Yeastful Teachings

Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test Jesus they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. And evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Then he left them and went away.

When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. Jesus said to them, “Watch out, and beware the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” They said to one another, “It is because we have brought no bread.” And becoming aware of it, Jesus said, “You of little faith, why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? How could you fail to perceive that I was not speaking about bread? Beware the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!” Then they understood that he had not to them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Matthew 16:1-12

Strange. This is the second time the Pharisees have asked for a sign, yet Jesus responded with nearly the exact same words as the first time. “You shouldn’t need proof!” He says. “Look around you, look at everything happening. The proof is right there!” God sends us signs, but we have to be open to them. Otherwise we will see them without seeing them, as the Pharisees did. Yet, the only sign we need in order to believe is the sign of Jonah: that Jesus was dead, but on the third day He rose.

The Pharisees didn’t understand the signs God was sending them, and because of that their teachings became like poison. But here’s the thing about teachings: like yeast, they spread. Their false teachings about Jesus weren’t just hurting themselves, they had the potential to hurt anyone who heard them! Then those people would share, and the people they shared with would share, and so on. Just like yeast causes bread to rise, so did the Pharisees cause lies about Jesus to rise. That’s how they were able to get Him executed eventually, even though Pilate wanted to let Him go.

And that’s why we need to be so careful to think critically about the things being taught to us. Wrong teachings spread like a cancer, goodness knows the Westboro Baptist Church is proof of that. We must arm ourselves with scripture and understanding, and listen to everything with a critical ear. Remember, if they’re not backing it up with scripture, be wary.

I think it’s so funny that after everything, the disciples are still worried about food. Like Jesus can’t take care of that! But don’t we do the same thing? In the midst of Spiritual warfare between God and the Devil for our souls, we worry about money, or college, or cars, or clothes. When will we learn that God can handle all that? When we will learn instead to focus on taking care of our souls? Jesus has both said and shown time and time again that God can and will take care of us. We need to start trusting that and start looking inward, to how we can help win the battle for our Salvation. And in the end, isn’t that way more important than bread anyway?

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One Response to Yeastful Teachings


    Is it possible to be saved without having your sins forgiven? Was Saul saved by faith alone before his sins were forgiven?

    If Saul was saved on the road to Damascus, then he was saved without having his sins forgiven.

    Saul believed in Jesus on the road Damascus, but his sins were forgiven three days later in Damascus
    Act 9:1-19……9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank….

    Saul sins were forgiven in Damascus, three days later, not on the road to Damascus.
    Acts 22:1-16…..10 And I said, ‘What shall I do Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told of all that has been appointed for you to do.’…….16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins,calling on His name!

    Saul was not saved by faith only. Saul was saved by believing and being baptized in water.

    Jesus did not establish faith only salvation on the road to Damascus. Jesus confirmed what He already had said “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved”… (Mark 16:16)

    You cannot be saved unless your sins have been forgiven.

    In order to support the doctrine of faith only men have offered many reasons why the Scriptures cannot be trusted.
    1. The Bible is not the inerrant word of God, it has many errors and contradictions.
    2. You have to be a Greek scholar to understand the Bible. If you understand the original Greek language, then you would know water baptism is not essential for forgiveness of sins.
    3. You need to use extra-Biblical writings to understand the plan of salvation.
    4. The Bible has been mistranslated, therefore men are saved by faith only and not the way it is presented in the Bible.

    If God is not smart enough to give men an accurate translation of His plan for salvation and Christian living, then why would anyone trust in Him for salvation or for anything else.

    God has given us His plan of salvation in many translations, in different languages. You do not have to know Greek.You do not have to have a Greek dictionary. You do have to be Greek. If men had to be able to read and understand original Greek to understand the Bible, then all Bibles would be in Greek.


    Men are not saved by faith only and there is no verse of Scripture that states men are saved by faith only. Men are saved by faith, but not by faith only.



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