Somewhat of a "heady" chat . . .
COME, COME, SIT DOWN, have a chair. I wish to relate something of the upmost importance. For what I'm about to describe has led more souls to Hell than you can imagine.
Intrigued? You should be. For I refer to none other than head-knowledge, that grand deceiver. It strikes unaware. Its perpetrator normally has no idea they're a victim of head-knowledge . . . until it's too late.
Oh, don't bother looking for outward signs. The poor soul possessing head-knowledge agrees with everything concerning God's saving grace.
They have no quarrels with Christ's death on the cross and readily acknowledge the need of His precious shed blood as their only payment for sin. Yet, their future is still lined with judgment. For on that dreadful day when they stand before Christ reasoning, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?" (Matt. 7:22); Christ will sadly reply,
"I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matt. 7:23).
For you see, in their minds, they know all the facts; but in their hearts, well . . . it's in the heart where true salvation takes place, for "if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt BELIEVE IN THINE HEART that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For WITH THE HEART man believeth unto righteousness" (Rom. 10:9-10). One can intellectually understand the gospel, yet lack a heart-felt trust in its saving grace. It's no better than believing a safe trip to the Moon is possible, yet still be unwilling to trust that belief and climb aboard. Many have walked up to salvation's door, studied it, examined it, agreeing all along it's the only door and yet within their hearts, hesitate, not willing to trust what's on the other side.
Take heed, therefore. Beware of head-knowledge which loves to agree without having to put its money where its heart is. It will gladly concede that Hell exists without acting upon the reality of its existence. It will acknowledge the house is on fire without exercising the natural desperation to get out. It will willingly concur, and emphatically consent, nodding its head while the rest of the body stands still.
Be not deceived. Heaven lies only eighteen inches from hell--the distance between your head and your heart. "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" (2 Cor. 13:5).
There, I've warned you . . . Of course, much more can be said about head-knowledge, but I believe you have enough to think about for now. Oh, while you're thinking . . . remember, not to use your head too much.
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