Monday, March 14, 2011

Blind Leading the Blind

Mat 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
Mat 15:12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
Mat 15:13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
Mat 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

The Pharisees followed laws and often they were added to by the traditions of man. There is nothing wrong with following God's laws, but they thought they new them more than Jesus, who is the Living Word made flesh. They did not have spiritual discernment, so they accused the Lord of breaking the law.

Mat 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
Mat 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Mat 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

The "experts" of the law were wrong. We could be wrong in what we believe. Study the Bible carefully to see what is truth. If someone disagrees with you, then quietly and meekly show them the Bible verses. If they still do not agree with you, just "let them alone." We can fellowship with those who believe the most important things. Jesus is our savior. He is the Son of God. His blood was shed for our sins, he was buried and resurrected on the third day. The Holy spirit in you makes us a new creation through faith in Christ Jesus. Repent from sins and follow him. These are important, and you may list more. Let us not push a denominational view of scriptures to the point of division. Nothing destroys our witness to the unsaved as does strife among those who are called "Christians." The Lord knows who are his disciples.
Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

A parable with a similar message.

Mat 13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
Mat 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
Mat 13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Study the Bible to discern truth and error and avoid strife.

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