CAN THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND?
By: Garland M. Robinson
The Lord's Word often offended the Pharisees and Sadducees and on one occasion this was pointed out to him. "But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch" (Matthew 15:13-14).
If one is blind to the truth, then how can he lead others to the truth? When one is blind to the truth and is willing to be led by one who is blind to the truth, it is easily seen where they will end up. No wonder the Lord said they would both fall into the ditch. One must make sure that what he teaches is God's word.
To be a teacher of the Gospel is a very serious and sobering endeavor. God's Word says, "My brethren, be not many masters (teachers), knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation" (James 3:1). We are even told to examine or question those who teach us. "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).
When one is content to believe and follow a lie, the Lord said he will be "rooted up." This is referring to the judgment day. Multitudes blindly believe and follow blind preachers today. Those who do not love the truth will believe a lie and will be damned because of it (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12). There are multitudes of people who are content to "walk by sight and not by faith" (2 Corinthians 5:7). They had rather follow what "seems" right than to honestly look at the Scriptures and humbly obey the Lord (Proverbs 14:12).
What one teaches must be the Bible and the Bible only--nothing more and nothing less. Paul said, "...I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:26-27). He preached the Gospel when people enjoyed hearing it and when they did not (2 Timothy 4:2-4). When we read and study the Scriptures, we must handle them correctly (2 Timothy 2:15). Some do not do so (2 Peter 3:16).
Which are you? Are you blind, a leader of the blind or a follower of truth? Only one way is right!