Running Wild

Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint (Proverbs 29:18a)

JP: Thoughtful article by Jay Adams.

Running Wild


That’s a pretty good description of many people in the world today, and increasingly, it may also be said of portions of the American scene. Why? Why the anarchistic attitudes of so many? Why that attitude of some (in a milder way, of course) even in a milquetoast church?

Proverbs 29:18a in the Holman Christian Standard Bible says: “Without revelation, people run wild.” That is the reason.

There can be no agreed upon stable order in society—whether it be the government of a country or of a congregation of worshippers—apart from a divine revelation from God. Everything is up for grabs. Everyone will follow his own desires—and why not, if there is no standard given from above by which we may learn what is true, right and honoring to God?

Apart from revealed truth, which provides the standard of what God approves and disapproves, people run wild. It is a given. There are no exceptions. Disorder is the order of the day throughout the world. Read the internet headlines for the day if you don’t believe me. It is also the problem with many churches that fail to establish their faith and practice on the Word of God. Take it for an axiom: without revelation, people run wild.

… it is always true that sooner or later (usually the former) people begin to do wild, chaotic, stupid, destructive and hurtful things apart from the restraining and guiding influence of God’s revelation. Ever since Adam abandoned God’s revelation for the devil’s advice, men have run wild.

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