Choking on the Bones
“For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.”
A preacher challenged my position of not reading from authors who don’t believe in the King James Bible by saying, “So, how do you know how to dispute those who are wrong on eschatology if you don’t read their books?” He continued to challenge how I could successfully dispute anyone in any area of theology if I didn’t read their books to know how they think. My answer to this preacher was that God’s Word is a good commentary on itself and that I don’t want to pollute my mind by reading things that could eventually affect my theology.
The age old argument by those who disdain the old paths is that we can learn from everyone, but we have to learn how to take in the good and spit out the bones. The problem with this philosophy is that most people who teach or follow this philosophy have choked on the bones and ended up becoming someone they once said they would never become. Don’t get me wrong; they think they have not changed, but when you read their earlier writing and books, and listen to their sermons from their earlier ministry, they have changed from what they once used to be. Their knowledge of wrong led to embracing compromising doctrine.
God said about His children in the verse above that they were “foolish” and “sottish children.” Why did Israel act out the way they did? The answer is found in the latter part of the verse when it says, “…they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.” These people were so knowledgeable about wrong that they never learned how to do right. In other words, God is teaching that the knowledge of wrong eventually leads to wrong actions. You cannot take in the good and spit out the bones without eventually choking on the bones of sin and compromise.
The answer to knowing how to fight sin and false doctrine is found in Romans 16:19. God says, “For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.” The answer is to study good and stop being educated about sin. The more you learn about how to do right, the better you will act, and the more solid your belief system will be.
My friend, the Devil has fooled many people with the philosophy that you need to learn about the wrong so you can better fight it. NO! If you learn about the good and do it, you won’t have to worry about doing the wrong. God says in Romans 12:21, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” It is the knowledge of good that overcomes evil doctrine and actions.
Always remember that the Devil wants you to learn about wrong so he can desensitize you concerning it. The more you are around sin and compromise, the more it doesn’t bother you. He doesn’t care that your initial desire was to learn how to combat wrong because he knows that the more you are around it, the better chance he has at you choking on the bones of sin.
My friend, the best knowledge is the knowledge of right and good. Don’t let the voices of compromise shame you into learning about wrong. The only thing you need to be wise about is good; this knowledge produces right living.