This letter is in response to a letter Marty Kincaid sent me which must have been about Jim Rohn and/or motivation, sales training or self-improvement by the tone of my letter and response back to him. Marty was a guy from New Jersey whom I never met in person but got to know via the phone through my friend Gregory Heard. We were all trying our hands at MLM and various online opportunties.
Wednesday, September 08, 2000 1:23 PM
That last email was interesting reading. Let's evaluate it for a moment.
The article suggests that the magic is in YOU. Somehow as important as everything is around us, the company we work for, the products, the sales training, the leadership etc is small in comparison to OURSELVES. We make the difference.
True, the individual, all things being equal, often appears to be the deciding factor. Some people are more enthusiastic or energetic and so put this added element into their work. This is good and well. Another component is having a good attitude. When things around us aren't going so well the one with a good attitude can take things in stride and keep plugging away while others give up.
But there is another dimension we have to look at. From an eternal perspective who are we exactly? What is this magic? Is it not the miracle of salvation that happens when god takes a hell deserving sinner who has trusted in himnself and hbis good works and does a miraculous work of sovereign grace in the heart of a dead man. The soul that was dead becomes alive through the miracle of the new birth. "Except a man be born again (or born from above)he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3
We must judge ourselves by either God's standard or man's standard. By man's standard we may appear pretty good. We do not steal, lie or kill. Yet God looks at the heart and this is where we fail. Man's law goes no further than the externals.
We may be rich or poor, smart or not so smart, ambitious or content. A smart, ambitious man may be poor and over time, with enough persistence may "pull himself up by his own bootstraps" (to use an expression which isn't really true or possible but I understand the implication) and so become a success, perhaps even a millionaire.
Are we centers of wholeness and goodness of ourselves? No, but we are like God says in Romans 1:18-32 and chapter 3:1-18, dirty rotten sinners.
Read this ugly language-a true description of man in his natural, lost and unregenerate state. It say in verse 9 we both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin and in verse 10 "There is none righteous, no not one." There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good NO NOT ONE!
Remember Marty Jim Rohn is selling something. What is he selliing? He is selling personal growth. Like Anthony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, and so many other speakers/trainers they tap into your natural desire for self-improvement. The only problem is that what we need is not a tune up but a new engine. Not an attempt to improve the old nature but a new nature through a new birth. "Ye must be born again" said esus to Nicodemus.
Men may help reform our sinful and proud human natures to a very high degree but they can never do the work of God the Holy Spirit in giving us a new nature in Christ. There have been many moral philosphers, Plato, Aristotle etc who have thought long and hard about how to improve ourselves and become better people, better citizens of this earthly kingdom but they never knew Christ and him crucified. The preaching of the cross, said the apostle Paul, is to them who perish foolishness.
I'm not sure Jim Rohn is a Christian. If he is then he has been rather silent about it in his writings and lectures not wanting to offend anybody since he wants to attract a large audience
These audiences pay a pretty penny to hear him speak and I've heard him on the People's Network when Gregory Heard and I first met.
There is a lot of enticing words of man's wisdom to be sure. Don't get me wrong. There is a lot we can learn about time management, organization, motivation etc from secular sources but why not get it from Christian sources.
If Mr. Rohn is a Christian I would like to hear a confession from him. What does he believe about God, Christ, man, sin, the Bible and grace? Does he believe the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
Once a person starts speaking the truth about mankind fromn God's perspective most people get turned off real quick. It's considered too negative, too gloom and doom. But we muyst face the truth about ourselves if we want to really understand God and his will for our lives. Man is a sinner and unless he has been given the Spirit of Christ to enable him to truly love and serve God and his Kingdom then all the personal growth philosphy is just really a disguised form of humanism.
What makes Jim Rohn and others like him popular with his audience is that people inherenlty know there is somnething wrong with themselves. They are not whole, productive, kind, wealthy-you name it. They see other people more successful and happy and who appear to have their life together and yet, if we really get to know these so called success stories we would find that these people have a slew of problems and character defects that would probably shock us. Yet we envy and covet what these people have either in material things or in their ability to make money. We've held these icons up as master motivators, sales trainers and success coaches who seem to have all the answers to life's problems. I will admit these men and women do have a lot of "worldly wisdom" but worldly wisdom will not get you to heaven nor will it teach you how to worship God in spirit and in truth. It may make this life easier but it's not really focused on the life hereafter.
1 Corinthians 4:7 says, "Who makes you to differ from another? and what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did receive it, why do you glory as if you had not received it?
In other words everything we have is a gift from God. So it is really God that makes the difference in why we succeed or achieve anything good in life. God gets the credit for anything good but we must accept the blame for anything bad because that is our natural state. "There is none good no not one."
Now this is totally contrary to everything we are taught today isn't it? Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 very carefully. This is God speaking-the all wise and knowing God who made us-vs 19. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? (that is the debater and public speaker) hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? vs 21. For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." Please read this and see what God is teaching us.
In James chapter 3 verse 13 it says "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation (or manner of life) his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom DESCENDETH NOT FROM ABOVE, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envy and strife is there is confusion and every evil work."
Marty listen to what a wise divine once wrote about these verses:
"The order of things here laid down. Envying is first and excites strife; strife endeavours to excuse itself by vain-glorying and lying; and then vs 16 hereupon ensue confusion and every evil work. Those who live in malice, contention, live in confusion and are liable to be provoked hurried to any evil work. Such disorders raise many temptations, strengthen temptations and involve men in a great deal of guilt. One sin begets another and it cannot be imagined how much mischief is produced; there is every evil work. And is such wisdom as produces these effects to be gloried in? This cannot be without giving the lie to Christianity, and pretending that this wisdom is what it is not. For observe. Whence such wisdom cometh: It descendeth not from above but ariseth from beneath; and, to speak plainly, it is earthly, sensual, devilish. It springs from earthly principles, acts upon earthly motives, and is intent upon serving earthly purposes. It is sensual indulging the flesh and making provision to fulfill the lusts and desires of it. It is animal or human-the mere working of natural reason, without any supernatural light. And it is devilish, such wisdom being the wisdom of devils, whose condemnation is pride. (1 Tim. 3:6) and who are noted in other places of scripture for their wrath, and their accusing the brethren. And therefore those who lifted up with such wisdom as this must fall into the condemnation of the Devil."
Marty, I write this to you in love and want you to know that I'm sold out to God. I must serve him all the days of my remaining life since I have wasted too much of my life pursuiing my desires and ambitions. Perhaps God allowed me to come to Hollywood to see what little the world has to offer. If riches, fame and man's glory are all this harlot city can give then she has not touched my heart with the one thing most needful.
Life is precious and short and so it behooves us to consider what really matters in life and will count for eternity. Is it not how we live in light of God's revelation to man, counting all his commandments sacred and precious to the sanctifying of the soul? I may be poor in pocket but if rich in faith then I have everything a good soul needs. Not what I desire but what God desires for me should be my motto.
Many ways a man may take in life but heaven's open gate opens never widely but to those whose way is straight.
Carlton Pruitt ministers the gospel to the Los Angeles area. Formerly a Hollywood actor (SAG member)and junk removal expert he now spends most of his time studying the scriptures, writing articles, hymns and poems and doing street preaching.
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