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April 02 [Mon], 2012, 14:33
There is an antithesis between Christian maturity and worldly wisdom. That means that they are mutually exclusive. They are opposed to one another. What serves to increase Christian maturity undermines worldly wisdom, and what serves to increase worldly wisdom undermines Christian maturity. And it is this antithesis that Paul highlights in these chapters of First Corinthians. It is precisely because of this antithesis that Paul has "decided to know nothing among you (the Corinthians), except Jesus Christ, and him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2: 2). Paul was not ignorant of Greek literature and philosophy. Rather, he didn't want them to undermine the gospel by bringing in non-biblical ideas, even when those ideas might seem to the Greeks to support the gospel. He knew that they would not, that they would dilute and undermine it.christian louboutin lady peep spikes 150mm black patent leather pumps

But he was not opposed to wisdom, "among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away" (1 Corinthians 2: 6). Rather, Paul imparted the "secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory" (1 Corinthians 2: 7). Repeatedly, Paul says that God's wisdom is not available to the ungodly. The Westminster Confession teaches that "the inward illumination of the Spirit of God (is) necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the Word" (WCF 1: 6). Paul taught that "no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual" (1 Corinthians 2: 11-13).
There is a gulf between the godless and the godly that can only be bridged by Jesus Christ. It cannot be bridged by human wisdom or human effort. Christians can understand the godless because we were once godless ourselves, but the godless cannot understand Christianity unless and until they themselves are born again or become regenerate. "The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Corinthians 2: 4).christian louboutin lady peep spikes 150mm black patent leather pumps

There is an important application of this concept related to church marketing and advertising that virtually no contemporary church marketer uses. Most contemporary church marketing programs are aimed at the godless. What I mean is that they use the language and aesthetics of the godless in order to appeal to the values or aesthetics of the godless. They try to make Christianity appear to be hip or cool or "in" or popular. They try to make it appear to be worldly by copying the latest marketing fads and techniques in order to make Christianity more appealing to the worldly minded. But Paul clearly teaches that the truth of Christianity cannot be known to the godless. It can only be discerned by the godly.
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