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BLINDERS ON-BLINDERS OFF


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William Andrew Dillard
BLINDERS ON-BLINDERS OFF

There are seeing folks who are blind, and there are blind folks who see! Pity the former, for there are none so blind as those who will not see. Their kind is described well in Acts 28:27, “For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” A common tactic of Satan is to instill fear of the unknown in the hearts of men, and induce them to blind their own eyes to spiritual reality.
Memories of childhood recall times when dad had a mule or two for plowing and other domestic chores. To get one of them to cross a creek on a very sturdy bridge was tricky. Most of the time success was achieved only when blinders were applied and the animal coaxed to follow its leader. Otherwise, the green pasture just ahead was obscured by the possible pitfall. How many animals have perished in barn fires because panic caused them to perceive the structure offered more safety than passing through it to the outside. In cases such as these, blinders were a good thing, designed to save their life, but spiritual blinders applied to men are designed to destroy life.
Moreover, men are not animals, but one cannot overlook the obvious parallel here. Needed are personal, spiritual and moral blinders to evil, and opened eyes to truth. After all, the human mind is only good when it is as an operating parachute: OPEN! It is not unusual to hear men who aspire to high places of judgment vow to keep an open mind on matters that come before them. God can speak to an open mind, but Satan wants a blinder on as many as possible: he succeeds too often.
Jesus addressed this problem in Revelation, chapter three. He enjoined the church at Laodicea, and the rest of us as well, to apply eye salve that they might see: namely, the Word of God. Disseminating the Word then is practical application of eye salve that the Holy Spirit will use to instill true sight. It may be called salt, or light, or eye salve. It is the precious Word that is light and life to those who walk in darkness. Furthermore, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ remains under the obligation of the Great Commission, and the joy of seeing should be more than enough to induce Christians to open their storehouses of knowledge to others in need of what they know and have, even if it should be in the face of criticism and opposition.
Heaven’s knowledge is true. The hope it instills is more valuable than all the world could ever offer. Uniquely, these things were procured, and are offered in and by the Lord, Jesus, the Christ. The truly good news to a sin burdened world is that He may be had by faith. “I once was blind, but now I see!”

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BRING IN THE BLIND AND HALT


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A missionary physician in one of China’s hospitals cured a man of cataracts. A few weeks later, forty-eight blind men came to him from one of Chia’s far corners, each holding a rope held in the hand of the man who had been cured. he had led them in this way, walking in a chain 250 miles to the hospital, that they too might be healed. Are we among those who can say “Once I was blind, but now I see?”

 

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212 – July 31 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

Failing to baptize infants was worthy of death

 

Dr. John Clarke, Obadiah Holmes, and a Baptist laymen, John Crandall, had walked eighty miles to a blind friend’s home in Lynn, Massachusetts for worship services. Little did they know that they were being closely watched by the authorities. In the midst of their worship in the Witter home, a marshal and his deputies burst in and arrested them, took them to dinner, and then took them to a Puritan meeting that was obviously designed to show them the error of their ways. The three men entered, bowed to the assembly, sat sown, and refused to remove their hats as a demonstration against the treatment that they were receiving. They attempted to defend themselves but were silenced, and then were confined to the Boston jail, being charged with being, “certain erroneous persons, being strangers,” though their offense was understood to be holding a religious service without a license. They were also indicted for holding a private meeting, serving communion to an excommunicated person, rebaptizing converts, etc. They were tried on July 31, 1651. John Cotton, the Puritan preacher acted as the prosecutor and stated the case against the three heretics. He shouted that they denied the power of infant baptism, and thus they were soul murderers. With great fervor he said that they deserved capital punishment just as any other type of murder. The men declared that they conducted a private service not a public service, and claimed under the ancient English maxim that a man’s house, however humble, is his castle. Judge Endicott agreed with John Cotton that these three men should be put to death. Clarke wrote a defense and was fined and released after someone paid his fine, Crandall was released. Holmes was fined and refused to pay the fine and was whipped until he nearly died, but recovered to become a great pastor.   

 

Dr. Greg J. Dixon: adapted From: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 313-14.

 

 

 

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Mother’s Inspiring Video About her Blind Baby Boy


Mother's Inspiring Video About her Blind Baby Boy.

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Blind and cannot See


BLIND and cannot SEE

Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Jesus was talking to Nicodemus at this time and answered a statement that Nicodemus had made. “…we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.” Nicodemus was a religious man. He was a Pharisee, the dominant religion of the day and a ruler of the Jews. This means he was knowledgeable in the scriptures. From Genesis 3:15 through the rest of the Old Testament, the scriptures testified and prophesied that the Savior would come. Yet, at this juncture, Nicodemus only recognized that Jesus had come from God. Apparently not recognizing Him as the Savior that was prophesied. Jesus opens his eyes for later on we find him claiming the body of Jesus.

Jesus said to the Pharisees –

Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Today, many are blind and cannot see Jesus and the payment that He has made for our redemption. Some believe that they must pay to gain heaven by being good or being baptized or becoming a church member. John chapter 3 is Jesus response to Nicodemus, “… ye must be born again.” What does one that is being born have to pay for his or her birth? We realize that this is a silly question. The birth mother pays the price. The uncomfortable bearing of the baby in the womb and the excruciating pain of birth is the payment made. This payment the mother experiences not the baby. Free to you but much agony and pain for our Savior, Jesus Christ.

We must have our eyes opened to see Christ who bore it all on the cross.

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