“Then Jesus said to them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees”….
“Then understood they how that he commanded them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” Matthew 16:6,12
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer you them that are entering to go in.” Matthew 23:13
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you trek sea and land to make one convert, and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” Matthew 23:15
Scribes, Pharisees. Scribes & Pharisees of our day, today, would be the translators or writers of the word the scriptures and the publishers of the translations of our Scribes of today. The Pharisees would be our teachers, our ministers, Pastors.
Here we have our Master warning us to be careful, watchful of what these Scribes & Pharisees of our day are producing when it comes to the word of God just as he warned his disciples. Their doctrine may sound all religious, it may look and sound good, full of piety but elsewhere he tells us their worship is in vain or worthless because they teach and practice the doctrine and commandments of men and not God’s. “This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honor 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.” Matthew 15:8-9
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.” Revelation 22:14-15
I want you to notice that last phrase, “whosoever loves and makes a lie”, this is not just about telling lies, no this can be translated if one looks up makes and lie in a lexicon, whosoever loves and makes or does a falsehood. So if one believers we have to sin, we have no choice it’s in our nature, that is making or doing a falsehood, believing a lie because the scriptures proclaim: “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Romans 6:12
“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?” Romans 6:15-16
“Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.” 1 Corinthians 15:34
“You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” Hebrews 12:4
You see this believing falsehood and acting on that falsehood puts one in the same category of idolaters, murderers, whoremongers that will not inherit or enter the Kingdom of God”….. this concept that it does not matter what one believes as long as they are sincere will get one barred from the Kingdom.
“Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
These people were sincere, they did wonderful works “in the name of Jesus”, they cast out demons “in the name of Jesus”, they prophesied “in the name of Jesus”, looks like they were very sincere but they were sincerely wrong and that got them rejected from the Kingdom! They were guilty not because they did wonderful works, casting out demons or prophesing, but because they worked inquity: were lawless, without law: anomia a=without nomia=law.
They believed what their Scribes and Pharisees taught them, they believed the wrong leaven or doctrine, the doctrine of men that says the law is abolish, we are not under law therefore we do not have to obey what has been abolished or we do not have to obey what we are not under. Their Scribes and Pharisees taught error, falsehood in not knowing the scriptures, they did not rightly divide the word of truth and taught these people wrong and these people believed them instead of searching the scriptures to see if these teaching were true.
Our Master rejecting these people is yet future when the time comes for him to judge those who are worthy to enter the Kingdom, enter into life everlasting because they did the will of God, or those who will be cast into outer darkness where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth because they worked iniquity or anomia lawlessness…
So sincerity is not going to cut it, you must believe the doctrine of God not man. “Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marveled, saying, How knows this man letters, having never learned? Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” John 7:14-17
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” Ephesians 4:14
“For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;” 1 Timothy 1:10
“Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son. If there come any to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 1:9-11
Make sure you are abiding in the doctrine of Christ, if you abide in any other doctrine but that of Christ you will be barred from the Kingdom and cast into outer datkness where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Not doing your homework, testing those who teach, discerning of the spirit of error vs the spirit of truth is serious business and has serious consequences if you get it wrong.