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Test to see if you follow Blind Guides (verses included)


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Test to see if you follow Blind Guides (verses included)

by alan ballou

Blind guides make up their own philosophy based rules, rather than just simply following the instructions that are already in place. Take for example Matthew 23:16-17 below.

 

Matthew 23:16-18
16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.’  17 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold? NKJV

Jesus rebuked the scribes and Pharisees over and over because of the extra rules that they came up with. They did follow some of the things that they were instructed to do to the letter, but they ignored what Jesus described as the “weightier matters of the Law.”

Matthew 23:23-24
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.  24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! NKJV

The same is true today even in this country. The bottom line is that whoever teaches Christians in opposition to our instructions found in the Bible is without a doubt wrong, regardless of who they are, or how much training they have received.

Extensive training does not equal success. As far as the Christian life is concern, it’s far better to listen to a dumb donkey, who can speak in accordance with the Word of God, than someone with a Ph.D. who can’t tell you what God said.

Why? We’re supposed to recognize true Christians by their fruit, and not their titles (2 Corinthians 5:16, Matthew 7:16), and fruit always includes what we say.

Matthew 12:33-37
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.  34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.  36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.  37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” NKJV

I told one pastor that he was going to have to start over, and I meant starting over with the Bible. I suggested having everyone step out outside, and telling them that anyone who accepts and believes what is actually written in the Bible, is welcome back in.

Why? There were so many false doctrines that the people had come to believe, and every little group within the group had their own set of beliefs.

In the end, we’re not going to be able to say, “But that’s what they told me,” or “That’s what I believed!” We are either Christ followers (Christians Acts 11:26), or we are not. We are either believers, or we are not, and as believers it is our responsibility to test everything we hear (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

Let me give you a few facts about the people who are going to Heaven.

#1 They believe Jesus Christ. All people who call themselves Christian will tell you that they believe Jesus, but remember “blind guides” only teach bits and pieces of what they are supposed to preach.

Therefore, if you believe Jesus Christ, then you believe that those who do not abide in Him will be cast out, thrown into the fire, and burned, according to the Words of Jesus Christ, written in John 15:1-6.

John 15:1-6
 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.  2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.  4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. NKJV

Check those verses from your version of the Bible, because you see most church attending people in this country not only do not believe Jesus, but they have also made up their own un-written philosophy based doctrines to follow, just like the Pharisee of old.

If you believe Jesus, then you should know how to abide in Jesus. No, “go have a personal relationship with Jesus” is not written in the Bible. It’s philosophy, and if that was your answer then you have been taken captive by it.

Colossians 2:8
8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. NKJV

Be honest with yourself because if you do not know how to abide in Jesus, and you have been attending church services for more than a few weeks, then you are following blind guides, who travel the world to win a single convert, just to make him a son of hell with their philosophy.

Matthew 23:15
15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. NKJV

Imagine this. If John 15:1-6 is true, then only a few church attending people today will make it, and that is exactly what Jesus Christ said would happen.

Matthew 7:13-14
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. NKJV

Jesus declared that many will take the path that leads to destruction, and only a few would take the right path. You cannot identify the right path by the majority. If anything, the opposite is true.

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Is there one seasoned church left?


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Why is the church full of people who know that Jesus ate with sinners, but they have no knowledge of verses like John 7:7 (below)? It’s not being taught.

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. NKJV

Make no mistake Jesus ate with sinners, but He also called those sinners to repentance.

Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” NKJV

Yes, Jesus came to save sinners, but He also came to redeem us from “every” lawless deed (Titus 2:13-14 below), and destroy the devil’s work in us (1 John 3:8 below).

Titus 2:13-14 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. NKJV

1 John 3:8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. NKJV

If all you ever hear is that Jesus loves you so much, and He ate with sinners, and He came to save sinners, then you have missed the two verses above which also describe “why Jesus came.” Therefore, you cannot possibly see the big picture, and your testimony about Jesus will be one-sided.

You’ve attended church services, watched it on TV, and heard it on the radio for the past five, ten, twenty, and in some cases fifty years, so answer this question. Is there anyone left who preaches all of the reasons why Jesus came?

We are quick to say Jesus loves us so much, but even among those who hold to some of the unpopular doctrines clearly written in anyone’s Bible, there are none left who preach every Word of God. Therefore, what used to be called church 100 years ago is clearly on its way out and will be none existent in the next few decades.

What’s the biggest problem; no salt. Our conversation should always be with grace, mixed or seasoned with salt; never without it.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. NKJV

What happens when our conversation is not seasoned with salt? It is good for nothing.

Matthew 5:13  “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. NKJV

Luke 14:34-35  “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?  35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” NKJV Continue reading Is there one seasoned church left?

They unknowingly follow deceiving spirits


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She said, “It was such a spirit filled service today.” Is that because it felt good, or maybe it was different? Can the service be Spirit filled without truth?

Can Christians tell the difference between being led by the Holy Spirit, and being led by deceiving spirits? They could if they knew the truth.

The Holy Spirit leads us into “all truth” (John 16:13). He is even known as the Spirit of truth (John 16:13, 15:26, 14:17), and the Word of God itself is Spirit (John 6.63), and truth (John 17:17).  Check the verses.

Deceiving spirits only use part truths, mixed with lies. Such was the case when the devil quoted scripture in an attempt to get Jesus to violate other scriptures (Matthew 4:5). That same trick is being used today in most churches. Let me show you.

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Can God’s covenant with us be broken?


 

Alan Ballou; only believe your Bible

Think about this. God promised Joshua that He would be with him, as He was with Moses.

Joshua 1:5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. NKJV

Everything went well concerning the taking of Jericho, and then the Israelites proceeded to take the city of Ai (Joshua chapter 7). The men of Ai chased the Israelites, and killed about thirty of them (Joshua 7:5). What happened?

Joshua did not realize that there was a problem until after their defeat at Ai. He did not understand why the things that God had promised, did not come to pass (Joshua 7:6-9). The same is true today.

How can a covenant that God has made be broken? It can’t, if the instructions are followed. The problem was that the Israelites did not follow God’s instructions, and it is the same today (Joshua 7:11).

Joshua 7:11 Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff.  12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you. NKJV

The Israelites became doomed to destruction because they sinned and did not keep God’s covenant (Joshua 7:11). In the same way, we have rejected God’s instructions found in the Gospel. Continue reading Can God’s covenant with us be broken?

No power against sin, discard the human precepts!


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God’s Word contains all the power Christians need in order to turn from evil (Jeremiah 23:22), but worldly wisdom takes the power out of what Christ has done for us (1 Corinthians 1:17). Check the verses.

Most Christians believe that this world’s wisdom is a good thing, and so we welcome the wisdom of the wise in most churches today, but what does God think?

This world’s wisdom is foolishness to God (1 Corinthians 3:18-20), and the things that are highly valued among the people of this world today are detestable in God’s sight (Luke 16:15). Check the verses!

So, your only problem may be that you are full of worldly Christian sayings, and not full of God’s Word, which is all you need to stop sinning. Think about that.

Worldly wisdom is exactly what is choking the life out of millions of Christians today, but they are unaware of it. God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6), and the little Word that we do know is being choked out by the tons of worldly wisdom our flesh enjoys.

It’s just like having a clogged fuel filter in a car; the power is diminished. Worldly traditions make the Word of God of no effect (Matthew 15:6, 13:22).

Why was Ephraim oppressed (burdened, troubled, overloaded) according to Hosea 5:11 below?

Hosea 5:11  Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, Because he willingly walked by human precept. NKJV

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