Monday, August 27, 2007

Blind Guides

Self-righteousness is everywhere I look; books, sermons, televangelists, you name it.

Let's see what the Holy Spirit, through Paul, says about people who preach the law...

Romans 2:17-23 (ESV):

"But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God and know His will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth- you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you not steal? You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. As it is written, 'The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.'"

Remember, all it takes to be guilty of stealing is to covet. All it takes to commit adultery is lust.

Apply this message today: Do you know why everyone outside the Church views the Church as hypocrites, and blasphemes Jesus Christ? Because there are people who boast in a law they cannot keep, and lay it on peoples backs who cannot keep it.

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