Weekly Feature

Wisdom vs Knowledge: Part 1

We read in the book of Proverbs that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 9:10) and that “The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom” (Proverbs 15:33). Earlier on it states that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7). Further, we read that “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding”. (Proverbs 4:7)

Therefore the true nature of wisdom and its ascendance over worldly knowledge is established.

The Apostle Paul uses the phrase “wisdom of this world” three times in his letters to the saints at Corinth, (1 Corinthians 1:20, 2:6, 3:19) and even “fleshly wisdom” (2 Corinthians 1:12). This is contrasted with “the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:21) and also “hidden wisdom” (1 Corinthians 2:7).

Much of the world is confused with the difference between what constitutes knowledge and wisdom, as they fail to understand and thus misuse the true purpose of knowledge, and apply it for their own selfish ends. “Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom” (Proverbs 23:4). The greatest knowledge of all is to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, for the testimony of Him as the Savior of the world “is the spirit of prophecy”. (Revelation 19:10)

The Old Testament prophet Samuel says that “to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)

Wisdom is not just the strength of one’s mind or intellect, or the ability to achieve or solve problems, it is a matter of the heart, and a willingness to follow God’s will in every aspect of one’s life.… Continue Reading

The Eternal Struggle for Freedom

In this present era which we find ourselves, the moral decay that is swirling around us is having a deleterious effect upon freedom, as people are no longer informed or aware of the core principles which secure it, and thus, without any resistance, they unknowingly allow them to slip away. Ronald Reagan once said that “The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become what God intends he should become”. [1] The struggle for freedom and its fragile nature means that it is much more than a political or ideological battle – it is a spiritual one, originating in the deepest realms of soul and spirit, with the natural yearning to be free beating in the hearts of all men, and while the merits of this universal yearning does not require explanation, the origins and historical record that pertain to freedom do need to be reviewed, as the present educational and political institutions of the West are suppressing not only the Judeo-Christian moral code and its accompanying faith in Deity, but they are suppressing the spiritual-historical record of how freedom developed, and how it was nurtured by the Hand of God Himself.

“…Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you: And ye this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations…”

1 Samuel 10: 18, 19

This scripture, along with many others, bears witness that the Lord himself has fostered and nurtured freedom throughout history, beginning with the children of Israel, and His direct intervention is saving them and preserving them to bring forth His law to future civilizations, and though the Biblical record sadly testifies of Israel’s disobedience, and subsequent loss of many blessings, the great mercies of the Lord should always be remembered, and that these blessings can still be restored to humanity should there be sufficient faith and obedience among them.… Continue Reading

Eternal Paradigms

A noted social scientist once wrote, “… no paradigm is eternally valid.” [1]

This evolution and subsequent discarding of models and ideas may hold true for academic knowledge, but in the realm of eternal knowledge, the gospel is more than just eternally valid, it is eternal reality. A paradigm is more than a perspective or an ideology; it provides direction and motivation via incentive as one discovers and applies it. For one who lives according to eternal paradigms, the promise of peace in this life and the hope of the resurrection thereafter provide a sure foundation that one can build his or her entire life on, with Christ as architect, engineer, builder, repairman and inspector.

When Jesus was being questioned by Pilate, he stated one of his key purposes in coming to the earth – to reveal truth, albeit to those who earnestly seek it.

“Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.”

John 18: 37,38

Pilate had ended his inquiry of Christ with an abrupt rhetorical dismissal, refusing to consider or receive further knowledge.… Continue Reading

Seeking Justice in the Last Days

The process of civilization consists of the discovery by men of the laws of the universe, and of living in harmony with those laws.”[1]

-Calvin Coolidge

As the supreme administrator of justice, God allows mankind to determine their own destiny, both as individuals and as societies, to form various types of government, applying laws and principles in an effort to create order and produce results which are observable and desirable.

Though many people in the world may question whether God notices injustice and oppression, or question His existence at all, the scriptures teach otherwise, namely that justice is one of His primary attributes, and also that he is omniscient, omnipotent, and perfect.

When a nation or society embraces and promotes wickedness, where injustice is widespread, and when institutions of government become a tool of oppression or a mechanism of favoritism for the unjust or those who seek to rise above prescribed or natural law, God does notice, and weighs them precisely, down to the smallest and last intent.

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Genesis 6:5

“…for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts…”

1 Chronicles 28:9

“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”

Proverbs 15:3

“The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.”

Isaiah 26:7

He gives incentive to all people to do good through his promises of heavenly reward for those who are merciful and who deal justly.Continue Reading

The Forgotten Law

We live an age of great achievement, but also great arrogance and forgetfulness on the part of many nations and societies, who vaunt themselves rather than recognizing the true source of power and constructive energy throughout the ages. Western civilization and the recent governments she has spawned have seen themselves as saviors of humanity, rather than realizing that they are part of the problem. The tremendous debt load (starting for the USA with FDR’s New Deal) and disregard of fundamental principles through which they operate will bring direct confrontation with catastrophe. As many spiritual and secular thinkers all agree, our current practices are unsustainable, particularly those guided by erroneous leftist dogma, a framework of baseless ideas that has become a plague to human progress, which will continue to strip away the strengths of civilization until they are exposed and better understood by citizens everywhere.

The problem is essentially twofold:

1)      Many individuals embrace this vacuous ideology with zealous fanaticism.

2)      They are set in their attitudes, and have closed their minds to receiving truth and wisdom.

The holy scriptures teach clearly of the Law of the Harvest (LH), the fundamental law that enables societies to prosper, both on an individual and a national level (see Deuteronomy 28 for blessings and curses upon Israel as a nation). Many of the futile solutions that are currently being applied in an attempt to solve urgent governmental and problems (increasing debt, large-scale bureaucracies, unstable financial systems) will continue to fail, because they fail to acknowledge the root cause of the problem, and instead merely focus on symptoms of the greater malady like treating pneumonia with an asthma puffer.… Continue Reading

The Economy of Earth

A simple question to begin with to determine whether you adhere to principles of the Economy of Heaven (EH) or the Economy of Earth (EE) is as follows.

Do you like people more than you like money, or do you like money more than people? [1]

Because the quest or obsession for possessions often leads us to ignore others, or to cheating, stealing, or even killing to obtain them, followers of Christ are commanded to “…beware of covetousness” (Luke 12:15) and to “seek earnestly the best gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:31). The best gifts are spiritual gifts, and are not to be compared to material possessions or treasures of the earth.

The Book of Ecclesiastes teaches:

“…that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 3:13)

Governments in this day and age are just as guilty of covetousness as individuals or corporations are. They must be watched intently, as they tax for the purpose of expansion and self-interest rather than necessity. They are not seeking to serve their citizens but to rule over them. Paul, with his prophetic vision stated that citizens must be on guard against corruption and the conditions that may lead thereto.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

The founding fathers of the United States of America, and the other ideas that evolved over the centuries as western civilization developed, have allowed both the west, but especially the USA to attain great heights in terms of commerce and material prosperity, because it paid attention to and enthroned a fundamental truth of human nature:

wise and benevolent rulers are rare, with the majority of human governments and rulers being subject to the same tendencies and faults of men everywhere, and they must never be trusted or endowed with excessive or absolute power.… Continue Reading

The Economy of Heaven

The inhabitants of the earth have spent much of their recorded history laboring to obtain worldly riches, buying or trading goods and services in an effort to increase material wealth and position. Wealth of this nature brings comfort, status and respect from others for displaying this capability, as well as the luxury of more time to pursue other activities. It is no surprise then that Jesus directs His disciples to be just as enthusiastic in following Him, with the same vigor and focus as those who are single-mindedly pursuing earthly wealth.

“And the lord commended the unjust steward because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light… If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” (Luke 16: 8, 11)

Unknown to those who race through the economy of earth (EE), unaware or uninterested in the realities of a foundational system that permeates everything, there is an Economy of Heaven (EH), which can simply be described as:

An individual, group, or nation follows divine instruction or correct principles, and in return, they receive blessings directly from God. Such blessings may come in a variety of ways, i.e strength, wisdom, comfort, protection, and a multitude of benefits to help them and their descendants reach their divine potential, and the vision and means to achieve greater purpose in their lives.

The law of compensation is always in force, whether one receives blessings for doing good or punishment for doing evil, either right away or in due time, the EH operates on the principle of grand or ultimate justice, that one will eventually receive the wages they truly deserve for the choices they have made in life.… Continue Reading

Spiritual Strength in the Global Age

Spiritual Strength in the Global Age

Just as historical patterns repeat themselves, so do spiritual patterns throughout the ages, confirming the universal nature of our experiences, and giving us hope in dealing with and overcoming obstacles that seek to oppose true progression. Modern society is concerned a great deal about character, or more precisely, the lack of it among many people who display frightening and shockingly low levels of ethical or moral conscience or civic virtue, particularly among youth and individuals who occupy positions of authority and leadership, though to be fair, all demographics seem to be moving in this direction. While nothing has really changed from the broad view of history and human conditions, the general consensus is that we are on a downward spiritual slope, faced with a rumbling tide of anger, greed, indifference, and selfishness. The fact that many people and institutions no longer feel a deeper connection with any semblance of tradition or past means that they do not have a foundation or framework with which to measure right or wrong. Their opinion and limited experience becomes the standard measuring tool in examining and determining proper behavior and standards. Paul spoke of the last days most clearly, as he described the general attitudes of humanity that would be prevalent in our day:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lover of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away… Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5,7

This prophecy of the social climate of our age could not have been more accurate, given the strong and steady diet of carnal role models who are not only allowed to conduct themselves in this manner, but who receive praise and honor for doing so.… Continue Reading