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Ignorance in the Church. Warned against ignorance Eph. 5:17; 1 Ths. 4:13; 2 Pet. 3:8. “lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified…ignorant may imply a general condition or it may apply to lack of knowledge or awareness of a particular thing” ( Merriam-Webster )

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warned against ignorance eph 5 17 1 ths 4 13 2 pet 3 8
Warned against ignoranceEph. 5:17; 1 Ths. 4:13; 2 Pet. 3:8
  • “lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified…ignorant may imply a general condition or it may apply to lack of knowledge or awareness of a particular thing” (Merriam-Webster)
  • Unlearned, not having knowledge, unaware
  • Knowledge needed to follow Jesus, Jno. 8:31-32
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Ephesians 5:17
  • Some don’t realize the high cost of ignorance
  • Some don’t care
  • Gospel calls sinners out of the darkness of ignorance,Eph. 4:17-21
what ignorance of god s word has caused
What Ignorance of God’s Word Has Caused
  • Israel punished with exile, Isa. 5:13; Hosea 4:6; Jer. 4:22
  • Put Jesus on the cross, Acts 3:17 (Lk. 23:34); 1 Cor. 2:7-8
  • Brought opposition & persecution, 1 Tim. 1:13; Acts 26:9-11
what ignorance is causing in the church
What Ignorance is Causing in the Church
  • Forget fundamentals of the faith, 2 Pet. 1: 12-15
    • Foundational,Heb. 6: 1 (Psa. 11:3)
    • Fail to know…fail to grow…forget cleansing…lost,2 Pet. 1:8-9 (4)
what ignorance is causing in the church1
What Ignorance is Causing in the Church
  • Spiritual immaturity, Heb. 5:12-14
    • Wise lay up knowledge,Prov. 10:14 (2:10)
    • Filled…walk worthy, Col. 1:9-10; Phil. 1:9-10
    • Hinders spiritual communication,1 Cor. 3:1-2
what ignorance is causing in the church2
What Ignorance is Causing in the Church
  • Look like the world, 1 Pet. 1:14-16; Eph. 5:7-8, 11
    • Reflected in values (dress, speech, recreation)
    • Reflected in compromising attitudes
    • Reflected in immoral conduct,Jas. 4:4; 1 Cor. 6:15
what ignorance is causing in the church3
What Ignorance is Causing in the Church
  • Invasion of false doctrine
    • Deceived by error,Matt. 22:29
    • Willful ignorance, 2 Pet. 3:5, 8
    • Tossed about,Eph. 4:14
    • Cannot earnestly contend,Jude 3
what ignorance is causing in the church4
What Ignorance is Causing in the Church
  • Ineffective evangelism, Mk. 16:15
    • Friendship evangelism
    • Social gospel
    • Positivism
    • Zeal without knowledge(Rom. 10:2)
    • Salvation…know truth,1 Tim. 2:4
what ignorance is causing in the church5
What Ignorance is Causing in the Church
  • Unjustly critical
    • Arrogance of knowledge, 1 Cor. 8:1
    • Conceit of ignorance, Rom. 11:25
    • Presumptuous, harsh, 2 Pet. 2:10-12
    • Condemn innocent,Matt. 12:7
    • Not righteous judgment,Jno. 7:24
what ignorance will cause
What Ignorance will Cause
  • Out of submission to Christ’s authority (Eph. 5:24), Col. 3:16-17
    • Israel,Rom. 10:3
    • Rejection,Lk. 19:41-44
  • Rejected,Rev. 3:15-17
  • Remedy,Rev. 3:18-21
fools hate knowledge prov 1 7 22 23 24 29
Fools Hate KnowledgeProv. 1:7, 22-23; 24-29
  • Some “do not have the knowledge of God”(1 Cor. 15:34)
  • Christians have “the knowledge of the truth”(Heb. 10:26)
    • Don’t despise it(Prov. 1:7)
  • Remain ignorant at your own peril, 1 Cor. 14:37-38
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