|Luke 11:52 |
52 Woe to you, religious lawyers! For you have taken away the key to knowledge. You do not enter in yourselves, and you are hindering those who were entering."7
7 Beware! The people to whom Christ spoke the harshest words, were the money changers in the temple and to the religious teachers of the day, the Pharisees. His severe criticisms included: (click to see them all)
But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces; for you neither enter yourselves, nor do you allow those who are about to go in to do so. Mat 23:13. Woe to you, religious lawyers, for you have taken away the key to knowledge. You do not enter in yourselves, and you are hindered those who were entering." Luke 11:52
If your preacher is not not leading others into the Kingdom of God within (while alive on earth — not having to die first), he also is blocking the way just like the Pharisees whom Jesus severely criticized. If his teachings are not focused as a first priority of seeking the Kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness, which is within you and does not come with visible signs, he is just like the Pharisees whom Christ severely criticized. If he is preaching that you must die to go to heaven, he is blocking the way into the Kingdom; and you are being led by a blind guide who leads his followers into the ditch and into captivity.