrath arrived, and the time for the dead to be judged, and to render a reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and to those who fear your name, small and great, and to exterminate those who have corrupted the earth.”
(Rev 19:20) 20And the beast was apprehended, and with him the false prophetess, who in his presence caused the signs, by which she seduced those who accepted the character of the beast and who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the pool of fire burning with sulphur.
(Mat 20:25-28) 25But Jesus called them to himself and said: “You know that the first ones among the Gentiles are their rulers, and that those who are greater exercise power among them. 26It shall not be this way among you. But whoever will want to be greater among you, let him be your minister. 27And whoever will want to be first among you, he shall be your servant, 28even as the Son of man has not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a redemption for many.”
(Mat 23:10) 10Neither should you be called teachers. For One is your Teacher, the Christ.
(Luk 22:26) 26But it must not be so with you. Instead, whoever is greater among you, let him become the lesser. And whoever is the leader, let him become the server.
(Joh 13:12-15) 12And so, after he washed their feet and received his vestments, when he had sat down at table again, he said to them: “Do you know what I have done for you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord, and you speak well: for so I am. 14Therefore, if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash the feet of one another. 15For I have given you an example, so that just as I have done for you, so also should you do.
(Phi 2:3-4) 3Let nothing be done by contention, nor in vain glory. Instead, in humility, let each of you esteem others to be better than himself. 4Let each of you not consider anything to be your own, but rather to belong to others.
(Phi 2:5-8) 5For this understanding in you was also in Christ Jesus: 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be seized. 7Instead, he emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and accepting the state of a man. 8He humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, even the death of the Cross.
(1Ti 3:10) 10And these things should be proven first, and then they may minister, being without offense.
(Col 3:23-24) 23Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as for the Lord, and not for men. 24For you know that you will receive from the Lord the repayment of an inheritance. Serve Christ the Lord.
(Gal 6:9) 9And so, let us not be deficient in doing good. For in due time, we shall reap without fail.
(Mat 16:27) 27For the Son of man will arrive in the glory of his Father, with his Angels. And then he will repay each one according to his works.
(Mat 25:21) 21His lord said to him: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Since you have been faithful over a few things, I will appoint you over many things. Enter into the gladness of your lord.’
(Jam 2:20) 20So then, are you willing to understand, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
(Jam 4:10) 10Be humbled in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.
(1Pe 4:8-11) 8But, before all things, have a constant mutual charity among yourselves. For love covers a multitude of sins. 9Show hospitality to one another without complaining. 10Just as each of you has received grace, minister in the same way to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11When anyone speaks, it should be like words of God. When anyone ministers, it should be from the virtue that God provides, so that in all things God may be honored through Jesus Christ. To him is glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
(1Pe 5:2-4) 2pasture the flock of God that is among you, providing for it, not as a requirement, but willingly, in accord with God, and not for the sake of tainted profit, but freely, 3not so as to dominate by means of the clerical state, but so as to be formed into a flock from the heart. 4And when the Leader of pastors will have appeared, you shall secure an unfading crown of glory.
(1Pe 5:6-7) 6And so, be humbled under the powerful hand of God, so that he may exalt you in the time of visitation. 7Cast all your cares upon him, for he takes care of you.
(Joh 3:30) 30He must increase, while I must decrease.