Wisdom has built her house…she calls
From the tops of the heights of the city:
“Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!”
The woman of folly is boisterous,
She is naive and knows nothing.
She sits at the doorway of her house,
On a seat by the high places of the city,
Calling to those who pass by,
Who are making their paths straight:
“Whoever is naive, let him turn in here,”
from Proverbs 9
Notice that wisdom and folly use exactly the same words. Both of them call out to the ones who do not feel wise.
Which are you listening to? Which will you follow?
Here’s another example of great-sounding words coming from an evil source.
It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer,
a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us,
who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling.
Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying,
“These men are bond-servants of the Most High God,
who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.”
The slave girl, who was controlled by an evil spirit, used all the right words. Everything she said was absolutely true. So why did Paul get annoyed and rebuke the spirit, casting it out? Because he knew that the source discredited the truth of the words. If a man preaches Jesus, but his life is wicked, that is a shame and a reproach to the gospel of Christ.
I think it’s easy to forget in today’s world that Satan uses truth. We are so accustomed to thinking of him as the father of lies that we forget his adroit use of truth. Remember when Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted by the devil? Satan quoted scripture to Jesus. The adversary is expert at using the words of God in very slightly twisted ways.
Have you ever been in conversation with someone who seemed to be attacking everything you believed to be true, but they quoted God’s word, and it seemed to support their case, so you found yourself at a loss for words?
That’s why we should be slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19) There are too many times when subtle misapplications of Scripture are not immediately apparent. Remember Eve in the garden? Don’t instantly agree when scripture is quoted–go home and study it and ask God to reveal the truth to you.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,
who gives to all generously and without reproach,
and it will be given to him.
Listen to the Truth.
He is the Way.
And Jesus is the only way to get a Life!