Pastor’s Piece on the Master’s Peace #46

2 Timothy 2:15

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 (NKJV)

Knowing The Scoop #3

            Previously we identified 4 benefits of biblical knowledge. They were 1. KNOWLEDGE GIVES SUBSTANCE TO FAITH; 2. KNOWLEDGE STABILIZES US DURING TIMES OF TESTING; 3. KNOWLEDGE ENABLES US TO HANDLE THE BIBLE ACCURATELY. 4. KNOWLEDGE EQUIPS US TO DETECT AND CONFRONT ERRORS.

            Today we will look at the dangers of when knowledge goes wrong and becomes dangerous.

Knowledge Can Be dangerous

  1. When It Lacks Intelligent, Biblical Support:

Unless we sift all our knowledge through the grid of scripture, we run a high risk of mixing truth and error. It is important to remember that a doctrinal position even if it is mostly biblically accurate can and should be  rejected with even a little error. The bible says in Galatians 5:9 “This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough!”(NLT)

 

Knowledge Can Be dangerous

  1. When Knowledge Becomes An End In itself Instead Of A Means To Godliness:

Scriptural knowledge helps us become humble, transparent and compassionate. If left to our own devices, Knowledge tends to puff up our egos. Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.” (NLT)

 

Knowledge Can Be dangerous

  1. When It Isn’t Balanced With Love And Grace:

When knowledge is the only goal you and I have in life, we run the risk of producing the fruit of intolerance, divisiveness and arrogance. I know certain people who though they are quite knowledgeable of the scriptures, I’d hate to be in the same room with them for fear they beat me over the head with the bible because they saw some perceived flaw in what I believe. True biblical knowledge also comes with humility and grace.

 

Knowledge Can Be dangerous

  1. When It Remains Theoretical, when it Isn’t mixed With Discernment And Action:

Simply knowing what is true will not keep us from falling prey to temptation or false teachers. We must apply the truth to our lives. We do this through Discernment. Discernment is putting knowledge into action. Knowing what to do with what you know. You can graduate from some of the top colleges or Universities in our country and still be ineffective unless you put what you have learned into practice. I know people who seem to perpetually be in school. In theological schools they have earned multiple Masters and Doctorates, yet fail to put all that knowledge to good use. The bible says  James 2:17

So, you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”(NLT)

            So, what are you doing with the knowledge you have gained about God and the Christian walk? Oh, there will always be someone who knows more than you, but there will always be someone who knows less than you as well. Be a disciple and a discipler. This is Christs command to us. Matthew 28:19-20

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (NLT)