Summary: Two dangers lurk in the church, ZEAL WITHOUT WISDOM or WISDOM WITHOUT ZEAL. Both are deadly.
ZWW or WWZ
by Wade Martin Hughes, Sr
We need an Understanding of ZEAL.
What is zeal? An eargerness, passion, vigorously pursuing, aim high, fire in the bones.
ZWW or WWZ comes from a CM Ward thought.
Today I ponder two things that can kill a church,
WWZ and ZWW.
These letters identify a terrible disease that can
ZWW and WWZ can kill just like AIDS, STD’s, TB.
1. We need a proper diagnosis.
Disease usually has some signs and symptoms.
God, give us the back bone to investigate and
analyze our situations, and deal with the problems.
Where is the evaluation system within our hearts?
1 Peter 2:17, For the time is come that judgment
must begin at the house of God: if it first begin at
us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the
Gospel of God?
The earlier the diagnosis, the quicker the healing
process can begin, the better the prognosis.
God knows how to deliver! Let Him.
With the Word of God applied liberally to all
wounds, we can expect a full , speedy recovery.
2. LET US IDENTIFY ZWW AND WWZ.
Both of these terrible diseases can be deadly.
A. ZWW--- ZEAL WITHOUT WISDOM ---
Zeal and ignorance make a bad team.
Mark 14:47, And one of them that stood by, drew a
sword, and smote a servant of the High Priest, and
cut off his ear.
Peter moved in great zeal to start a revolution, but
Peter forgot some basic ideas,
--- one being: he that lives by the sword, dies by
Peter loved Jesus, but Peter had not learned a
Peter’s zealous activity was without counsel,
without thought, and without prayer.
Zeal without wisdom ignores all counsel.
This is what I want, God wants what I want,
therefore full steam ahead.
Proverbs 11:14 warns: Where no counsel is, the
people fall: but in the multitude of counsel there
It is easy to seek counsel, then ignore it.
Where there is zeal and no wisdom, one can
misinterpret and see things how,
"I WANT TO SEE THEM."
Sure, Peter thought he was moving in a directive
ordained by God.
Zeal and ignorance can have some good plans.
Peter slept through a prayer meeting, woke up to
meeting Jesus, Moses, and Elijah ---
and in his excitement Peter said,
LET’S BUILD THREE CHURCHES HERE.
Never forget, you can’t build churches while sleeping
Good intentions are not enough.
Paul again identifies this ZWW disease,
Romans 10:2, For I bear them record, that they have
A ZEAL OF GOD, but not according to knowledge.
3. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness,
and going about to establish their own
HAVING NOT SUBMITTED THEMSELVES unto the
righteousness of God.
Beware of zeal that will not submit.
In great zeal, Samson prayed,
"God touch me one more time..."
We know victory comes, but Samson could have ruled
many years and had many victories.
He prayed in zeal, but with ignorance.
Samson’s failure dictated to his faith,
faith should dictate to all failure.
Zeal can even team God and gain and prosperity.
If you really love the Lord, you will never be sick,
have a boat, airplane, and bank account.
Preach this message in Haiti?
1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputing of men of corrupt
minds, and destitute of truth, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN
IS GODLINESS: FROM SUCH WITHDRAW THYSELF.
Zeal without wisdom is often identified with a new,
or a weak word Christian.
For this reason Paul gives us 1 Timothy 3:6, Not a
NOVICE, lest being lifted up with pride, he fall
into condemnation of the devil.
A novice is a beginner.
Beginner’s zeal is wonderful, may they never lose
But we need a probationary, growing, developing,
We must submit and become a student, ever
B. WISDOM WITHOUT ZEAL ----
Maybe a more deadly disease is rampant in the
church, this is WISDOM WITHOUT ZEAL.
We have many sitting in the pews of do nothing,
until a stink of offensiveness before the altar.
We offer prayerless pews, powerless pulpits,
Many call on God, but they use caller ID,
and refuse to answer God’s call.
We say, here God, here am I, send me?
But we plan on staying right where we are?
Elijah had to leave the comfort of the cave to
We wait for more perfect conditions,
Let’s attend another seminar, hear another tape,
then we will get excited?
We have little understanding of teaming wisdom and
zeal, and going into the highways and byways.
We sing, SEND THEM IN --- God send them in?
God says: BRING them in ---
We need excitement in the House of God.
Psa. 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me,