About the Author

Thomas Ray Floyd was born in 1953 in Simpson County, Mississippi, the son of Roy Thomas Floyd and Lina Sue Shows Floyd. Thomas Ray's mother was a member of a Primitive Baptist church, and he cut his teeth on the doctrines of distinguishing grace.

When he was a small boy, his father was converted to Christ and became a member of a Missionary Baptist Church. Thomas Ray joined the church of his father when he was 13 years old, and thought of himself as a Christian. The doctrines of grace that he had heard as a child continued to be precious to him and when he became an adult, he joined a Primitive Baptist Church. When he was 27, Thomas Ray made his first effort to preach the gospel in public and was ordained to the full functions of the ministry in 1985. In 1986 he was convinced under the preaching of Rolfe Barnard (by tapes from Mt. Olive Tape Library), the written sermons of Spurgeon, and the ministry of Elder Zack Guess that he had been a false professor and cried out in agony of soul to the Lord Jesus Christ to have mercy and truly save him. And He did! Floyd then began to preach the gospel as he had been taught of the Lord.

Floyd has pastored churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee and until recently was pastor of a church plant known as "Particular Baptist Fellowship." He and his wife Brenda presently attend Zion Baptist Church at Polkville, Mississippi, pastored by Elder Glen Hopkins. The pulpit ministry of Zion Baptist Church can be heard at Sermonaudio.com.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

“The Blind Leading the Blind”

(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.

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