One of the greatest problems that faces Christianity in America today is the reliance on one’s senses and reasoning to drive their theology and spiritual discernment. Not only does this prove to be fallible, but often fouls up our Christian witness.
One of the best illustrations of the tragedy is found in the life of the early Patriarch, Isaac. For example, we read in Genesis 27, when Jacob and his mother Rebekah conspired and connived to obtain the blessing of the eldest son for Jacob, they implemented a plan to deceive Isaac who was now aged and blind. This plot involved appealing to Isaac’s physical senses, sound, touch, smell, and taste.
When Jacob approached his father Isaac to ask for the blessing of the eldest son, he had disguised his skin to feel like Esau’s (v. 22), and his smell was similar to Esau (v. 27). Moreover, even Isaac’s taste which he prided himself on (v. 4), now betrayed him that he could not distinguish “venison” (v. 19) from “goat” (9). Nevertheless, even when Isaac sensed a check in his spirit that this may not be Esau (vv. 22-24), he still allowed his senses to guide his spiritual discernment; and from a human viewpoint Isaac was deceived.
But from a divine viewpoint God overrode Isaac’s attempt to circumvent the divine promise (Genesis 25:23).
Friend, we cannot allow our physical senses, feelings, and reasoning to guide our theology and spiritual discernment. Why? Because man acquired from Adam in the fall in the Garden, a fallen sin nature that corrupted his heart, his senses, emotions, and his reasoning. And man until he is born again cannot properly discern spiritual things: “But the natural man Receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
As such, we invite you to join us at New Melle Baptist Church where the Word of God is taught and preached uncompromisingly and without apology; when theology in many churches and denominations today is being driven not by the Word of God, but by political correctness, cultural preferences, feelings, and pop psychology. We also invite you to see our newly renovated sanctuary.