“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.”
My parents did a great job of insulating me from the world as they raised me. Many would say that my parents sheltered me from life, which is okay with me. They did not isolate me from every person or from doing things outside of the home; they were just very careful about who they allowed me to be around, and what they allowed me to do. They realized that it was better to insulate me from the ways of the world so that I would not do the things I should not do. Because my parents insulated me from the world, it kept me ignorant of fleshly actions, which kept me from doing things that would have kept me from serving the LORD.
There is a philosophy that you need to know what the world teaches so that you will better know how to fight against what they are trying to get you to do. As good as this may sound, this is not what the Scriptures teach. The verse above says, “Learn not the way of the heathen…” God knows that if you don’t know anything about the way of the heathen that you will never live a heathen’s life. The mistake of many preachers is that they read and study from people who don’t believe like them and think that they are strong enough to separate the poison from the truth. This mentality has destroyed many people, and you are no different.
The safest knowledge of sin is no knowledge at all. Satan lured Eve into wanting to have a knowledge of “good and evil,” which was her eventual downfall. God created Adam and Eve with a knowledge of good, and with no knowledge of evil. It was Satan who introduced the knowledge of evil that led to sin in their lives.
The downfall of every person who has fallen into sin was when they first gained the knowledge of the sin that overtook them. A person will never go into false doctrine if they only know good doctrine. A person will never go into drugs and alcohol if they are never around it. The people who eventually stopped serving God were people who learned the way of the heathen. People don’t stray into the way of the heathen without first learning of that way. The safest knowledge of the heathen’s way is no knowledge of that way at all.
My friend, if you spend your time learning about God’s way, you will easily be able to identify a way that you should not walk. The easiest way to identify a counterfeit is to be so knowledgeable of the real thing that the counterfeit stands out as a forgery or sham. It is easy to identify the false way when you know what is the right way.
Let me caution you about having a desire about learning the way of the heathen. When you raise your children, don’t let them learn the way of the heathen. You won’t have to isolate them from the world if you teach them the way of God. The way you insulate your children from the world is by teaching them the right ways of God, and they will easily discern when something isn’t right. Every preacher should preach to insulate people from the false way by teaching them everything they can about the right way. Never fall into Satan’s trap of thinking that you can take in the good and spit out the bad. Remember, you can never take in poison and spit it all out without some of it staying in your system. The ways of God are the only ways of which you should be knowledgeable.