“There are NONE so Blind as those who WILL NOT SEE!”
The Laodicean ERA of the church is said to be blind. They cannot see the condition they are in.
There are a lot of folks who would blame this condition on the ministry in general. Now while there are no doubt problems within the ministry is that really the cause of this blindness that has fallen on Spiritual Israel?
While that quote above is attributed to John Heywood circa 1546, it is also said to be inspired by this biblical verse:
Jer 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
Notice these people have the eyes and ears to see and hear but they refuse to do so. They do not want to see. Notice what else God has to say about them;
Jer 5:22 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
They do not fear God! Remember the old saying familiarity breeds contempt? We have had so much of the truths of God for so long that we no longer fear HIM we no longer take the worlds of God seriously like we once did.
Jer 5:27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.
Jer 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.
Notice these people are “rich and increased with goods, just like those in Laodicea.
Jer 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
Priest bear rule by their means should be translated “tread down by their power”! But did you notice God said that HIS people LOVE TO HAVE IT SO! I wonder why that is so?
Eze_33:32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.
They want ministers that they enjoy hearing but that don’t force them to do anything.
2Ti_4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
They want ministers who will feed them pablum and the milk of God’s word so they do not have to do anything but “pay and pray and stay”. Laodicea is blind and falling asleep because they do not want to do anything. They have flocked to ministers who will do it all for them. They have locked themselves into these harmful congregations who are not teaching them to wake up and do something.
2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
2Pe 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Pe 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
This in one of the most important scriptures in the New Testament. Here are the things that we need to develop, many of which come from our having an indwelling of God’s Spirit. Things that can INSURE that we make it into God’s Kingdom. But verse 9 says if we lack these things then we are indeed blind and have forgotten that we have need for repentance.
We have bad teachers more because that is what we want than because they wanted to be bad. We need to start concentrating on our own sins and let God deal with HIS ministers. We cannot afford to stay blind, brethren. There is Eye Salve out here that can heal our blindness but we have to realize that WE are the ones who have decided the WE WILL NOT SEE!
We are the last generation of God’s people on this earth before Christ returns. Listen for CHRIST’S KNOCK Rev 3:20. Repent and become Zealous again Rev. 3:19. RISE up and REDEEM the Time we have very little of it left with which to work. Eph. 5:16