by Dr. Ed Young

#994 January$ 1994 - 11:00 a.m.
(transcribed from tape)
Ecclesiastes 8:1-17
We got through Christmas. We got through New Year's. And now we're right back
in the middle of the study of the book of Ecclesiastes. Hope your Bible just
automatically opens there. Psalms. Proverbs. Ecclesiastes. Go to Psalms, turn right
and we'll run into the eighth chapter. Today we'll look at the entire eighth chapter of
the book of Ecclesiastes. Let's bow for prayer together.
Father, to open the pages of Your instructive, inspiring, informative word is
always thrilling. Because we know that it is from the Bible that You touch us,
that You do profound business in our lives. Lord, do that today. You speak.
Let me get out of the way so that Thy Word and Thy Truth might be heard, it
might be received, it might be applied into our lives. For this is our prayer
through Jesus Christ, our living, loving Lord. Amen.
Mr. Gallup has recently conducted a poll. And this poll said that 50% of Americans
are worried about fundamentalism. And the reason they're worried about
fundamentalism is because fundamentalism speaks of absolutes. Now you take any
word and you put 'ism' on the end of it - you change the meaning of that word. You
and I believe in absolutes. But the media would press on us and say because we
believe in absolutes we practice absolutism. And that is not true. An absolutist is one
who feels like they have all the answers. They are mad about it and they are going
to impose those answers upon you and upon me. That is an absolutist. Someone
who practices absolutism. Now we believe in absolutes, but we don't belong in the
second category. You see, you put 'ism' on any word and it becomes a pejorative
term. Material is a good word. Materialism is something entirely different. Individual
is a good word. Individualism - someone who lives solely and only for themselves -
that is a bad word.
So we have to be careful and look at the i ...

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