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sermonette: The Fifth Teacher

The Wisdom of the Age
David C. Grabbe
Given 27-Feb-16; Sermon #1310s; 19 minutes

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Every belief will produce something, either pointing us toward or away from God. The false prophet conceals something deadly, which will eventually yield poisonous or toxic spiritual fruit. If the belief derives from God's Holy Spirit, we reap love, joy, and peace. As Paul chastised the Corinthians for their divisiveness, each clinging to his hero or champion teacher, he also intimated that a fifth teacher seemed to be influencing them, a teacher syncretizing God's doctrines with the 'wisdom' of the age, using contemporary, philosophy, sociology, or psychology to adulterate the purity of doctrine with Gnosticism, evolution, or something far worse. All of these deadly admixtures will produce a bumper crop of bad fruit. As the human body is able to adjust to changes in the environment, our nervous system adjusts to darkness, stench, pollution, profanity, and every form of evil. What was once repulsive may now seem normal or tolerable. The media has corrupted the integrity of our consciences. The wisdom of this age literally saps spiritual growth. When our prior fellowship, after the new regime took over, imbibed of fallacious doctrines, our fellowship harvested an abundant crop of poisoned, contaminated fruit.

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Cloister not the answer Conceal something deadly Defiling the spiritual temple Defiling the temple Deuteronomy 13:4 False prophets I Corinthians 1:10,19-20 ; 3:16-17 ;10:21 Laying aside all malice I Peter 2:1 Fifth teacher Gnostics Good and bad fruit Human body adapts to environment Paying heed to filth Matthew 7:16-20 II Timothy 4:3-4 Sermon on the Mount Wisdom of the age