1 Corinthians 3:19–20 (KJV 1900)
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
It seems Paul cannot hammer home this message enough; the wisdom of the world is foolishness with God. He wants the church to take their eyes off men and put them on Christ.
He quotes Job 5:13 (the only place in the N.T. that quotes Job?), He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. Maybe that means God catches the wise–they don’t fool God?
One way this craftiness sneaks in and defiles the church is in the area of the church growth movement; based on worldly management principles on how to organize and fill a church up with lots of people. Pastors are not CEO’s, and the church is not a business. The church is a place of the foolishness of the cross.
The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise that they are vain. The worldly wisdom of man is empty and will not eternally save anyone.