“Watch out!” Jesus warned them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.
It is amazing what hopes and expectations we have when we become new converts in Christ Jesus. Especially, of the Christian family (church family) we are born into. However, I would like to sound this word of caution to all believers, but most especially to new converts. You must choose what you allow to shape your views and opinions in Christ. You must never downplay the power of the yeast.
What Yeast was Jesus Referring to?
The yeast in this passage represented the doctrines and beliefs of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Jesus warned His disciples to watch out because doctrines and belief systems very much dictate the trajectory of a person’s growth and development in life.
The doctrines that was being taught by these groups were corruptible and destructive. It steered the people away from being theocentric to man-centred. This is mainly because the Pharisees and Sadducees did not think about leading the people to God but how to enrich themselves.
Doctrines, belief systems and opinions, although insignificant, realistically has the greatest influence on a person’s disposition in life. So be careful what you hear, where you hear it from and from whom you are hearing. Psalm 1:1 says your life will be blessed if you find yourself in the right environment and surrounded by the right group of people.
Do well to assess the yeast you are adding to your life because it will determine how you will make decisions and choices in life.
Why Should You Becareful?
It is very easy to trust men and women who are seen to represent God. So much to the extent that many turn to put their entire trust in the teachings of these people and not on God. History has taught us that many have committed murder, suicide and genocide based on the doctrines and belief systems that were instilled in them by religious figures.
Even today, as the world deals with terrorism, it is common knowledge that many people who engage in these vicious acts do so based on the doctrines and belief systems that are instilled into them by people who are mostly religious figures.
It is therefore paramount that every believer becomes God and Christ conscious through the diligent study of scriptures and the leadings of the Holy Spirit.
In the book of Romans 12:1 we are encouraged to renew our minds to grasp the spirit of the word and not just the letter. These groups held unto the letter of the word and used human wisdom to form opinions concerning the word of God. Thus, they used their position of influence to exploit the ignorance of the people they were supposed to build up.
Thus, as new converts or Christians it is important to be weary of the kind of knowledge you allow yourself to receive after you give your life to Christ Jesus. This is because the yeast albeit small and insignificant compared to the quantum of flour and other ingredients used in baking has the final say in the appearance of the baked product.
Some Basic Questions to Ask to Assess Doctrines and Belief Systems
- Does this doctrine inspire love or hate?
- Does the teaching I am receiving draw me closer to fellowship with the God-head or to the leader who is teaching?
- Does the doctrine encourage me to know God and Jesus Christ for myself or it tells me to rely on the words of the leader?
- Does the doctrine empower me to love God and my neighbor or to shun all who do not believe as I do?
- Does the doctrine empower me to live selflessly or it makes me selfish and greedy?