To follow a leader who is faithfully following the Lord is to follow the Lord; to follow one who is not a follower of Christ is to end in disaster. But how can we be sure? How can we know whom to trust? To the law and to the testimony! If the teacher speaks not according to God’s Word there is no light in him. To follow a religious leader for his eloquence or his attractive personality is to travel on a very dangerous path. Many have done it to their everlasting sorrow and loss.
The way of Jesus cannot be imposed or mapped — it requires an active participation in following Jesus as he leads us through sometimes strange and unfamiliar territory, in circumstances that become clear only in the hesitations and questionings, in the pauses and reflections where we engage in prayerful conversation with one another and with Him.