The Fool

The Fool
Psalm 14:1

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Psalm 14:1 (AMP)
1  The [spiritually ignorant] fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

{  Before I begin this post, I would like to thank Bishop Eddie Sweeney and his wife, Yvonne.  Today marks the first month anniversary of this daily blog.  First lady Sweeney provided me with the opportunity for ministry on the OCG Website and the support from my pastor and his wife has been critical to this blog’s continuance on the Website for the Odenton Church of God.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!  }

In a Sunday morning (February 9, 1964) sermon for his First Baptist Church (Dallas, Texas) congregation, entitled “What the Fool Says in His Heart, Part I“, Dr. Criswell stated the following:

The fourteenth Psalm and the fifty-third Psalm are exactly alike. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” [Psalm 53:1].  Why does the Lord call him a fool? …the shallowness and the lack of depth in his thinking….

You see God has written two books. One I hold in my hand, the Holy Scriptures, the Bible. But God also is the author of another book, the great marvelous world of creation. And these also declare the presence of God….

Now, in that other book, the book of God’s works and God’s creation, there are two witnesses. One is in the man God hath made – the inner witness, the intuitive knowledge of God that the Lord inlayed in a man’s soul and in his very life, an inner witness. Then there is an outer witness, the great affirmation of the intuitive knowledge of a man in the explicated and announced glory of the presence of the Lord in the universe about us.

Both of those you will find here in the first chapter of Romans. Paul writes in the [nineteenth] verse; “Because that which may be known of God is manifested in us; for God hath shown it unto us” [Romans 1:19]. Inside of us, there is the witness God hath made inside the soul of every man. In the second chapter he writes of that work of God written in our hearts, “our conscience bearing witness” [Romans 2:15] – the inner witness to God, the intuitive knowledge of God that is made in the soul of every man; and second, the outward witness of the Lord that verifies, and explicates, and confirms, and attests that inner intuition of a man [Romans 1:18-19]….

So a man can disassociate himself from the great Lord God, but when he does, he suffers. He disintegrates. He loses the heavenly meaning, and the heavenly vision. He has no reason for his existence. He has no reason for anything. He has no basis for truth, or righteousness, or hope, or light, or heaven. It’s a blackness, and a despair, and a decay, and a corruption, and an death to him. He separates himself….

A nation can disavow the Lord God. And a nation can seek to disown the great purposes of the Almighty… a man can disassociate himself from the Lord God. “I will not acknowledge His prerogatives. I will not bow in His presence. I will scoff His name to His face. I will challenge Him. I will blaspheme. I will disown that He lives. I will separate myself from God.” He can do that, but he can’t separate himself from the penalty and the judgment that follows after. [a]

I believe that Dr. Criswell, in the sermon he preached so many years ago, said it well enough that I do not need to add to it.  So, on this first day of April (commonly known as “April Fool’s Day”), who is the TRUE fool?  Well, the Bible and nature have already made that abundantly clear!

[a]What the Fool Says in His Heart, Part I“, from the W.A. Criswell Sermon Library

-Dan Rivera

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