39 “CAN A BLIND MAN LEAD A BLIND MAN? WILL THEY NOT BOTH FALL INTO A PIT?
Pastors are blind.
Blind men leading blind men.
We don’t allow ourselves to follow Christ…….. because we choose to listen to “pastors” instead of Christ.
Whet exactly is the purpose of a church?
To discuss the words of Jesus?
Or to be told the words of Jesus based on an interpretation of the pastor?
40 A STUDENT IS NOT ABOVE HIS TEACHER, BUT EVERYONE WHO IS FULLY TRAINED WILL BE LIKE HIS TEACHER.
How can you be trained by your teacher when you gain all your knowledge from a fellow student?
Why do we not listen to the teachings of Christ?
Instead we merge his teachings with everyone else’s and when we discover it makes no sense…..we choose to have “faith”.
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.
All our attention and focus is on everyone else.
Never on ourselves.
We are always conscious of everyone else’s faults.
Eager to point out the ones you consider yourselves better than.
After all…… “im a sinner but at least im not as bad as John”.
We don’t seem to see the hypocrisy in our very own lives…..because we never sit down to think about it.
43 “NO GOOD TREE BEARS BAD FRUIT, NOR DOES A BAD TREE BEAR GOOD FRUIT.
44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.
If you are a good person…….you will do good things.
God will recognize you on the basis of the things you “do”.
45 THE GOOD MAN BRINGS GOOD THINGS OUT OF THE GOOD STORED UP IN HIS HEART, AND THE EVIL MAN BRINGS EVIL THINGS OUT OF THE EVIL STORED UP IN HIS HEART. FOR OUT OF THE OVERFLOW OF HIS HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS.
There are two types of people.
Theres no middle ground.
It is what is in a man’s heart…… that he speaks.
If you have anger in your heart……. you will speak anger.
If you have peace in your heart…… you will speak peace.
You cannot be a disciple of Christ if you have evil stored up in your heart.
46″WHY DO YOU CALL ME, ‘LORD, LORD,’ AND DO NOT DO WHAT I SAY?
We go to church every Sunday.
We praise God for 2 hours and then we are back in the world again.
If people ask you what you believe you say you are a Christian…… a follower of Christ.
But why do you call Christ lord……. And then you do nothing that he says.
To start off with…….do you even know what he says?
Christians cant even tell you what Christ says on a subject.
They are more likely to say….. “the bible says”.
A book with perceptions of so many different people.
How can you know what he says when you cant even differentiate his voice from the rest?
47 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT HE IS LIKE WHO COMES TO ME AND HEARS MY WORDS AND PUTS THEM INT PRACTICE.
48 HE IS LIKE A MAN BUILDING A HOUSE, WHO DUG DOWN DEEP AND LAID THE FOUNDATION ON ROCK. WHEN THE FLOOD CAME, THE TORRENT STRUCK THAT HOUSE BUT COULD NOT SHAKE IT, BECAUSE IT WAS WELL BUILT.
When you know for yourself what Christ has to say on an issue you know you have the right foundation.
Its not about Paul… its not about moses…. Its not about David.
Its all about the man that God sent to tell you his opinion.
Christians are like an impenetrable cult.
They don’t know why they believe anything so they hide their beliefs behind a book.
A Christian cant engage in a conversation with an unbeliever without getting riled up.
The unbeliever knows why he believes what he believes.
But do you know why you believe what you believe?
God exists right? …… the unbeliever asks …. “How do you know”?
You cant tell him…… you cant tell him because you don’t have a relationship with God..
You cant tell him because your belief is based entirely on faith.
You cant tell him because your belief is based on an illogical belief that a book you hold in your hand was written by God and not by human beings.
You cant even make it make sense to yourself yet you think you can make it make sense to someone else.
We have the wrong foundation.
That’s the reason why we cant read a book titled “Does God exist?”
That’s the reason why we cant entertain conversations or seminars where what is involved is questioning the things that are written in the bible.
If your beliefs were on the right foundation what would stop you from listening to other peoples perspectives?
If your beliefs were on the right foundation why would we not be able to listen to other people without fighting?
If your beliefs were on the right foundation why would you not be able to understand why the world is the way it is and why people will not necessarily agree with you regardless of what you believe in the first place?
49 BUT THE ONE WHO HEARS MY WORDS AND DOES NOT OUT THEM INTO PRACTICE IS LIKE A MAN WHO BUILT A HOUSE ON THE GROUND WITHOUT A FOUNDATION. THE MOMENT THE TORRENT STRUCK THAT HOUSE, IT COLLAPSED AND ITS DESTRUCTION WAS COMPLETE.
If we don’t know the words of Christ…… how can we expect to practice them?
Who exactly is it that we are following?
We are blowing in the wind.
Today believing one thing…… and tomorrow beliving something else.
Someone confronts your beliefs and you crumble because you realize that you don’t know why you believe what you believe.
You have never thought about it.
You have never considered other perspectives.
You surround yourselves with people who agree with what you say.
You surround yourselves with pastors that tell you what you want to hear.
You listen to a message that you have created in your very own head….. and you have painted a picture of God that is non-existent.
We are blind men being led by blind men.
We will never find God……
If we don’t open our eyes and see.
To be continued……