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Who's Your 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. God doesn't demand "blind faith" (true faith isn't blind, it actually comes when one can "see" e.g. Hebrews 11:13) in Him, but it seems that many human religious leaders demand it for themselves.
Despite claims that many religious leaders have made for themselves, or that their followers have made for them, no human is infallible. No one is more wrong than someone who claims to never be wrong. 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?
This Week's Bible Quiz
1. How many books are there in the Bible?
2. How many books are there in the Old Testament?
3. How many books are there in the New Testament?
4. How many chapters are there in the Bible?
5. What is the longest chapter in the Bible?
6. What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
7. What is the longest verse in the Bible?
8. What is the shortest verse in the Bible?
9. How are the Old Testament books classified?
10. How are the New Testament books classified?
For the answers to this September 10 2002 quiz, see the Bible Quiz Answers Page
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