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Edition 303: March 16th 2016
Major thinking errors of today:
Major thinking errors of today:
The world is full of variable values and thoughts on just about everything. The “doctrine” of the world system is a mess of monumental proportions.
Unfortunately much of the church is also a mish-mash of mixtures of truth, error, man’s opinions, and a few of God’s opinions.
But there are some flawed thoughts, ideas, and doctrines which are deadly and will lead you further and further away from God. These giant errors have become mainstream in many cases, and unless you identify them and deal with them, they will pull you down.
When the church “borrows” or takes its lead and gets its ideas from the world, it has fallen.
Very few people today have any idea how deeply they are controlled by their poisoned thinking, which has come straight from the depths of the world system and its god.
The good news is that you can change and control your thinking! If you don’t, it will control you!
It all begins in your thoughts:
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.”
The verse above uses the word “keep”. It’s an agricultural word and means to tend as a gardener would tend his garden, ripping up and removing weeds and nurturing what he wants. There are two distinct sides to the meaning of “keep”!
Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinks in his heart so is he”
Psalm 10:4 “The wicked, in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is none of His thoughts.”
When you remove biblical principles from society, satanic forces gradually creep in. There is a slow, steady, progressive degeneration of virtues, values and behaviour. Wickedness becomes the norm. Perhaps the main reason it can’t be seen is because it’s essentially spiritual in nature.
The world can’t see or understand the things of the spirit of God or the spirit of Satan. They are blind to all these spiritual forces. This is why they’re trapped. In fact, the same principle applies to the non-spirit filled churches.
Once the Bible has been cast down, human experience gets lifted up. It becomes the new norm and sin, evil and wickedness have no judge anymore. It’s not long before sin becomes a logical part of society.
Functional blindness occurs when biblical principles are removed. Errors in thinking then become logical fallacies.
The masses are always wrong in every generation said Tozer. But I tell you, if that was true for a man who’s ministry was in its element 100 years ago, how much more today!
One of the terrible, shocking, so true, descriptions in the “perilous times” discourse, is that people become “lovers of themselves...always learning and never coming to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7).
You can learn until you are blue in the face, but you will not be learning truth while self and worldliness are on the throne!
John 14:17 “He will give you the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
Don’t you sometimes wish you could shake someone so hard that their teeth rattle, when trying to get them to believe or just see the truth? Well guess what? God is about to do that! He will shake everything that can be shaken and a lot more than teeth will rattle!
His shaking will cause many to arise in fury and anger at God, and others will melt in repentance.
Isaiah 5:13 “My people have gone into captivity because they have no knowledge ...” The word “knowledge” is Strong’s H1847 meaning –“perceptive, discerning knowledge”. We call this revelation knowledge.
Isaiah 55:6-7 “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, who will abundantly pardon.”
Major errors in modern thinking and God’s truth on the subject:
►For the sake of space, I have not written out the verses opposing the statements below. Please just hover your mouse over them and they will appear.
●God loves everyone. The Bible says: John 3:18-19.
●God would never send anyone to hell, because He is love. The Bible says: Luke 16:23, John 3:36 Revelation 20:15, 21:8.
●At the end of the day everyone will be saved because all people are essentially good. The Bible says: Revelation 20:12.
●Jesus has the nature of a lamb. The Bible says: Jeremiah 25:38.
●Do not judge because the Bible says don’t judge. The Bible says: John 7:24, 1 Corinthians 2:15. (The verse saying “don’t judge” applies to personal pride and putting other down. It has nothing to do with judging doctrine, truth and between right and wrong.)
●The feasts (Passover etc) are Jewish and not for Christians. The Bible says: 1 Corinthians 5:8, Acts 18:21.
●We don’t need to be concerned about Bible prophecy, because everything will continue as normal, as it always has. The Bible says: 2 Peter 3:3-4, 1 John 2:17, 1 John 3:3, Revelation 3:3.
●All religions are valid and have a legitimate claim to salvation and God’s presence. The Bible says: Acts 4:12, John 3:3, John 14:6
●Capital punishment is archaic and invalid today as a form of punishment. The Bible says: Romans 13:4, Genesis 9:6.
●Corporal punishment of kids is invalid today for the same reason. The Bible says: Proverbs 13:24. Proverbs 23:13, Proverbs 19:18.
●Homosexuality is okay because God made gays that way and it’s their choice. The Bible says: Romans 1:26-28 (Homosexuals were not made that way, they have given themselves over to demonic forces, which they can’t see or know exist. Three times in these verses it says they have been “handed over.”)
●Human rights are sacrosanct, because the human is supreme. The Bible says: Malachi 2:17, Isaiah 5:20.
●The Palestinians have a legitimate right to part of Israel and Jerusalem. The Bible says: Ezekiel 36:2, 5, Genesis 17:19-21, Ezekiel 35:5-6.
●Dividing the land of Israel and Jerusalem will bring world peace. The Bible says: Joel 3:2, Zechariah 12:2-3.
●God will not destroy the world in judgement. The Bible says: Psalm 21:8-12.
●An inscription at the UN in New York says, “They will beat their swords into plowshares and there spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4). So, world peace is coming! The Bible says: Joel 3:9-10 (The Isaiah verse occurs in the Millennium.)
●Our politicians, scientists, economists will save us from economic collapse, a global water and food crisis, species extinction, global warming and the like. The Bible says: Hebrews 12:26.
●With all our modern technology, education and invention, the world is a much better place and getting better. The Bible says: Isaiah 60:12, Nahum 1:6, 1 John 5:19, 2 Timothy 3:13, Isaiah 24:4-6.
●The world will save itself bringing in world peace because it will ultimately come to its senses. The Bible says: 2 Timothy 3:13, Colossians 2:20, Isaiah 13:11-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:3, Jeremiah 30:5.
●The mass media, the entertainment world, celebrities are all our educators. The Bible says: Ecclesiastes 7:21, Isaiah 30:1.
●You should not have old-fashioned fear of God. He’s your jolly friend. The Bible says: Proverbs 1:7, 19:23, Psalm 25:14.
●The world can have peace if only nations would come together. The Bible says: Acts 17:26 Revelation 6:4.
●Easter and Christmas are Christian convocations. The Bible says: Jeremiah 2:10, Deuteronomy 12:30-31, Exodus 23:13.
●We come from the evolution of apes. The Bible says: John 1:3, Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7. By the way, if we come from the evolution of apes, how come we still have apes?
Luke 16:15 "You are those who justify yourselves among men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God."
The wide road or the narrow road:
Some very stupid people, mostly intellectuals, think that because they believe and accept all religions, the truth will be somewhere in the mix and they’ll be okay! It’s a narrow road my friends and there is only one way.
Bible prophecy is the great “I told you so”! Tragically, this will be a realisation that will come too late for most. You can ignore it, and cast it down, but, surprise, surprise, it will not ignore you and it will cast you down in wrath and vengeance!
True, real Christianity is not another religion or some philosophy; it is the very essence of life, eternal life! All religions are based on law and works. They try to make some angry God smile down on you if you obey enough laws and are more good than bad.
True, real Christianity is based on faith and grace – all a free gift. The true believer is one who has been born-again. The work of the cross and shed blood of Messiah are the key “ingredients” of the new life in the new family of God. You can only be born into this family.
Too many are feeding on a cursed diet, which is thinking that they can please God by being good and keeping laws and performing works. That is a diet full of poison and death. You can only begin to please God once you are His through birth.
A slave of the devil or a slave of God!
Everyone on this planet has their thinking influenced, by the machinery of Satan’s world or the word of the living God.
When you cast down the word of God, you are casting down the 27% of it that constitutes prophecy. You are now the champion and architect of your own “prophecy” and opinions. They become elevated in your thinking and sacrosanct. Self is now elevated to the place of a god. But you are not in la-la, happy land. You are now a slave of your god that you can’t see or even believe exists!
You are a slave, a servant, a workhorse, a skivvy, a toiler, and a prisoner of Satan.
Jeremiah 6:10 (Amp) “To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Their ear is uncircumcised, (never brought into covenant with God, or consecrated to His service), and they cannot hear or obey. Behold the word of the Lord has become to them a reproach and the object of their scorn. They have no delight in it.”
Do you see what an incredible verse this is above? How amazing is this! Do you see what it is saying? Do you know why most people can’t see the truth and the warnings of God? Read it again!
End-time prophecy includes many wars and conflicts as we are well aware, but perhaps the biggest end-time war is for the hearts and minds of people. Satan wants your thoughts. He wants to control and dominate you. He wants to bring you into his domain.
He already has the unsaved, so the real big battle is for the minds of believers. If he can get at your thinking, he has an inroad to your very spirit, where he can do immense damage.
Most of the big end-time events won’t suddenly just appear out of the woodwork (although some will), they will have been brewing in the minds of political leaders, economic leaders, religious leaders, military men and the like for a long time already.
Imagine spending your entire life fashioning yourself after the ways of the world and endearing yourself to its opinions, and then finding out when you step into eternity that you were on the wrong, tragic, fiery road all your life!
1 Corinthians 3:19 “The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.”
2 Timothy 2:7 “Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.”
Why is the truth so important? People generally don’t get deceived and led astray by error in one big shot. Most times it creeps in slowly. But it begins by stepping onto a slippery slope. This is why it is so important not to tolerate or allow any error into your life.
To be led, informed and influenced by the living God and His word is revolutionary, radical and will make you odd in the world’s eyes, but a champion in God’s eyes forever!
To be led, informed and influenced by the godless mass-media is a great, fearful evil that will leave you full of regret forever. To be a slave of the devil and his word imprisons you in darkness and kills your freedom. It makes you dirty and unholy.
To go into this immediate future before us without an active, alive relationship with our Lord and His word is a terrifying thought.
Free speech comes from free thinking. There is nothing wrong with either when under the influence of God’s word and the Spirit of God. Released from that, people fall under the dominion of their own heart, which, as the Bible says “is desperately wicked.” Freedom gradually becomes tyranny, oppression, bondage and despotism.
The truth of God’s word inspired and enlightened by the Holy Spirit and alive in your heart is safe, secure, producing sheltered protection, in these evil days.
Becoming a slave of God, imprisoned by His word, sets you truly free and gives you real liberty and victory.
The greatest cause of all these errors in thinking:
Isaiah 59:14-15 “Justice and judgement are turned away and righteousness stands afar off; for truth has fallen in the street and honesty has been outlawed. So, truth fails and he who departs from and shuns evil, becomes a prey. Then the Lord saw it and it displeased Him that there was no more judgement.”
The verses above (compiled from a few translations) speaks so succinctly to today’s world. It shows the effects of casting down the truth (Bible). The glorious, powerful force of judgement is now removed and a new evil comes into operation. Those who resist this new evil and don’t participate in the new godless world become the prey of the evil forces.
It’s not so much the removal of the Bible from society that is the problem; it is removal of the authority of God, which is essentially what the Bible is. When you remove the authority of God, you are left with the authority of demon possessed political leaders, intellectuals, educators, criminals and liars in authority.
The removal of biblical values from society can be so clearly seen in the modern entertainment world. You can see how Satan’s gradualism has perverted the world as the word of God is cast down.
The removal of biblical principles in the name of separation of church and state has produced ungodly government, ungodly constitutions, ungodly politicians and authority systems based on the evil heart of man.
This removal of the things of God has resulted in the Bible being perceived as irrelevant. The end result is total ignorance of the Bible. The most shocking thing ever is the absolute rank ignorance of the Bible, interpreted by the Spirit of God, in the pulpits of the modern church.
Very few pastors, ministers and leaders in the church today have studied their Bible thoroughly. They have studied their familiar verses so they can all say the same thing. They have studied what others say about the Bible. They have studied their church doctrine through those doctrinal glasses.
They perpetuate their errors and man-made theologies, except of course for a whole bunch of ministries flowing with the Spirit of the Lord.
Another thing worth considering is that because the preaching of the law has all but disappeared today, people don’t even know what sin is. I’m not suggesting coming under the law, but the proper use of it, which is the schoolmaster pointing to the answer as a result of the problem – sin.
What should be done to bring correction?
Corrected thinking is the answer:
Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind...” The original word, “renewing” used here also means “exchanging”. We are to exchange our thinking for His!
Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on things above and not on things of this earth.”
The Bible says that we can control our thoughts. It commands us to cast down thoughts and exultations against Him and His word (2 Corinthians 10:5).The Bible commands us to “think on these things” which are thoughts of truth, purity (holiness) excellence and the like. (Philippians 4:8)
So here we have both the negative and positive. We are told to cast down wrong thinking and to think according to God’s truth. Don’t tell me you can’t control your thoughts. Yes you can. The good news is that the more you do it, the sooner you become a master of your thinking and enter a new world of holiness.
The very first thing people serious about the Lord need to do is separate themselves in prayer and fasting to study and read their entire Bible from cover to cover, without the influence of church doctrine.
They need to restore the virtues and values of the Bible without church doctrine mixed in. They need to repent before God. They need to become “arrested” and “imprisoned” by the liberty of the full word of God.
There is no shortcut to sanctification and this also applies to the leadership. Most are too busy to obey and follow our Lord and others want it as quickly as pop-up toast or some modern digital experience.
Yes you can change your thinking, which will change your actions, but it’s nothing but Buddhism if it’s not Spirit led, and inspired.
Is your Lord a Lion and a Lamb? Is He wonderful and terrible?
Is your Lord full of love and full of judgement? If so you are safe.
Is your pastor, minister or leader a lion and a lamb?
I’ve always been a lover of all things beautiful including art, music, architecture, environment, animals, nature, landscape and the like. I’ve always had a hatred for destroyers of beauty and since 1980 a specific hatred for destroyers of biblical truth which is the only way to true holiness.
One day I know I will be overjoyed at the destruction of the destroyers of this beauty, and all of God’s creation, truth and all holiness.
Zechariah 14:9 The Lord shall be King over all the earth.”
Psalm 149:4 “He will beautify the humble with salvation.”
Philippians 2:15 “Will you become blameless and innocent children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation among whom you shine as lights in the world?”
I took this picture on the way to a dead tree pan in the Namib Desert. This is the remains of an ancient Camel Thorn tree about 2000 yrs old. The wood is as hard as concrete preventing decay.
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Shalom and grow in grace!