Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Fool

Proverbs 12:15 –'The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he
that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.'


The fool’s conceit hinders his wisdom (Job 11:12)—a discouraging case (Pro 26:12)! His way is right in his own eyes (Pro 16:2). He needs no direction, asks no counsel, is stubborn in his own way—because it is his own (Jdg 2:19), and follows it to his own ruin. His chief danger is his security (Deu 29:19). There may be no flagrant sin, nothing that degrades him below the level of his respectable neighbor. He has no doubt of heaven. Instead of the way being so narrow that few find it (Mat 7:14), in his view it is so easy of access that few miss it. Thus all his religion is self-delusion (Pro 14:12). O my God! Save me from myself, from my own self-deceitfulness.
What a proof of wisdom is a teachable spirit! What an excellent means of increasing it (Pro 1:5)! Was not Moses wiser for hearkening to Jethro’s counsel (Exo 18:14-24), and David for listening to the restraining advice of Abigail (1Sa 25:23-32)? How precious then to the child of God is the office of the Divine Counselor (Isa 9:6)! How wise the reverential faith that hearkens to His counsel! Whom does He ever disappoint? Whom does He “upbraid”72 (Jam 1:5)?

Charles Bridges

2 comments:

Darrel said...

Thinking back to my unregenerate days as a church member (40+ years ago) the things spoken of here are a keen reminder of the state of the self-righteous. There was much talk of the "carnal Christian" with all the attending excuses that go along with that mindset. I was hoping that would have died out, but I see a resurgence of the same today. The Corinthian letters are the favorite place to go when trying to make the case for the carnal Christian, nominal church member, or those who have found no relief from the power of the sins that plagued them their whole life. It is said that Paul was speaking to "brothers" as he made such references throughout both letters, but taking the letters together with an overview of the whole mass of problems there, it seems that Paul is giving the Corinthians the 'benefit of the doubt' as to whether they are actually saved or not. His parting statement in 2Cor.13:5 speaks volumes as to the real state of those professing salvation. "Examine yourselves" NOT excuse yourselves.

These two letters have been massaged to the point that sin is now ok, to be expected of a child of God, with automatic forgiveness awaiting the offender, repentance not required. Much ado is made of our "freedom in Christ" with the end result being freedom to sin with impunity (since we are forgiven already), yet no where is this concept to be found in Paul's writings. The 'carnal Christian' is excused from the pursuit of holiness as it is said to be beyond his reach. A false assurance is given to those who hold on to their sin by telling them that 'God loves you anyway, He knows you're weak, and will not hold you accountable' (or some such nonsense). The utter wickedness of this teaching leads to the lost church member thinking that he now has 'carte blanche' to do as he pleases. Forgotten are the words of our Savior: "So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has CANNOT be My disciple" and " And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me." Luke 14:33 & Matt. 10:38. It is obvious from the way some people talk that these verses have been redacted from their Bible and their mind. The pursuit of holiness is NEVER taught anymore (Heb. 12:14).

Bottom line of all this is that this "carnal Christian" teaching is another gospel and not that given to us by the Lord Jesus or any writer of the inspired Word.

At first, I had considered your next post "Fully set to do evil" and this one were unrelated. My mistake! They are not just related, but interwoven---thank you!!!

lyn said...

Darrel,

It seems we've forgotten we are in a battle, a battle against sin - against our own flesh, the world and the devil. Instead of being broken over our sins, we comfort each other with excuses - as you've so rightly stated.
To forsake ALL is the commandment isn't it? And yet, many cleave to pet sins, or make excuses for unregenerate pastors who commit grievous sexual sin, like the recent incident in Florida. They bring up David, but, did David commit this same sin repeatedly? Didn't God deal with David rather sternly? Today's 'church' seems to have gone 'soft on sin', the hatred of sin isn't evident in many. God have mercy...