by Harley Howard

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The Total Failure of Human Wisdom (2 of 28)
Series: The Epistle of 1 Corinthians
Harley Howard
1 Corinthians 2:1-16

The encroachment or invasion of the "attitude of self" expressed by this article is one of satan's most effective tactics that has ever been unleashed in the church world. As one writer so accurately stated many years ago:

"If the church does not fulfill certain expectations, wants and preferences, then they (professing saints) must move on to another emotional department store with different merchandise more appealing to their taste."

The self-ism, me ism, attitude is simply not from God. Biblical churches are not designed by certain ideas, traditions or religious leaders to meet the desires and whims of the people, but rather, sinners are regenerated by God to meet the requirements of His church.

Instead of professing Christians demanding certain emotional and physical pleasures as a proof of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church, the church should live a holy life, which demonstrates the control of the Holy Spirit in them.

The self ism style of life is by no means new. In fact, Paul in this epistle had to contend with the same kind of selfish attitudes that devastated that church.

Chapter 1:10, it caused divisions
Chapter 1:11, it caused fightings
Chapter 1:12 16, it caused factions or cliques or followings after leaders. Chapter 1:17 31, it caused pride.

1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

Paul returned to the manner of his own preaching which he introduced in 1:17.

2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

Paul says he came with the sole purpose of centering his attention on the truth concerning Jesus Christ-on the fact and meaning of his crucifixion. He discussed nothing else; he brought no other topic of discussion, save, Jesus, and His crucifixion. He ...

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