What Your Church Doesn’t Teach – Part 2

“What Your Church Doesn’t Teach You In The Bible” Series
Part 2 – Human Wisdom Means Foolishness

Human wisdom is very broad in the literal sense of it. We think the word wisdom is the opposite of foolishness, but the reality is, anything of this world is plain foolishness for the Spirit. Human wisdom pertains to that of our scientists, philosophers, governors, religious leaders, educators, counselors, atheists, the rich and famous, and even our very own way of unspiritual reasoning. As I have said many times, the Bible can explain science, but science (human wisdom) can never explain the Bible (God’s wisdom).

Since the time of our birth, the “masters of this age” (fallen angels) have laid out a plan to entrap ourselves with the traditions and practices of the society we grow up with that it makes us so impossible to get rid of when we mature. Everything we learn in the society is totally the opposite of what is taught to us by the Spirit. In other words, the human wisdom that we get to absorb everyday is totally the opposite of God’s wisdom. And we need the Spirit to teach us and make us understand this wisdom that is of God’s. -LT

According to the 1st Book of Corinthians
The Jerusalem Bible

1 Cor. 1:18-21 The language of the cross may be illogical to those who are not on the way to salvation, but those of us who are on the way see it as God’s power to save. As scripture says: I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing all the learning of the learned. Where are the philosophers now? Where are the scribes? Where are any of our thinkers today? Do you see now how God has shown up foolishness of human wisdom? If it was God’s wisdom that human wisdom should not know God, it was because God wanted to save those who have faith through the foolishness of the message that we preach.

1 Cor. 1:22-24 And so, while the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preacing a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God.

1 Cor. 1:25 For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

1 Cor. 1:26-28 Take yourselves for instance, brothers, at the time when you were called: how many of you were wise in the ordinary sense of the word, how many were influential people, or came from noble families? No, it was to shame the wise that God chose what is foolish by human reckoning, and to shame what is strong that he chose what is weak by human reckoning; those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones that God has chosen– those who are nothing at all to show up those who are everything.

1 Cor. 1:29-31 The human race has nothing to boast about to God, but you God has made members of Christ Jesus and by God’s doing he has become our wisdom, and our virtue, and our holiness, and our freedom. As scripture says: if anyone wants to boast, let him boast about the Lord.

1 Cor. 2:6-9 But still we have a wisdom to offer those who have reached maturity: not a philosophy of our age, it is true, still less of the masters of our age, which are coming to their end. The hidden wisdom of God which we teach in our mysteries is the wisdom that God predestined to be for our glory before the ages began. It is a wisdom that none of the masters of this age have ever known, or they would have not crucified the Lord of Glory; we teach what scriptures calls: the things that no eye has seen and no ear has heard, things beyond the mind of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him.

1 Cor. 2:10-12 These are the very things that God has revealed to us through the Spirit, for the Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God. After all, the depths of a man can only be known by his own spirit, not by any other man, and in the same way the depths of God can only be known by the Spirit of God. Now instead of the spirit of the world, we have received the Spirit that comes from God, to teach us to understand the gifts that he has given us.

1 Cor. 2:13-14 Therefore we teach, not in the way in which philosophy is taught, but in the way that the Spirit teaches us: we teach spiritual things spiritually. An unspiritual person is one who does not accept anything of the Spirit of God: he sees it all as nonsense; it is beyond his understanding because it can only be understood by means of the Spirit.

1 Cor. 2:15-16 A spiritual man, on the other hand, is able to judge the value of everything, and his own value is not to be judged by other men. As scripture says: Who can know the mind of the Lord, so who can teach him? But we are those who have the mind of Christ.

1 Cor. 3:18-19 Make no mistake about it: if any one of you thinks of himself as wise, in the ordinary sense of the word, then he must learn to be a fool before he really can be wise. Why? Because the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.

1 Cor. 3:20-23 As scripture says: the Lord knows wise men’s thoughts: he knows how useless they are; or again: God is not convinced by the arguments of the wise. So there is nothing to boast about in anything human: Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life and death, the present and the future, are all your servants; but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.


What Your Church Doesn’t Teach – Part 1

“What Your Church Doesn’t Teach You In The Bible” Series
Part 1 – Not All (Only a Few) Will Be Saved

Luke 13:23-24 Someone said to Him, ‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’ He said to them, ‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and WILL NOT succeed.

From this verse alone, the Lord Jesus already made a finale conclusion. He said many ‘will not’, period; He never said they ‘may’ or ‘could’. So stop praying for the dead, for you are already as dead as your dead ones. If you could not save your own soul if it not through the Lord Jesus Christ, how can you save someone else’s soul? -LT

According to the Book of Romans
The Jerusalem Bible

Romans 8:28-30 We know that by turning everything to their good God co-operates with all those who love Him, with all those that He has called according to his purpose. They are the ones He chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of His Son, so that His Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those He intended for this; those He called He justified, and with those He justified He shared His glory.

Romans 8:33-34 Could any one accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us– He rose from the dead, and there at God’s right hand He stands and pleads for us.

Romans 9:6-8 Does this mean that God has failed to keep His promise? Of course not. Not all those who descend from Israel are Israel; not all the descendants of Abraham are his true children. Remember: It is through Isaac that your name will be carried on, which means that it is not physical descent that decides who are the children of God; it is only the children of the promise who will count as the true descendants.

Romans 9:11-16 In order to stress that God’s choice is free, since it depends on the one who calls, not on human merit, Rebecca was told: the elder shall serve the younger, or as scripture says elsewhere: I showed my love for Jacob and my hatred for Esau.

Does it follow that God is unjust? Of course not. Take what God said to Moses: I have mercy on whom I will, and I show pity to whom I please. In other words, the only thing that counts is not what human beings want or try to do, but the mercy of God.

Romans 9:18 In other words, when God wants to show mercy He does, and when He wants to harden someone’s heart He does so.

Romans 9:19-21 You will ask me, ‘In that case, how can God ever blame anyone, since no one can oppose His will?’ But what right have you, a human being, to cross-examine God? The pot has no right to say to the potter: Why did you make me this shape? Surely a potter can do what he likes with the clay? It is surely for him to decide whether he will use a particular lump of clay to make a special pot or an ordinary one?

Romans 9:22-24 Or else imagine that although God is ready to show His anger and display His power, yet He patiently puts up with the people who make Him angry, however much they deserve to be destroyed. He puts up with them for the sake of those other people, to whom He wants to be merciful, to whom He wants to reveal the richness of His glory, people He had prepared for this glory long ago. Well, we are those people; whether we were Jews or pagans we are the ones He has called.

Romans 11:3-8 Lord, they have killed your prophets and broken down your altars. I, and I only, remain, and they want to kill me. What did God say to that? I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bent the knee to Baal. Today the same thing has happened: there is a remnant, chosen by grace. By grace, you notice, nothing therefore to do with good deeds, or grace would not be grace at all!

What follows? It was not Israel as a whole that found what it was seeking, but only the chosen few. The rest were not allowed to see the truth; as scripture says: God has given them sluggish spirit, unseeing eyes and inattentive ears, and they are still like that today.