Then Jesus said unto them,
Take heed and beware of the leaven
of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
– Matt. 16:6 (KJV)
Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered,
so that they were trampling on one another,
Jesus began to speak first to his disciples,
saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees,
which is hypocrisy.
– Luke 12:1 (NIV)
Your glorying is not good.
Know ye not that a little leaven
leaveneth the whole lump?
– 1 Corinthians 5:6 (KJV)
The church has to watch out for a lot of confusion. Confusion can creep into the church and consume it. Confusion can come in all sorts of ways. It can take over. It can take some folks out. It can turn off and turn away other folks.
Here are some samples of the types of church folks who breed confusion:
- Bible Babbler: These people talk a good game, but their walk doesn’t match their talk.
- Bible Basher: These are the people who beat people down rather than build them up.
- Bible Banshee: These people are wild and on a war path with anybody and everybody who is not in agreement with every single aspect of their “doctrine.” They wage war and produce few works.
These few examples just touch the surface. They certainly do not represent all of the confusion creators in church, but they surely are present in some churches. We have to guard ourselves, as the Lord said, against such hypocrisy.
As the church of Jesus Christ, we have to wage war with confusion in our midst. We must battle confusion with clarity. We must teach Christ with clarity. Our clear teachings on Christ, His life, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection should help others to understand the example that Jesus provide for every believer. We need to teach the Gospels, Acts and the New Testament Epistles clearly and continually. We cannot forget our calling for perfecting the saints.
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