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Counsel's Creed

February 22

  "THOU shalt guide me with THY counsel, ..."  Psalm 73:24






"This ‘Dear Abby’ approach to walking with GOD is conducive to herds, but not to flocks."








Is it apparent that the "sleight of men" frequent the household of faith?  And in spite of being warned, we, as little children, are being "carried about by every wind of doctrine" (cf. Ephesians 4:14).  The choppy seas of sunken reasoning is driving many a vessel from the glassy surface of grace to the rocks of false theology.  Ubiquitous is the counsel of man ... and that freely dispensed; for of a fact, the age old adage that opinions are as noses is not overstated.  Nothing so puffs one up like being asked his or her opinion.  Ask a man what he thinks, either sincerely or in passing, and you will not go away wanton. 

“… and in multitude of counselors there is safety.”  At the risk of tie-tack and Harley, I wish to dispel a common misnomer concerning this verse.  Pulpit S.O.P. suggests this verse interpreted to state that the more counsel {i.e. human opinion} you can gather on any given issue or decision before you, the safer you will be.  The trouble I find however, is that a multitude of human counsel sends me away safely confused rather than safely counseled.  Ask ten Christians for input on the topic or doctrine of your choice and you’ll need a flow chart to track the results.  Beloved, the best I've seen come of this is a sad form of sanctified averaging and spiritual interpolation.  Certainly a walk with the one true GOD of precise holiness should fare better than that! 

Can you imagine David seeking a consensus on Goliath?  Absurd, you say, yet we take that very path when facing the giants which taunt us.  This ‘Dear Abby’ approach to walking with GOD is conducive to herds, but not to flocks.  We have succumbed to the world’s polling mentality in finding direction for our lives … after all, ten out of twelve spies can’t be wrong ... can they?

I have found in my work with people that there are two extremes.  On one end are those who do not care about truth and just simply want to be left alone, on the other are the smug and arrogant who already know it all.  I never hope to speak to either of these, but rather to the honest and humble who genuinely want to grow as a Christian and learn to walk with the LORD.  Many are the questions about life, living, love, lucre and a variety of other issues regarding GOD’S will.  Thus to point you to any other than the AUTHOR of life, seems fruitless.

I offer these 3 tenets as Creed unto your counsel:  

  • Do make GOD’S Word your solitary multitude: "THY testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors."

  • Do seek after and listen to GOD’S chosen men: (cf. Ephesians 4:11-14) … for men of GOD are commanded to command us: "For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of GOD." … so far as men preach the Word, we are obliged to heed and follow.

  • Do side with GOD when you find yourself in a conflict of loyalty: "There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD."

For Love of Country
John Paul Jones (1747-1792)
(Father of the American Navy)
"I have not yet begun to fight."

(uttered in response to a plea for surrender
by overwhelming British naval forces)

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