As in all Scripture, Pro 9 presents two ways, and two invitations, that of wisdom and that of folly. The invitations are personified. Both have a location, invitation, and meal, but the invitations lead to opposite results, life, v 6, and death, v 7.
Some Christians are converted out of the world, where they had little or no religious background. They become Christians, but after a time they bump into the Lordship of Jesus Christ, in practical living. So when he orders something they don’t like, they leave the Way and join a denomination that permits them to follow their human desires. And there they stay, talking about Jesus as Lord and Savior, but denying his sovereignty over their lives, thinking that God will approve of their religion.
If you identify your congregation by a person (pastor or leader) other than Christ, either you’re not in the right church or you’re not the right kind of Christian.
Christ does not brook the exaltation of man. The church belongs to him. No person has the right to be known for the work of Christ.
The shortcut you think may save you time and grief may never get you to your destination. It may seem the quickest way. It promises to reroute you, past the hard incline, around the boulders, and over bogs. But it may well end in the thick of the forest, where it throws you into a tangle of briars and limbs and crevices from which you cannot extricate yourself.
For my personal ministry I’ve outlined three basic principles of action.
1. EXAMPLE. Do everything to be imitated by the brethren and those coming to faith.
King Zedekiah and the people didn’t want to listen or obey the word of God.
But neither King Zedekiah nor his attendants nor the people who were left in the land listened to what the Lord said through Jeremiah, Jer 37.2 NLT.
How we worry about other people’s opinion! We still show worldly values when we apply “social inclusion” in the church without the criteria of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Every plant that my Father in heaven has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Stay away from the Pharisees. They lead the people, but they are like blind men leading other blind men. And if a blind man leads another blind man, both of them will fall into a ditch.
Matthew 15.13-14 ERV