Proverbs 9:8-10 “So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you. Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more. Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.”
Fear of the Lord in this passage, is speaking about abiding and following by spirit, the leadings of the Lord in obedience.
Simply put, one’s own understanding in a doctrinal position of the scriptures, is not the same as being able to operate while abiding in the Spirit of truth, (who is Christ within us). Only those who truly know him in the Spirit, are able to walk in the truth of God, as led of God.
It is fruitless to try and put across the things of God which are spirit, to one that cannot, or will not submit to the individual leadings of the Lord. This is known as casting pearls before swine. This is why it is entirely wrong to allow the unsaved into a gathering of the saints. It has nothing to do with evangelism, thus this type of ministering is to be done on the outside of the body of believers to the lost, when called to do so.
Following the “Broad Road” instead of the “Narrow Way”, is not discussed much anymore amongst nominal believers, as this would be to exclude everyone who cannot hear, will not listen, to the individual leadings of the Holy Spirit within a believer’s life. The scriptures are only written for reproof and correction for those who are born again of the Holy Spirit of God. Many counterfeit believers (nominal Christians) have been produced because of the teaching of the scriptures to the unregenerate, who are dead, having no light to see the truth of God, who is Spirit, and not just a theological or doctrinal position.
Today when people speak about the “Word of God” they are normally referring to the scriptural texts, yet the real word of God is received only within the “Spirit of Truth” who is the incarnate Chrsit, only found within an actual follower, and not just a Bible scholar. This is why Jesus told the scribe to follow him; (paraphrased) the son of man has nowhere to lay his head. Institutional organizations cannot follow Jesus Christ! You cannot teach someone into salvation nor sanctification merely by using the scriptures. The scriptures are written only to the regenerate in Christ, who choose to walk in obedience to his leading. To act independently, is to act either in ignorance, or rebellion against a work, which only God chooses to do in the individual heart. Man should not dictate to God, who is to be taught about the things of God, and this is the beginning of wisdom, in learning how to be obedient to the one which many claim to follow. Yet in actuality, are often acting in the independence of the flesh on a broad road, from those who actually abide and move with him in dependence upon him