Word for the World devotionals from Dr. Randy White


The False Power of Knowledge

“let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting himself a basement and the worship of angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind."  (Colossians 2:18, NASB95)

I've recently read a book by Benjamin Wicker which helped me to see how what is often called the Gnostic heresy of the first century has been rebirthed in the 21st century

The Gnostics believed that they had a divine spark of knowledge within themselves. This spark of knowledge enabled them to live in a spiritual realm, apart from common man. The Apostles Paul and John continually battled against this heresy.  Man does not need a divine spark of knowledge, hidden from the rest, but rather, needs to receive the direct and clear revelation of God through Jesus Christ. "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." The Truth is Jesus Christ.

The Gnostics believed that because they had this divine spark of knowledge they were completely redeemed. They now had a viewpoint which others could not see. They had knowledge which others did not possess.

In the same way, there are modern Gnostics who believe they are gifted from on high with a divine spark of knowledge. They would not use the term "divine" because they are, for all practical purposes, atheist. They neither look to nor expect a word from the Almighty. Instead, they believe that the forces of nature have so converged in the chemical makeup of their body and mind, that they are the anointed for this day.

As you make decisions about your world, go to the only source of divine knowledge available to us today—the Holy Bible. It will be "a light into your path, and a lamp unto your feet.”

In His Grace,

Randy White
 

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