Followers of Paul?

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.  Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

I Corinthians 11:1-2

Over and over again in the Scriptures, we are warned against following men.  We see over and over again the folly in this approach.  Men are weak, frail, and sinful.  They make mistakes, they make them often, and they seem to make them at the worst possible times.  But here we see Paul telling the Corinthians to “Be ye followers of me…”  What is the difference?  There is one very key difference.  Paul says “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”

Paul only wants people to follow him as he is following Christ.  It is the same for all men, whether they are pastors, teachers, evangelists, or just good people.  We can (and should) follow them, but only as they follow Christ.  If and when they ever stop following Christ, we need to immediately stop following them.

The problems arise when we keep following men after they stop following the Lord.  Many, many Christians have been led astray over the years by blindly following people and not following Christ.

I don’t mean to say that we should question everything our pastors and teachers tell us, but I do mean to say that we need to be vigilant.  We need to make sure that we are ultimately following the Lord.  That is our responsibility and that is something for which we will answer.


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