SPIRITUAL PRIDE PART 2
PRIDE vs HUMILITY
We all know what PRIDE is. But is it wrong all the time? For instance, admiration for the great work of your genius kids or a job well done, is not the same is Spiritual Pride. To most people, the epitome of Spiritual Pride is sometimes the American televangelist!
These men and women must come from the same cookie cutter school of presentation and speech persuasion! Their theology is 99% prosperity Gospel, with a bible as a prop! While Spiritual Pride is obvious to see in those who put themselves out there and market their communication skills, in the average believer, it is just as dangerous! It is also more hidden and yet, a silent deadly attribute.
The Bible says "God resists the Proud, but gives Grace to the Humble" (1 Peter 5:5). Any Christian can be guilty of spiritual pride - from the puffed up deacon to the celebrity worship leader; from the pompous preacher to the lowly Sunday School teacher or greeter!!
I quote a major portion of Jonathan Edward's sermon on Spiritual Pride here to drive this point home, and allow us to really examine ourselves today to see if we A. have the bitter fruits of Pride....or B. the sweet nectar of the spirit of Humility, which comes from being Christ like! Do it right now, after reading what the greatest preacher in America said....oh, so long ago!!!
JONATHAN EDWARDS (1703-1758), FROM HIS SERMON "SPIRITUAL PRIDE" SAYS IN PART: "