But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. James 3:14-16
Do you embrace worldly wisdom or the wisdom of God? In chapter 3, verses13-18, James concisely describes two types of wisdom: that which is worldly and that which is from above. Look at the descriptors in verses 14-16. Notice the source of worldly wisdom—it is demonic. It is a false wisdom based on human reason instead of divine revelation. Paul speaks of this in 1 Corinthians 1-2. The outcome of false wisdom is jealousy, selfish ambition, disorder, and vile practices. Worldly wisdom rejects a biblical worldview. It is the distortion of wisdom that is opposed to the wisdom of God. It is the false wisdom of the ruler of this age. It is demonic. It is the prevalent “wisdom” of our culture. It is the wisdom that fuels the narrative of our media and our public school systems. It is rampant in our public universities and is finding its way into the Church in increasing measure because we have submitted ourselves to its foolishness. We have offered our children to its demonic persuasion and have wondered why they do not love the things of God and why they are confused. We must remember that we cannot allow ourselves to be inundated with the foolishness of this world and think that we can embrace the wisdom of God. “Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile” (1 Corinthians 3:18-20). Are you embracing godly wisdom?