INTELLECTUALISM – devotion to the exercise of intellect or to intellectual pursuits.
There are many professing Christians who have a head knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and agree. For many years (most of my adult life), if you asked me if I was a Christian I would adamantly say “YES”. The truth of the matter though was that I was no more a Christian than a tomato plant sitting in the garage is a car. I knew the Gospel but had not accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord. I remind you, the devil knows the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. One thing about my story is that I wasn’t in church. My profession of Christianity was lip service to those who inquired and it soothed my conscience so I wouldn’t have to think about the consequences of eternal hell.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be Born Again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3
Sadly, there are many sitting in the church house today who have the same profession except they are sitting on the pews every Sunday. They know the theology of their certain denomination and what it teaches however they do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and neither does He know them.
“21 Not every one that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the Will of My Father which is in Heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name? and in Your Name have cast out devils? and in Your Name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
They have departed from the faith and followed doctrines of demons. Their’s is another Jesus and another gospel. Vain philosophies have been taught as biblical doctrine and they have believed a lie. They have no oil in their lamps. Their eternal Salvation by faith in the Finished Work of Christ Jesus has morphed into dead works by faith in their many wonderful works. Their intellectualism has them deceived and they are bound for a devil’s hell unless they turn from their wicked ways.
Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ? Do you know Who He is? (The only begotten Son of God.) Do you know what He has done? (God manifested in the flesh to become the Sacrificial Lamb of God to pay the penalty of sin and break the power of sin for whosoever will believe.). Have you been Born Again?
God knows the answers to these questions and so do you. No matter the case, He stands at the door knocking wanting to have a personal relationship with you. Don’t let anyone tell you that you must be water baptized to be Saved. This is simply not so. There is nothing you must do to be Born Again except simply believe upon Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and ask Him to come into your heart.
When the believing sinner wills (wants) to believe upon the Lord Jesus there is no devil in hell that can stop his ability to believe. The power of God can pierce asunder the heart of man and open the door for our free will to believe.
“23 Jesus said unto him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believe.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help You my unbelief.” Mark 9:23-24
If you will to believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ, don’t be ashamed to cry out unto the Lord for Him to help your unbelief. It’s your will to believe upon the Cross of Christ for Salvation and victory over sin that opens the door for faith to arise.
It is so much harder for those who have been indoctrinated with religious philosophies to simply believe. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified has been made of no affect because of their many wonderful works in the Name of Jesus. However, nothing is impossible with the Lord when we humble ourselves and cry out to Jesus to help our unbelief.
-Donna Clark Warren