The pitfalls of having an unconverted person over a religious institution always end with the same outcome, persecution of the righteous. The dilemma which every institution will face in securing its continued existence is in selecting consecrated leaders to carry out its mission. The reality we see currently and throughout history is that the members who still believe in the mission of the institution are persecuted by the leaders who don't believe in that mission. In our text for today Christ outlined some of the behaviors of the Jewish religious leaders and their actions toward anyone who held to their belief in the truth of the Bible. Today we see the same aggressiveness from the religious leaders to anyone that does not believe in their grace orientated, prosperity gospel message.
Matthew23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
23:30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
23:31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
23:32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
23:33 [Ye] serpents, [ye] generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and [some] of them ye shall kill and crucify; and [some] of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute [them] from city to city:
23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not!
23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
23:39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Do you believe in the plain utterances of the Bible?
How have you being treated by your religious leaders?
John 5:17, 18