Mark 16:15

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"

A Light Regard for the Bible

Last week we began looking at a statement made decades ago by N. B. Hardeman when asked about the dangers facing the church. He stated, “First a lack of Bible knowledge and a light regard for what it says.” Let’s examine his statement that folks have a “light regard for what the Bible says.”
Men have always ridiculed the preaching of the cross. Paul detected this same light regard for the preaching of the Truth and wrote, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (I Cor. 1:18).  Men have always had the tendency to ignore what God says, and do what they want instead. Paul wrote, “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God” (Rom. 10:3). And he further explained when he wrote, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Rom. 1:21-22).     
No matter how wise one is, (or how wise he believes that he is), when he leaves God and His Word, and leans upon his own wisdom or the wisdom of this world (James 3:15) he makes a tremendous mistake. It is a tremendous exaggeration of his own worth and his own wisdom and his own ability. Jeremiah recognized, “that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23). And Paul says, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Rom. 1:22). Paul also states that “the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (I Cor. 1:23). Christ on the cross appeared to be weak in the eyes of people; but that "weakness of God was stronger than men” and everything that men could produce. And as far as wisdom is concerned, the wisdom-seeking Greeks could not discern the most profound wisdom in all history, not even after it had been preached to them! Despite this, however, the rolling centuries have vindicated the truth which Paul here proclaimed.
Paul makes another statement about wisdom in I Corinthians 1:19; he wrote, “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent” (I Cor. 1:19).   People often glorify the arrogant, proud, mighty and successful, but Christ was patient, meek, humble and submissive. And there are two reactions to the mystery of the cross on the part of two types of people who behold it. The two types are those who are perishing and those who are being saved. To the former, the cross is foolishness, but to the latter it is the power of God.  As an illustration of God's power contrasted with human wisdom, Paul cited Isaiah 29:14 where Isaiah, referring to the failure of worldly statesmanship in Judah in the face of the Assyrian invasion, states a principle that the wisdom of man is no match for the power and wisdom of God.
Wisdom of God brings salvation; wisdom of the world by the arrogant and proud brings destruction and  this is true of any and all who have a light regard for what the Bible teaches, but have set their own wisdom on their manmade throne. 
How do YOU regard the Word and Wisdom of God?

Paul M. Wilmoth