Worldly Counsel Doesn't Belong in our Walk with Christ

One doesn't need to look long on Social media to see Christians spouting wisdom of some sort or another, much of it is motivated by someone's feelings, political leanings, and many other thins besides. What we try and do, you see, is one up each other, to see who can be the smartest, wisest and most virtuous kid on the virtual block. The problem, though, is, much of the time, we follow wisdom that is of the world, that which James says: Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (James 3:13-18)


We think we can solve church problems (Family problems) with worldly problems. Yet we also forget this: What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.(James 4:1-4).


We let the earthly, unspiritual and demonic creep in, we are friends with the world, and before we know it, we're actually championing the world, where the bible says over and again that we're to avoid such things! Loved ones, we only have one source book, and it isn't a political one, nor is it a social one, nor is it a book of earthly justice: the Bible, the Word of God, is either all true and enough, or it isn't. We can't, if we believe, treat it as if it is "a way," but we need to live on every word that comes from the mouth of God. We are creatures in rebellion living in a world in rebellion, our only hope is not in the world, but in the designer, who seeks to bring all creation back to Himself and His original design. Worldly counsel does not belong in our walk with Christ, and so we must put aside the worldly, and seek Jesus alone. 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,


“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”


Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach[b] to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.


For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”


1 Corinthians 3:18-23


Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile." So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.




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