Sunday, October 05, 2008

Pride Goes Before Destruction

Prov. 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

The verse above is the middle verse of the entire book of Proverbs, and in view of the obviously structured original verse divisions throughout the book, it may well have been divinely designed as such. Since the sin of pride is so deadly it is appropriate that a solemn warning concerning it should be placed here right at the heart of God's book of true wisdom.

The sin of pride was the primeval sin of Satan; Ezek. 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. It was the sin by which Satan led Adam and Eve to fall. "Ye shall be as gods" (Gen. 3:5) he had said. It is always the "easily besetting" sin of Christian leaders, especially those who have assumed such leadership prematurely; 1 Tim. 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Even Jesus was thirty years old before He began to teach.

Though pride is not named as such in the Ten Commandments, in reality it is implied in the very first one. Ex. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. The essence of all false religion is evolutionary humanism, worshipping and serving the creature more than the Creator (Rom. 1:25). Pride and unbelief are two sides of the same coin. When men and women refuse the word of their Creator, it is fundamentally because they want to be their own "gods," as did Adam and Eve. Human pride is the hidden root of humanism, and of evolutionism, and of "every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God" (2 Cor. 10:5). It is the very essence of the sin nature which we have inherited from our first parents. How carefully we need to guard against this secret sin of pride. If we do not, it will inevitably lead to humiliation and defeat.

A devotional thought by Henry Morris

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Blogger Jerry Bouey said...

Very sobering warning. I was reading the first 6 chapters of 1 Corinthians the other day with a coworker, and one verse he pointed out was this:

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

We have no reason for pride or to boast about our spiritual accomplishments - everything we have, God gave us. 1 Corinthians 15:10 also tells us that it was God's grace working in us that accomplished anything good that we have done in our service to the Lord.

Thank you for posting this.

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