iShine's KIPP ( Knowledge Is Power Program ) is deceptive in the fact that it stresses ,( as do others ), that knowledge is power . The Bible says that isn't true . America's Masonic founding fathers studied metaphysics , which is defined as ; 1 : that brand of philosophy which treats of first principles , including the science of being , ( ontology ) , and of the origin and structure of the universe , ( cosmology ) . It is always intimately connected with a theory of knowledge , ( epistemology ) . 2 : philosophy , esp. in its more abstruse branches . Aristotle's writings are referenced in this definition . Epistemology is the branch of philosophy which investigates the origin , nature , methods and limits of human knowing .
There are only two power sources in the world from which knowledge is derived . The Authorized Version of the Bible tells of the One and only good God whose knowledge and wisdom surpasses our understanding . It says it is impossible for God to sin .The occult Kaballah contradicts the Bible , saying that God is both good and evil . Remember , Masonry is founded upon Kabbalism , as instrumental Masonic authors have clearly stated . Masonry's god is the devil , the father of sin , the power of darkness , the prince of the power of the air who has the power of death . In the distant future, the devil , the dragon who gives power , will enable a Talmudic antichrist to perform signs and lying wonders . Thankfully , through his sacrificial death on the cross Christ has destroyed principalities and powers .
The first mention of godly power in the Bible pertains to Jacob in genesis 32 : 28 . After wrestling with the LORD until the breaking of the day and not prevailing against him , God said to Jacob ; " Thy name shall be called no more Jacob , but Israel ; for as a prince thou hast power with God and with men , and hast prevailed . " But God warned Israel not to think that Israel's own power and might could enable the nation of Israel to obtain freedom from her occult Egyptian overlords , nor enable her to obtain great wealth . God warned Israel that should Israel abhor his judgments and break his covenant that he would appoint upon her terror , the burning ague ( a malarial fever ) , sorrow , and wasted crops , and that he would set his face against Israel , allowing her to be slain by her enemies and taken captive . He warned that she would flee when nobody pursued her . And , if after that attempt to gain her attention and she continued to rebel , God said he would punish her seven times more for her sins , breaking the pride of Israel's power .
Jesus told the unbelieving Pharisees and scribes that they had no understanding of the scriptures , nor had they the power of God . Elijah was one prophet to whom God granted power . His power did not come from his vast knowledge of scripture , similar to that of young Talmudic adepts , but his power was granted to him by God for his obedience . Elijah might not have been viewed as a powerful man , having been fed by ravens and living with a widow . It was not only Elijah's knowledge of God that gave him power , but his obedience that enabled his prayers for drought and the vanquishing of 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the groves ( sacred to Baals ) . Because of his obedience fire from heaven destroyed two companies of fifty men each sent by Ahaziah , ( Ahab's son ) , who were sent to slay Elijah . Elijah's mantle divided the Jordan's waters so that both he and his friend Elisha could walk over it on dry ground , as Moses had done the same . His successor Elisha received a double portion of Elijah's God-given power through obedient faith . John the baptist was another man with Elijah's spirit ; Elijah , who will precede Christ's second coming ; the spirit of the LORD of hosts .
The power of any real value is that of the Lord's , not knowledgeable man's . It was the power of the Highest which overshadowed Mary giving her God's Son . Man has not the power of his own to prevent himself from going to a Christless hell after years of the rejection of His Son . He has no power to become a son of God unless it be given him from on high . Neither Jesus , nor the disciples , nor the apostles stated that they of themselves had the power to perform miracles . Simon the sorcerer thought he could buy that kind of power , but was warned by Peter that he was in the bond of iniquity for thinking that the gift of God could be purchased with money . It is the preaching of the cross that is the power of God , which is foolishness to them that perish . The Greeks , ( today's unbelieving Masons , Talmudists and Kabbalists ) , are devoid of that power . For them Light is Jacob's Ladder by which they ascend to celestial knowledge the upper middle being in the fourth Sephira , represented by the pentagram . Paul correctly used the " power in the gospel " that God gave him . Christ's resurrection from the dead exhibited his power . His Biblical faith was his power . Knowledge alone would not have enabled him to perform the mission God had destined for him .
Talmudists , Kabbalists and Masons believe they possess " hidden wisdom " or knowledge . Had they true wisdom they would not be involved in the occult . They are like Babylon's astrologers and wise men who could not interpret the finger writing against the candlestick upon Belshazzar's palatial wall . Neither they , nor Belshazzar understood what Belshazzar's father , Nebuchadnezzar , found out the hard way . These men never humbled their hearts in faithful obedience to the most high God , but lifted up themselves against the Lord of heaven . Jeremiah tells us what made these men unwise , saying of them ; " Yea , the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming ; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD . How do ye say we are wise , and the law of the LORD is with us ? Lo , certainly in vain he made it ; the pen of the scribes is in vain . The wise men are ashamed , they are dismayed and taken : lo they have rejected the word of the LORD ; and what wisdom is in them ? " The Bible says " The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom . The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge : but fools despise wisdom and instruction . The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom : and the knowledge of the holy is understanding . The fear of the LORD , that is wisdom ; and to depart from evil is understanding . "
Jesus openly admitted that he spoke in parables veiling the hidden wisdom from the unwise . He spoke of the wisdom of God in a mystery , even the hidden wisdom , which God ordained before he made the world , which none of the princes of this world knew , for had they known it , they would not have crucified the Lord of glory in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge .
Those who recognize Jesus as God's fulfillment of the old testament , ( the nailing of the law to the tree , abolishing the necessity to keep God's laws ) , and who trust Christ's blood to take away their sins are given the hidden wisdom sought , but never obtained by ancient Greeks . Jesus spoke of those who believed in him saying ; " I thank thee , O Father , Lord of heaven and earth , that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent , and hast revealed them unto babes : even so , Father ; for so it seemed good in thy sight ...But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise ; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty ; and base things of the world , and things which are not , to bring to nought things that are : that no flesh should glory in his presence . Not many mighty , not many noble are called . "
God gives Christians " the spirit of wisdom " and revelation in the knowledge of him ...teaching every man in all wisdom " , that every Christian be made perfect in Christ through knowledge of his holy scriptures which are able to make them wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus . Jesus said that , " If any of you lack wisdom , let him ask of God , that giveth to all men liberally , and upbraideth not ; and it shall be given him . " Knowledge of God will never save you . The devil knows the name and lifestyle and genius of everyone that has ever lived , including his confederate angels . He has made a Kabbalistic tapestry of that knowledge hoping to dupe men into thinking he has the ability to cure all diseases and to create a world of peace and good will .With all that knowledge both he and every man who remains subservient to him is beyond hope . The lust of the mind for worldly godless knowledge remains a dark curtain far different from that which the Lord split upon his Son's death on the cross . It is not what you know , but , who you know that is of the greatest significance , both in this world , and in the world to come . You need to know Christ . The best introduction to him is found in the King James Bible .