Wordily Wisdom: The Newest Epidemic

28 Oct

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works. (2 John 1:9-11)

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. – That’s an interesting way of phrasing that: “Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide…” John seems to be talking about those who ‘go ahead of Jesus’. But how could that be possible? After all, isn’t Jesus our ‘all in all’ and all that stuff? i.e. How can someone step in front of someone who is everything?

“I don’t think we’ve got the gospel right yet….I don’t think the liberals have it right. But I don’t think we have it right either. None of us has arrived at orthodoxy.” –Brian McLaren – Well, at least he isn’t trying to leave the Gospel behind. Rather, it seems he simply doesn’t have it. (

Whenever someone tries to introduce some deep truth, such as the one I quoted yesterday (that’s a joke!), they’re trying to put them self in front of Jesus. Whenever someone doesn’t make the Gospel of Christ – which is that he died and rose again to save us – their main subject, they’re trying to leave Jesus behind. When someone, “forgets” what their very salvation was procured by. When someone isn’t abiding in Jesus, by abiding in his word rather than his own wisdom. When someone rationalizes their sin. They all are attempting to step in front and obscure Jesus from view. A perfect example:

“So we must stop looking for some objective Truth that is available when we delve into the text of the Bible.” –Tony Jones – Can you perhaps tell I’m not a huge fan of the emerging church? (Postmodern Youth Ministry, p. 201)

What happens when we step in front of Jesus? As I’ve already mentioned, we put ourselves up front; obscuring Jesus from view. The only reason we would ever do that is out of pride! In fact, John says that even the person who simply greets such a person takes part in his wickedness; you really shouldn’t attempt to go ahead of Jesus. It never works out for anyone, much less you.

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness” (1 Corinthians 3:19)

When you try to use your own wisdom, God catches you. Take Bernard Madoff, he thought, using his own wisdom, that he could make his fraud work. Yet now, he’s in prison. – Trying in our own power to do anything, much less preach or teach others, is foolish. We can’t work our own way out of sin. However, we’re very capable of working our way into sin by trying to save our self through our own wisdom (which is what the emerging church leaders are trying to do). What we; what everyone, should do, is get down on our knees and thank God for sending his son to die for us and save us!

People Try To Save Them-self → They Realize That Doesn’t Work → They Decide to  justify themselves by telling others about what they must do. → People end up hurt.

The devil always makes sure of that last bit. Whether because they continue to try to work their way to Heaven all their lives, and thus go to Hell. Or because they realize their mistake, and it takes time to change; Here’s a much kept secret: Much better would be to simply realize we can’t do anything to save our self and accept Jesus’ sacrifice. In fact, better, and much safer.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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