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Follow The Leader
by Wayne Blank
Of all of the world's religions, Christianity seems to be the most divided. People tend to follow human leaders, which is not un-Biblical (e.g. 1 Corinthians 12:27-30), but so often, for so many, "Christianity" becomes more about obeying their human leader, no matter what he or she says, than obeying their Savior, and revering their leader's teachings, even if they disagree with what's plainly written in The Holy Bible.
Despite claims that many religious leaders have made for themselves, or that their followers have made for them, no human is infallible. The writers of the Bible itself were not infallible, as they themselves had the honesty to admit (see Paul's Mirror), so who could rightfully claim perfection now? And what human has the right to claim superior authority over The Bible?
Prove All Things
A guiding principle that every Christian leader should live by, and which every Christian should demand of their leaders, is "Follow me, as, and only if, I follow Christ." "Proving all things," for yourself, in the Word of God, is a very serious matter - no human leader can get salvation for you, but every human leader is capable of contributing to your losing it.
"Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the Word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings" (Hebrews 13:7-9 RSV)
Jesus Christ is the Leader of true leaders:
"He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities - all things were created through Him and for Him [see The Logos]. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything He might be pre-eminent. For in Him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross." (Colossians 1:15-20 RSV)
Fact Finder: What, or Who, is the only way to eternal life?