Scripture teaches believers to increase in knowledge of God’s Word. As believers we are to grow spiritually by means of greater wisdom and understanding of Bible doctrine. This is not a welcome idea for those who do not want to put in the study time that is required, and this group tends to default to the idea that it is bad thing to increase knowledge. But God’s Word is perfectly clear on this subject, but it requires some study. There are literally hundreds of verses on the importance of knowledge. These two from Proverbs are clear enough:
“The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15)
“The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge; But the mouth of fools feedeth on folly.” (Proverbs 15:14)
It’s true, knowledge can definitely cause one to become haughty and puffed up with pride and arrogance (1 Corinthians 8:1), but the solution is not to remain ignorant of God’s Word lest you sin. This is an asinine assertion (another way of saying faulty human viewpoint thinking). Only faulty human viewpoint could come to the conclusion that too much knowledge causes one to be haughty, so the solution is to remain ignorant of the Word. God’s Word explains how believers are to increase in knowledge without it becoming sinful, but how would a believer know this if they hold to a false doctrine which teaches gaining in knowledge should not be pursued – this is the makings of a spiritual death spiral. Here is how God wants the believer to use knowledge.
“Yea, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue knowledge; and in your knowledge self-control; and in your'self-control patience; and in your patience godliness; and in your godliness brotherly kindness; and in your brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful unto the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8)
Believers are to increase in knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of Scripture as taught in so many other passages, but maintain self-control without becoming puffed up with arrogance, pride, or a haughty spirit. That is sound Bible doctrine. To teach anything contrary to this passage of God’s Word is yet another, masterful creation of Satan. God’s perfect divine viewpoint is clear. Throughout the scriptures believers are instructed to learn and apply Bible doctrine. Believers are to increase in knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of God’s Word and with this knowledge the believer is able to live a spiritually productive life to the glory of God. Without knowledge, well, this is what scripture teaches about a lack of knowledge.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of God, I will also forget thy children.” (Hosea 4:6)
This verse is straight out of the Bible, God’s Word. When you read this verse you are reading God’s perfect divine viewpoint regarding the subject of knowledge and the ramifications of “lack of knowledge”. Absolutely reject any faulty human viewpoint which goes against God’s viewpoint. Study, study, study the Word of God.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)