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Satan’s Strategem - Some years ago, I mentioned my appreciation of A.W. Tozer. (http://elthambaptist.com.au/posts/why-i-like-tozer/) A friend recently passed this on, and once again I conclude, the man was a prophet… far ahead of his time. “Satan’s Stratagem” –  An extract from “The Great Deceiver” by A.W.Tozer For we have not followed cunningly devised fables. (2 Peter 1:16) “It is amazing that Satan’s wiliest stratagem against Christian believers is to use our virtues against us! Perhaps it is more amazing that he often does this with great success. By means of temptation to sin he strikes at our personal lives; by working through our virtues he gets at the whole community of believers and unfits it for its own defense. To capture a city an enemy must first weaken or destroy its resistance. The Church will never fall as long as she resists. This the devil knows; consequently he uses any stratagem to neutralize her resistance. Satan first creates a maudlin, inaccurate concept of Christ as soft, smiling and tolerant. He reminds us that when Christ, as a lamb brought to slaughter, opened not His mouth—and suggests that we do likewise. Then if we notice his foot in the door and rise to oppose....
The knowledge of God - Wisdom and knowledge are not the same. From a christian perspective, whilst knowledge can be taken, wisdom must be given. Of course, this can pose a problem when trying to work out the moral good in a situation. You see, whilst we may be unfamiliar with what is right, the problem is bigger than that. The problem is that we are way too familiar with what is wrong. So how can we have the wisdom to know what is right? Let’s start by trying to answer these two questions: Question 1, “Who can give wisdom?” The christian answers, “God”. Question 2, “To whom does he give wisdom?” The christian answers, “To those in relationship with him.” Jesus declared, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” So truth is not so much a ‘what’ as it is a ‘who’. Both truth and wisdom reside in the person of God.   If we are not in a relationship with truth, we cannot know it. Imagine the irony of John 18:38, staring at Jesus – Pilate asks – “What is truth?” It wasn’t a ”what, it was a ‘who’. So now we see what our real dilemma is. Our familiarity with what is wrong has ruined our familiarity with....
The knowledge of good and evil - Together we quickly did the math. It was twenty-five years ago that I would have sat in his theology class as an undergrad student (a fact that disturbed us both)! It was good to see Brian Edgar again after many years. As Professor of Theology, he stimulated my thinking then and he did so again last night at our “4:12” gathering. Brian was reflecting on how formative a book by Dietrich Bonhoeffer had been on his life. In his book “Ethics” (published in 1949 after his death), Bonhoeffer points out that whilst the aim of ethics is to discern between good and evil, the aim of Christian ethics is to “invalidate this knowledge”. On the surface, it is a surprising statement however it helps us understand how different is the discipline of Christian ethics to that of ethics generally. The role of Christian ethics is to actually critique the discipline of ethics itself and to this end, the problem behind the knowledge of good and evil. The very pursuit of what is wrong or what is right, indicates that something far bigger is amiss. Rather than regard it as a noble quest, the need to do so should serve as a warning sign. Why is it so difficult....

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