Follow the Leader by Jennifer Waddle

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Follow the Leader
Series: In It Together 
Jennifer Waddle 

We may all remember the childhood game, Follow the Leader, as we traipsed across the playground doing exactly what the kid in front of us did. Eventually, that innocent fun gave way to grown-up responsibilities and crucial decisions about who or what to follow.

If you’re familiar with the phrase, “Don’t drink the kool-aid,” you may already know that it originated from the gruesome Jonestown Massacre of 1978, where more than 900 people drank a poisonous concoction leading to death. Given to them by cult leader Jim Jones, who claimed to be their “messiah,” 918 people died—more than 200 of them children.

As Christians, we choose to take up our crosses daily and follow Jesus. The Bible says we are to deny self, and abide in the True Vine. (see Luke 9:23-24 and John 15:5) Some might say that we are no different than the followers of Jim Jones, following the Messiah blindly and at all cost.

However, belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives is far different. Our Divine Leader gave His very life for us. He bore the burden so that we could be free from sin and death. Jim Jones, on the other hand, burdened his followers for selfish gain, and in the end, caused their deaths.

Ladies, something to remember is that even as Christians we aren’t immune to the temptation to follow after the wrong person or idea. The enemy masks himself as light and can seem very appealing. He lures us with false promises of acceptance, and knowledge that exceeds the parameters of God’s Word.

Any time a person claims to have “new revelation” or “new light” from God, run as fast as you can. I cannot emphasize this enough. The Word of God is complete, not lacking anything. His Word is absolute. Anything added or taken away from the Bible only leads to heresy.

“If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.” (Deuteronomy 13: 1-4 NKJV)

Let us be sure to serve Him; hold fast to Him. Be wary of the “dreamer of dreams,” for by that philosophy many cults have been formed. 

Although there are different denominations within the body, there are certain, foundational truths that define Biblical Christianity. 

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