“But Beware of Men…”

Are we to fellowship with a group or with individuals who have rejected the Apostle of Jesus Christ? Visit with them? Listen to their sermons and messages?
Did Christ give warning about this? Lets prove all things and find out!
Turn your Bible open and go to Matthew 10.

Matt 10:11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy;”

That is who is willing to hear them, those whom God has called.

“…and there abide till ye go thence.

12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.

13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

The next few verses is KEY VERSES! Christ’s own words on denying His Apostles.

14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

17 But beware of men:[end quote]

These words were spoken to The Apostles. But they also apply to the Church behind the Apostle supporting him. It applies to the Church of God as well as a WHOLE. The Church, with the Apostle is ONE, They are a Team.

Notice again these verses in the light applying to the Church, to each and every one of us!

Matt 10:11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.”

Notice Christ is saying to fellowship with those of like mind. Not just fellowship with anyone, but a specific set of people.

12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.

13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.”

If they reject the Apostle. The Church’s doctrines and teachings. God says to dust your feet off from them. Stay away from them. Walk away and never turn back. Remember Lot’s wife in this. She didn’t dust her feet off from Sodom and Gomorrah. This is WHY Christ mentions those cities here in the next verse.

15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Here is instruction from Christ. Wise as Serpents, showing us we ought to be slow in reacting. But ready to when the time comes. Be discerning, discerning the spirit. Harmless as Doves, showing us to show Love at all times. Because Love(outgoing concern) does no harm, it is harmless.

17 But beware of men:

What does BEWARE mean?

It means to be on your guard, watch out, look out, mind out, be wary, be careful, be cautious, be on the lookout, be on the alert, keep your eyes open, keep a sharp lookout, be on the quivive; take care, take heed,have a care, take it slowly,look where you’re going,tread carefully, proceed with caution; 
Informal – watch your step, keep an eye out, keep your eyes peeled/skinned,look before you leap, think twice.

Cambridge English Dictionary explains it is “used to warn someone to be very careful about something or someone:”

Collins English Dictionary says “If you tell someone to beware of a person or thing, you are warning them that the person or thing may harm them or be dangerous.”

Here is Christ’s WARNING about certain individuals!

Why is He saying to stay away from certain individuals? Read the next few verses. Christ gives another reason in Revelation 3:11.
“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man TAKE thy crown. “

This is WHY we must avoid those who were put out of the Church!
But Christ says STAY AWAY!!! A direct command!

Read Acts 20:30!

Christ says this here in verse 17 of Matthew 10! This will happen if you don’t need Christ’s words!

17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;”

They will “deliver” or “draw us” into their churches.

What does scourge mean?
Strong’s Concordance
“Word: mastigow
Pronounce: mas-tig-o’-o
Strongs Number: G3146

Orig: from 3148; to flog (literally or figuratively):–scourge. G3148

Word: mastix
Pronounce: mas’-tix
Strongs Number: G3148

Orig: probably from the base of 3145 (through the idea of contact); a whip (literally, the Roman flagellum for criminals; figuratively, a disease):–plague, scourging.G3145

Use: TDNT-4:518,571 Noun Feminine

Heb Strong: H4341 H5061 H5222H6763 H7626 H7752 H8201

1) a whip, scourge 
2) metaph. a scourge, plague 
2a) a calamity, misfortune, esp. sent by God to discipline or punish”

In other words PERSECUTED TREMENDOUSLY!! If you don’t heed God, you will be punished! Christ was flogged or scourge. And the whip was designed to dig into flesh and rip pieces out! These individuals from their groups will TEAR YOU TO PIECES spiritually, in order for you to give up your crown, to COMPROMISE God’s Truth given to us! That is if you don’t heed Christ’s words and stay Away!

God says STAY AWAY FROM GARNER TED ARMSTRONG AND THE CHURCH GROUPS WITH HIM!

STAY AWAY from Earl and Shirley Timmons and the groups attached to them!

Stay away from any one who is contrary to God’s Word and doctrines we received through Christ’s Apostle. STAY AWAY from those who even reject the APOSTLE, himself! Dust your feet off as Christ says to! Don’t look back as Lot’s wife because of loved ones that remain in these groups. Continue reading Matthew 10!

The verses starting with verse 17 explains what will happen IF you don’t heed Christ’s Words!

18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.

If you are Not faithful and you don’t heed Christ’s Words to STAY AWAY from those who reject the Apostle and their words and teachings. If you don’t Hold Fast. You will have to give your head in the coming martyrdom!

Notice What is said! It is to give Testimony against them and the Gentiles! This is during the Great Tribulation! If you won’t obey God and give testimony as He says to, you’ll do so in the Great Tribulation by giving your head! In Martyrdom!

And you will have to ENDURE IT ALL!

NOTICE the next verse.
22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

Every single one must endure the time coming. It is a matter will we endure it outside with Christ, OR inside these groups who are led by men disfellowshipped and who have rejected PART or any portion of the Apostle and the doctrines and teachings we were given through him, and be persecuted, Cut to pieces by wolves trying to take your crown, and martyred BECAUSE you would not heed Christ and His WORDS!!

But there is hope through all of this, if you happen to repent during this. Giving your life will GAIN it in the Kingdom. Christ is saying this is the only way to go to be in God’s family IF you don’t heed the first warning! Heed the First warning! Stay away from those put out! Stay away from those who REJECT the Apostle and his words(doctrines and teachings). Dust your feet off. Don’t look back as Lot’s Wife. REMEMBER Lot’s wife!
“Beware of men”!!!

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 King James Version (KJV)

15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

16 In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.(for us in the Church, that land is The Kingdom of God)

17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;(as in if you DON’T Need “Beware of Men”, such as going to these other churches who have rejected the Apostle and the doctrines and teachings given to us through him)

18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.

19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

1 Kings 18:21
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.

Matthew 10:16
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

17 But beware of men:”

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