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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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Jesus is not interested in having a dark relationship


Jesus is not interested in having a dark relationship

The way we come to know Jesus is by obeying Him (1 John 2:3), putting off our old self, renewing our mind with the truth, and putting on the new man (Ephesians 4:20-24). Contrary to popular belief, the Christian life is not about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but about obeying Jesus.

John 15:13-14 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.  14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. NKJV

Did Jesus lay down His life to be our friend, or so that we could obey Him? Does “While we were still sinners Christ died for us” mean that Jesus is our friend even if we do not obey Him? Nope! Jesus died so that we could live, but that doesn’t mean “so that we could live like we were living.” We’ve got to change.

Matthew 16:24-26  Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? NKJV

Do those verses suggest that Jesus was more interested in having a relationship with someone He died for, or having His disciples do what they needed to do in order to have life in the end? Disciples are Christians (Acts 11:26), so this is speaking to us.

If we do not have verses like the ones above living in us, then our interpretation of “Go have a personal relationship with Jesus” can be a long way from the truth. That’s why we should not only preach the Word (2 Timothy 4:1-4), but we should be speaking the Word in our everyday conversations (Romans 10:6-8, 2 Corinthians 4:13).

Who can say that a Christian will have eternal life even if he does not deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Jesus? No one should because it is not true, but they do it every day.

John 10:26-28 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.   27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.  28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. NKJV

The sheep that Jesus was referring to when He said they shall never perish, and no one can snatch them out of My hand, are the sheep that hear His voice, and follow Him (verse 27 above). If we are not among the group of sheep that hear His voice, and follow Him, then we are not included in that promise.

However, that doesn’t stop well-meaning people from quoting verse 28 (above) to those who are not qualified to receive it. Its deception, and it comes through unsuspecting people, who are filled with worldly love, which scorns correction. Those who hate correction will die (Proverbs 15:10).

Those who follow the truth do not put up with a different Gospel (2 Corinthians 11:4). Godly sorrow leads to repentance, but worldly sorrow produces death (2 Corinthians 7:10). So, do we take a stand for the truth, and risk losing our relationship with certain people?

Matthew 10:34-39 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.  35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’;  36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’  37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.  39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. NKJV

Do those verses suggest that Jesus is more interested in making peace with the world, or even what’s going on in our home, more than having us do what He wants us to do? If we have not rejected Jesus’ teaching today, how is it that I can listen to Christian radio any day of the week and hear the exact opposite, even among the well-trained (Luke 10:21)? Continue reading Jesus is not interested in having a dark relationship