How Could They Be So Mistaken?
Read Luke Chapter 11
Lk 11:52 “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.”
One would think that if he were an expert in something, he would mostly have his field of expertise down pat. That is what the experts in the law in Jesus’ time thought. Their whole lives were spent carefully studying the Old Testament scriptures. They were the ones the common folk looked to for wisdom and truth. Apparently, somewhere along the way, these legal scholars got off track. How did that happen? How can a person diligently study the scriptures and fail to gain a real understanding of its meaning? This is not the only time Jesus pointed out this problem to the law-givers.
Jn 5:39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, 40 yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.
We’ve heard some theories about why the Jews had gotten so far away from truth. The most common one says that they did not want to find anything in scripture which would interrupt their current way of life. That is possible. After all, if Jesus was who He said He was, that would mean that they would lose their power among the people. Suddenly there would be someone on the scene who was more powerful than the established religious leaders. Also, in order to recognize Jesus for who He was, they would have to admit they had been wrong. How could they be experts in law, and not have immediately known who He was?
In today’s Christian environment, how can we know we are not as off base as the law experts in the first century? How can so many Christians have so many different beliefs? Who is right? Who is wrong? Well, for the most part, perhaps we can say that most of our differences are not especially important in light of our overall beliefs in God and Jesus. I think that is the case. Most of the differences between denominations don’t make any difference in one’s eternal fate. But some differences are vitally important. I think we spend too much time discussing minor differences of opinion.
In today’s scripture, that is not the case. The experts of the law had it all wrong, and as a result were leading the masses away from real truth. They were actually preventing some from obtaining eternal life. My greatest concern today is that church leaders are leading people away from truth in the realm of sexuality. Many churches, leaders, teachers, and scholars are spreading the word that a person can live a gay life and still be a Christian. That is the equivalent of telling a murderer that he can continue to murder, and it’s perfectly okay with God. No repentance is necessary to believe in and follow Christ.
Why have so many people taken this stance? How have they missed all the scriptural references which clearly express the opposite viewpoint? Here are two possibilities.
- Men often search scriptures looking for what they want to believe rather than what scripture really says.
- They want to find passages which can be used to justify their behaviors.
The truth about the sinfulness of homosexual behaviors is one of many truths which are stated in plain and simple terms. Even a child can read them and easily understand their meanings. There are many thoughts in scripture that are not that clear. It often takes a lot of study and research to understand some of its writings. Even after much study and research, some truths remain a mystery. But that’s not the case on this one. It is clear and concise. A person has to work very hard to undo this truth, because its meaning is so obvious. Further, a man has to desperately want those passages to say something other than what they really say. If not, they would spend no time trying to figure out how to explain away a simple thought.
Mt 11:25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this was Your good pleasure.
Yes, God decided to express the most important truths in His word so clearly that even little children can comprehend them. Only the “wise and learned” have the desire to find ways to avoid simple facts.
Prayer: Lord, we mourn over the perversion of Your word. Help us to stay firmly planted in truth, and help those who have been deceived.