Blind Followers of Blind Leaders
It makes one very sad to know that this world is filled with people who never question what they are being told by religious leaders. Christ tells us that there are those in the world who teach false doctrines. In Matthew 15:9, Christ said, "But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
We are also warned of false teachers. In Matthew 7:15, Christ again said, "Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
Do you want to be a blind follower of a blind leader? I think not. So to avoid being a blind follower of a blind leader, you must search your Bible to see if the things they teach are true or false.
One false teaching that we hear today is that a person does not have to be baptized in order to go to heaven. This is false according to what I read in the Bible. Those who teach this very seldom get questioned by those who follow after them, and this is very sad because the Bible tells us plainly that one has to be baptized in order to be saved. We must search the Bible to see if this is true. If the Bible tells us that this is true, then we must accept it as truth.
In Mark 16:15, 16, Christ said, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature; he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved but he that believeth not shall be damned." In 1 Peter 3:21, Peter said, "Baptism doth also now save us."
Over the ages man has come along and has not been satisfied with what God has said. Man seeks heaven by another way. This cannot be done because God's word is final. The only way to heaven is through Christ and His way. He has said, "I am the door, he that entereth not by the door into this sheepfold but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber" (John 10:1).
In Proverbs 14:12, we are told, "There is a way which seemth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."
I invite you to look for future articles on the subject, "BLIND FOLLOWERS OF BLIND LEADERS."
Written by S.T. Hodges, a member of the Church of Christ.
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