Simple Sincerity > Elaborate Cleverness

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Yes, we are mere humans, but we don’t fight the war in a merely human way. The weapons we use for the fight, you see, are not merely human; they carry a power from God that can tear down fortresses! We tear down clever arguments, and every proud notion that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. We take every thought prisoner and make it obey the Messiah.  ~NTE

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.  ~NLT

I was greatly moved by this commentary last night, and would like to share it with you:

[Paul} says that he is equipped to deal with and to destroy all the plausible cleverness of human wisdom and human pride. There is a simplicity which is a weightier argument than the most elaborate human cleverness. Once there was a house party at which Huxley the great Victorian agnostic was present. On the Sunday morning it was planned to go to church. Huxley said to a member of the party, “Suppose you don’t go to church; suppose you stay at home and tell me why you believe in Jesus and in Christianity.” The man said, “But you, with your cleverness, could demolish anything I might say.” Huxley said, “I don’t want you to argue. I want you just to tell me what this means to you.” So the man, in the simplest terms, told from his heart what Christ means to him. When he was finished there were tears in the great agnostic’s eyes. “I would give my right hand,” he said, “if I could only believe that.” It was not argument, it was the utter simplicity of heartfelt sincerity which got home. In the last analysis it is not subtle cleverness which is effective but simple sincerity, against which cleverness has no defense.

There will always be someone who can out-argue you. But your subjective experience of what Christ has come to mean to you is axiomatic.

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