Who is wise?

Proverbs 2.12.15

In yesterday’s blog I addressed some of my thoughts on religious freedom in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages in all states. I referenced several passages that spoke clearly about how Christians should react to this in their everyday affairs.

Today,  I want to ask and answer a question that parallels that conversation and that is “who is wise?”. The Bible answers this question for us. In Job 9:4 it is written “God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?” The writer here answers succinctly one who is wise and implies that if man wishes to be considered wise not to harden our hearts against Him. In today’s world we do not live under the Old Law, or the Law of Moses, that should not keep us from looking at all the Holy Spirit has given us in the Bible.

It has been given us for several reasons. The Old Testament allows us to see the history of God’s people and where they fell short so that we might heed the warnings history gives us. We are also given insight into some of the wisdom of God. Proverbs 10:19 reads “in the multitude of words sin is not lacking,but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Proverbs 12:15 reads “the way of a fool is right in his own eyes,but he who heeds counsel is wise.”. How does this flow with the Supreme Court you may ask. It flows in this manner, their decision teaches the edicts of Satan and hardens their collective heart against God. Not only the Judicial branch of the government also the Executive branch likes and endorses this decision.These are men who have had their hearts hardened against the truth of the Gospel. Men who use their “wisdom” to rule against God are not wise. James 3:13-16 reads “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy, and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.

This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” James addresses earthly wisdom in this passage. This wisdom does not lead any to please God which, as Christians, is our primary focus. It leads another direction altogether. That direction is toward Satan. We need to seek wisdom from above and we do that in our study of God’s word. If we are to be wise we need to seek the counsel of God always in our affairs and encourage those around us to do likewise. In doing that we may be considered wise. If we do not seek the counsel of God then we are the fools that the write speaks of in Proverbs.We will be like the people James wrote about in the third chapter of his epistle. Who is wise? God and those who seek Him.

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Religious freedom?

1STAMENDMENT

As I begin this week I have looked back at the Supreme Court’s decision last week regarding marriage and can’t help but come to the obvious conclusion that they completely missed on that. We live in a country that always speaks of the separation of church and state and now the high court has involved religion in the state. How am I, a full-time preacher, supposed to exercise my “religious freedom” if it disagrees with their decision. Well I take my counsel from the New Testament instead of this liberal court. Romans 13:1 and 1 Peter 2:13-17 speak about our responsibility in regards to the governments we live under. These passages encourage us to obey the laws of the land as that is part of our service to God. When we harmonize all of God’s counsel on this we see something else. 1 Corinthians 6:8-10 lists homosexuality as among those who are unrighteous and they will not have a home in heaven awaiting them. The latter part of Romans chapter one deals with this as well. In verse 27 it speaks of men “leaving the natural use of the woman, burn in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful and receiving in themselves the penalty their error which was due.” Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, gives us God’s feelings on this and we, as Christians, must first serve God. We see an example of this in Acts 5:29 when Peter says “we ought to obey God rather than men.” We must take our counsel from God and continue to teach against the practice of homosexuality and “watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” 1 Cor. 16:13