This series of posts are going to deal with four places in the scriptures where we are warned to “let no one deceive you“. May we hear these warnings and stand firm in our perseverance to the end!
1st Corinthians 3:18
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
One of the greatest vulnerabilities of the human heart are the things of “this age” that “seem to be wise”. Remember the deception of Eve; when Satan tempted her she looked at the forbidden fruit and “she saw that it was desirable to make one wise” (Gen. 3:6). The desire to make herself wise by her own deception, not Satan’s! She deceived herself into thinking that wisdom was a thing to be grasped!
The language in this passage is often treated as figurative; yet I strongly believe that if anyone is to be truly wise in this age he will be made a fool because the wisdom of this age is so thoroughly converse to the wisdom of God that He is truly foolish to them!
What do we hear being taught today?
1st Timothy 6:20-21
20 O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge— 21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.
All I hear being taught today are profane (common), idle babblings (pointless teachings) and contradictions (hypocrisies) of false knowledge. Though they can dissect ancient languages they can’t discern the Truth that is laid plainly before those who are called by faith according to the purpose of Christ.
These teachers entice many people through the love of money (which is the specific context of 1st Timothy 6) and teach people how to fill their bank accounts, but they lead them into dry and parched lands to die in the desert.
The question is, do you believe that the wisdom of this age is foolish?