These words spake Jesus concerning the scribes and Pharisees, religious leaders of that day.
God has never honored man's efforts to worship and teach unless these efforts were according to his will. History is replete with accounts of the downfall of those who blindly followed foolish leaders.
We live in a land blessed with much learning and many Bibles. But sectarian practices, and the traditions and doctrines of men are so often given the pre-eminence over the Scriptures that millions are happy to follow blindly, rather than to study to show themselves approved unto God (2 Timothy 2:15).
Just as surely as there is one God and one Lord, Jesus brought only one teaching. (Ephesians 4:4-5). This one teaching (the Scriptures) is not refused because we cannot understand it but because we have not studied it (Ephesians 3:1-4). Christ is rejected today, and "Christendom" is divided for the same reason the Jews rejected Christignorance of the Scriptures (John 5:39-40; Luke 23:34; Acts 3:17).
Peter warned that false teaches would arise, "And many shall follow their pernicious ways: by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of" (2 Peter 2:1-2). This prophecy has been fulfilled. These false teachers deny that the Scriptures are a complete guide in righteousness and label them a "confusing book" (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Thus speaking evil of the way of truth, the Bible, they labor to turn men to accept their infallible history as the true way.
Reader friend, while these and all other opposers of the Truth desire us to follow them instead of the Scriptures, Jesus said, "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). Let us learn to walk in the light of God's word, and the blood of Christ will cleanse our sins (2 Peter 1:18-21; 1 John 1:7). Men's Questions & God's Answers, p. 64.
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