Think about the the books of the law in the Old Covenant, they are very detailed. Our Lord Jesus teaches grown folks about life by telling stories; but then he has to explain the meaning of His parables to the very ones who have to teach the others. The apostle Paul said it gently: I don’t want you to be ignorant.
ROMANS 1:13 KJVThe New King James Version changed the wording to “I do not want you to be unaware,” it means the same thing- don’t be stupid. One of the definitions for stupid is: lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity (Scrivener WorldNet Dictionary). Many of us lack intellectual acuity, the ability to think quick, and we are following false doctrine instead of applying God’s word and common sense to what we are being taught. God said:
Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
HOSEA 4:6In my ebook BROKEN & NOT A$HAMED I discuss how works minded many Christians are based on what they are being told by their church leader. Many people attend church regularly, give of their tithes and offerings and some even go on missionary trips. These church members are doing great until some type of crisis comes and they don’t know what to do their lives seem to be destroyed! The knowledge many of us have is based on what someone has told us not what the Holy Spirit has revealed through the Word of God.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
In Romans the Apostle Paul was concerned because he was not able to personally come and teach the believers about Jesus the Son of God. “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift,-” he said in his letter (Romans 1:11). The Apostle knew what we should know: In order to have a personal relationship with Father God we must have a solid foundation of God’s Word.
God said in Hosea: His people are destroyed because of what they do not know. Whenever I come against a problem I have to ask myself: What is it I don’t know? Often what we know is based on what someone incorrectly told us.
Who does not have a Bible? Many churches give Bibles away. The dollar store has Bibles for- yes, one dollar. Bibles are available on-line for free. Bibles come in print and audio versions as well as video. Last year I had 2 contest to give away Bibles- there was not much interest. It is stupid, lacking intellectual acuity, to reject the life giving word found in the Bible.
2 TIMOTHY 3:16 THE EXPANDED BIBLEWhat is happening today is what the Apostle Paul and other teachers of God’s word go through great lengths to avoid- false teachings. The consequences of believing the wrong thing is that a person will not fully receive God’s truths and perish.
All Scripture is ·inspired by God [breathed out by God; L- God-breathed] and is useful for teaching, for ·showing people what is wrong in their lives [refuting error; rebuking], for correcting faults, and for ·teaching how to live right [training in righteousness].
2 PETER 2:1-2It is happening today! Some teachings are more obvious than others. I suspect many church leaders started out teaching God’s word and slowly began personally adding leaven to their personal lives ( A little leaven leavens the whole lump. Galatians 5:6): as the leader begins compromising his life he begins compromising the lives of those he teaches. And there are others who never followed the teachings of Christ and became church leaders with the intent of turning people away from the Truth. I cannot say it often enough: STUDY THE BIBLE YOURSELF!!!
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.
MATTHEW 15:8-9 THE EXPANDED BIBLEIf you read any of my books including MOVING FORWARD BY FAITH or BROKEN & NOT A$HAMED you know I struggled with my relationship with church. It was when I started studying the word of God on my own that I began experiencing the peace and blessings available to me.
These people show honor to me with ·words [L- their lips], but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is ·worthless [futile; in vain]. The things [doctrines] they teach are nothing but human ·rules [commandments; Is. 29:13].’”
Whether you are part of a church or going to join one get your own Bible and know what God said for yourself. You don’t need a title to understand Scripture God will reveal His truths to you.
JAMES 1:5It is important to understand the whys of a particular church and compare it to God’s word. For example: there are churches that endorse homosexuality and use Bible verses to justify it. If you study God’s word you will know that homosexuality is not an acceptable behavior. Church doctrine, the whys within a particular group, molds the messages preached. In following a church, denominational or non-denominational, you are following man not Jesus.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
1 TIMOTHY 1:5-7 THE MESSAGEI am not a fan of the Message Bible however I think this emphasizes the need to study God’s word yourself. There are so many people who profess to know God’s word and present themselves as church leaders but are not called by God to do so (Romans 8:29-30). I have sat in churches in which the Preacher spoke with such eloquence, with what seemed like authority but upon close inspection it was powerless preaching. What does the New King James Translation say?
The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love—love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God. Those who fail to keep to this point soon wander off into cul-de-sacs of gossip. They set themselves up as experts on religious issues, but haven’t the remotest idea of what they’re holding forth with such imposing eloquence.
1 TIMOTHY 1:7God said in Hosea, we perish because of a lack of knowledge yet there are churches everywhere. Bibles are available in a variety of formats and languages. Perhaps His people are not stupid but just plain LAZY! Fat to many people crave feel good messages.
desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.
TITUS 1:10-11Take a look at what is happening today. Anger and destruction, rebellious children, grown women acting unbecomingly, men side-stepping there God given positions and church leaders manipulating God’s word for their own personal gain.
For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.
You might be saying: But that does not mean God thinks I am stupid? The world focuses on semantics today thus a better way of presenting information is to declare: You are spiritually ignorant?
ISAIAH 59:8 THE EXPANDED BIBLEIf you are struggling examine the basis of what you believe. For example: Have you ever heard the expression- “God helps those who help themselves?” This is not true! The Bible teaches: give and you will get (Luke 6:38). Blessing yourself is a worldly concept that has crept into the church. Perhaps it is not God who thinks you are stupid but the individuals you have decided are qualified to teach you with authority not given to them by God.
They don’t know ·how to live in [L- the path/way of] peace, and there is no ·fairness [justice] in their ·lives [paths]. They ·are dishonest [act deceitfully; L- have made their paths/ways crooked]. Anyone who ·lives as they live [walks on them] will never ·have [know] peace.
This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;
Therefore I said, “Surely these are poor. They are foolish;
for they do not know the way of the Lord, the judgment of their God.
But they don’t know·what the Lord is thinking [the thoughts of the Lord]; they don’t understand his plan. He has gathered them like ·bundles of grain [sheaves] to the threshing floor.
ROMANS 10:3 THE VOICEFather God said “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” He delivered these words through the Prophet Hosea and there were many people delivering God’s word to His people yet they were being destroyed! Ephesians, Jeremiah, Micah and Romans each of the above Scriptures talk about what a person does not know. God does not think you are stupid perhaps you just lack intellectual acuity. xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph
In their ignorance about how God is working to make things right, they have been trying to establish their own right standing with God through the law. But they are not operating under God’s saving, restorative justice.
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