Pastors: A Profession Of Deceived Deceivers
Perhaps some have accepted the popular notion that an organization [and all those inside them] are limited by the leadership ability of their top leader.
Many Bible passages support this concept. The Bible declares that people following blind leaders will end up in a pit! The Bible also warns us not to follow any particular leader. We are also warned to learn only from leaders who follow Paul’s examples. Let’s work our way thru these passages to develop this concept, but first I offer this reference. It lists many of the warnings about false teachers. The author was able to find references from each book in the New Testament!
I’d also like to share a study guide titled “The Deceivers And The Deceived In The Church”. This post takes you thru many Biblical references. It helps you understand how widespread this problem is.
NIV Luke 6;39 He also told them this parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit ? 40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. 41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Lets look at the three sections of this passage separately. First we are told that blind leaders lead people into pits. These blind leaders don’t even recognize that they are in these pits! They are more than happy to gather as many pit dwellers as possible. They think that they are helping these people!
Next we are told that the student is not above his teacher. If the student is fully trained he will perhaps reach the same level as his teacher. Unfortunately if the teacher is stuck in his pit, the follower must choose between pit dwelling or leaving his leader.
The third section warns us to pay attention to our own eyes, and to remove the specs and the planks from out eyes so that we can really see, so we can clean out our brother’s eye. It is only possible to see this problem when we are looking with spiritual eyes.
Lets look at an excerpt from “Seeing Straight, Seeing With Spiritual Eyes ”
“NLT Luke 6;39 Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? 40 Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.
This verse is talking about spiritual leaders. Blind Spiritual leaders have a worldly perspective. If we substitute “worldly” for “blind” this verse becomes:
Can a worldly teacher lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like (his Worldly) teacher!
I think this explains what is going on at today’s churches (Today’s Weak Churches), and why they are not working. Men are using worldly methods, to introduce others to a Spirit. No matter how hard we try, no matter how hard we push, this is not going to Work. God is Spirit. To understand him we need spiritual leaders. Not leaders who are building worldly monuments (church buildings) or those seeking followers (congregations), not leaders anchored to this world. Lets take a quick look at two passages that tell leaders not to gather followers.
Don’t Try To Build A Following – It Means You Distort The Truth
NLT Act 20;29 I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves , will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock. 30 Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following. 31 Watch out! Remember the three years I was with you—my constant watch and care over you night and day, and my many tears for you.
Gal 6;13 And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples. 14 As for me, may I never boast…
God doesn’t want us all gathering in our separate groups, honoring men. He wants us woven into one fabric (with numerous gatherings) all directly seeking him.
The Simple Biblical Call is for a Participatory Gathering (THE MAIN Believer Gathering Must be a Believer Gathering).”
NLT 1 Cor 3;18 Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.” 20 And again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise; he knows they are worthless.” 21 So don’t boast about following a particular human leader. For everything belongs to you— 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Peter, or the world, or life and death, or the present and the future. Everything belongs to you, 23 and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.
Lets look at vs 21 again in the Amplified Bible;
AMP 1 Cor 3;21 So let no one exult proudly concerning men [boasting of having this or that man as a leader], for all things are yours,
The wisdom of men is worthless foolishness to God so we should not follow a particular human leader. This feeds right back into the first passage, that the fully trained student is still limited to the level of his human teacher.
So what are we to do? No matter which of today’s preacher/pew sitter churches we attend, we will still be limited by men, we will still be limited by these blind pastors.
You might think that all you need to do is pick a wise Pastor to follow. At least you won’t be as limited as if you followed a less wise leader.
Unfortunately, the following passage still applies to today’s teachers of religious law, these men who collect followers and exalt themselves, these men who don’t give all the glory to God!
NLT Matt 5;19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!
These teachers of the law don’t make it into the kingdom of heaven, the reward of righteous, because they lack righteousness. Throughout the New Testament we find that it is not our righteousness that gets us into heaven, it is our accepting (and submitting to) the righteousness of Christ. These men refuse to follow the humble tentmaker preacher that Paul and Jesus exampled. This passage (and many other) warn us not to follow their example!
What these passages are really trying to tell us is that we need to be following Jesus, not these blind human “shepherds”. We need to be tuned into the Holy Spirit and running the race that he places before us. We should not be expending all of our efforts, all of God’s resources to feed these unbiblical organizations. When we serve these self exhalting blind men and ignore the gathering commands, we end up in the pit!
Please help us to spread your truth. Your word promises that we have the power to throw mountains [worldly religious powers] into the sea[restless masses of society]. You tell us to lay the mountains[worldly religious powers] low and raise the valleys[the lowly and meek]. We claim the promise and ask for your guidance and help. In the mighty name of your son Jesus Christ we pray! Amen.
P.S. Following Paul’s Example:
NLT 1 Cor 3;10-11, 10 Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.
NLT1 Cor 9:1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
NLT 1 Cor 10:33 I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved. 11:1 And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.
NLT Phil 3:17-19, 17 Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. 18 For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.
NIV 2 Thess 3:7-9, 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example . We were not idle when we were with you 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
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