The Foolishness of Men

Paul wrote, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, ‘He catches the wise in their own craftiness,’ and again, ‘The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile'” (1 Corinthians 3:19,20, NKJV).
The wisdom of this pronouncement plays out before us every day. Foolishness abounds in the world of men. Ignorance, blasphemy, and presumptuousness mark man’s attempts to outsmart God. They use their pseudo knowledge to impress men and lure them away from God.
In Genesis 11:4, man’s blindness to his position led him to attempt to construct the Tower of Babel. They said, “‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens.’ God, seeing the foolishness of men, ‘came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built” (Genesis 11:5). Their efforts were so puny. It is like us bending down with a magnifying glass to view the mighty accomplishments of a dust mite.
Statements like the ones below fill the pantheon of man’s futility.
First, people say, “Choose the church of your choice.” This phrase is meant to exhibit warmth, comfort, and a generous, unified spirit. Yet, it displays an ignorance of Scripture. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” In Acts 2:47, we read, “And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Finally, 1 Corinthians 15:24 says that Jesus will deliver the church to God.
Surely we can see that all these activities were accomplished by God. David wrote in Psalm 119:89 that the Word of God was settled before time ever existed. We have no right to try to alter what has already been accomplished. The church Jesus established is here and its doctrine settled, and we can follow it or be lost. To try to establish our own church and doctrine is a hopeless endeavor. The decision on which church and doctrine are right has already been decided.
Second, people say, “You follow your truth and I’ll follow mine.” This is intended to exude open-mindedness and love. Instead, it shows a disdain for absolute truth. David wrote, “Your law is truth” (Psalm 119:142). John wrote, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). Ultimately, the truth will judge us on the last day (John 12:48). Later, John wrote, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17).
Truth will be obeyed or denied. No other options exist. Paul wrote, “but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness” will find “indignation and wrath”(Romans 2:8). We follow the truth of God or we will be lost eternally. Once again, Psalm 119:89 says that truth was settled before time began. We have no right to say that we have truth that differs from that of God’s Word. Galatians 1:8 says, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”
We need to stop trying to be gods and submit humbly to his will (James 4:10). God will not tolerate our challenging his Lordship. Job 5:13 says, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness, And the counsel of the cunning comes quickly upon them.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

3 thoughts on “The Foolishness of Men

  1. Of course one church is as good as another. Every one of them are creations of men. Jesus did not build a church (defining church by what constitutes one today). His body has no head, originator nor worldly organization. It is a spiritual body, unable to conduct business in this world. It is not of this world.

  2. John,
    Matthew 16:18 says He built His church and He couldn’t return His church back to the Lord if it were not His, in the first place.
    Christ is indeed the head of the church as shown in Ephesians 1:22-23.
    I certainly am glad you are reading the articles. It makes me happy. Have a wonderful week.

  3. Max, thank you for reading Forthright. However, I have no idea what you mean by your comment. Maybe you can clarify. Thanks.

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