All that they [scribes and Pharisees] tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. —Jesus (Matthew 23:3)
Here’s a riddle: What is something that everyone has that we are able to clearly see in others yet rarely in ourselves?
If you answered “blind spots”, you are correct! Blind spots for Christians manifest themselves in many different ways, such as when our walk doesn’t match our talk or when our motives for doing something are self-exalting rather than God-glorifying.
No one in Scripture received more strong criticism from Jesus than the scribes and Pharisees, the religious leaders of His day who were known for their external displays of religiosity rather an authentic, inner devotion. Not only did they have spiritual blind spots, but Jesus called them “blind guides of the blind” (Matthew 15:14).
This weekend on The Christian Worldview, Tom Pennington, pastor/teacher of Countryside Bible Church in Dallas, Texas, will join us to discuss five common spiritual blind spots and how we can identify them in our own lives and overcome them.
— rebroadcast from April 9, 2016
- General Session 7 at Shepherds’ Conference 2016 by Tom Pennington