Psalm of the Day: Psalm 76:1-12
Wisdom of the Day: Job 1:13-22
Scripture Reading: Luke 6:39-45
We learn from these verses the great danger of listening to false religious teachers. Our Lord compares such teachers and their hearers to the blind leading the blind, and asks the reasonable question, "Shall they not both fall into the ditch?" If a man will hear unsound instruction, then we cannot expect him to become otherwise than unsound in the faith himself.
The subject which our Lord brings before us here, deserves far more attention than it generally receives. The amount of evil which unsound religious teaching has brought on the Church in every age, is incalculable. The loss of souls which it has occasioned, is fearful to contemplate. A teacher who does not know the way to Heaven himself is not likely to lead his hearers to Heaven. The man who hears such a teacher, runs a fearful risk himself of being lost eternally. "If the blind lead the blind, then both must fall into the ditch!"
If we would escape the danger against which our Lord warns us, then we must not neglect to test the teaching that we hear by the holy Scriptures. We must not believe things merely because ministers say them. We must not suppose, as a matter of course that ministers can make no mistakes.
With the Bible in our hands, and the promise of guidance from the Holy Spirit to all who seek it, we shall be without excuse if our souls are led astray. The blindness of ministers is no excuse for the darkness of the people. Every Christian has the responsibility to know the Scriptures and reject false teaching
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, help me to be wise and know the Bible well enough to reject false teaching.
Action Plan: Would I know false teaching if I heard it? Why are Baptists the leading denomination that defects to the Jehovah's Witnesses? How do false teachers like Jim Jones, David Koresh, and Joel Osteen get their followers?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.