Posted by: the warrioress | February 19, 2014

Blind Guides

What about the Christian who is smug, self-righteous, priggish, judgmental, and certain he or she is correct about everything he believes about God and the Holy Bible?

These kinds of Christians beat their audience bloody with the word of God. They hold themselves up as pious examples, certain that they are above the fray. They are better than the rest of us who claim Christ, yet still fail and sin from time to time, nevertheless.  They are certain they must be perfect to glean a reward from God Himself, and thus demand that we all follow their example and behave similarly.

What does God really think about them?

Jesus called these kinds of Christians “blind guides.” He wasn’t pleased with them at all.

“Leave them. The Pharisees are blind guides. If a blind person leads another who is blind, both of them will fall into a pit.” –Matthew 15:14

Jesus had other advice for those who think they can preach from a place of arrogance, judgment, and self-righteousness instead of humility and love:

“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” — Luke 6:41-42

“We must judge ourselves, and judge of our own acts, but not make our word a law to everybody. We must not judge rashly, nor pass judgment upon our brother without any ground. We must not make the worst of people. Here is a just reproof to those who quarrel with their brethren for small faults, while they allow themselves in greater ones. Some sins are as motes, while others are as beams; some as a gnat, others as a camel. Not that there is any sin little; if it be a mote, or splinter, it is in the eye; if a gnat, it is in the throat; both are painful and dangerous, and we cannot be easy or well till they are got out. That which charity teaches us to call but a splinter in our brother’s eye, true repentance and godly sorrow will teach us to call a beam in our own. It is as strange that a man can be in a sinful, miserable condition, and not be aware of it, as that a man should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; but the god of this world blinds their minds. Here is a good rule for reprovers; first reform thyself.” (Source)

Related articles:

The Parables of Jesus   ( http://theparablesofjesus.blogspot.com )

Bible Study Tools ( http://www.biblestudytools.com/matthew/15-14-compare.html )

DougBrittonBooks.com ( https://www.dougbrittonbooks.com/onlinebiblestudies-personalgrowthanddevelopment/changeyourselffirst-takethebeamoutofyourowne )

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Responses

  1. […] Blind Guides […]

  2. “What about the Christian who is smug, self-righteous, priggish, judgmental, and certain he or she is correct about everything he believes about God and the Holy Bible?”

    Said Christians pose problems for me, a fellow Christian. I’ve discovered that treating all with respect and dignity, showing love to Christian and non-Christian alike does far more good than beating an audience with the Word of God. I am in the Word everyday, but I don’t know all – far from it.

    What do I know? I am a sinner. I have been saved by grace, Christ’s grace and sacrafice. He loved (loves) me, died for me; therefore, I feel I should extended the same love to all, as best as I can. In showing Christ’s love I believe I imperfectly illustrate the message found in the Word. I disagree with many, but love all. Well, I try to.

    God bless!

  3. After poking around your blog, seeing how often you suggest Christ was liberal, a liberal…perhaps I’m reading it incorrectly. I simply feel Christ is above all that is labeled liberal or conservative. He is Christ, God. Political labels are beneath Him. Just a thought.

    Thanks for challenging me, making me think.

    I look forward to reading more.

    Sorry for typos. No time to search for them.

  4. Hi S. Thomas Summers,

    I agree with you completely that Christ is above all of the political labels; I think I’m making the suggestion that there was liberal commentary within His message to illustrate the point that Jesus sure was not Republican/conservative.

    Basically, I point this out again and again to get through to those who insist that the bible is conservative not liberal, and that Jesus didn’t approve of socialism: some of the people who read me insist that Jesus was a capitalist and that the bible expresses the same.

    I see shades of both through out the bible, but again, I don’t think we can label Jesus or His message, but I see an awful lot of Christians trying. I believe I’m pointing out what I am in response to these, to get people thinking out of their box.

  5. You sound like a wise, calm, loving person and I see the stability of Christ within your words. I really appreciate you stopping over here and sharing. I would like to have your opinions here more often. God bless you, too, and thanks again for sharing with me and everyone.

  6. Excellent writing on correcting and reproving with love and humility, which I believe is key. Thanks, Disciples of hope!

  7. Agreed – to label Christ as a conservative, a socialist, a liberal…foolishness. No one group can possess Him. He possesses humanity. Jesus loved and loves all. He transcends labels.

    Again, thanks. Nice to meet you. I’ll visit again.


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