SCHOLARSHIP VS. LORDSHIP

         

Left: Jesus-hated  by men, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief   

Right: Spinoza: “the ‘prince’ of  philosophers”                                                                                                                              

Spinoza: considered by men to be the Great Scholar with the greatest influence today.  He did more to destroy the influence of God’s Word in society through historical-criticism than any modern scholar

Spinoza said that that one could commit BIBLIOLATRY:  “Still, it will be said, though the law of God is written in the heart, The Bible is none the less the Word of God, and it is no more lawful to say of Scripture than of God’s word that it is mutilated and corrupted.  I fear that such objectors are  too anxious to be pious, and that they are in danger of turning religion in to superstition, and worshipping paper and ink in place of God’s Word.”

 Spinoza, A Theological-Political Treatise, Chapter XII (Elwes Translation, p. 166)

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IN CONTRAST TO THE GREAT SCHOLAR,

GREAT MEN OF GOD WHO DID THE GREATEST THINGS FOR GOD

 ALWAYS EMPHASIZED

LORDSHIP . .  .

King David:

“I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.” (Psa 138:2 NAU)

Isaiah the Prophet:

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” (Isa 40:8 NAU)

The Lord Jesus:

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Mat 24:35 NAU)

However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith [“the faith”] on the earth?” (Luk 18:8 NAU)

The Apostle Paul:

“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. (1Co 2:1-5 NAU)

“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. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ” (1Co 2:14-16 NAU)

” It is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy” (1Co 4:2 NAU)

“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2Ti 2:2 NAU)

“For to me, to live is Christ” (Phi 1:21 NAU)

“More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish (DUNG) so that I may gain Christ” (Phi 3:8 NAU)

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Heb 4:12-13 NAU)

Apostle Peter:

For, “ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF, BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.” And this is the word which was preached to you.” (1Pe 1:24-1 NAU)

Jesus’ warning to Laodecia:

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.  ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.'”(Rev 3:14-16 NAU)

A British Thespian who dropped out of Cambridge-George Whitefield:

“It is better to be a saint than a scholar; indeed, the only way to be a true scholar is to be striving to be a true saint

Whitefield, along with Jonathan Edwards, sparked the Great Spiritual Awakening of the 18th Century in Britain and America

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