Sunday, November 21, 2021
“In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight” (Luke 10:21 KJV).
Yea, the “wise and prudent” still lack insight into the things of Father God—and the “babes” are still able to perceive them.
The “scholarly” approach to the Holy Bible is man using his own human faculties—or those of another—in an attempt to make sense of Divine knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. It does not work, has never worked, and will never work. Hence, as we listen to the sermons or read the words of seminary or Bible college graduates, we behold a strange sight: we watch in bewilderment (horror?) as someone repeatedly shoots at the target but fails to strike the bullseye! We started off with some knowledge of the topic, but after consulting these “experts,” we wind up as confused as they. Such was the sad case of a friend who just listened to a preacher of the “scholarly” persuasion.
Let us make an offensive pronouncement without apology. The above phenomena are the spirit of the world, the spirit of man, striving against the ministry of the Holy Spirit. No amount of Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, or Latin proficiency; no measure of familiarity with church history; no recitation or memorization of doctrinal statements and creeds; can ever come close to having the indwelling Holy Spirit guide our thoughts. An unsaved man or woman can read the Bible, but he or she is totally incapable of ever correctly interpreting it. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14). Had we applied this verse through the centuries, a good many churches and so-called “Christian” institutions of “higher learning” would have had different leaders, resulting in far less false teaching that currently befuddles the masses….
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