Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The "Know Nothings"

From the New Testament lesson for Whitsun Ember Wednesday,
For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. I Corinthians 2.2

How necessary is it to know a lot of 'stuff' as we work for the Kingdom? Paul sums it up nicely for us
...'know nothing, except Christ, and Him crucified'...
to pay, in full, the cost of our sins!

Too many 'Christians' today, even 'Christian' leaders, claim their status of salvation with Christ, yet refuse to acknowledge their sins, refuse to repent, refuse to make amendment of life, refuse to accept His terms for the gift of life that has been given us, through His sacrifice, once offered.

Much has been lost to us today, since the very concept of the presence or possibility of sin in individual lives has been 'taught away' by the Church; much that has torn mainline denominations, and even some of the more esoteric smaller groups. God had a plan, man messed it up first in the Garden of Eden; God set forth a new plan, man thought he had messed it up in Jerusalem; but God's plan was consumated in Christ. Since Him there has been and can be no new plan. As the old song says,
"Jesus paid it all,
all to Him I owe;
Sin had left a dreadful stain,
He washed it white as snow".

There are those who say they have had a 'new revelation', a new and different move of the Holy Spirit, new and grand ways to express love, inclusion and justice. To them I can only quote John in Revelation 22.18, "...If any man shall add to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book". There are no new revelations, the Canon of Scripture is closed, man has given himself over to a reprobate mind, filled with justifying his own ideas and lusts, and God is ready to 'spew them out'.

Personally, I had rather be a 'know nothing'.
"This world is not my home,
I'm just a passin' though.
If heaven were not my home
O Lord, what would I do?
The angels beckon me
From heaven's open door,
And I can't feel at home
In this world any more."

Maranatha. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

1 comment:

Northern Plains Anglicans said...

Amen. I know a guy in West Virginia who was working construction and had a smattering of "Bible College"...he's built a congregation of several hundred in one of the most depressed, dysfunctional counties imagineable. They have built a sanctuary and outreach center and are changing lives left and right.

Really, sometimes the less we "know" (or claim to know) the better...as long as we know Christ, and him crucified.