When Knowing More Profits Nothing

In the past decade there has been substantial growth in young people’s hunger to know the depths of the scriptures. While this is a wonderful thing and I am thankful to God for it, there is a great problem that has been a result of it. Before I begin I want to clarify what I am not saying. I am not saying that one is wrong for desiring to know more and think better. However, I am emphatically saying that when it hinders our worship and our witness it becomes an idol that feeds our pride rather than food that nourishes our soul.

If theology is an idol to you it will eventually fail to satisfy you. In other words, our study should create worship in our hearts. If you are reading systematic theology to win a facebook debate and not to pursue deeper worship you are not satisfying your soul you are feeding your pride. As I sit on my couch watching Cast Away  I cannot imagine that the movie would be so enjoyable without Tom Hanks and “Wilson”. Beloved, your pursuit of knowledge will not satisfy you if you miss Jesus in the process.

If you are reading systematic theology to win a facebook debate and not to pursue deeper worship you are not satisfying your soul you are feeding your pride.

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:5

Notice what Paul is saying. If you do not read passed the comma you could make the argument that Paul is telling the Corinthians about how good of a debater he is. Or, he is the “destroyer” of bogus arguments. However, as we read on we see how he fights these people who oppose the knowledge of God. He takes every thought captive to obey Christ. I cannot help but raise this question: Is your heart captivated by Christ? When you sit down and study his word is it so your thoughts can be held captive by what you are reading? Or is it to simply destroy arguments? The world has enough key board warriors. The church needs more captivated believers. The world needs the gospel not our well worded arguments lacking conviction and compassion.

Beloved, your pursuit of knowledge will not satisfy you if you miss Jesus in the process.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

“For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit” 1 Corinthian 12:8

A helpful way to determine if the words you are about to share are profitable is to identify from where and from who are they coming from. I cannot begin to tell you how many comments I have had to delete on facebook after realizing that I look more that the fool in Proverbs 1:7 and that it was most certainly not an utterance from the spirit. Next time you find your self in the heated facebook debate with your neighborhood Arminian or Calvinist on God’s sovereignty ask yourself, “Is what I am about to say out of fear for God and from the spirit?” Furthermore, the gospel frees us from having to conjure up “solid” arguments. Contrary to what you or I may think, our well articulated arguments do not save people.

The world needs the gospel not our well worded arguments lacking conviction and compassion.

There is far to much at stake for the believers to be concerned with winning arguments. The gospel is sufficient to save the lost and our arguments will only be effective if they are saturated with it. -Seth

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