A human propensity that God detests more than anything is arrogance. What’s even worse is when people borrow from other people’s thoughts especially the ones deemed as the authority and experts in the field of Theology when in reality, these people forget that they are as they are, mere men, yet people adopt their ideas as their own and think they must hold to the right one since everyone else is acclaiming them, hence making people believe they themselves are sound but when you ask them a question outside the confines of what they have adopted, you find they are far from what they make themselves appear to be. I find it to be one of the greatest evils and it reminds me of the Pharisees in Jesus’ time who wanted people to view them as great but Jesus saw through the facade.
As Christians, are we to rely on our own intellect and knowledge when to God, He considers them to be nothing more but foolishness?
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.”
““For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.“
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness.”
1 Corinthians 3:19
Being of the world before we had our encounter with Christ, it is only expected for a convert to still have the residue of the life that once was, but it is quite sad when people linger in it and stifle the new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) to shine through, the one that bears the mind of Christ through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit dwelling within.
This is my righteous indignation and frustration about False Teachers, who are exalted beyond their place, as believers proudly slap on themselves their association to these men and their “analytical” Theologies rather than the name of Christ, leading people to adopt damnable heresies such as Jesus died only for the elect, nullifying free will and that God predestines some to undergo unspeakable atrocities, forgetting the very fact that God has NO EVIL in Him whatsoever, since evil exists only when people deliberately choose to shun God’s counsel.
I leave you with an emphatic passage from 2 Peter 2:17-22 about these false teachers “who secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them.”
“These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity – for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”
Father in Heaven, deliver us all from the dearth of discernment that plagues the body of your beloved bride. Raise a generation who so hungers for Your Truth, the Truth that divides yet liberates, the Truth that sees through all the duplicity, and the Truth that leads to none other but pure communion with you.
You know my heart, this burning indignation you have placed, a consuming fire.
Oh Lord, Please incline your ears to my plea.
In Jesus’ Name
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