Fools - before 1992

1. Matthew 25:3, they that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them. 
 
2. Psalm 14:1, the fool hath said in his heart, "There is no God."
 
3. Luke 12:20, but God said unto him, "Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee."
 
4. I Corinthians 4:10, we are fools for Christ's sake. 
 
Four kinds of fools, though in reality two kinds: fools in God's eyes and fools in man's eyes  
 
1. Religious but not right. All 10 virgins were waiting for the bridegroom but only 5 were concerned about having the oil of submission. The others knew where to get it and they knew a price had to be paid for it and they were willing to pay the price, but too late. Our readiness depends on our degree of submission. 
 
Midnight is the division of days. We are in the days of preparation; when the bridegroom comes it will be the day of realization. I Corinthians 11:28, but let every man examine himself. Job 34:32, that which I see, not teach thou me. They all had lights and the same friends. They were all waiting for the bridegroom; five had it but they could not give it to the others - the breath of life, the life of Christ, oil of submission. 
 
2. Irreligious fool is beyond even the devils because they believe and tremble. Irreligious believe in laws but not in the law giver; they believe in design but not in the designer; they believe in motion but not in the mover. General Macarthur said there were no atheists in the fox holes when the shells were falling in the war. They believe in no God so that they can be their own god, responsible to no one but themselves, something to live for but nothing to die for. Someone described the beginning of creation like a big bang. If I put a stick of gelignite in my suit-case and it exploded, I couldn't possibly expect to find everything set out and in order. In a lost eternity, everyone is a believer. 
 
3. Believes in a God but lives as if there was no God. The man in Luke 12 was what the world would call a wise man - a good farmer, rich with no worries as to his provision for the future - in his own opinion and in the opinion of others, but what about God's opinion? He was a great builder, he was a good farmer, he was a great thinker, but he made the mistake of living to feed his belly and not his soul; of living for time and not eternity. And he said, "I have much goods for many years." God said this night, "He would not have neglected his farm but he neglected his soul." The easiest thing in the world is to go to a lost eternity. 15,000 people a year die in motor accidents in the U.S.A. 
 
4. Fools in the eyes of the world. Paul was that kind of fool. The old brother worker when I decided told the story of when he went in the work.  His parents reasoned and pleaded with him not to go. When they made no impression, his father said, "Let the fool go." They said of Paul, "What will this babbler say?" Acts 26, Festus said, "Much learning doth make thee mad." I Corinthians1:23, for the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach ...and unto the Greeks foolishness...the wisdom of God. Imagine what they said about Noah, "Look at that fool!" Moses left 
the palace; imagine, "Look at that fool!" When they marched around Jericho, imagine, "What foolish people!" 
 
BE THE RIGHT KIND OF FOOL.