Why do some Christian teachers and pastors and even Christian believers become full of pride in their knowledge and how does this affect their ministry and their calling?
Pride is often at the root of many of our sinful actions. It causes us to think of ourselves as better than others. Our sinful nature is one of pridefulness and arrogance and we are warned against this throughout scripture.
Although Christian pastors, teachers and theologians are knowledgeable of things of God, they are still susceptible to the same temptations and sins as everyone else. Sometimes, great knowledge and talent can increase the temptation to become arrogant. The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18:9-14 is a great example of Bible scholars in that day who viewed themselves as better than others because of the knowledge they possessed. God warned against this. pride
Luke 18:9-14 (NKJV)
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Pride hardens the mind and causes us to reject the wisdom of God. Worldly knowledge without Godly wisdom can often lead us to sinful motives and thoughts and cause us to think of ourselves as better than others. However, as followers of Christ, we are called to live a life of humility, just as Christ did.
Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
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