A Little Leaven

Here again, we have what Jesus warned about in Matthew 16:6 to beware of these groups. In Jesus’ day, one group used religious control, and the other used political power. Is this not unlike today in many churches? We have churches that use a strict interpretation of scripture to control the congregation. This control comes in many forms, such as only one version of the Bible, only traditional music or hymns allowed, dress codes, and the list goes on and on. What you have here is the leaven of religious control.
The Apostle Paul warned a young pastor named Timothy about the religious spirit when he said;
They may pretend to have respect for God, but in reality, they want nothing to do with God’s power. Stay away from people like these! 2 Timothy 3:5