• Spiritual Blindness
• “For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
• (Matthew 13:15)

• Introduction
• In this text, Jesus mentions several ailments that have afflicted many throughout time — heart, hearing and vision problems.
• The ailments mentioned here are not the physical type many seek a cure for by going to a medical doctor.
• The ailments Jesus mentions in this passage are spiritual ailments, which only obedience to the Word of God can cure!
• The particular ailment that we will center our attention on in this lesson is spiritual blindness!

• Spiritual Blindness
• In Ephesians 4:17-19, the apostle Paul addressed this ailment, when he wrote, “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”
• Here Paul warned the Ephesian brethren of the symptoms of this dreadful disease!

• Spiritual Blindness
• When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he warned them of blindness as well, saying, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).
• Here, he mentions those who were blinded by the “god of this world” — the Devil!
• Hence, they were separated from God because they would not believe and obey the Truth of the Gospel!

• Spiritual Blindness
• These few passages establish the truth that blindness is a serious spiritual condition, a condition that will lead to spiritual death.
• But, what are some common causes of spiritual blindness?
• Lets examine some of them.

• Lusts
• Those with a worldly mind are driven by the desire to satisfy the lusts of the flesh in every way imaginable.
• Drug addiction; alcoholism; gambling; prostitution; child molestation and murder (including abortion) are just a FEW products of lustful desires that plague many in this world.
• Some of our own brethren are blinded by sinful lusts of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life!
• Are you blinded by lusts?

• Blind Guides
• Jesus said, “...And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” (Matt. 15:14b).
• “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed” (Isaiah 9:16).
• In Isaiah’s day, the prophets caused the people to err and they led the people of God astray.

• Blind Guides
• Today, many so called gospel preachers are tickling the ears of people who do not have a love for the truth and are walking in spiritual darkness as a result.
• Solomon wrote in Proverbs 28:10, “Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.”

• Blind Guides
• Many religious people are being led astray by false teachers.
• Jesus warned of false teachers in his day!
• In the sermon on the mount He said, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Matthew 7:15-18).

• Blind Guides
• Are you blindly following a preacher, because he is YOUR preacher or do you search the scriptures daily to find out whether the things that he teaches and preaches are so, as the Bereans of Acts 17:11?
• Matthew 23:33, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”
• Are you being led by a blind guide, a false teacher, a snake (the two legged kind), as Jesus described them?

• Fear Of Men
• Some brethren fear what one may think if they tell someone they are a Christian.
• Some of brethren fear what visitors might think when a gospel preacher specifically refutes denominational doctrine from the pulpit with the Truth of the Gospel.
• Some preachers of men, practice the Bill Clinton methodology of “DON’T ASK —DON’T TELL.”

• Fear Of Men
• John wrote in Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful (“cowardly” - NKJV), and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
• Did you notice who the fearful are grouped with by the apostle John?
• Solomon wrote, “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25).

• Fear Of Men
• Neither the pulpit nor the army of Christ is a place for a fearful soul, for, the Bible teaches that the fearful will NOT enter kingdom of heaven!
• Some so called “gospel preachers,” fear that they will lose their “job” or popularity if they speak the truth on a controversial subject.

• Fear Of Men
• Peter and the apostles did not cower down to men and cease to teach and preach the truth! Acts 5:41,42 “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”
• No, they were not fearful of man!
• They feared God!

• Fear Of Men
• Who do you fear, man or God?
• Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

• Prejudice
• Prejudice is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as, “preconceived judgment or opinion or and adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge.”
• Prejudice has caused many to reject the Truth of God’s word before giving it a fair hearing.
• Many are entangled in religious error because they are unwilling to examine what they believe, teach and practice and compare it to what the Bible teaches.

• Prejudice
• Countless souls have been and will be doomed in an eternal flame because of false teaching.
• Many are blinded by prejudice!
• When the apostle Paul made his defense in Acts 22, he had to contend with people who were blinded to the truth because of prejudice.
• The Jews were willing to hear him until he made mention that God had selected him to go to the Gentiles (whom the Jews despised); then the people went in to a rage, they cast off their clothes, threw dust in the air and demand that Paul be beaten (Acts 22:22-24).

• Religious Confusion
• There are many religions in this world.
• All of which are false and vain with the exception of the religion that is authorized by Jesus Christ.
• Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me” (John 14:6).
• In Matthew 15:7-9 Jesus said, “Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

• Religious Confusion
• In Matthew 15:13, Jesus said, “Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.”
• Jesus has reference here to every false religion and commandment of men which will be defeated and uprooted by God and his Word.
• In John 17:17-19, He said, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”
• The religion of Jesus Christ is the ONLY religion that is true!
• Peace and unity with God and his people are possible ONLY when people believe it and obey it.

• Family Ties
• Some people are members of a particular religion because their father, mother or other family members were members of that religion.
• Some will justify the sinfulness of a family member rather than rebuking the family member for the sin they are involved in because of family ties.
• Some parents become highly indignant and enraged when the Bible class teacher has to tell the parents that their “dear sweet” little Johnny acted like anything thing but a little angel in the Bible class.

• Family Ties
• Some brethren have “changed their tune” on controversial subjects such as Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage, because a family member or close friend is living in an adulterous marriage.
• You will often hear these brethren say, “I have re-thought the subject and have come to a new understanding.”
• Really, they have compromised the truth and are blinded to the truth by family ties!

• Family Ties
• In 1 Samuel 3:12, 13, the text says, “In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not” .
• Eli evidently failed to restrain his sons because he was blinded by family ties!
• What about you?

• Conclusion
• There are many ways in which a person can suffer spiritual blindness.
• But in all these ways we have discussed, we find that it is still a choice one has to make for themselves.
• There is only one right way to heaven, and spiritual blindness is designed to keep you from it.
• Open your eyes, and your hearts to be receptive to Jesus and His gospel.

By Carey Scott from an article by Glendol McClure

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