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True and False Knowledge - by Michael Phillips
1 Corinthians - Part 3
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1 Corinthians 2:1-16
May 06, 2012 am - Other than Judaism, nothing threatened the Early Church more than Gnosticism. 'Gnosticism' comes from the Greek word meaning, 'I know', and this is what the Gnostics prided themselves on: knowing things-knowing things ordinary Christians did not know. They found this hidden wisdom in one of two ways: with their heads or with their hearts. The brainier ones reasoned out the mysteries of God; the more intuitive simply felt it somewhere deep in the soul. But, however they got this secret knowledge, they had it; others didn't and never would. The practical results of Gnosticism are pride, contempt, and division. If some people in the church 'get it' and others don't, those who do will congratulate themselves, look down on the others, and form a 'know-it-all' club. If you read 1 Corinthians you'll see this is what's going on, and what Paul spends almost all of his time and effort trying to correct. The divide in Corinth is not between Jews and Gentiles, as it was in most other places at the time, but between people 'in-the-know' and people 'out-of-the know'. Between people who were not content with the simple Gospel and the people who were. Is Paul against knowledge? No, he isn't. He ... More >>>

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