Without Knowledge Prov. 19: 2 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
You have to learn some things – if you are all the time running around hasting with your feet you will never settle down long enough to read and study – you must take time to think, meditate and read. It is not good to be without knowledge.
We are commanded to study [2 Tim 2:15]. The admonition that knowledge puffeth up [1 Cor 8:1] is not an excuse to not study.
Prov 19:8 instructs that if you love your own soul you will get wisdom; Prov 19:15 explains the reason most don’t is due to laziness; Prov 19:20 shows us that to get knowledge you also have to be willing to hear counsel and receive instruction; Prov 19:27 warns to stay away from instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge. Error is taught by:
- Lawyers – (Luke 11:52) Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
- Universities – professors teach a lot of stuff that will drive a man away from the Lord (Col 2:8) Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
- False teachers – (2 Pet 2:1) But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
So, where are you going to get the kind of knowledge that God wants you to have?
Read the Bible over and over so that you get a working knowledge.
Read history – discover the true Biblical roots of American history – this study will make you a better citizen – military history to make you a better soldier of Jesus Christ.
Read church history – not from Roman Catholic perspective – see that the Bible believing brand of Christian has been around since the early church and see that we have not changed our doctrine from day one.
Read missions – keep your heart hot for the work God is doing in other parts of the world
Read about Israel – From Time Immemorial, Israel: A Deadly Piece Of Dirt, etc for the right perspective on Israel and the Arab nations.
Read sermons from the old timers
Read good books – from Victory Baptist Press www.victorybaptistpress.com, Gospel Light Baptist Church www.gospellight.org [Solid Rock Publications], Bible Baptist Bookstore www.kjv1611.org, Bible Believers Website www.biblebelievers.com, etc. – although none of these will be 100% [check everything you read by the Bible] you will be overwhelmed with truth.
Read Larkin for dispensational truth
Read Ruckman, Hills, Waite, Riplinger, Fuller, Gipp for Bible versions
Stay away from modern Bibles