And, boy! is Yuhanon not a happy camper:
Matthew 3:1-12 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, and saying:
Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying:
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them:
O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves" "We have Abraham to our father!" For I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire...
I will note that the sins of the Pharisees and the Saducees--those who claim the high places in the Synagogue, and have others blow upon trumpets when they ostentatiously give alms from their surplus--condemned by Yuhanon are not:
- failing to understand the Trinity;
- failing to acknowledge the preeminence of the Bishop of Rome;
- failing to acknowledge the preeminence of the Patriarch of Constantinople;
- failing to claim they understand and believe in the filioque clause;
- failing to take Jesus Christ as their personal savior;
- failing to control the sexuality of their daughters and sisters; or
- failing to acknowledge that fathers, brothers, and (male) priests ought to control female sexuality.
Rather, the sins condemned are of a different order entirely...