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Plenty of Bad Ideas

There is never a shortage of bad ideas. In fact, there is a demonic-industrial complex strategically pumping them out. It is incessant and tactical. Vigilance is necessary to stem their flow. Thankfully, we are not without adequate recourse.

We are apt to pin the “world-systems” as the puppets advancing the bad ideas. We point to educational institutions, the media, or false-religions. No doubt, there are plenty of bad ideas coming out of those places.

Doing the Devil’s Work

However, sadly, the demonic ideas I want to mention are produced inside the church. Paul said, “The weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor 10:4-5). Notice, thoughts (ideas) were causing the problems. The context Paul wrote those words was problems he was having with leaders in the church at Corinth. The demonic-industrial complex pumping out all the bad ideas Paul battles in his letters of 1 and 2 Corinthians was in the church!

Seizing the Fortress

The word picture Paul paints of the problems in Corinth is that of an enemy invasion that has seized the fortress (which is the “stronghold” or guard tower) and is using that strategic, influential vantage to coordinate warfare across the city. Proud ideas that are controlling the tower must be stormed, brought down, and taken as prisoners of war.

Ability of the Flesh

What kind of proud ideas cause these problems? Paul mentions three things in this context: ability, authority, and appearances. First, when one relies on the ability of the flesh. Paul said the means of our work (“weapons of our warfare”) does not derive its power from human ability. The church operates on divine power (verse 4). It is a bad idea to try to run the church on any other power.

Authority Dismissed

Second, proud ideas produce undermining of authority in the church. Some in the church at Corinth dismissed Paul’s credentials. Paul was ready to confront their subversiveness (verse 6). It is a bad idea to oppose (or ignore) godly leadership.

Appearance Is Everything

Third, when the church has been invaded by merely human ways of thinking, everything is about outward appearances. Paul chided the Corinthians of “only looking on the surface of things” (verse 7). Paul appeared to be weak, wasn’t charismatic, and wasn’t a good speaker (10:1,10). The Corinthians were enamored with swag.

A Great Idea

Have you been invaded by any bad ideas? Have “merely human” ways of looking at ability, authority, and appearances set themselves up against the knowledge of God in your life? In that same passage Paul said, “I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by its cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (11:3). The gospel is divine power that can defeat any human weapon (Rom 1:16). You can expect bad ideas to continue coming. You have adequate recourse to not only battle them, but defeat them by your “sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” Simple devotion to Jesus is a great idea.
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