OF BLIND LEADERS
ON JUDGMENT DAY
Our Lord said, in Matthew 14:14, "Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind, And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall in the ditch."
Our Lord, here, is talking about false teachers who are blind to God's teaching and are leading people astray. He said to leave them alone. So, since our Lord said to leave false teachers alone, these sayings are directed to all of the blind followers who read this book and who are being led astray from Christ and God.
I believe that most people would agree with me that there are false teachers in this world since the Bible tells us that there is. For those who may not know what the Bible has to say about false teachers, I would like to quote some scriptures from God's word that tells us that there are those who are teaching false doctrines.
II Peter 2:1: "But there were false prophets also among the people even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of."
I John 4:1: "Beloved believe not every
spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
Mark 7:7: "Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of me."
There are many more verses in the Bible that tells us of false teachers who teach false religions but I think that I have quoted enough to show you the truth.
Just as the Apostle Paul said in Romans 10:1, in praying for Israel that they might be saved, said: "Brethren my hearts desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God," I, too, pray for all of you followers who are being led and deceived by the false teachers in this world.
We all form pictures and visualize in our mind how certain things and events may happen. I would like to share with you my thoughts of how I visualize things on the day that we will stand before God in judgment to give an accout of our service to Him.
I see great multitudes of people stand before God. All people who have lived on this earth.
God will look at the Baptist preachers and their followers and ask what they have told the people they must do to prepare themselves for this day. The Baptist preachers will say, "Lord, I have told my followers that one does not have to be baptized to be saved. I have told them that all they have to do is believe in their heart that Christ is your son." And then God will say, "Have you not read that my Son said 'He that believth and is baptized shall be saved' (Mark 16:16)? Also, my beloved Apostle Peter has said, 'Baptism doth also now save us (I Peter 3:21). You said that you told your followers that all one had to do is believe that Christ is my Son in order to be saved. Did you not read from my word that the devils believe this (James 2:19)? So, you are saying that all devils will be saved if you believe and teach this doctrine. You were wrong to teach such things. What else have you told your followers? What other things have you said to deceive the people?"
Then, the Baptist preachers will say, "Why, we have told them that it doesn't make any
difference as to which church one goes to or belongs to because we are all going to the same place but only by a different way."
Again, God will say, "It seems to me that you never read my word. If you had read all of my word, you would have read what my servant Solomon, whose wisdom is above all other men on earth, had said. He said, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man but the end there of are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12).
The Baptist preachers are amazed and say, "I am sorry, Lord. I guess I just overlooked that verse, but, Lord, we have done many wonderful works in your name."
God will reply by saying, "Again, you have overlooked some of my words. My Son has said many will say to me in that day 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then God will say Depart from me I never knew you, you that work iniquity' (Matthew 7:22, 23).
"My Son also said, 'Not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven'"
As the preachers and their followers look up to God with frightened eyes, they will hear these terrible and frightening words from
God: "Depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels, because I have told you that if the blind lead the blind both shall fall into the ditch" (Matthew 25:41).
Stand there also will be the Pope and all his followers. Addressing the Pope, God will say, what do you and your followers believe? The Pope, who thinks that he is the mediator beween he and God, will say, why I have told them many times, I have told them that I am the head of the Church. I have told them that I am their mediator between you and me, I have told them just like the Methodist do that one can be baptized by just having a little water poured or sprinkled over them.
God will say, Wrong. If you had read the scriptures you would have read that Christ is the mediator between man and me. Christ, my Son, is the head of his Church. You would also have read that the Apostle Paul told the Colossians tha tone is buried with Christ in baptism (Collosians 2:11), and if you had read the account where Phillip preached to the Ethiopian, you would have seen that they both went down into the water where Phillip baptized him (Acts 8:38).
The Pope bows his head. He could say no more.
Standing also is a multitude of people of the Jewish faith. God looks upon the Rabbi and asks the question. You have a great following on the earth, just what have you taught them? The Rabbi says God we know that you are the creator of all living things but we just do not believe that that man who is called Jesus Christ is your son. We believe him to be an imposter. We just do not believe that he is your Son. That is what we believe and teach.
God says Rabbi, you do ere in not knowing and believing what I have said in the Bible. My word plainly says that after my Son was baptized, my spirit descended upon him, and I told those present that this is my Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him (Matthew 3:22 & 17:5). Did you not read where he said All power in given unto me in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18)?
Others standing beside the Rabbi who do not believe in Christ were the Hindu, the Buddhist, and all of the atheist in the world. God looks on them as they tremble in fright. He sees them bow and hears them confess to him. The scripture is fulfilled when Christ said every knee shall bow to me and every tongue shall confess (Romans 14:11).
There among the group is a Methodist preacher. This preacher knows what
God is about to ask him so he beats him to the question. He says God we teach our people that once we are saved we cannot fall from you grace.
Again God will say Wrong! The apostle Paul has told you when he wrote to the Galatians these words, Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4).
The Methodist preacher is speechless. He can say no more. It is now too late to right the wrong.
I could go on and on with others who will be standing before God on that day who will be guilty of teaching false doctrines but it would just take to long. The list goes on and on of those who teach false doctrines in this world.
But now I see another group of people who are standing before their creator on that day. These are the people who have never botherered to teach their children about their God, about Christ, and about his Church. Their children will be standing there and are pointing at them and asking them questions. Why didn't you teach me about God? Why didn't you teach me about his son and his church? Why didn't you teach me about heaven and hell? Why have you allowed this terrible punishment that is about to come upon me?
The parents can say nothing because it is to late. Their fate is sealed. II Thessalonians 1:7-9 "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mightly angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power."
I hope that we all can learn something from these words of mine. I write this with no bitterness in my heart for anyone. My only motive is to make you stop and think that you could be following after false teachers, and I urge you to stop following them before it is to late. This article is written by me (S. T. Hodges) who is a member of the Church of Christ. I urge and invite you to attend the services of the Church of Christ nearest you.
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