Blind Followers of Blind Leaders
People leave the Lord's church for many reasons. Some leave due to marrying the wrong person. Some leave because when they became a Christian they were not truly grounded in the truth. Some were not strong and dedicated to Christ and His church. The temptations and pleasures of the world cause some to fall by the wayside. Some are like Demas, who left the apostle Paul. Paul said, "For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world" (2 Timothy 4:10).
Some leave the church because they tire of trying to live a Christian life. They do think the effort is worth eternal life. And then there are those that leave the Lord's church to go into another religious organization.
In 1 Timothy 4:1, we read of some people who left the Lord's church and went into another organization. They became FOLLOWERS OF BLIND LEADERS. Writing to Timothy, Paul said, "Now the spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth" (1 Timothy 4:1–3). These people were once members of the Lord's church but left and followed after doctrines of devils.
I now ask you, are you a member of a religious organization that forbids some of their clergy to marry? Do they require you to abstain from certain meats? If your answer is yes, then you are now a BLIND FOLLOWER OF BLIND LEADERS.
Let us read what our Lord says about people who forsake Him and His church. Second Peter 2:20–22: "For, if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world throug the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than after they have known it to turn from the holy commandment delievered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The do is turning to his own vomit again and the sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire."
I am sure that no one enjoys being compared to a dog that returns to its vomit and a sow that returns to the mud after it was washed, so I ask, "Why not return to the Lord's church and stop being a BLIND FOLLOWER OF BLIND LEADERS?
Author — S.T. Hodges
479 Rs County Road 3446
Emory, TX 75440