Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
California Conference 2004. The Church of Thyatira, Part 5.
Thursday AM, November 11, 2004
Minds – nephros = the emotions.
He tests the right lobe where we think, He tests the emotions, which either respond or control the soul.
Many believers today have become neurotic and psychotic simply because they have intruded into God’s plan with a human form of energy called emotion.
When emotion functions without thought, that is abnormal emotional activity – emotional instability.
Normal functions of the emotion include pleasure or entertainment, excitement, appreciation.
Emotion is related to human power and influence, but never to divine power and the mystery doctrine of the Church-age – the basis for fulfilling God’s will, plan, and purpose.
1. Such a believer makes a god out of his emotions, PHI 3:18-19.
PHI 3:18 For many keep walking, concerning whom I have warned you many times, and now continue to affirm, even weeping, the enemies of the cross of Christ,
PHI 3:19 whose termination is destruction, whose god is their emotion, and whose time of glory will be a momentary time of shame, who keep thinking about earthly things.
2. Such a believer’s emotional pattern distracts him from the execution of the PPOG, ROM 16:17-18.
ROM 16:17 Now I urge you brethren, keep your eye on or be alert for those who are causing dissensions and apostasies contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and turn away from them.
ROM 16:18 For such believers are slaves, not of our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own emotions, and by their smooth and flattering speech [human power catering to human feelings and emotions]- they deceive the [hearts or the right lobes] of the ignorant or because of the ministry of God the Holy Spirit Who reaches us and protects all, they deceive the right lobes of the stupid.
3. Emotion hinders the perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine, 2CO 6:11-12.
4. Such a believer’s unrestrained or uncontrolled emotional pattern is the basis for criminality, violence, hatred, anger, total involvement in the arrogance complex = bitterness, vindictiveness, jealousy, implacability, self-pity, guilt reaction.
5. Such a believer’s unrestrained or uncontrolled emotional pattern is related to the great categorical problems of life, especially fear.
Normal emotional experience results in subordinating the emotion to the intellect.
It is a normal or abnormal physiological or psychological activity, but how you feel has nothing to do with your spiritual status.
Under some conditions, the use of doctrine in recall or application often causes an emotional response.
When you become involved in that evil which makes emotion the criterion for the spiritual life, you are grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit.
Certain kinds of emotions are sins, such as anger, rage, fear, anxiety. Hate is an emotion, irrational, and a sin; these sinful emotions are abnormal.
a. Emotion does not contain thought.
b. Emotion does not contain the ability to reason.
c. Emotion does not contain common sense.
d. Emotion does not contain vocabulary as a tool for mental function.
e. Emotion has no doctrinal content.
Emotions are tested by God.
PSA 7:9 “For the righteous God tests the right lobes and the
PSA 26:2 “Test my emotions and my right lobe.”
JER 11:20 But, O Lord of hosts, who judges righteously, Who tries the feelings and the heart,
In every one of these verses, there is an anthropomorphism; otherwise this would mean God does not really know what is going on in your soul until He runs a check on you.
The condition of your soul was known to God at all times, in time, and in eternity past where there was no time.
Testing is used as an anthropomorphism to determine your capacity for life.
Since capacity for life is based on the amount of doctrine in your right lobe, testing your emotions = testing the response of your emotions to this information.
In the Church-age, spirituality or the filling of the Holy Spirit produces the character of Christ.
Emotion is never designed to produce character, but to respond to character.
Appreciation of Jesus Christ comes through perception of doctrine rather than emotional function.
In the Church-age, emotion is a responder to many things in the right lobe, including doctrine, the laws of divine establishment, love, and patriotism, but emotional response is never the filling of the Holy Spirit.
You can be depressed for physiological reasons and still be filled with the Spirit.
The purpose of the filling of the Holy Spirit is perception of doctrine, advance to maturity, production from your ambassadorship, but never the manufacture of ecstatics.
The emotions can respond or react to the filling of the Spirit, but emotions cannot be the filling of the Holy Spirit.
The emotional revolt, backed by the old sin nature, causes emotion to become the aggressor instead of the responder.
Emotional revolution against the establishment of the soul causes the total failure or malfunction of perception, metabolization and application of doctrine.
Instead of responding to doctrine in the soul, emotion revolts and takes command of the soul.
Instead of responding to doctrine in the right lobe, the emotion responds to mental attitude sins, approbation and power lust, and human good.
The emotion reacts and revolts against the right lobe, and cuts off any doctrine in the right lobe.
Emotional revolt is the emotion fornicating with the old sin nature.
The old sin nature is a lover which turns emotion from a responder into an aggressor and reactor.
ROM 16:17-18 Now I beseech you, brethren, make a reconnaissance; observe them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and keep on avoiding them. For they are such that serve not the Lord Jesus Christ, but their own bellies [in emotional revolt]. And by good words and fair speeches, they deceive the hearts of the stupid [getting you to go into emotional revolt also].
Emotion as a responder contributes to capacity for life.
Verse 16 – And my emotions will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.
JOB 16:13 His arrows surround me. Without mercy He splits my emotions open; He pours out my gall [bitterness] on the ground.
PSA 73:21 When my heart was embittered, And I was pierced emotionally within,
LAM 3:13 He made the arrows of His quiver [divine discipline] To enter into my emotions.