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Common Sense and Wisdom - The Rarest of Commodities.

Updated on November 30, 2019
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I have been studying and teaching Bible doctrine for over 48 years and the shepherding teacher for home based Churches. Sola Scriptura

Creation's Testimony of Christ Constantly Impacts Everyone's Life.

Creation alone should teach us a lesson of the perfect wisdom of God.
Creation alone should teach us a lesson of the perfect wisdom of God. | Source

Arrogance Has Replaced Humility Based Wisdom.

Recently, I came across a quote by John Wesley which struck me as being absolutely foundational to the wisdom that should mark every true mature believer. We do need to acknowledge that one does NOT become a mature believer upon conversion: we must give room for another's learning curve. Sadly, many give NO quarter, and go for the kill toward any whose understanding does not agree with their arrogant "immature" position. The quote is as follows:

When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me." John Wesley

One has to wonder if these self-proclaimed know-it-alls which proliferate the pulpits, the airways and the social media actually believe they have never made a mistake nor are they capable of being wrong concerning anything doctrinal. Perhaps, it is just that they have "arrived" at their current level of perfection and must defend their position to prove to themselves and all who will listen, they are not vulnerable to error. In a word they have become "unteachable"; a dangerous place to occupy this side of heaven.

Why Are The Educated So Rarely Wise?

Education may be purchased but wisdom for life is beyond all else and it is free to those who seek.
Education may be purchased but wisdom for life is beyond all else and it is free to those who seek. | Source

Worldly Wisdom vs Godly Wisdom.

Yes, there is wisdom to be found from the worldly and from some of the strangest sources. One of my favorites to cite is Rene Descartes; the French revolutionary spurred on by his hatred of the "church" and anything pertaining to God. This did not keep him from incredible insight into the character of the human spirit.

On common sense with a humorous bent:

Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has. Rene Descartes

When you think about it, there is a reason that common sense is so uncommon.

On meditation, something so needed within the Church:

In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate. Rene Descartes

When Christians find themselves relying on a daily devotional or reading for their spiritual input and neglect meditation; it is no wonder that the Church is so illiterate and doctrinally weak. One must read Joshua 1:8-9 to understand that there is only one way to keep oneself unspotted from the world and that is to continually meditate on the Word.

How about a quote from a strange source with great biblical implications:

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. Alexander the Great

Worldly wisdom is born from the experiences of life; through pain, suffering, trials, mistakes and even successes being allowed to be one's teacher. Recently, Charles Krauthammer, a man who lived through much personal adversity, passed away; he will be missed. He was respected on both sides of the political spectrum because of his wisdom in addressing the pressing issues of the day. When Charles spoke, people would listen whether they agreed with him or not. When either side of an issue try to out shout the other, only a few listen; however when one is wise in their speech, many more ears will stay tuned.

Whence Cometh Godly Wisdom

Godly fear, not just reverence but a fear of treading on holy ground, will lead us to Him and His wisdom.
Godly fear, not just reverence but a fear of treading on holy ground, will lead us to Him and His wisdom.

Why Is Godly Wisdom So Rare Within The Church?

My simple definition of godly wisdom: worldly wisdom filtered by the Word of God.

A pastor / teacher may be smarter than you or I, but wisdom will never come via the seminary, for life must produce world begotten wisdom measured against the Scriptures. This takes TIME and involves EXPERIENCEs in both the GOOD and EVIL of our days. Why do you think 1 Timothy 3:6 admonishes the Church against ordaining a "novice"? Sadly, pride is a very real side effect and equates it to the condemnation of the devil. (Note: 1 Timothy 5:12 translates condemnation as damnation.) The arrogance (pride) found in so many pulpits and ministries these days must be a stench in the nostrils of God. Per James 3:1, there is a price to pay, whether you are saved or not. Sadly, so many want to be teachers, yet so few have the gift of teaching.

So, what is the difference between a gifted teacher and a non-gifted teacher?

Per 1 Timothy 3:2, an believing elder (pastor, teacher, etc.) is one who is "apt" to teach, not gifted:

  • Good communication skills
  • Organized, well-read, knows the material
  • Able to make a point and get it across
  • Needed in every place where two or more are gathered for the building up of the body of Christ

A gifted teacher (Remember: a "gift" is something one has never before possessed) is definitely different:

  • One who is teachable - when is the last time you have heard from the pulpit or your favorite pastor: "I was mistaken, I am now convinced of a doctrinal error or I learned something I never before realized"?
  • The believing ears will know the difference; will taste the meat and hunger for more. (No vegans allowed)
  • Will raise more questions that need answering and personal life issues to be directly addressed
  • The faux believer hears "too" much detail and looks for more palatable teaching.
  • The avowed unbeliever/heretic understands nothing: hates the message and the messenger.
  • The gifted one is "hungry" to be correct and will re-visit doctrine over and over, fine tuning their teaching via study, experience and CORRECTION.
  • Finds themselves meditating at all hours of the day
  • Has a godly fear of being wrong

Max Headroom - The Original A.I. Talking Head.

What is next: A.I. preachers - the Anti-Christ?
What is next: A.I. preachers - the Anti-Christ? | Source

The Pulpit Has Gone The Way Of The World - Talking Heads.

Talking heads with the "gift" of gab now fill our pulpits, the airways and social media. So much talking and so little said.

  • Preach or teach topical vs doctrine or word for word - easy to find books on hot topics, easy to adapt to their personal style and their perceived desires of the captive audience.
  • A little study of the Word is all that is required - eschew Greek and Hebrew - mock the laity who love to study to find themselves approved.
  • Use multiple versions to find the "correct" wording to support their thesis.
  • Do not cross set denomination doctrinal lines.
  • Tone down the message so as not to chase away the unbelievers or to make them uncomfortable.
  • Be sure to have "warm-ups" and "entertainment" (music?) to set the spiritual mood.
  • Avoid sin, heaven and hell.
  • Make it comfortable to feel good about your "religion" and not to overly disturb one on cruise-control to hell.
  • Most important - do NOT offend anyone - (Caveat: it is the true believers that are both wronged and offended, IF they are not asleep)

One thing I have learned while writing on Hubpages, is that there are so many really great students of the Word that don't necessarily agree my position(s). That in itself is OK - we all have a right to be wrong - on occasion. i.e. When the rapture does occur, those who don't believe in the rapture will not be complaining when we all get to heaven. Likewise, the a-, mid-, post-, pre-wrath rapturites won't complain when it turns out to be pre-; the correct doctrine. I will complain if it is one of the others though. A little humor to lighten a very troubling subject.

A final admonition:

Be a Berean, read the Word to develop your doctrine, and never use your personal doctrine as the filter of Scripture. When you disagree with another's doctrinal position, study to prove them correct: it is a win-win situation. If you should prove them to be correct, you have gained valuable insight into the Word. If you should not prove them correct, you will have strengthened your personal doctrine and be able to give additional reasons for the Hope that lives within you. This was the wise counsel of an older pastor friend of mine years ago when I was confronted with an issue of infant baptism. I worked hard to take their scriptural logic and prove that I was wrong. Voila, I was NOT wrong and I was the stronger in my belief for the effort.

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    • Jack Jenn profile image

      Jack Jenn 

      2 years ago from Nelson Bay NSW Australia.

      Hi David,

      Sorry, I couldn't find your email address but this is my article, which I'm sure is still on the first page of Theological discussion on hubpages.

      Even easier, if you click on the author picture it will take you to my hubs, there's only 3, and you will find it there.

      END OF DAYS - Just How Close Is Tribulation, Have You Any Idea?

      Regards,

      Jack.

    • The70thweek profile imageAUTHOR

      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      I believe my email address is attached to my site, send the whole document and I will gladly read and give you my input. I am always looking for a good read.

    • Jack Jenn profile image

      Jack Jenn 

      2 years ago from Nelson Bay NSW Australia.

      Actually David, I was hoping (encouraging) you to read it all. There are many things in the other 26 pages I would like your opinion on.

      Regards,

      Jack.

    • The70thweek profile imageAUTHOR

      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      I have written 4 articles addressing different aspects and questions concerning the rapture. 1)The Rapture - Fairy Tale or Biblical Fact 2)Rapture to the Return - More Than 7 Years 3) Rapture - Logically Speaking 4)Does The Word Of God Support A Physical Rapture

      Maybe you could copy a page at a time concerning the 4 pages you referenced and post it to comments (as long as it is less than 8,192 characters in length) - kind of like messenger.

      Well have at it and let me know what you think. God bless us in these last days.

    • Jack Jenn profile image

      Jack Jenn 

      2 years ago from Nelson Bay NSW Australia.

      Hi David, nice to meet you. Yes, in the middle of winter now and it's quite chilly too.

      I have written a very extensive article - END OF DAYS, which is quite long, 30 pages and well over an hour to read in one sitting with 4 pages on the rapture amongst many other topics pertinent to these days. As I mention to others, because of the length, you can always save it and come back to it whenever.

      I too, used to be a pre-tribber until I found the truth and was just one of the reasons I wrote the article.

      However, I will do as you ask as that is a fair request. I see that you've been very busy with the pen, 100+ articles! I would like to read all of them but first, on the subject at hand - can you direct me to which specific articles to read first?

      As there is too much in the 4 pages to put in the comments, perhaps you might like to look at what I've written and lets say in 2 weeks time I will be in touch via these pages. That should give me time to read some more of your articles as well then we can be better informed.

      Best regards David,

      Jack.

    • The70thweek profile imageAUTHOR

      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      Jack, I look forward to your input. I have written several Hubpages on supporting my view of a pre-70th week rapture. The current article was only to address the specific issue; as I have laid out my principles, in detail, concerning the rapture. Maybe before you try to set me straight, why don't you check out my stance; that will give a better platform to work back and forth on this issue.

      P.S. How's the winter getting along there in Australia? It is summer here and 60 degrees with off and on showers.

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      Jack Jenn 

      2 years ago from Nelson Bay NSW Australia.

      Hi David,

      I was beginning to enjoy your article until I came to the second last paragraph when I learned of you pre-trib view - why didn't you include scripture to support your view?

      Well David, there isn't much time left to change your mind - and I don't mean to be condescending or disrespectful - or add humor to a very serious subject - but who will you complain to on that day when it turns out not as you are hoping?

      As you have noticed my belief is post-trib and I will supply you with enough information in the hope of changing your stance should you ask me.

      Best regards David,

      Jack.

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