When did I become a fool?
These questions are questions that truly needs clarity! If I told you that ( I was born a fool ). Is that a fact that can be proven? If I told you, I will die a fool, can that be proven as well? What if we say; every person is a fool, can we prove that statement? To look into these things, we must first understand who is speaking and why. For instance: I worked with a young man once that was working with us on work release from prison. He had raped a woman at knife point. At that time I was a born again believer and, I witnessed to him. One day as we worked; he called me a pervert. I asked him, what is a pervert? He replied, ( a person that deviates from the norm ). I said to that, no! If that’s how it’s defined, you might consider yourself to be normal! A pervert is someone that deviates from what right.
When I gave that definition, that is ( my definition ). We can find the word ( pervert ) used often in scripture and, I believe that the way I defined it is close to the way it’s used in scripture. However, we can see that words can be ( as defined by any person ). The young man I spoke of had a way he defined ( pervert ) , so did I.
I can see how; every person becomes a fool and every person can be seen as wise if we allow any single individual to define the word just as they choose to. What wisdom will always do is to allow every word to be defined by God the Father and, understand the actual text that word is being used in.
Look at these two verses:
( 1 Corinthians 1:18 )
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
( 1 Corinthians 1:21 )
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Now, let’s see what it says between those two verses:
( 1 Corinthians 1:19-20 )
( 19 ) For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. ( 20 ) Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
As we look at these verses we see that wisdom and foolishness is ( as defined by whom ). The world has one way to define these words but God has another. I, myself have always been a fool! When I was like the people in ( verse 18 ) ( perishing, on my way to hell ) the preaching of God’s word was foolish to me. I thought those that done so ( were foolish ) They, on the other hand seen me as the fool. Now, I’m a preacher of the gospel ( the foolishness of preaching ) I just happened to be on the other side of the fence!
I often tell people this; every person is a fool for something! As for me, since I’m going to be a fool; I’m going to be one for Jesus Christ! ( I believe ) that a man that calls himself ( a preacher ) is a fool if he’s not willing to be seen as a fool for Christ.
Why did scripture say ( the foolishness of preaching )? The Bible says; ( we are fools for Christ’s sake )
( 1 Corinthians 4:10 )
We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but we are strong, ye are honourable, but ye are despised.
The Apostle Paul is making my case here. The whole concept of being foolish has to do with where you consider your home. If you consider yourself to be ( of this world ) then everything that is done spirituall becomes foolishness to you. If, on the other hand you are born again and, you see heaven as your home, being not a part of this world then, the things we see as believers ( in this world ) become foolishness to us.
I said that ( I believe ) that a man that calls himself ( a preacher ) but, is not willing to become a fool, for Christ is foolish. What can I possibly mean by that? Many pastors and preachers seek to align themselves as close as possible with what ( the world ) expects them to be as a pastor or preacher. They are taught in a ( worldly school ) how to speak, how to dress, how far to wander from the pulpit. All the do’s and do not’s as a man of God. They are taught what to say and, how to say it. Their messages has to meet a certian criteria each week. They take speech lessons, learn how to read. By reading, I mean, which words to emphasize, how to make a sentence come to life and things such as that. I call this foolishness, that is; as how it relates to God’s Holy Spirit!
How would we define ( the foolishness of preaching )? In other words, what is God expecting? How does he desire for preachers to present themselves?
I believe that in the average local Church we use every means available to draw people to a building, the singing, what we call worship, children’s Church, different kinds of activities. The reason, the preaching is so ( hum drum ) that it will never cause people to come! It’s like watching the same rerun show over and over again!
( THE FOOLISHNESS OF PREACHING ) There’s a book I read once called ( The story of John Jasper ). It’s the story of a slave that God called to preach. He preached 25 years a slave and 25 years a free man. This man was completely uneducated, that is, as far as we look at education. The very book about him is written in ( Negro Dialect ). It is one of the most powerful books that I ever read! In the book, it says this: If you desired to hear John Jasper preach, whether you were black or white, you would have to be a his Church around 6:00 am on Sunday. On the average Sunday Morning, it would be standing room only inside the building, people standing right outside the windows and, all out in the Church yard, black and white!
What was it that drew these people to this man. Was he dressed right? Did he speak perfect english? Did the people come for the food? Did they present the parents with Children’s Church and a youth pastor? What kind of activities did they have?
I don’t remember this or, can’t even say that it was mentioned but, I’d be willing to bet that he could not be paid for his service when he was a slave. I do remember that ( while he was a slave ) it had to be a white man standing on the platform with him or, he could not preach. Can you see what this one man went through just to be able to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. ( HE ) My friends ,( was a fool, for Christ ) He makes me feel foolish ( as in unworthy ) even to say that I’m a preacher of the gospel!
The people were drawn to this man, this Church because of the very power of God in his life! The convicting power of the Holy Spirit that is expelled from a man that is filled with God’s Spirit is the only real ( transforming power ) for a man’s soul! If it’s anything else that draws you to any Church; it’s more than likely ( the foolishness of this world ). Do you see that it was nothing fancy about ( this man’s ) Church? No air conditioning, no padded pews, no carpet, no special events. His preaching was the only ( special event ). Also, nothing special about him, he didn’t speak good english. had no paper accolades from colleges, probably had very few clothes to wear. But, it was one thing for sure ( He was a fool ) and that for Jesus Christ!
I was doing electrical work in a Uptown Church once. I, and the care taker was the only ones there. We struck up a conversation about Being born again and even attending Church. He said this to me. He said often I’m here on Sunday mornings, I stand right here at this door and listen to the pastor as he speaks. The door he mentioned was the door that went from the sanctuary back into the educational wing of the Church. He said, you know this pastor, when he preaches uses words that I have no idea what they mean, I don’t understand what he is talking about.
I told him. well I pastor a little Church. I’m not educated but, if I tell you ( I ain’t got no money ) that’s not good english but, do you understand what I’m talking about? He laughed and said ( I sho do )!
Now, here ,just as a start, the word of God has proved that we all are fools, it just depends on what you are foolish about! Do you realize that ( at our best ) we can be seen as foolish in the eyes of God the Father
Look at this: ( 1 Corinthians 1:20 )
Where is the wise?where is the scribe? where is the disputer of the world? Hath not God made foolish is wisdom of this world?
I know that what is being said in this verse can be simply speaking of the people of this world that are apart from God but, in reality, left to ourselves we can still make worldly choices. Therefore, even as born again believers we can be seen as ( foolish ) in God’s eyes.
What if we just take the book of Proverbs and consider what God’s word says about fools.
( Proverbs 1:7 )
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
According to this verse; if you do not fear the Lord, the knowledge you think you have is worthless. The only way you can gain worthwhile knowledge is to ( fear the Lord ). The point being, if you don’t fear him then your whole life is based on nothing and, will end in destruction. If I look at you and say: the way you are headed will not take you to a good place that you desire to call home. However, you despise and reject my words, is that not foolish? Now, I’m speaking as a person that is giving Godly instructions. It says there that ( you despise wisdom and instruction.
I want you to consider something here. Let’s look at the Church you attend as a ( train headed to destruction ). You love your Church, your pastor and the people you have around you. You continue to get on and off that train each week as it moves through time. Never one time do you stop and consider, where are we all headed? My love for my Church, my pastor and the people around me, is it wise just to believe we are going in the right spiritual direction without me, at least praying and seeking God’s voice in the matter of my direction? It is wise to just assume my pastor and the people that say they love me are ( fearing the Lord )? Is the knowledge they give me coming from God’s wisdom ?
What is the ( fear of the Lord )? I’m going to show you some verses here and, offer a personal experience to make my point,
( Hebrews 12:7-9 )
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? ( 8 ) But if ye are without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not son. ( 9 ) Futhermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live.
We notice here that scripture is showing us that God the Father deals with us just like our earthly father does when he loves us.
When I was a boy, I had three sisters. My parents worked away from home and, when we would get home from school my dad would have a note written laying on the counter to tell me what I was suppose to do when I got home. Often my sistes would want me to play ball with them or, they would have something else in mind to do other than what my dad desired for me to do.
The problem was ( I feared my dad )! I knew the circumstances that would unfold if I didn’t at least attempt to do what he had written on that piece of paper. That note was ( scripture ) to me! What if one of my sisters hid that note? What if they attempted to change what was on that note? First of all, I knew dad’s hand writing.
Jesus says this: ( John 10:27 )
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
When I would read that note, it was like I could hear my dad speaking to me. Would you agree that it’s the very same in scripture? If something is not right; ( his sheep know it ). It doesn’t matter whether it’s a message from a pulpit or in print.
I’ll use this also as a example of understanding what ( the fear of the Lord is ). Basically speaking, the ( King James Bible became the standard Bible for english speaking people for about three centuries. Some where around the turn of the twentieth century we began challenging that version with a new version. Now, we have multiple choices to pick from.
Many pastors today won’t even attempt to direct their people to at least one version. They simple leave that argument alone. However, In ( my humble opinion ), the new versions are going exactly the wrong direction! If I, as one of God’s children am going to do anything as far as questioning what is said in his wrd, I’m gong to go the other way. I’m going back to the original text and, seek God’s face on which is correct.
If my sisters tried to forge my dad’s handwriting then, I’d, even with that; think! Now is this something my day would say? I’d be a fool not to consider that! We often sit in our perspective Churches, listen to our perspective pastors, get up and go home. Even if we don’t agree with something he says, we don’t seek God’s face for true answers. In the real world; there is not one person that knows all the answers. The possibility of a pastor being incorrect is real! If he is a wise man , he will admit that to you and, tell you to study behind him.
A spiritually wise person, one that understands God’s Spirit and knows how to hear that Spirit will never simply take any man at his word. Every message, every word he says will be questioned, that without a doubt. One reason I can make that statement is because a wise person understands the price for being wrong. They know that it matters how we stand brfore God the Father. Just as I realizing the consequences of not obeying my earthly father if I was misled by my sisters, a spiritual person will be the same way because of their understanding.
Look at this verse: ( Proverbs 1:22 )
hOW LONG, YE SIMPLE ONES, WILL YE LOVE SIMPLICITY? AND THE SCORNERS DELIGHT IN THEIR SCORNING, AND FOOLS HATE KNOWLEDGE?
A fool loves the simplicity of a Church building. They can simply fo to that building, say and do the things that please the people therein, pay their money, join that building, listen to the man or woman that speaks, get up and go home. The very fact that a fool might have to study for himself, pay any price with his or her time and effort is ( simply ) asking far too much.
Concerning this; I’d like to show you tow verses that ( I believe ) actually shoows a picture of our ( foolish Churches today.
( Colossians 1:18 )
And he is the head of the body, the Church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; in that in all things he might have the preeminence.
In that verse, the word ( preeminence ) means: the fact of surpassing all others: superiority.
If you read the verses before this one you will see that he is speaking of God the Father and, his son Jesus Christ. Now, look at:
( verses 9-10 )
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual undestanding; ( 10 ) That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.
This is the very definition of a local Church. The very first thing is to make sure that ( Jesus Christ ) is the one that is being the most recognize. That, not just in name but in understanding by his word just who he is. One step beyond that is that each member might die to themselves and allow him to be seen within them above all. His preeminence is seen in the Church and lived in the lives of all that belong to that Church.
Now, look at this verse:
( 3 John 1:9 )
I wrote unto the Church: but Diotephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
When we allow this to happen in any person, Church or situation we become worldly fools. I once made this statement: the word of God is just words if the Spirit of God is not being utilized within it. A man or woman is worthless unless God’s Spirit is within them and being utilized. A pastor is just a spokesman if God’s Spirit is not speaking through him, it’s the same with any teacher.
As you read that verse in ( 3 John 1:9 ) do you think that the name of Jesus Christ was not mentioned? Sure it was talked about, the Devil seen to that however, the focus of the whole body was not on ( knowing him ) or ( allowing him to be preeminant ). People, pastors, teachers and Churches use the word of God but Jesus Christ is not the priority in in part of their lives. Within this ( they are foolish ) but they are not ( fools for the right person ).
( Proverbs 1:22 ) uses the word ( simplicity ). THe simple fact is that there is no pain in a woman talking about having a child is it? There is no pain when you watch someone else work such as digging with a shovel is it?
Look at this verse: ( Galatians 4:19 )
My little children, of whom I travail in birth until Christ be formed in you.
There is nothing simple about preaching or teaching with the power of God flowing from you. There is nothing simple about witnessing to a person about their very soul. If we do it as inspired by the Holy Spirit; pain will always be present. Why would you say that God hates fornication, adultery, homosexuality? One of the greatest reasons is because there is no passion for having birth there is it? Do you realize that God, in his word , uses words such as ( whore ) ( adulterous ) when naming his people? Why would he do such as that? It was because they were going through the motion of an act but, had no true passion for creating new life! When I use the term ( His people ) I’m referring to the ( Church ) or the ( nation of Israel ).
The Apostles Paul made this statement:
( Romans 9:6 )
Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect: For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel.
This one thing can help us understand our foolishness within our Churches. Just as the Apostle Paul is pointing that evevery person that is in Israel is not of Israel; the ame picture should be recognized in a Church. Not every person that are members of Churches are born again. God’s whole intent, even from the beginning was all about the spiritual aspects of every life. The Nation of Israel was to be the feet, hands and body of God Almighty here on this earth; ( they were foolish not to be ). Now, the Church is to be the ( mouth, feet, hands and body ) of God Almighty on this earth. ( the Church is foolish not to be ). Born again believers make up the ( Church ) the ( body of Jesus Christ ). We as born again believers are ( foolish ) when we are not used of him.
When we seek to build a Church with many people but, completely viod of the power of God them we are fools! The verse we are considering in ( Proverbs ) also says this ( the scorners delight in their scorning ). What does that mean? It also says ( they hate knowledge ). What happens is that when any person begins to cause a Godly transforming by the word of God; that’s knowledge. We call it truth and it sheds light on who and what we truly are. Do you remember the birth pains? When truth is received, it’s always going to drive out the ungodliness in our beings. That is, unless we are not willing to change. If we are not willing to change then we begin to scorn the truth teller, the very voice of God. We delight when that voice is scorned and silienced.
I’ll say this and we’ll move on to another verse. Any man, even I can be considered ( a fool ) if he doesn’t seek to speak or become the very voice of God when he stands behind a pulpit. I never desire to be loved by the people I pastor unless that are craving to ( Know God ) and are truly desiring for ( new birth to be formed in them ). In other words, the harder I preach truth, the more truth they desire.
I desire my heart to be so keen to the will of God that every person I preach to has to go through me to get to ( HELL ). God placed me behind a pulpit to be that man that would stand in the gap between heaven and hell for every person I have the priviledge to preach to. I don’t want to let, either God or those people down. One day when this life is over, I don’t want one person to be able to look at me and say ( you could have told me truth but you didn’t )!
For any born again believer, especially a man called to preach to any less concerned about the souls of people makes them very foolish in the eyes of God. As I look out over a congergation, I see every person there as lost without God and, in need of spiritual growth. To think that any person has reach a spiritual top of their lives is foolish thought. This puts great pressure on any man that preaches. To help the lost see their need for salvation and also to feed every person their spiritually. Normally, I won’t happen in every message but, the spiritual of God will help each person as the weeks go by..
( PROVERBS 1:32 )
FOR THE TURNING AWAY OF THE SIMPLE SHALL SLAY THEM, AND THE PROSPERITY OF FOOLS SHALL DESTROY THEM.
This verse is actually a continuation of what we seen in ( verse 22 ). Therefore, let’s look at what he is saying all the way through here. If you will notice he is using the word ( them ) as in more than one. Whether we like to admit this or not; most people are followers and not leaders. It was that way in Israel and, it’s the same way in Churches. If you are a true spiritual leader you will lead people to righteousness and Godly living. So, what if we consider the ( simple as being those that are followers. THen , how can we define the term ( prosperity of fools )?
Look at these verses and we’ll get back to this:
TURN YOU AT MY REPROOF: BEHOLD, I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT UNTO YOU, I WILL MAKE KNOWN MY WORDS UNTO YOU. ( 24 ) BECAUSE I HAVE CALLED, AND YOU REFUSED; I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HAND, AND NO MAN REGARED; ( 25 ) BUT YE HAVE SET AT NOUGHT ALL MY COUNSEL, AND WOULD NONE OF MY REPROOF: ( 26 ) I ALSO WILL LAUGH AT YOUR CALAMITY; I WILL MOCK WHEN YOUR FEAR COMETH; ( 27 ) WHEN YOUR FEAR COMES AS DESOLATION, AND YOUR DESTRUCTION COMETH AS A WHIRLWIND; WHEN DISTRESS AND ANGUISH COMETH UPON YOU. ( 28 ) THEN SHALL THEY CALL UPON ME, BUT I WILL NOT ANSWER; THEY SHALL SEEK ME EARLY, BUT SHALL NOT FIND ME: ( 29 )FOR THAT THEY HATED KNOWLEDGE, AND DID NOT CHOOSE THE FEAR OF THE LORD: ( 30 ) THEY WOULD NONE OF MY COUNSEL, THEY DESPISED ALL MY REPROOF. ( 31 ) THEREFORE SHALL THEY EAT OF THE FRUIT OF THEIR OWN WAY, AND BE FILLED WITH THEIR OWN DEVICES.
As we consider ( fools ); I can see how these verses could be speaking to those that lead, not necessarily to the simple. However, who is it that is so simple minded that they can’t see a spiritual need? Even the one that can be considered the simpliest can open his eyes. For instance; if you’re old enough to realize that day by day you are inching closer and closer to death however, your ( so called ) spiritual leaders are my doing anything to enhance your spiritual life; can’t you see a need to change your spiritual leaders? Look at yourself, what’s the spiritual difference in you now than a year ago? If you, being simple minded seen a new born babe, watched it for a whole year but seen no growth; could you assume something was wrong?
There is nothing wrong wit being simple minded or being a follower rather than a leader. However, even a follower becomes a better follower by watching his leader. Often followers become leaders. It has to be, it not; the whole world would collapes in time.
God is speaking here of spiritual growth or, the lack thereof. There is another verse we can consider here.
( Matthew 15:14 )
LET THEM ALONE: THEY BE BLIND LEADERS OF THE BLIND. AND IF THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND, BOTH SHALL FALL INTO THE DITCH.
If we compare what is said in ( Matthew ) to what we see in ( Proverbs ) it need to be an unnderstanding, using wisdom to whom you follow. The first part of the verses says to the ( simple ) ( Turn ye at my reproof, behold, I will I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you ).
A fool puts his trust in a blind man to lead him. The fool is blind as well. Helen Keller, a lady that was both deaf and blind once answered a question that was asked of her like this. THe question was ( what could be worst than being totally blind )? Helen Keller replied: ( having 20/20 vision and not being able to see )! Our religious world and most of our Churches are filled with people that meet this disscription. Physically, they have 20/20 vision but spiritually they are blindes by their own what they have developed as ( their own way ). Many people fall in love with pastors and Churches, even the word of God but, what good is it if you use it foolishly?
I oftern said that it doesn’t matter whether it’s a man, woman, Church or scripture, without the presence of God’s Holy Spirit, it’s just and empty vesslel or just Words. You can take a dictionary with every know word in your language in it, read every word in it but not understand the meaning of one word when you’re done. Basically speaking, this is what happens in any religion. The blind leaders desire to keep the people that follow them as blind as possible so they will keep following them.
Now, we’re to look at another verse of scripture:
( Matthew 7:21-23 )
Not every one that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven, ( 22 ) Many will say unto me that day, Lord, Lord. have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name cast out devils? and in thy name doe many wonderful works? ( 23 ) And I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Let me ask you, don’t you think that these people have very good intentions? These people meant well, done many good things but, they were fools because they never made sure in their hearts about anything concerning Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. They ( simply ) follow man.
I’d like to share part of my testimony concerning this topic. I was raised in a Methodist Church. I was baptized ( sprinkled ) at the age of twelve and, became a member of that Church. As time moved foward and after a sinful life, feeling guilty of how I disgraced my family; I went to a revival in an Indepentant Baptist Church, during invitation, I went to the alter. A preacher came to me, asked if ai were saved? I replied, No. Would you like to be? Yes, I replied. Head showed me some scripture, He and I prayed the ( sinner’s prayer ) and we got up, he anounced to the Church I was saved.
I left that Church and, not one thing changed in my life, not one but, if you asked me if I were saved? I’d always reply yes, why? Because I had been through a motion of salvation. As time moved foward, I married, had two daughters and we began to attend the same Methodist Church I grew up in. A few years went by, I was asked to visit another Independant Baptist Church. At this Church, on a Sunday morning, under great conviction, I went to the alter. Not one person came to my side, I guess they thought I was saved. However, that morning Jesus Christ met me at that alter, when we, he and I communed, I got up from that alter, a born again believer.
I, and my family started to attent that Church. In just a few weeks as the preacher preached he began to speak about ( eternal security ). I had never heard that! Sitting on that pew, I thought, who is this man? He is just a man like any other, why should I believe anything he says. We left Church and I couldn’t get that off my mind.
My dad was taught that ( what would be, would be ) you didn’t have a choice. He attended a Primitive Baptist Church ) growing up. The ( Methodist ) taught you could fall from grace. Therefore, who is right? As I pondered with, fought with these things, I concluded, no man had that answer! I made up my mind that, it must be in the word of God and, I was bound to find the answer for myself and, that apart from any man.
At that time ( I became ) ( a Fool For Christ ). Although I’ve been taught by many men and women, I’ve learned to only depend on God’s Spirit to show me truth. I once told a pastor, at that time, my pastor; you can do anything you like, right or wrong. What you do, the choices you make, how you direct this Church will not change me at all. ( In my spiritual knowledge ) he was going to make a great mistake. However, I don’t have to answer for his mistakes, just mine!
( I believe ) that there are many Church members that have never truly experienced the new birth. They are just as I was for many years ( just a Church member ). That was the problem with the ( Nation Of Israel ) in the Old Testament. They were never able to grasp the concept that God desired to speak to them as individuals, lead them as individuals. Our Churches have that problem as well.
The whole concept that we are seeing on ( Proverbs ) is about people being foolish in being subjected to the leadership of fools. We see and used the word ( scorn ). There are many Churches where a man filled with God’s Spirit can stand up and speak absolute truth. However, If the pastor or leaders of that Church disagree with what is said the congregation will ( scorn ) the very person that told them truth. This is the very definition of a fool! Blind leading the blind!
I’d like to use a spiritual metaphor here:
( John 21:3 )
Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They said unto him,We also go with thess, They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
Most of the people in this verse were disciples of Christ. He had been crucified and risen. He had even presented himself to the Disciples being joined together. Thomas wasn’t there at that time. Now, notice this. in ( John 20:22 ) it says that Jesus breathe on them and said ( Receive ye the Holy Ghost ). Thomas not being part of that group. However, can we safely assume that Peter was there and the disciples that were with him that went fishing?
My point is that Jesus Christ just preached a message that was filled with the Holy Ghost. Peter is a supposingly; ( spiritual leader. But, what was he teaching and, look who followed him. I’ll also add this. is it possible that when the disciples shared what had happened to Thomas, they were not very convincing, they didn’t use the ( Holy Ghost ) that Jesus had breathed on them?
Here, I’ll also make another point. As you read the gospels you will notice that there are three basic apostles that Jesus Christ is often around; ( Peter, James and John ). In just my personal observation, I’d say that these three men were the most determined to stay as close to Jesus as possible. When men and women that are ( supposingly ) close to Jesus Christ but refuse to listen the the Holy Spirit within them, just look how many people are following them.
Peter, at the point that he said: ( I’m going fishing ) was being very foolish in his judgement. We can say that all that followed him were foolish as well but, can you see ( leaders and followers here )? Again! look at the picture. In reality, God the Father has always been the leader but, who follows? If we relate this to the Old Testament we can see that prophet that truly listened to God’s voice but, was rejected by the people. We can see this often but, I’ll show you this one verse:
( Matthew 23:31 )
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
So, if we look at this as the way that the average people move, what do we see? We know by scripture that Jesus Christ had breathed on these people the Holy Spirit. We also know that each of them is still living in their flesh. If you remember back when Israel had just crossed the Rea Sea on dry land and God was leading them. they continued to say basically ( we want to go back to Egypt ) we’re starving. Wew see that came picture here! Peter is going back to what he use to do, and many are following him.
In ( John 21 ) Jesus Christ is seeking by example to get his leader, the man he is depending on not to act as a fool. to stand up and lead those that are following him. In ( John 20 ) the previous chapter, I just noticed something that we need to see. Look at these verses:
( John 20:22-23 )
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and saith unto them. Receive ye the Holy Ghost: ( 23 ) Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them: and whose soever sin ye retain, they are retained.
There’s a couple of questions we need to answer here, First, wasn’t this the same Jesus that was standing by the seashore? Why didn’t they recognize him? Second, did they receive the Holy Ghost he breathed on them?
As we consider these two questions, are they not presented to leaders and followers as well? If we are not careful within our ownselves, we get so far from Jesus Christ we don’t even recognize him when he presents himself and, we become fools! We act as fools! We will also begin to ( scorn ) the very truth we say we desire!
When Peter and the gang had fished all night, they caught nothing. ( there nets were filled with nothing ). If the Holy Ghost is not present in our Churches then ( our Churches are filled with nothing ). We are a fool if we think anything else!
In all that I say, I seek to speak to individuals. Whether they be leaders or followers seeking to become leaders. Look at the last verse in:
( Proverbs 1 ) ( verse 33 )
But whosoever harkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
In ( John 21 ) all those that follow Peter to go fishing, not one of them recognized Jesus Christ; the one that had just a short while back spoken to them. Why? Because their minds and hearts were not ( stayed ) on Jesus Christ. As an individual, what or who are you following? Have you become so ingrained in your Church, your activities, your pastor that; that;s all you see? I’ll close this segment witha story we see in scripture.
( Matthew 2:12 )
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
Herod was king, he met with his wise men sending them to find Jesus. However, when they seen Jesus, being warned of God in a dream: ( they left another way )! Can you see to whom ( wise men ) are obedient? What would have happened if they had listened to the one that sent them ( their leader )? Jesus Christ would have been killed! Do you see the spiritual picture here? As individuals we simply need to make sure we hear the right voice and, follow that voice. Fools listen to the wrong voice and, ( they never leave another way ) A walk with Christ will always cause you to ( walk another way )!
( Psalm 14:1 ) ( Psalm53:1 )
These two verses veritually say the same thing.
The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, There is none that doeth good.
The fool hath sid in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable inquity: there is none that doeth good.
As we look at these two verses; let’s consider something. Do you remember back in Proverbs we seen a verse that said ( God will laugh at your calamity )? Now, consider this verse:
( Matthew 12 : 34 )
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
We are speaking of fools! You say you believe in God with your mouth but, what is the basic thing that comes out of that same mouth? What is in your heart? God says he will laugh at your calamity when your trouble come! So, let’s say; all of of a sudden, you get deathly sick. You’re going to the doctor and they are doing all they can to help you, you ask people to pray for your. WEll, pray to whom? Look at yourself, do you want God to heal you so you can continue in this life ( Just AS You Are )? Would you mind explaining to me why he should do that?
( A wise man ) one that is living his life every day seeking to do God’s will understands that even he is not worthy of anything from God. If a wise man gets sick, all he will ask for is for God’s will to be done. A fool lives his life, no matter what he says, his life says there is no God. If your life doesn’t reflect Jesus Christ and, now you’re trying to get people to pray for you, what do you think God is saying to you? Do you think God might be laughing at your calamity, your time of trouble?
What often happens is that the foolishness of men seeks to bring God down to their level. We can read about that concept in:
( Romans 1: 21-25 )
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither they thankful: but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. ( 22 ) Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, ( 23 ) And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. ( 24 ) Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: ( 25 ) Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
When we read this verse many people desire to take it to the most corrupt type of sin. It’s often hard for us to see our own foolishness. However, just how hard is it to ( to change the truth of God into a lie )? With this thought, let’s move to another chapter.
HOW DO WE CHANGE THE TRUTH OF GOD TO A LIE?
Many people will look at this verses: ( Romans 121-25 ) and allow their minds to go straight to the homosexual aspect of what he is saying here. I agree; what we read has a lot to do with that lifestyle but, that’s not all he’s saying. Have you ever considered the term ( homosexual Church ) or, can we coin that phrase? As a mature adult that’s been around for now seventy years; I’ve noticed something that I don’t think that many have related the two things together. That is how strongly the ( coming out of the closet ) of homosexuals relates to the weakening of the Spirit of God in our Churches.
And, not only that! almost every sexual sin that is known to man is more rampant as the Church grows weaker in the moving of God’s Spirit in our Churches. Have you noticed how young people now live together out of wedlock, seemingly thinking very little of it. Not only that, there are many people that actually have children and never even consider marriage. Can you see how people become ( vain in their imaginations )? People become very foolish when they never even consider how God sees their actions and, that’s what he is saying.
If a couple goes to a pastor of some Churches; seeking someone to marry them, that pastor desires to counsel them before hand. If they are living together, he tells them they must stop for a certain length of time before he will do the ceremony. There are even Churches today that will marry homosexual couples, never considering how God sees their actions.
What I desire for you to see is the foolishness of the actions apart from the very Spirit of God. They have began to worship the ( creature more that the creator ). I realize that all the things I mentioned and, we could mention more but, what is the greatest sin that we never consider? When we look at the ( sexual sins ) such a homosexual lifestyle, fornication, adultery and even sexual sins beyond our imagination; the problem is that they have no real desire for ( the fruit ) it was designed to bring about.
The term ( homosexual Church ) actually has that same mindset even if it’s not readily recognized. Just like the physically sins we commit in our flesh is foolishness to God the Father, seeking to have Church without the presence of the Holy Spirit is also one of the most foolish things that could ever happen in the mind of God. Most people that are grown know exactly what it takes to bring about children in this world. The homosexual is the fartherest lifestyle from that possibility. The other sexual sins do things necessary for preventing child birth from happening.
In the ( homosexual Church ) the same thing happens. Personally ( I believe ) that the average member doesn’t even realize actually whay it takes to bring about ( God given ) new spiritual birth. In a lot of cases; even the pastor has no idea what is missing, if the Holy Spirit is missing. However, you can count on this, Satan knows it and, those that are working on his behalf; they know exactly what they are doing!