Enthusiastically Wrong

Have you ever judged enthusiasm for truth?  I know that I have.  I’ve listened to someone who was so enthusiastic about something, so passionate about something, that I made the assumption that he was right.  But in reality, he was enthusiastically wrong. Whether it is enthusiasm or sincerity, there is really no substitute for the truth.  This is how Paul opens the next section in reference to Israel. Here are verses 1-2 of chapter 1O: “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.”  We’ve already seen how passionate Paul was for his Jewish countrymen. He even went so far as to say that if the Jews could be saved, he would be willing to be accursed.  In these sentences Paul points out that the Jews have a zeal for God.  They are enthusiastic for God…but not according to knowledge.  They were enthusiastic about keeping the law and attempting to become right with God through their own effort.  But that was bad information.  Their enthusiasm or zeal did not count.  In the matters that really matter, enthusiasm without truth or knowledge is empty.  Unfortunately, zeal without truth or knowledge can be deadly.  We read this on the internet every day.  Enthusiasm is great but please make sure that your enthusiasm is based on knowledge, that your enthusiasm is rooted in truth.  When you compare zeal and truth, you have a winning combination.  When one or the other is missing, you can have a very wrong outcome.

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