The Apostle Paul warns,
LET NO MAN DECEIVE HIMSELF. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS”; 20 and again, “THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS.” 21 So then let no one boast in men. (1 Corinthians 3)
It seems that the emphasis, these days, is on man’s “reason” and “intellect”, as if his reasoning and intellect have gotten him anywhere at all. Oh yes, I know “we’ve come a long way, baby,” when it comes to electronic gadgets and plastic surgery. But as human beings, we have become less (human) than even our parents and grandparents: just take a good look at “gen x” and “gen y” and you’ll see a brood of hedonistic megalomaniacs who care little about anything other than themselves, what they want and when they want it. These so-called “reasoning intellects” will buy into anything materialistic science and Hollywood tells them to: evolution, “gay marriage”, anything that is ungodly and a lie! They are merely “naturally-selected”, aesthetically and Spiritually dead robots who live and thrive in a Godless, perverse and decaying society and world.
Yet the institutionalized “church”, instead of standing on the Truth of our Lord (and “calling a spade a spade”), panders to these cretins and their politically-correct and ungodly way of life, as the following article reveals.
December 18, 2009
Winning not just hearts but minds
by Jonathan Fitzgerald
The Wall Street Journal
On Dec. 8, some of America’s brightest contemporary intellectuals gathered at the New School to discuss the tenuous relationship between “Evangelicalism and the Contemporary Intellectual.”Sponsored by Brooklyn-based literary magazine n+1, the panel featured The New Yorker’s Malcolm Gladwell and James Wood and The Nation’s former associate literary editor Christine Smallwood. While these thinkers all grew up in close proximity to evangelicalism, there was one conspicuous absence from the conversation: an intellectual who still professes the Christian faith. The discussion was predictably thoughtful, though evangelical belief was treated as something necessarily dispensed with on the way to becoming a public scholar.
This feeling of intellectual distance from grass-roots Christianity is not new. It’s been almost 30 years since Charles Malik, a former president of the United Nations General Assembly and a devout Christian, gave a speech at Wheaton College called “The Two Tasks.” To the audience assembled for the dedication of Wheaton’s Billy Graham Center, he said: “The greatest danger besetting American evangelical Christianity is the danger of anti-intellectualism.” This idea was picked up by historian Mark A. Noll 14 years later in his 1994 book “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind.” The “scandal” of the title, he said, was “that there is not much of an evangelical mind,” despite what he sees as a biblical mandate to better understand creation. Mr. Noll asserts that this lack is reinforced by the historical experience of evangelicals in America, whose churches and ministries have gained more adherents at the cost of fostering anti-intellectualism and bad theology.
In the years after Mr. Noll’s book was published, however, things had begun to change, as Alan Wolfe noted in “The Opening of the Evangelical Mind,” an article in the October 2000 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. On college campuses across the country student groups such as Manna Christian Fellowship at Princeton, Evangelical Fellowship at Yale and the Chesterton House at Cornell were formed to foster the life of the evangelical mind. (emphasis added)
It isn’t necessarily the believer’s mind that needs to be opened, it’s the closed-off and arrogant (so-called) “intellectuals” who need to open their minds, and hearts, to the truth of our Lord and Savior. Having said this, I do, to some extent, agree with the main theme of this article, in that a large portion of the institutionalized “church” has placed its mind (intellect) on a political/”religious” shelf. And, thus, the “church” has become not only ignorant and blind to the corrupt world around it (and its current operator’s schemes) but also to the leading of the Spirit, which leads believers into all of the Lord’s Truth:
Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 9 but just as it is written,
“THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD,
AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN,
ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”
10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. 16 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2)
The Apostle Paul also tells us that only those led by the Spirit are the true sons and daughters of God. Therefore, we can spend a great deal of our lives seeking to intellectually discern the word of God, without the leading of the Spirit, and, in the end, we will simply remain as ignorant of and blind to the Lord’s Life and Truth as the unregenerate atheist.