“Men have been known to gain the whole world by their wisdom and natural powers, but no man ever yet followed the guidance of his own wisdom, from his birth to his grave, who did not dishonour God and lose his own soul. It was for this reason – because no man could by wisdom find out God – that God gave us his word, the Bible; and whether we believe that word or our own reason, is the point on which hangs our salvation.” (Brownlow North)
One of my favourite You Tube Gospel music videos has some pretty nasty comments from a viewer. He has allowed his own level of intellect to become his God. If he can’t understand it, he can’t bow down before it. His sense of wonder goes only as far as his PBS television visits to Nova or National Geographic. He would rather listen to the atheist Richard Dawkins, than say, the prophet Isaiah or the Lord Jesus Christ. This fellow probably couldn’t stand the authority of his grade 2 teacher either.
As for the quote of Brownlow North given above, just consider that he was a spoiled member of the British aristocracy enlightened by a near fatal bout of sickness, shown his own self-absorption and dissipation and turned toward the lordship of Jesus as a most effective disciple, minister and evangelist. The book The Rich Man and Lazarus by North (Banner of Truth Trust) is a most necessary read (if one has the humility and courage to broaden one’s horizon). It is a link in our sidebar here.
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.