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James teaches us the symptoms of ungodly wisdom that we can use to diagnos our own wisdom.

Who is Wise? Not just smart. Not just someone who knows a lot of facts but one to be wise includes having the right attitudes and moral components. Who is the expert? How do I know?

The Symptoms

  1. Bitterness
    Bitter zeal. Like Ahab and Jezabel zealously pursuing Elijah out of bitterness. "Is our zeal for the Lord spiritual or carnal? Do we rejoice when others succeed, or do we have secret envy and criticism? Do we feel burdened when others fail, or are we glad? When the wisdom of the world gets into the church, there is a great deal of fleshly promotion and human glorification." Wiersbe, W. W.
  2. Selfish Ambition
    Used of mercenaries who only care about how much they will get paid. It was also used of politician canvassing for votes. phil 1 15-17 15     Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will; 16     the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the agospel; 17     the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.
  3. Arrogance
    boasting. Not giving the glory to God. King Nebuchandnezer is a good example. Daniel 4:28-37
  4. Lying

The Diagnosis

  1. Earthly
  2. Natural
    psuchikos. Soul. Pertaining to human behavior typical of our fallen nature or man's psychological makeup.
  3. Demonic
    In the church? Does this concern you?

The Prognosis

  1. Disorder
    instability. james 1:18 in the individual and in the church as well.
  2. Evil
    Good for nothing, corrupt, vile. This type of wisdom breeds every kind of evil thing.

What is the treatment? If this type of wisdom is evident in you, then first you must repent. Secondly you need to followh James admonition in verse 13.

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