Sun, April 02, 2017
The Divine Teacher
We make a serious mistake when we become so attached to the preaching or writing of a great Christian leader that we accept his teaching without daring to examine it. No man is that important in the kingdom of God. We should follow men only as they follow the Lord and we should keep an open mind lest we become blind followers of a man whose breath is in his nostrils.
No Christian leader but has his blind spot, his unconscious prejudices, and these will influence his teachings. We will have plenty of our own without weakly accepting those of our teachers.
What then shall we do? Learn from every holy man who exercises a ministry toward us, be grateful to every one of them and thankful for all, and then follow Christ. No free believer should ever sell his freedom to another. No Christian is worthy to be the master of other Christians. Christ alone is worthy to be called Master; there is no other.
''But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him'' (1 John 2:27).
''But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.''
First John 2:20
God uses human leaders to lead us and to teach us but ultimately it is the Holy Spirit who is our teacher. To Him we are to submit. He will confirm, deny, correct that instruction that comes through human leaders.
O God, may I be increasingly sensitive to Your Spirit's direction so as to discern the teaching that is from You and that which is not.