Many are ever learning but never come to the knowledge of the Truth (2 Timothy 3:7) because they are being led by their intellect, abilities, talent and education. These commandments of men, their vain philosophies, are being taught as doctrine and appeal to one’s intellect, abilities, talent, etc.. Being cloaked in Scripture, the Believer is deceived as they equate these “doctrines” with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Sadly, they never understand they are being led by the flesh to the slaughter.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-4
The quickening of the Believer’s intellect, abilities, talent, etc. become the law necessary for victory. The questionnaires given to find one’s “natural abilities” are to incite those abilities for service in the Kingdom of God. God does not need a questionnaire folks. He does not rehabilitate the old man but creates a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17). Seeking out our work in the Kingdom of God by a questionnaire which utilizes one’s talents, etc. does not require the help of the Holy Spirit to lead us into all Truths according to the Word of God because this vain philosophy being taught as doctrine usurps the ministry of the Holy Spirit and incites the flesh to do that which only the Holy Spirit can do. The Holy Spirit is not commissioned to superintend the vain philosophies of man which are taught as doctrine.
The vain philosophies being taught as doctrine become a law of which the Holy Spirit does not superintend. The Believer being led by the flesh is swept to and fro with every wind of doctrine. Some look at them and say well at least they are Saved. If indeed they are Saved, their faith is in serious danger of being destroyed. It is the devil’s purpose to destroy the faith of Believers and he does so by corrupting the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. This is the leaven which leavens the lump; the poison in the pot which turns the Truth into a lie.
“11 And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the Saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the Truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ:
16 From Whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:11-16.
God gives the increase. The Holy Spirit leads us into all Truth according to the Word of God when our faith is placed solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ. Then and only then are we led by the Spirit of God as He superintends that which He is commissioned to do…free us from the law of sin and death . Don’t be deceived by the lies of the devil. It is not our efforts, abilities or intellect which has overcome the world, the flesh and the devil but Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Be determined to know nothing else.
-Donna Clark Warren