Zealous without knowledge

Let us never forget that religious earnestness alone is no proof that a man is a sound Christian. Not all zeal is rightit may be a zeal without knowledge. No one is so mischievous as a blundering, ignorant zealot. Not all earnestness is trustworthy without the leading of Gods Spirit, it may lead a man so far astray, that, like Saul, he will persecute Christ himself. Some bigots imagine they are doing God service, when they are actually fighting against His truth, and trampling on His people. Let us pray that we may have light as well as zeal.
~ J.C. Ryle

Interesting. Ryle says not all zealots are good. Even if you are zealous, it may be for the wrong reason. How so can be wrong? Can we think of any scenarios for a zealousness gone awry?

Ryle stated an example of Saul. He was God’s appointed. In a war, he was instructed to wipe out everybody. Instead he spared the King (I think is Agag.) Yes, It’s Agag. 1 Samuel 15. and some animals to be brought back for sacrifice. This is clearly zealousness gone awry. Wrong. Instead of obedience, it became disobedience.

How do we know if we are being led by God’s spirit or the devil? Even Jesus rebuked Peter ‘get thee behind me Satan’. Peter told Jesus not to say he will suffer and die.

“From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” (Matthew 16:21-23).

I’m sure Peter meant well, but somehow that well was offensive to Jesus as it is disrupting the work and will of God.

Posted by Wordmobi

~ by ymsim on 2010/08/18.

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