“The Faith” and “Everything Else”

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

- Colossians 2:1-8

I. Be Rooted in “The Faith”
II. Be Built Up in “The Faith”
III. Be Established in “The Faith”

A. Philosophy
B. Empty Deception
C. Human Tradition
D. Elemental Spirits of the World

“Beware of those who pretend that they are going to enrich you, but whose real object is to plunder you. They say that they will give you advanced thought, deeper ideas, a system more congruous with the age.
Plenty of people would spoil you in this way, by teaching you their profound thoughts, their grand inventions, their bright ideas. Beware of all of them. You will philosophize men into hell, but never into heaven.

- Charles Spurgeon

Any philosophy which deals only with the here and now is not adequate for man.

- Billy Graham

If a philosophy of life cannot help me to die, then in a sense it cannot help me to live.

- Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

No philosophy that will not teach us how to master death is worth twopence to us.

- J. I. Packer

Any philosophy, though championed by the most brilliant intellects, that tends to lure the soul from Christ, that puts anything in the place of him, or depreciates in any way our estimate of his glorious character, is false and full of peril.

- George Barlow

The exhortations of the philosophers are cold and lifeless, if compared with the convictions, affections and boundless energy of the real believers

- John Calvin

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