Blind Leading the Blind

by Mike Ratliff

He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:13-14 ESV)

What is Sola Scriptura? This is a Latin phrase. Sola has the idea of “alone,” “ground,” or “base” while scriptura means “writings” and refers to Sacred Scripture or what we refer to in the vernacular as The Holy Bible. Sola Scriptura means that Sacred Scripture alone is authoritative for the faith and practice of the Christian. That being true it must also be true that “all Scripture is ‘God breathed’ (given of inspiration of God) and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness… (2 Timothy 3:16).” Sola Scriptura was the rallying cry of the Protestant Reformation. One of first things the reformers did after breaking from the Roman Catholic Church was to translate the Bible into the common language of their people. This was violently resisted by the Roman Church with many translators, such as William Tyndale, paying with their lives for putting a non-Latin Bible into the hands of the common people.

The Roman Church had made the error of placing its traditions above the Bible in authority. Along with this, they also elevated the Bishop of Rome above all authority. This put Scripture below two man-made and, therefore, fallible institutions. Since the Protestant Reformation Sola Scriptura has been under constant attack. Christian Liberalism has sought to abolish Sola Scriptura the last few centuries. Its main weapon is human philosophy in various forms. However, the error they are making is the same that the Roman Church made. They place what men say and want above what God’s Word clearly teaches.

Those theologians, preachers, and teachers who attack Sola Scriptura are blind guides leading the blind. They argue that Sola Scriptura itself is not biblical meaning that it could not possibly be true since it is not explicitly taught in Scripture. While this is true, this argument fails to recognize a crucial point, which is that the Bible does tell us that it is the Word of God. The Bible declares itself to be God-breathed, inerrant, and authoritative. The Bible also tells us that God does not change His mind or contradict Himself.  This means that the Bible does not allow for the traditions of men to contradict its message. Sola Scriptura is an argument against unbiblical, extra-biblical, and/or anti-biblical doctrines. Therefore, the Word of God is the only source we have to know for sure what God expects of us and that means that we must stay true to what we know He has revealed.

Once Sola Scriptura is cast aside then the teachings and traditions of men and the doctrines of demons seep in to take the place of the Word of God as the source of wisdom and direction we all need. Traditions are valid only when they are based on Scripture and are in full agreement with it. Feelings are subjective while the Word of God is objective. We cannot place our feelings above what the Word of God says. Any thing along these lines will place Christians into darkness and will harden their hearts as long as they are not obeying what God’s Word says. Spiritual blindness is deadly. Our Lord told his disciples, referring to the Scribes and Pharisees of His day, to “Let them alone (Matthew 15:14).” This is a severe judgment and is a form of God’s wrath. It signifies abandonment by God. This is described by the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:18-32  as “God gave them up.” 

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32 ESV)

Spiritual blindness comes from God to those who are in rebellion against Him. When a false way is accepted as the right way then it really does not take long for those espousing heresy to begin to cast doubt on what is true while elevating that which is evil and false as being true. Their futile thinking sends their hearts deeper into darkness. God will actually “let them alone.” They will no longer receive His gracious drawing and convictions. With this comes the false conclusion that they are doing what God wants them to since they are no longer being convicted that denigrating God’s Word is a sin. Oh yes, it is a sin because we are commanded in God’s Word to not “despise prophecies.” 

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 ESV)

The Greek word for despise in this passage is ἐξουθενέω or exoutheneō. This word describes a person setting something at nought. In other words, this is implying that something is valueless. The Greek word for prophecies here is προφητεία or prophēteia. This word can refer to a spoken revelation from God (Acts 11:27,28; 1 Timothy 1:18; 1 Timothy 4:14). However, most often in Sacred Scripture it is used to refer to God’s Word in written form (Matthew 13:14; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 1:3; Revelation 22:7, 10, 18, 19). In this context, Paul is telling us to not denigrate that which are authoritative messages from God through a recognized spokesman for God and that they are not to be treated lightly. When God’s Word is preached or read, it is to be received with great seriousness. However, the blind guides of the Emergent Village do the very opposite. They are continually attempting to cast off the Yoke of authority that God’s Word is. Why? The reason is that if God’s Word is what we have been saying it is then Sola Scriptura is true and that means God’s Word has authority over all things. That means that men who are attempting to reform Christianity along the lines of what is cool and easy to digest by unregenerate hearts are having their hearts darkened and are being given over to a debased mind which never hears from God, either good or bad.

Once the Yoke of authority that is God’s Word is cast off by these blind guides then those who follow them will also become blind. How can the blind lead the blind unless they both fall into a pit?

My brethren, Sola Scriptura is both a great encouragement to the believer and also a boundary straight from God that is a great comfort to those who submit to it in obedience. On the other hand, those who are attempting to do away with Sola Scriptura are trying to create a form of Christianity that is just as dark and disobedient as the Roman Catholic Church at the time of the Protestant Reformation. Their doctrines are man-made and, therefore, fallible and based in what men want. We are already seeing this a great deal with the concept of Christianity Burger King style – Have it Your Way! We can only speak the truth, pray for those in darkness that they will repent, and pray for the those in the light to not be deceived. We must pray for ourselves that we will not despise the Word of God, but joyfully love and obey it.

Soli Deo Gloria!

19 thoughts on “Blind Leading the Blind

  1. If they leave out Gods Word then they might as well just go pick up any ol magazine or book and say they want to follow this or that. What ever happened to John 1:1?? People are just goofy. Talk about blind……..the harlot church thinks its the real deal. All of the churches (except the true church) have left out any of the catechisms and confessions and creeds. That is how they all got off the track in the first place. The reformation was so good to bring out all of this and now……..people scoff at it.

  2. Yep, and they contend that all of this personal holiness stuff is just too restricting and God never meant Christians to mortify their sins. Blind guides leading the blind.

  3. Hi Mike,
    I thank our Lord and Savior for another great post.
    As times wax worse and worse we can only cling to/hold fast to God’s word. For He truly is seperating the sheep from the goats. And His sheep will not let dust collect on their bibles. I can only thank my Father for opening my eyes to His truths. For His be the Power and Glory forever and ever.
    Was singing this song at work today…From Ps 113
    3From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised.
    Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
    1Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD!!!!!!!

    In Christ,
    David

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  5. It seems to be a case of ‘easing one’s conscience’, many twist the sacred scriptures to fit into worldly lusts; going so far as to pervert the word of God; case in point, saying Jonathan and David had a love for each other that is similar to homosexual love. These delusional people do not realize homosexuals do not have love, just an unquenchable appetite for a perverted lust. They take verses out of context, and mutilate what little they do know.
    I agree Mike we need to pray for each other, as well as for those lost in sin. God bless you, Paul and Luann, and all who belong to Christ.

  6. In my opinion, Calvinism at times does elevate human reason to on par (or slightly below) with scripture and does not allow enough human mystery in how God operates his sovereignty. Often our own desire for intellectual Christianity gets in the way of seeing the Gospel and Jesus’ purpose on the Cross.

    However, at the same I am a pretty forgiving guy of individual differences doctrinally as long as they people are not leaning on performance based religion or works based righteoussnes types of thinking.

    Have a Merry Christmas everyone.

  7. In other words often Calvinism is not enough sola scriptura for me at times. It all depends on how its presented to me.

  8. Mike,

    Carefully reread what you wrote. You are saying that truth depends upon your own conception or understanding…

    I know of no Calvinists who elevate human reason or understanding to have any authority equal to or greater than the Word of God. The Doctrines of Grace are 100% Biblical.

    I also don’t know of any Calvinists who are into works righteousness. In fact, paradigms such as the PDC model are nearly all works-righteousness based while the Doctrines of Grace are all about what God does and how He works in us by His grace. However, the Word of God is very clear that the real Christian will bear real godly fruit and by their fruit they are known. The same goes for the counterfeit Christian, by their fruit they are known…

    The Doctrines of Grace point everything to the Cross not religion or what men do or have done.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

  9. Sometimes I think the problem is that people have different ideas of what “fruit” is. I used to think fruit was the number of people converted to Christ and the breadth of someone’s ministry. I think many people think that “this must be of God, since it is growing so much.”

    T’aint necessarily so…

    Now I am more apt to say that the “fruit” is the fruit of the Sprit as described by Paul. That fruit more accurately describes the “depth” of a ministry and not just its breadth. A real changed “invisible” church comes only from individual hearts being reborn and bearing spiritual fruit –true conversion not numbers.

  10. You will know them by their fruit!
    Out of the storehouse of a man’s heart, his mouth speaks.
    Now the heart is our minds. Only one thing is to richly dwell within us and that is God’s word!
    When a person speaks to you, you can tell what is important to them…And many times we all fail ourselves by what comes out of our mouths. True believers in Christ see when they stumble and fall and quickly repent for our wrong doings. Many people don’t know how to repent! Many in the harlot churches, that commit sins against others, think they only have to ask God for Forgiveness and not ask the person whom they sinned against for forgiveness. It is one thing to sin against a person but it is a greater sin in the eyes of the Father. Understand, everytime we sin it is like we are spitting on our Lord and Savior.
    For we should know that before we were born we were in perfect communion with God! And everyday we distance ourselves from Him, for our sins daily stack up all the way to heaven.
    In Christ,
    David
    Lord forgive us for our presumptious sins, In the Name of th the Lord Jesus Christ we all pray!

  11. So true Josh! We thank the Lord everyday for giving us the eye salve! He does it all doesn’t He?!?! :)

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