Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Cor 1:25 NKJV
If you were in a battle and given a choice of weapon with which to fight, would you choose a pocket knife or a sword to slay your enemy? While I think the answer to this question is obvious, I am shocked to see that a lot of Christians and even those in leadership are choosing to "fight" with a pocket knife. I'm saddened by preachers and "bible" teachers who teach their congregations and students more from what they've learned through other men's writings than from their own study of God's word. I don't understand how the riches of what God has to say can be replaced by watered down explanations of the Bible from other men, quoted to the "flock" as if their words were just as important as God's Word. Please don't misunderstand. I am not against all use of scholarly quotations. A good quote from time to time is an effective tool. However, I still hold on to the belief that the most powerful and life-changing quotes will come from the pages of The Book, God's Word, not just any book.
Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 1 Cor 1:20 NKJV
Knowing this, I would rather have God's foolishness any day than man's wisdom. I would rather learn through the God-breathed/inspired writings of Paul of how God intertwined all of human history so that I as a non-Jew (gentile) could also partake in the rich inheritance of eternal life, than hear through a contemporary author why all of this is so. I want the undiluted, untainted, get-right-to-the-point words of God to fill my ears, heart and mind. The depth of God's wisdom is unending, but we can unearth it directly for ourselves if we work hard at searching for truth. I want to fight in this battle for the souls of men with a double-edged sword, not a pocket knife.
1. What weapon are you taking into the battle each day?
2. How adept are you at wielding the double-edged sword of God's Word?
3. What steps can you take today to get skilled in the use of your "weapon", the Bible?
NOTE: I will gladly point anyone in the direction to getting to know God's Word better if they sincerely want to learn. Please don't hesitate to contact me regarding your next steps in applying God's word to your life.