Monday, February 09, 2015

Wisdom and Folly

So my friend and I were having this discussing about wisdom and how so many Christians reject those who haven't walked in their filth and therefore can't give wisdom or encouragement to those who have.

Isn't it interesting that Christians think that real wisdom and credibility comes from experiencing bad, sinful things, instead of steering clear of them and staying on the Straight, Holy Highway of the Lord, avoiding all the filth? Isn't the point of God's wisdom to avoid it altogether? Yet those that do or strive to, are mocked and scorned for not having experience in the filth. That's mocking Scripture, frankly.

Pro 9:13  The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing.

Folly reminds me of the ancient Serpent who seduced Adam and Eve with "knowledge" and "experience".

Pro 5:23  He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.

Pro 4:25  Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
Pro 4:26  Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.
Pro 4:27  Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

Wisdom doesn't come from experience sin and then regretting it. Wisdom comes from fearing Christ and striving to walk in His ways. This modern notion of "you can't tell me what to do unless you've walked in my shoes" is anti-biblical to it's core.
That's not to say that we don't gain wisdom after repenting of our sin and seeing it for what it was: sin. We do learn from our chastisements from God. However, to use experience as the standard to whether one will hear another speak on a subject is absolute folly and fleshly.

2 comments:

lyn said...

Amen! When this subject comes up, those who adhere to the scriptural teachings of mortifying sin and walking contrary to the world are labeled as 'legalists' or as being 'judgmental'. I want to share this quote with you from Octavius Winslow, it's theme is somewhat similar to what you've posted here...

Jesus was despised because of the UNWORLDLINESS OF HIS LIFE. "The world hates me because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." His whole life was one ceaseless testimony against the ungodliness of this ungodly world. It rejected Him because He was holy. In proportion as the life we live is a solemn and consistent protest against the vanities and sinfulness of the world, so will it hate and cast us out. "You are not of the world; therefore the world hates you." In His memorable intercessory prayer, Jesus reminds His Father, "The world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." Accept, then, the world's despisings as your glory. The farther you recede from it, the more powerful your testimony, and the more decided and consistent your unworldly walk, the more virulent will be its malignity, bitter its hate, and wide its separation." source - http://gracegems.org/Winslows/consider_jesus10.htm

I agree, wisdom comes from walking contrary to the world - the fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom.

lyn said...

Amen! When this subject comes up, those who adhere to the scriptural teachings of mortifying sin and walking contrary to the world are labeled as 'legalists' or as being 'judgmental'. I want to share this quote with you from Octavius Winslow, it's theme is somewhat similar to what you've posted here...

Jesus was despised because of the UNWORLDLINESS OF HIS LIFE. "The world hates me because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." His whole life was one ceaseless testimony against the ungodliness of this ungodly world. It rejected Him because He was holy. In proportion as the life we live is a solemn and consistent protest against the vanities and sinfulness of the world, so will it hate and cast us out. "You are not of the world; therefore the world hates you." In His memorable intercessory prayer, Jesus reminds His Father, "The world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." Accept, then, the world's despisings as your glory. The farther you recede from it, the more powerful your testimony, and the more decided and consistent your unworldly walk, the more virulent will be its malignity, bitter its hate, and wide its separation." source - http://gracegems.org/Winslows/consider_jesus10.htm

I agree, wisdom comes from walking contrary to the world - the fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom.