(Article for publication week of 1-28-2009 AD)
“Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind , both shall fall into the ditch.” (Matthew 15:14).
In a previous article we sounded the warning of our Lord concerning false prophets (Matthew 7:15). It is a warning that must be sounded urgently, strongly and continually. Dear readers, if you value your never dying souls beware of false prophets who are blind and leading the blind to hell.
In the scriptures blindness is a vivid description of the unsaved (for example John 9:39-41). Unregenerate people are blind spiritually. In John 3:3 our Lord told Nicodemus ,”Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Unless the Lord shows you mercy and gives you spiritual sight you will remain blind to the truth of the saving gospel of Christ and you will go to hell. You will fall into the ditch and fall forever.
It is apparent that the vast majority of men in pulpits today are indeed blind leaders of the blind. We have men in pulpits today who do not call on sinners to repent. We have men who go as preachers who do not set forth Christ as the exclusive way of salvation. We have men who are pastors of churches that are unwilling to call sin what it is. This present generation of “preachers’ are worldly men who know how to “go along to get along.” There are very few men today who are true shepherds of souls. The great majority of religious leaders are butchers of souls. We have men who are religious leaders in great religious organizations who are filthy sodomites . We sadly have women in many pulpits today , a gross violation of God’s word (I Corinthians 14;34; I Timothy 2:12; I Timothy 3:2). We have ‘preachers “ nowadays who have studied psychology, but they are ignorant of the truth of scripture. We have men who call themselves preachers (for it is evident God did not call them), who can make up catchy little poems, but they do not preach “Christ and Him crucified.” We have men who draw good salaries and drive fancy cars who know what to keep silent about. False prophets, blind leaders of the blind often pride themselves in their “diplomacy” and they know how to “win friends and influence people”. We have so-called preachers who will get on a podium with Moslems , Jews, Hindus, Bhuddists and everything else. I could go on and on here.
I have just described for you many blind leaders of the blind. I say the worst devil there is on the top side of God’s earth is a lost preacher. He is headed for hell and he is dragging multitudes down with him. Some of you “preachers” better sit up and take notice. When a man is introduced to me as a “preacher” , I sometimes ask, “are you a Christian?”, for I believe the vast majority of men who go as preachers are unconverted themselves. They are blind leaders of the blind. Preachers as well as everyone else ought to do as Paul exhorts in II Corinthians 13:5 “examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.” It is going to be an awful eternity in hell for most preachers as their former “parishioners” gnash their teeth and wail “why did you lead us into this awful place?”
May the Lord have mercy on lost preachers before it is everlastingly too late. And may the Lord spare you my dear readers form false prophets. Be sure you will fall into the ditch if you follow them.