Thursday, 21 January 2016

Double-mindedness manifests in Compromise and Lukewarmness

 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:6-8).

The modern Church in the prosperous, liberal West, which has been influenced by vile, evil doctrines of demons coming out of the stinkhole of the west, is full of double-mindedness. This is precisely a manifestation of an evil, wicked heart, which seeks for God's grace, blessings, kindness and love, but yet in its vile, wickedness, seeks for the comfort, prosperity, wealth, and promises of the world. On one hand, one praises God for His grace, and kindness and mercy, and on the other hand, it does not obey God in seeking comfort, prosperity, wealth and promises of the world. James 3:9-10 says: "Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be".

You may say that James 3:9-10 has nothing to do with living for God and living for earthly things, that is mammon, seeking to serve both God and mammon. Oh, yes it does. The words of a person reveal the heart of a person, which is the very core of his being (Matthew 15:18). His words are the fruit of his heart. Luke 6:45 makes it very clear: "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh". Therefore, that a person curses in and of itself means that his heart is not right, hating God, and therefore hating others, manifested in curses. It is the symptom of not just his mouth being sick, but the sickness of his whole body. A filthy mouth is literally the symptom of a person's whole being being diseased with sin, not just only some parts or most parts of his body. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity (Psalm 10:7) Such a person hates God and lives for the world and loves the world.

 The modern Church is indeed very good at preaching only grace, mercy and love rebuking and even rejecting true converts who claim that grace, kindness and mercy are true, but only half the truth, or half of the picture. They feel nervous and fearful whenever a person points out what is righteousness and holiness, and what is not. They feel this not because of righteousness, and humility at all. It is false humility. They feel this because they do not believe wholly that God truly does loves them. They may be saved, but still do not fully trust that God truly, truly, truly loves them. (See this sermon by Paul Washer on this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gVDRhzE8nw). This itself is a manifestation of double-mindedness.  

Such double-mindedness  comes from a low view of God. A true convert can fall into having a low view of God, by not fully believing in all His Word, all His promises and all of who He is. It is most definitely possible for a true convert to have a low view of God, His love, His holiness and righteous and all other things of God. He can fall into any sin, including double-mindedness which comes from having a low view of God. As long as one has a fear of man, or fear of anything which Christ tells His follower not to fear, he has a low view of God and His Word. This is exactly what it means to have a low view of God. 

The modern Church has a low view of the Bible, and rather, a high view of the world's doctrine. This should not be the case for that which is "highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God" (Luke 16:15). However, it is the case. How do I know? It preaches on 'respecting' the disgusting, abominable, evil, wicked doctrines of the unsaved, under the false guise of love, rebuking the true converts who fight against evil and confront it for being 'unloving' and 'unkind' and 'harsh'. It is full of the fear of being seen as 'intolerant' and 'judgmental' of the world's disgusting, abominable, Hell-deserving, wrath-deserving doctrines and ways. 

Instead of confronting the world on its sins, as the righteous and holy men of God did in the Old and New Testaments (See Exodus 5; 1 Samuel 13-15; Daniel 5:22-23; Isaiah, Matthew 3:2, 4:17; Mark 1:15; Luke 3:19), preaching to the world that it is a vile, disgusting abominable thing in the eyes of God, and deserving of all the wrath and hatred of God, it seeks to make peace with the world. It panders to its carnal sensitivities. Yet, this justify this all under the false guise of 'love' and 'gentleness'.

Many in the modern Church fear the world because they 'respect' it and seek its 'approval', whether it be by wanting the world to not be critical of it, or by trying to show the world how it lives such good, moral and righteous lives. To even give a thought for what the world thinks of it, is itself to fear it. This is the manifestation of a lack of trust in God when He said: "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4). Such is the double-mindedness of many in the modern Church.

As a result of such a lack of faith in God, which means to trust fully in God, not both God and yourself, both God and your favourite pastor, theologian, missionary, or youth leader, or both God and anything else. No, it means trust in God and only God alone. It means to totally renounce trust in all others things, including yourself. 

Double-mindedness loves to only place a half-hearted trust in God, because it seeks to justify its lack of total, absolute and complete trust in God. It loves to trust God only for the good, and question Him only when the trials come for it is full of doubt, and not trusting in what it knows it should trust. That is knows who it should trust, that is God, but yet not trust, makes it all the more despicable in the sight of God. That is why Jesus said to the Church of Laodicea that He will "spit them out of His mouth" (Revelation 3:16). 

To no other church in Revelation did He use the same expression, to "spit" out of His mouth, an expression of utter, utter, utter disgust. It is because it knows what it should do, and should seek to do, but yet does not do it, and does not want to accept the judgment or discipline which comes from this disobedience, but rather wants to blessings, grace and all other good things from God. What makes such double-mindedness more vile is that it wants and expects blessings and good things from God whom it knows it disobeys, while yet wanting to be disobedient. 

Double-mindedness manifests in compromise and lukewarmness as it seeks not to obey God, but yet at the same times wants to obey God so that it can receive blessings, all while knowing that it is disobedient and deserving of precisely the opposite of blessings. It is akin to a child who disobeys his or her parents, and know he has, but yet still expects presents from his parents. You may say that that is truly despicable, disgusting, vile and abominable. In the same way, one's double-mindedness is despicable, disgusting, vile and abominable to God. This manifests in the idea that one can serve both God and mammon, seek both the approval of God and the world and both fear God and fear people. Such are vile, abominable doctrines from the pit of Hell.