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14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22 greedy desires, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, an evil eye, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Mark 7:14-23

CPS totally misses the point that Jesus teaches here. And it is not surprising that they do because they are always looking for evil in others, never in themselves. They think finding evil in others makes them good! I am serious.

In my experience, what comes from the heart of CPS is false accusations and lies. They think the worst of others, they slander them in their investigations and reports, they are greedy to prosecute, they are full of pride, and they make some of the most foolish decisions of any professional vocation ever.

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6 And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,
“‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
7 in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”
9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!

Mark 7:6-9

The New American Standard’s literal translation renders Jesus’ words in verse 9 this way, “”You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.” The Message Bible puts verses 7-9 into the vernacular with, “They act like they are worshiping me, but they don’t mean it. They just use me as a cover for teaching whatever suits their fancy, 98 Ditching God’s command and taking up the latest fads. 9 He went on, “Well, good for you. You get rid of God’s command so you won’t be inconvenienced in following the religious fashions!”

The “good for you” part is sarcasm.

Unlike the Pharisees and some of the scribes who acted under a religious veneer, CPS devotes itself to secular psychology. This is actually worse. The Pharisees erred by making rigid traditions that contorted the truth. CPS, who never had the truth to begin with, institutes whatever practices they deem appropriate. This results in actions that in any other arena would be considered demented:

• They lie to get at the truth.
• They make threats to achieve safety.
• They are antagonistic in forcing agreement.
• They provoke contentions to try to achieve conciliation.
• They attempt to pit one family member against another, all the while claiming they are trying to improve relationships.

They abuse their “mandate” to investigate child abuse to do whatever suits their fancy. And judge after judge lets them get away with it! Someday the judges will be judged. When that happens, the result will be a lot like what Jesus said here: You abandoned the commandment of God.

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The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.
Mark 4:28

This parable is interpreted on many levels.

blade → head → full grain in the head (emphasis on change in form)
child → youth → father
Old Testament revelation → New Testament revelation → Millennial Revelation
beginning → growth → completion (emphasis on growth)
seed planted in Abraham/Israel → Jesus/Church → Harvest into Kingdom
green shoot → stalk → ripeness (emphasis on time progression)
small → increase → big (emphasis on multiplication/size)
earthly beginning → transition → heavenly kingdom (emphasis on sanctification)

The application to CPS, however is not found so much in the blade/head/fruit sequence as it is in the first part of the verse:

For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.

The earth does it without mankind’s help. Humans do not even know how the change takes place! But CPS, in their presumption, thinks that they can control it!

They do not produce beneficial changes. They are the frost, the blight, the hail, and the drought of a burning sun.

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And having looked around on them with anger, being greatly grieved over the hardness of their heart…
Mark 3:5

This is a concept that CPS is incapable of understanding: that people can experience anger and grief simultaneously and still not miss the mark. Yet in this verse Jesus does exactly that.

Furthermore, it is normal and appropriate for a sane person to have precisely this mix of emotion toward CPS. It is appropriate to be angry at their legalistic cruelty and it is appropriate to be grieved at how this hard-heartedness will eventually destroy them.

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23 And it happened that he was going through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”  
Mark 2:23,24

I have included this because the Pharisees are accusing Jesus of breaking the law. To do this, they have to use Wacko-logic.

From Guzik’s Commentary —
Jesus and His disciples are accused of breaking the laws of the Sabbath.

a. [Jesus’] disciples began to pluck the heads of grain: There was nothing wrong with what they did, because their gleaning was not considered stealing according to Deuteronomy 23:25. The issue was only the day on which they did it. The Rabbis made an elaborate list of “do” and “don’t” items relevant to the Sabbath, and this violated one of the items on this list.
i. When the disciples began to pluck the heads of grain, in the eyes of the religious leaders they were guilty of:

• Reaping.
• Threshing.
• Winnowing.
• Preparing food.

Four violations of the Sabbath in one mouthful!
ii. At this time, Judaism [was filled] with elaborate rituals related to the Sabbath and observance of other laws. [The Pharisees] taught that on the Sabbath, a man could not carry something in his right hand or in his left hand, across his chest or on his shoulder. But you could carry something with the back of your hand, with your foot, with your elbow, or in your ear, your hair, or in the hem of your shirt, or in your shoe or sandal. Or, on the Sabbath, you were forbidden to tie a knot – except a woman could tie a knot in her girdle. So, if a bucket of water had to be raised from a well, you could not tie a rope to the bucket, but a woman could tie her girdle to the bucket!
b. Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath? Jesus never violated God’s command to observe the Sabbath, or approved of His disciples violating God’s command to observe the Sabbath. But He often broke man’s legalistic additions to that law, and He sometimes seems to have deliberately broken them.

CPS uses Whacko-logic too. They told a judge they were “concerned” because they “found” two bags of garbage near our front door. The DFCS worker saw this only because he was trespassing and had entered the house without permission. What the socialworker actually saw was two bags of laundered clothing that had been placed off to the side of the foyer where they were waiting to be donated to a charity. The truck was scheduled to come by later that day for a pick-up. As it happened, when we were summoned to the DFCS office, their hallway was filled with nearly a dozen large bags of shredded documents. The 30-gallon clear plastic bags blocked enough of the walking area that we had to go single file; clearly, this could have been considered a fire hazard. They want the world to believe that they are noble for recycling, but they want the judge to believe that a parent keeps a trashy house by donating used clothing.

They are pharisaical dissemblers.

Bibliography Information
Guzik, David. “Commentary on Mark 2”. “David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible”. <http://www.studylight.org/com/guz/view.cgi?book=mr&chapter=002&gt;. 1997-2003.
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21No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins – and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.
Mark 2

Each of these verses could be considered as a mini-parable. In the strictest interpretation of the parables, the old form and structure of Judaism is not able to co-exist with the new Messianic Judaism that Jesus is ushering in. Within a generation, the Gentiles who had no roots in the old ways will pick up the ball, name it Christianity, and run with it.

In the cloth example, the new must shrink to fit the old, and in the wineskin example, the old must be pliable and expandable to contain the new. Because Jesus gave the two examples back-to-back, it is reasonable to conclude that both parties will have to adjust in different ways if there is to be a workable outcome.

In a broader interpretation, inflexibility is destructive. CPS is rigid and unbending. Those who try to cooperate quickly find that they are the ones who must do all the giving. CPS’s idea of cooperation is taking only a portion instead of all. They expect people to cower and shrink to fit CPS’s old rigid cloth.

If that does not work, CPS moves on to Plan B. They intentionally brew situations that subject their victims to increasing pressures. They add their threats and accusations that will accelerate decay in relationships. When something ferments, the sweet sugar is converted to toxic alcohol. Carbon dioxide gas builds up. CPS knows that if they can increase the pressure enough, the situation will explode. Then they can say that the exploding wineskin “proved” that CPS was right all along.

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Net Loss

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And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Mark 1:17,18

CPS loves to be fishers of men. Unlike the disciples, however, they do not wish to follow a godly leader and they do not want to leave their nets. They want to be chosen for and called to important duties, but they are not about to relinquish those nets! The nets were the source of their income and power.

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