The aim of any religious ministry or activity is to preach the gospel for the saving of souls. Then the big question is how do you do ministry (team up) with those who are religious leaders who are lost in their sins and don’t understand the way of salvation. John the Baptist came teaching the way of truth and the Pharisees rejected his teaching because it did not line up with their false system of teaching. Christ in His ministry made the difference between the truths that John the Baptist was preaching and the pharisaical system clearer. Hence, we could not image Christ saying to the Pharisees, come and join with Me and teach the way of salvation. How can a clergy teach what they think is false, especially while thinking that anyone who teaches such things should be put to death? Hence Christ has to exercise His religious liberty and choose men from outside of the religious leaders of His day. Our text for today shows that the best of the Pharisees were not clear on the way of salvation. Today is no different; almost every religious leader I have ever heard or personally dealt with has accepted the doctrine of “once saved, always saved” or “new theology”. This is why religious liberty is necessary.
John3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
What is the hope we find in the Bible for religious leaders as pertaining to what they learned in seminary?