#2—Lack of Knowledge
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The Bible tells us that "Knowledge puffs up [but] love builds up..."

What a wonderful Biblical reminder of the value of love!

After all, it was our Lord's love that allowed our sins to be washed away, to be forgiven.

Love is unquestionably greater than knowledge—and, let us never forget—the greatest quality of all. (1 Corinthians 13)

If you are a person of knowledge but not a person of love, you must grow in love.

On the other hand—if you are a person lacking in adequate Biblical knowledge, you must change this situation!

Failure to do so is a dangerous sign of complacency—of dependency on pulpit teaching, of aversion or avoidance to sharing knowledge, of aversion or avoidance to learning more (both in personal study and private Bible studies).

Be active and continual in your knowledge growth

The Bible is clear about the importance of Biblical knowledge growth. In fact, Peter's last Biblical words to humanity were these:
...grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
(2 Peter 3:18)
Since these were his final words, he must have considered them important! Peter also said this:
Like newborn babies, desire the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation...
(1 Peter 2:2)
Please note: Peter did not say that new Christians must crave God's word like a baby desires milk, as is commonly believed. Instead, Peter commanded all his readers to desire God's word in this manner—not just newly baptized Christians.

In fact, our knowledge growth must reach the point where each of us can accurately teach others even the "more complex" aspects of God's word:
...though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
(Hebrews 5:12-14)
Sadly, the modern church has come to emulate the Christians that the Holy Spirit was rebuking here in Hebrews 5.

If this describes you, please resolve to change—so that your life will be in line with God's desires.

Are we being destroyed "from lack of knowledge"

Among the most chilling words of the Bible are these: "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge..." (Hosea 4:6).

Note that these words were addressed to people who were utterly convinced they were saved—to God's own people.

Is the same not happening to spiritual Israel today?

Yet "God's people" of old failed to heed the repeated commands of God and warnings from the prophets. And for their lack of urgency, they met a disastrous end!

But perhaps the most tragic corollary to all of this is: It was entirely avoidable.

Think about it: They did NOT have to suffer the truly horrific catastrophe that befell them.

Perhaps the root cause of Israel's destruction: Complacency in knowledge growth

Complacency was apparently among the root causes of Israel's downfall. The prophet Amos wrote: "Woe to you who are complacent in Zion..." (Amos 6:1-6)

Yes, it was a seemingly harmless sin of omission that sealed their fate. A sin of lukewarmness. A blundered-upon path to not seek, in honesty, the FULL will of their God—the One they were CERTAIN would deliver them.

And this spiritual complacency affected their desire to eagerly gain knowledge of God's word. Moses warned them to "FULLY OBEY the LORD" and "CAREFULLY FOLLOW ALL HIS COMMANDS" and "PAY ATTENTION to the commands of the LORD..." (Dt 28:1,13). But they did not heed his warnings.

The words "fully obey" and "carefully follow ALL" and "pay attention" had long ago escaped their consideration of importance. Otherwise, they never would have allowed their knowledge to wane!

Indeed, like many today, they had written off any message except what was comfortable to them.

I wonder: Are we paying attention to their example of destruction?

Are we taking their same perilous path, casting aside warnings of our obvious failures?

Have we too become so complacent that we have "closed our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds" to any examination of current "truth"—due to our "certainty" of Biblical correctness and ultimate salvation? (Isaiah 6:8-10; Matt 13:14-16; 1 Cor 10:12)

Systemic knowledge failure typically leads to "religion evolution"

I cannot possibly stress enough the importance of growing in knowledge—and then SHARING that knowledge, no matter who you are, with saved and unsaved alike. With all who will listen. (Hebrews 5:12-14)

I once heard a preacher say something like this: "I've never been able to successfully teach someone who didn't want to learn."

Israel was destroyed because they didn't want to learn God's true will.

But perhaps more fundamental to their failure was their complacency. It was their lack of will to learn, undoubtedly driven by the false belief that their current knowledge was acceptable.

Israel's "religion" had evolved, just as with many churches we see around us these days. There is an inversely proportional relationship between "accurate, honest, Biblical knowledge" and "one's sense of spiritual 'maturity' and tolerance to sin."

As one's knowledge of God's will diminishes, a false sense of "spiritual maturity" often increases.

Such intelligent but woefully misled Christian people learn to develop a "tolerant attitude" toward many evils of society, including false teaching and false religions.

They no longer understand the wisdom of God's command to "abhor what is evil; cling to what is good." (Rom 12:9)

We too must abhor evil: both in our own lives, and in the world. But the "evil" we must abhor and the "good" we must love should be per God's definitions, not man's.

For man's definitions of good and evil are distorted.

Additional recommended reading:

AUDIO: Destroyed by a lack of knowledge
Defending Christianity—the only provable religion


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