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Spiritual Blindness – 28 January 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Listening to some pastors of mega churches going on and on about homosexuals and abortions makes me wonder why they choose to condemn those two issues but ignore, or actually promote, others. Two such issues that come to mind are war, and animal torture that is part and parcel of the huge, powerful flesh and dairy industries.

Don’t these pastors realize that they are leading their flocks into the hands of Satan rather than into the hands of Jesus, the Prince of Peace whom they so vociferously claim is their Lord and Savior?

Surely, they must know that the only reason they seem “to get away with it” is because Jesus is not physically on earth now as He was two thousand years ago when the religious leaders of that time condemned Him. Today’s spiritually blind leaders are treading on very dangerous ground, for they have been forewarned by the very Book – The Bible – that they claim to follow.

In Luke of the New Testament, Jesus makes it abundantly clear through His parable about the servant and his master that there is a day of reckoning coming: “The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.” (Luke 12:46, NIV)

And in Luke 12:48, Jesus says that “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

Spiritual blindness is mentioned in both Isaiah, of the Hebrew Bible, and John, of the New Testament:

Isaiah 43:8 –

8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf. NIV

John 9:39-41–

39 Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."

40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?"

41 Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains." NIV

It is precisely because today’s hard-of-heart church leaders claim that they can see (see John 9:41, above) through their spiritual rebirth, that they condemn themselves. The blind lead the blind:

Luke 6:39-40

39 He [Jesus] also told them this parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?

40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. NIV

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