The Wisdom of this World

“Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise” 1 Corinthians 3:18

The subtlety and speed with which the wisdom of this world enters into the Christian and the church is amazing. Was it not this subtlety that led one generation after another of Israelites to fall into the trap of Baal worship? Was it not this subtlety that led the Corinthian church to fall prey to the teachings of the “super-apostles,” who were unified against Paul and his ministry?

But, more importantly in the current day, how do the subtleties of the “wisdom of this age” enter the church? How does it impact Christian higher education?

The wisdom of this age usurps spiritual wisdom whenever the clear teaching of the Bible is confounded or confused by the teachings of this world. No topic or subject is immune from the impact of the wisdom of this world. Every topic has subtleties through which the wisdom of this age can worm its way into the topic and undermine, sabotage, and twist the teaching of the Bible on the topic.

The examples are numerous, and most are very touchy. Therefore, I will not give any examples. This blog will merely point out that examples do exist en masse, and allow the reader to consider what they may be.

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” Matthew 10:16

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One thought on “The Wisdom of this World

  1. Good post, which rings with truth. I would, however, like to point out that fellowship with God, intimacy with Christ and remaining fully submitted to Him, trumps all knowledge, and in fact teaches us spiritual wisdom. Yes, it is through subtlety and gradualism that the enemy works his most devastating corruptions. A very small compromise is all it takes for the subtlety to take hold, like the small tip of a wedge being inserted between a soul and God. Then the hammer blows come, driving the wedge deeper, further separating the soul from truth. Keep on winging His word. Blessings!

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