|Matthew 23:13-14 |
13 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.3
14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers. Therefore you will receive the greater damnation.
3 If you are a teacher or a preacher, beware! The only people to whom Christ spoke harsh words, were to 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 up the kingdom of heaven against men; you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Mat 23:13. Woe to you, religious lawyers, for you have taken away the key of knowledge; you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered. Luke 11:52
If your preacher is not leading others into the Kingdom of God within (while alive on earth, not having to die first), he is also blocking the way just like the Pharisees whom Jesus severely criticized. If his preachings are not focused as a first priority on 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 heaven is where you go after you die, he is blocking the way into the Kingdom; and he is a blind guide leading his followers into the ditch and into captivity.