One of my avid readers saw an email I answered wherein I suggested that maybe I might tone down my sarcasm just a smidgen. She protested, stating that my style is what kept her interested in studying God’s Word.

Maybe an explanation of why I write the way I do, is in order.

I have received more than a few emails from my detractors criticizing the fact that I sometimes sound angry in my writings, speak with an edge in my voice, and also use sarcasm. None of these are rehearsed or planned. I write as the Spirit moves me. But some feel that this is unacceptable. They state that I am not being Christ-like, and that Jesus would not approve of the tone of my writing. That this alone should be proof enough for anyone that I am not a man of God, and my papers are not of God. They further suggest  Jesus would NEVER, EVER speak with such a cutting tone of voice as I sometimes use.

Oh Really?

It makes me wonder if they have ever read the gospel accounts of the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Most of the world would be HIGHLY OFFENDED if Jesus were to speak to our religious leaders and governmental leaders in the same way He did two thousand years ago. But I am but a novice at sarcasm; Jesus was a Master.

I fully realize that my papers grind on the spirits of those who oppose God’s Word. And well they should. When I quote the Scriptures, I quote them with authority, because the Scriptures ARE authority:

"For He [Jesus] taught them as one having AUTHORITY and not as the scribes" (Matt. 7:29).

Jesus got His authority from His Father, and He used it. In fact, the very words He spoke were the words of His Father, and not His own (John 17:8), hence the Father too uses sarcasm and anger in teaching.

Our God and Lord have more personality than most have ever imagined. What a broad range of colorful metaphors, parables, and colloquialisms they used. Add to these sarcasm, exaggeration, satire, irony, and true anger, and we have powerful, powerful persuasive language.


Jesus did not go around speaking as if He were a performer on a Shakespearean Stage. Jesus did NOT speak in archaic King James English! Jesus never said:

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands and another shall gird thee and carry thee whither thou wouldest not" (John 21:18).

No, that is NOT what He said. That is what He said according to 1611 archaic English which now sounds strange and affected to our ears. According to our 21st Century English He said something like this:

"The truth is when you were young, you were able to do as you liked and go wherever you wanted to; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands and others will direct you and take you where you don’t want to go."

Jesus spoke the language of the people; the language of the day. He was natural, He was colloquial, He was precise, He was articulate, He was emotional, He was sincere. Jesus spoke EXACTLY AND PRECISELY as He was inside, because it is a Scriptural truth that, "…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" (Matt. 12:34b).

Here are few Scriptures that should give us a clearer picture of the heart of Jesus:

"I must be about my Father’s business… I must preach the Kingdom of God, for therefore am I sent… God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power: Who went about doing good, and healing… Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men… Why call Me good? There is none good but One, that is, God…

Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven… You are the light of the world... Love your enemies… I will come and heal him… the Son of Man has not where to lay His head… Daughter, be of good comfort… Son, be of good cheer; your sins be forgiven you… I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life…

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness… Peace I leave with you… love ye one another, as I have loved you… Neither do I condemn you…He departed again into a mountain Himself alone, to pray… Be not afraid, only believe… You are My friends… You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself…

For the Father Himself loves you… In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit… I have spoken openly to the world… Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciple, whom Jesus loved… I have compassion on the multitude… Jesus wept…

Let the little children come to me… Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…

With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you… he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel… O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings… And when they [and Jesus] had sung an hymn… Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from Me: nevertheless not My will, but Thine, be done…

And being in agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground… Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do… IT IS FINISHED… they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread, Jesus said to them, COME AND DINE [with ME]…"

Jesus identified with our humanity when He said: "Simon, Simon… Martha, Martha…" Jesus was profoundly human. He was, after all, the humble servant as the Son of man. But He was also the wise and powerful Son of God. Jesus spoke gently with the meek, but His speech EXPLODED with the wicked.

Jesus came to expose evil and hypocrisy like no one had ever done before. His voice was the "voice of a trumpet." God told Isaiah to:

"Cry ALOUD, SPARE NOT, lift up your voice like a TRUMPET, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins" (Isa. 58:1).

As a servant of God I cannot expose the evil and hypocrisy in the Church and in this world with a song in my heart, a smile on my face, and a chuckle in my voice! Sorry, but that won’t get the job done.

There is a time for humor and there is a time to get serious. Sarcasm can be serious business. I do not use it to elicit laughs. I am not naïve of the fact that most people do not want to hear the Truth. Well did Isaiah prophesy of those:

"Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us SMOOTH thing, prophesy DECEITS" (Isa. 30:10).

I would rather sound a little angry or sarcastic than to teach smooth and deceitful things. Gee, even Isaiah used colorful language, "speak unto us smooth things." Could this be the origin of "smooth talkers?"

The purpose of this paper is not solely to defend my style of writing, (God only knows that I do not profess to be a scholar, nor a polished orator, nor a man of eloquent words), but to rather see by Whose authority I do this. We will examine whether Jesus Christ Himself did not indeed use sarcasm, exaggeration, caricature, satire, irony, and anger to get across His Gospel Message.

I am now sure why it is automatically assumed that if one sounds angry there is something wrong with his message. When speaking of immoral and evil things that hurt and deceive people, it behooves us to be ANGRY about such things. Anger does not have to be a sin. God’s anger is mentioned a couple of hundreds times in Scripture. Many of the teachings of the Church are not only evil, but they are stupid and foolish. Sarcasm is a perfect exposer of stupidity.

I have two favorite Scriptural sarcasm's that I find to be sheer genius. One in the Old Testament and one in the new. I will now give you the one in the old, (I Kings 18:21-39). Elijah told the people that they should choose two bullocks and place them on two altars of wood. He then said:

"And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answers by fire, let him be God"

They all agreed, and so the priests of Baal went first:

"And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O BAAL, hear us. But there was NO voice, nor any that answered. And they LEAPED upon the altar which was made.

And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry ALOUD: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is on a journey, or PERADVENTURE HE SLEEPS, and must be wakened.

I think we should read this verse from The Living Bible:

"About noontime, Elijah began mocking them. ‘You’ll have to shout louder than that,’ he scoffed, ‘to catch the attention of your god! Perhaps he is talking to someone, or is out sitting on the toilet, or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened.’"

And the priests of Baal, being as stupid as stupid can be, followed Elijah’s mocking sarcasm: And they CRIED ALOUD… here was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded. Remember that God Himself inspired Elijah to mock the priests of Baal with these jeering and demeaning epithets. He went so far as to suggest that maybe their god was "sitting on the toilet" or so exhausted he "fell asleep." And they were too stupid to even know that Elijah was making public spectacles and fools out of them.

But let’s not ever loose sight of the fact that although God used these priests of Baal as vessels of dishonor, He nonetheless, loves them, died for them, and will ultimately save them all! Remember also:

"Now ALL these things happened unto them for examples: and they were written for OUR admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come" (I Cor. 10:11).


Let’s realize a few axioms before we examine Christ’s actual words. Jesus taught the people of Israel, the Jews, the people around Galilee and Jerusalem. They were all religious people. They all followed the law of Moses. Jesus’ most stinging words were to the religious leaders and rulers of Judaism. On the very few occasions where Jesus even spoke to a non-Jew, He expressed the greatest admiration for their faith, rather than condemnation for being Gentiles. After all, how much faith did Jesus find among His Own people?

It is essential we keep in mind just who it was that Jesus preached to. Jesus did NOT berate the atheists or pagan Romans in Judea for their sins, but rather "The lost sheep of the House of Israel." The Jews. The commandment-keeping people of Judah.

If Jesus were to come to American today and preach His Gospel Message, little would have changed except for one prophesied difference. Everything has gotten even worse than it was in His day:

"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived" (II Tim. 3:13).

First let us notice a most profound statement that explains a great deal about the manner of our Lord’s teaching and preaching:


"Then began He [Jesus] to UPBRAID [Greek: oneidizo] the cities wherein most of His mighty words were done, because they repented not" (Matt. 11:20).

"Blessed are ye, when men shall REVILE [Greek: oneidizo] you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you FALSELY, for my sake" (Matt. 5:11).

Notice please, that Jesus "upbraided" the cities TRUTHFULLY, while He said men would "revile" His true followers, FALSELY. The same Greek word is used to describe both. No matter how stern or cutting our Lord’s words might have been, they always were TRUTHFUL! As for any sarcasm and anger that Jesus exhibited, your argument must be with Him and not me.

Clearly, oneidizo is not a pleasant word; not when Jesus used it and not when persecutors used it. The difference is that Jesus spoke the TRUTH when He used this word, but the persecutors speak FALSELY when they use it.

What does it mean when it says that Jesus began to "upbraid" the cities where He taught?

I will consult Strong’s Dictionary of the New Testament to help us define this word, because if I were to define it myself and tell you what it means, NO ONE WOULD BELIEVE ME! Oneidizo is a POWERFUL word of rebuke and condemnation.

Here is the definition:

Strong’s Greek Dictionary, "#3679, oneidizo, from #3681 [notoriety, that is a taunt (disgrace):--a reproach] to defame, i.e. rail at, chide, taunt:--upbraid, reproach, revile, cast in (one’s) teeth" (page 179)"

Notoriety: notorious, ill fame, infamous

Taunt: reproach, mocking, insulting, contemptuous, scornful, tirade

Disgrace: loss of honor, shame, disapproval, disfavor, discredit

Reproach: disapproval, criticism, disappointment, shame, disgrace, blame, rebuke

Defame: to attack or damage the character or reputation of

Rail: to express objections or criticism in bitter, harsh, or abusive language

Chide: scold, correct, improve, reprimand, disapproval, strife, contention

That should settle any questions as to what "upbraid" means. Let me be quick to add (I can see the emails flowing in by the hundreds…), that not every word used to define the words that define oneidizo are always 100% applicable when a word such as "upbraid" is used to translate that Greek word. So all of you who were getting ready to write me or inform the chat rooms that, "Ray Smith says that Jesus was ‘disgraceful,’ used ‘abusive language,’ and went into ‘tirades’ during His ministry," hold off a little and continue reading.

It is possible to condemn the sinful actions and teachings of men without hating the men who commit these things. Jesus loved everyone. Jesus died for everyone. Jesus forgave everyone. Jesus forgave those who crucified Him before He expired. As I have said many times, except for the grace of God, anyone of us could have been any of the world’s most evil people. We are saved in God’s grace, not by our cleverness in choosing to follow and obey God. Grace CAUSES us to obey God. Carnality CAUSES men to disobey God. It is that simple. And so we expose, exhort, teach, challenge, forgive, and LOVE. That these can take the form of sarcasm, exaggeration, satire, irony, anger, and LOVE, are clearly demonstrated by the examples of our Lord.

Now then, let’s see some examples of "upbraiding" used by our Lord in preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God:

After the high priest asked Jesus about His disciples and teachings, Jesus said:

"‘Why are you asking Me this question? Ask those who heard me. You have some of them here. They know what I said.’ One of the soldiers standing there struck Jesus WITH HIS FIST. ‘Is THAT THE WAY to answer the High Priest?’ he demanded" (John 18:21-22, The Living Bible).

One of the guards felt that Jesus was contemptuous and out of line. The guard slapped Jesus in the mouth with the palm of his hand and told Him to WATCH HIS MOUTH when speaking to the High Priest! The guard was letting Jesus know in no uncertain terms, that one does not speak to such a dignified person as the High Priest with such a demeaning tone of voice! What would you think if someone were to address the Pope with this same tone of voice as Jesus used on the High Priest? Would you too think that someone ought to slap his face for talking that way to the Pope? Well? Was our Lord too smart for His britches? Was His language and tone of voice to be condemned by a punch in the mouth?

Jesus TOLD THE TRUTH. Jesus called a spade a spade. And many people thought He was a contemptuous smart aleck! HE WAS NOT! It was the Truth of His words that cut them; not the tone of His words. However, the tone of His voice and the selection of words and analogies that He used were not only highly offensive to those whom He spoke, but are likewise offensive to people hearing this same approach used today by God’s servants.


"And another of His disciples said unto Him, Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow Me, and LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR DEAD" (Matt. 8:21-22).

Do you think maybe that particular disciple was offended by his Master’s words? Jesus was saying that those preparing this funeral and burial were AS DEAD as the corpse they were about bury! Jesus asked this disciple to "follow Me" and let DEAD people take care of DEAD matters. After all, this was the disciple’s OWN FATHER! Are we not to "HONOR our father and mother?" Of course we are, but when Jesus asks us to follow Him, then our allegiance to our parents, children, or loved ones take second place to that command. We must be willing to FORSAKE ALL to follow Jesus! Jesus was leading this disciple to things of LIFE, while he would sooner attend to things of DEATH. One cannot serve two masters.


"Moreover when you fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance [‘don’t look like those miserable play-actors’ Phillips Translation]: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast" (Matt. 6:16).

Jesus could have just told them how to fast properly. But no, He first told them how NOT to fast, by exposing the hypocrisy of the religious leaders of the day. Jesus was a Master of sarcasm and satire. Jesus called them "hypocrites" and said their religion was as FAKE AS THEY WERE! But it was the TRUTH of His infallible statements that really cut them. After all, the Word of God is like a SHARP two-edged sword. It CUTS to the marrow of the bond. They were, as many still ARE, fakers and "play-actors" as Phillips Translates it.


"Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a BEAM [a PLANK, a LOG] is in your own eye?" (Matt. 7:4).

What? Talk about exaggeration! Jesus didn’t suggest that first brother had a toothpick in his eyes hindering him from helping his brother to retrieve a small mote, but rather a log, a beam, a timber. A log is a billion times larger than a mote, which is a tiny speck. Don’t try and take a speck of dirt out of your brother’s eye when you have a GIANT REDWOOD TREE growing out of your own eye! But who is so naïve as to not immediately comprehend the profound meaning and simple truth of this parable? It is Christ’s GROSS EXAGGERATION that makes this parable so profoundly clear and truthful.

This parable cannot be literally true, however it is absolutely spiritually true. People who often try to remove a character flaw from a friend or associate, have themselves, GIANT character flaws far more weighty than those they try to correct in others.


"Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent [snake]? If ye [Gk: all of you] then, BEING EVIL, know how to give good gifts unto your children…" (Matt. 7:9-10).

Remember that it was Christ’s "disciples" that He was teaching here on the mount (Matt. 5:1). Jesus called His Own disciples "EVIL"! Would you have been offended if Christ had called you, "evil"?


"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, BUT A SWORD" (Matt. 10:34).

Anyone offended by this statement of our Lord? Isn’t our Lord "The Prince of Peace?" Of course, few there be that understand this parable. Jesus did not come to bring ARMIES OF ARMED MEN to do battle on this earth. He came with "A SWORD"! His WORD is the "sword."

"For THE WORD OF GOD is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any TWO-EDGED SWORD, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Heb. 4:12).

Well, who then is the enemy of God’s Word that we do battle against with this spiritual sword?

"And a man’s foes [Gk: ‘enemies’] shall be they of his own household" (Matt. 10:36).

Which ‘household’ includes the church itself (Eph. 2:19).


"He that loves father or mother more than Me is NOT WORTHY of Me: and he that loves son or daughter more than Me is NOT WORTHY of Me" (Matt. 10:37).

Anyone offended by that Statement of our Lord? Do you think it was wrong of our Lord to suggest that we must love Him MORE than our own parents and children?


"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of WOLVES…" (Matt. 10:16).

Jesus called the citizens of Jerusalem and Judea "wolves." Does that offend anyone?


"And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, ‘What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went you out for to see? A man clothed in SOFT RAIMENT [‘a man dressed in SILKS AND SATINS?’—Williams Translation] behold, they that wear soft clothing [‘Behold they which are GORGEOUSLY APPARELED {DRESSED}, and live DELICATELY {in LUXURY}, Luke 7:25], are in kings’ houses"(Matt. 11:7-8).

Is this not a taunting, sarcastic remark? He asked them what spectacle they expected to see out there in the wilderness—a blade of grass swaying in the wind? Some patsy that would be blown away by the softest summer breeze? Jesus was asking these religious sophisticates whether they thought a real man of God would look like some, prim and prissy, prudish, punctilious, polished, patrician of the kings court? Is THAT what kind of a man you went out to see? Someone who would never deign to gets his fingernails dirty?

The religious leaders WERE OFFENDED by the rough presence of John the Baptist. But what is the Truth? What kind of a man was this John the Baptizer who was

"…clothed with camel’s hair, and with girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey" (Mark 1:6)?

Here’s the Truth:

"For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist…" (Luke 7:28).


The Chief Priest, scribes and elders sent

"a great multitude with swords and clubs" "And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief [robber], with swords and with staves [clubs] to take me?" (Mark 14:43 & 48).

Why did Jesus have to say ANYTHING? Why this smart, sarcastic remark? Because He wanted them to see the TRUTH of their ways. They KNEW Jesus was not a man of violence. They KNEW He never harmed anyone. They KNEW he never resisted evil, and taught His disciples to "turn the other cheek." With all that in mind, Jesus asks them if they think they have enough manpower, armaments, and weapons to apprehend Him, as though He were a common criminal that might try to escape or overpower them. Jesus was a Master of Sarcasm! He was "in their face"!


"Beware of the teachers of religion! For they love to wear the robes of the rich and scholarly, and to have everyone bow to them as they walk through the markets. They love to sit in the best seats in the synagogues, and at the places of honor at banquets—But they shamelessly cheat widows out of their homes and then, to cover up the kind of men they really are, they pretend to be pious by praying long prayers in public. Because of this, their punishment will be the greater" (Mark 12:38-40, The Living Bible).

Jesus is telling us of self-appointed pastors who fraudulently steal widow’s welfare checks so that they can live in the lap of luxury and ease. Jesus calls them "pretenders" (fakes, imposters). Has anyone noticed that the elitists of Christianity also love the chief seats in church, at banquets, and loved to be called by their holy titles (Reverend, Your Holiness, Right Reverend, Most Reverend, Father, Holy Father, Rabbi, etc., etc.)

Do those who covet being called by these titles really LOVE God, Who says:

"…HOLY and REVEREND is HIS [GOD’S] NAME [not man’s name]" (Psalm 111:9b)

"But be not you called Rabbi… And call no man your father… neither be you called masters [Lord]: for One is your Master, even Christ" (Matt. 23:8-10).

And let’s not forget man’s listing of academic degrees and achievements.

The Scribes and the Pharisee asked Jesus why His disciple TRANSGRESSED the tradition of the elders? Jesus threw the question right back into their faces:

"But He answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandments of God by YOUR tradition?… You HYPOCRITES…" (Matt. 15:3 & 7).


Why did Jesus speak with such "in your faced sarcasm?" Because the people that Jesus was correcting were "hypocrites." Maybe a definition of hypocrisy is in order here:

"hypocrisy n. 1. The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness" (The American heritage College Dictionary p. 683). (Underlined emphasis is mine).

They "professed" to be true, what in their own lives WAS FALSE! What does Paul tell us about those who "profess," but are hypocrites?

 "They PROFESS that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being ABOMINABLE, and DISOBEDIENT, and unto every good work REPROBATE" (Titus 1:16).

ABOMINABLE, DISOBEDIENT, REPROBATE! Are these words strong enough to make Paul’s point? Many many pastors of the church profess that they LOVE GOD; they profess that they LOVE THEIR NEIGHBORS; then even profess that they LOVE THEIR ENEMIES, but in works they deny Him:

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man LOVE THE WORLD, THE LOVE OF THE FATHER IS NOT IN HIM" (I John 2:15).

Yet WHO "loves the world" more than the tens of thousands of money-hungry, vanity-filled, power-crazed, lovers of worldliness and worldly pleasures who call themselves "pastors?" Do they "love their neighbors" when they fraudulently and unscripturally extort widows’ welfare checks to sustain their uncontrollable lusts for materialism?


"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you compass SEA AND LAND to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell [hades—the grave] than yourselves" (Matt. 23:1

Sarcasm! Jesus said that they would scour the whole planet for just one convert that would then continue their heresy with TWICE the vigor of their teachers.


"You blind guides, which strain out a gnat and SWALLOW A CAMEL" (Matt. 23:24).

Exaggerated sarcasm! One cannot literally "swallow a camel." But SPIRITUALLY, this is exactly what they were doing. The itsy-bitsy, teensy-weensy, flaws of their spiritual lives that they attempted to clean up in their lives, versus the GIGANTIC spiritual character flaws that they did NOTHING to change, were truly comparable to a "gnat versus a camel."


Remember that Jesus only taught in parables. Did Jesus say: "Don’t bother teaching the truth to those who don’t want to hear it?" That would have been clear enough: "Don’t try to teach the truth to those who do not desire the truth." Simple. Oh, No, Jesus would never say it like that. Here is how Jesus would say that same thing:

"Give not that which is holy unto THE DOGS, neither cast your pearls BEFORE SWINE, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and REND you [‘…TEAR YOU IN PIECES’ Goodspeed Translation]" (Matt. 7:6).

I have had this happen to me many times by clergymen of the Church. I give them God’s Pure Word, they spiritually "trample it under their feet" and then spiritually try to "tear me in pieces." Atheists and heathens have never treated me this way—only professing Christians. I do not get many emails from atheists, but I do get some, and all but one were polite and considerate in their comments. Now I am well aware of the fact that missionaries have been virtually torn to peaches by heathens, but thankfully this is not the norm.


Jesus on once told Satan to: "Get thee BEHIND ME, Satan" (Mark 8:33). Why, "behind" Him? Because it was offensive to Jesus to have Satan in FRONT of Him. Satan has no business IN FRONT of Jesus. Jesus told Satan to: Get out of my FACE, Satan!


Everyone in ancient Judea knew that the Jews likened the Gentiles to "dogs." When a woman of Canaan asked Jesus for help, Jesus said to her in Matt. 15:26-28):

"It is not meet to take the children’s bread and to cast it to DOGS."

Actually the Greek here is "puppies" (very young dogs), but nonetheless, "dogs." Wouldn’t most consider it a little sarcastic to call a woman asking for help, "a dog?"

This woman was pretty sharp. Not to be outdone, she answered Jesus back with a little of her own sarcasm:

"And she said, Truth, Lord; YET the dogs eat of the crumbs [she wasn’t asking a steak dinner for eight] which fall from their masters’ table!"

Then Jesus, Who always played fair and was a good sport, said back to her: "TOUCHÉ!"

Okay, maybe Jesus didn’t actually say the word "touché," but that is exactly what He meant. Tell you what: I’ll put it in italics so everyone knows that I added this word to make the meaning more colloquial and understandable:

"TOUCHÉ, O woman [Paraphrased: ‘You got Me that time, woman’], GREAT IS YOUR FAITH: BE IT UNTO YOU EVEN AS YOU WILL"!


"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for Him that a MILLSTONE were hanged about his neck and that he were DROWNED IN THE DEPTH OF THE SEA" (Matt. 18:6).

That’s a little "overkill," wouldn’t you think? Like killing a mosquito with a baseball bat? Jesus could have said it would have been better if he "died" or were "drowned." Why a millstone and drowned in the depth of the sea? A person can be drowned by holding his face in a small bucket of water.

Jesus used POWERFUL, EXAGGERATED, SARCASM to show His UTTER CONTEMPT for such wicked sins as these!


"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore, your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light. But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the LIGHT that be in you is DARKNESS, how great is that darkness!" (Matt. 6:22-23).

What? If the LIGHT that be in you is DARKNESS? Isn’t that a little demeaning and sarcastic to say that even our own goodness is evil (dark)? This is not only an exaggeration; this is a physiological IMPOSSIBILITY! Yes, a "physiological" impossibility, but NOT A SPIRITUAL impossibility! Jesus is saying that even the supposed "goodness" (light) in us, is actually "evil." (darkness). How can that be? Because, "…None is good, save One, that is , GOD" (Luke 18:18).


Did JESUS ever get angry over crime and corruption within the church?

"And they came to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to CAST OUT them that sold and bought in the temple, and OVERTURNED the table of the money-changers, and the SEATS of them that sold doves: And would NOT ALLOW that any man should carry any wares through the temple" (Matt. 11:15-16).

Now then, were any of these activities being performed in the Temple, ILLEGAL? No, they were not. The officers of the Temple allowed it according to their laws, and the Roman Government allowed it according to their laws. So these merchants in the Temple were not criminals. Or were they?

Jesus said they were CRIMINALS! But woe unto me if I should suggest that this same buying and selling in the Churches today is criminal. It IS criminal, I assure you. And they do FAR WORSE! They not only sell trinkets and religious junk in the Church, they MAKE MERCHANDISE OF THE VERY WORD OF GOD ITSELF. THEY SELL THE WORD OF GOD FOR PROFITS! Here is what Christ said concerning their activities of buying and selling in the Temple:

"And He taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the House of Prayer? But you have made it a DEN OF THIEVES" (Mark 11:17)!

Does anyone believe that Jesus was SMILING while He turned over their tables and call them a "DEN OF THIEVES"?


The proverb tells us to "Answer a fool according to a fool." Jesus was a Master at doing this. The Chief Priest and Elders of the temple asked Jesus by what authority He did the things that He did. Here then is my favorite New Testament sarcasm by Jesus:

"And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which IF you tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; He will say unto us, Why did you not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus, and said, we cannot tell.

And He said unto them, NEITHER TELL I YOU by what authority I do these things" (Matt. 21:24-27)!

Sarcasm? Maybe. But SHEER GENIUS!



WOE unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES… you DEVOUR WIDOW’S HOUSES…

WOE unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES…

WOE unto you, ye BLIND GUIDES…



WOE unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES! You… have omitted… JUDGMENT, MERCY, and FAITH…


WOE unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES…



WOE unto you, scribes and Pharisees, HYPOCRITES!… you are the children of them which KILLED the prophets. Fill YOU up then the measure of your fathers.

You SERPENTS, you GENERATION OF SNAKES… you KILL AND CRUCIFY… you SCOURGE in your synagogues… Behold your house is left unto you DESOLATE"!!! (Selections from Matt. 23).

Let me borrow a few statements from my detractors emails to me, if I may.

"Why do I feel so much anger in your teachings Ray?

"I find it difficult to concentrate on the subject matter for all the sarcasm and innuendoes that are scattered throughout your teachings Ray"

"Enjoy reading your stuff Ray, but feel there is somebody who upset you along the way and that you need to forgive them…SOON…"

And this one just came in minutes before press time: "Wow, what venom! …please use more caution, discretion, and wisdom, and less personal rancor in your writings and/or teachings." For your information, rancor means: "Bitter long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will, rancid smell, to stink, be rotten." I would say that is pretty close to slander. However, Not to worry—"sticks and stones…"

"Oh Ray, oh Ray, you sound so… so, angry." Maybe it is about time some of you started to feel a little anger toward all the spiritual swill and filth that is merchandized and peddled to the world in the name of Christianity! And for those few who are teaching the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, GOD BLESS YOU ONE AND ALL!

If I tried to write and speak like all the intellectuals of this world, it wouldn’t be me. And if Jesus removed all the sarcasm's, exaggerations and what Mr. Spock calls, ‘colorful metaphors,’ it wouldn’t be Jesus either.

I may use sarcasm, and at times get angry, but I tell you in all truthfulness: I am in DEAD EARNEST about what I teach and why I teach it. My papers are not perfect by any means, but THEY ARE SCRIPTURALLY SOUND! When I am proven wrong on a point of Scripture or doctrine, I correct it.

And so if you wish to continue reading my papers, you will have to expect more of the same. With regards to curtailing my sarcasm: As I told my reader: "Not to worry: Can a leopard change his spots?"